At the last meetup, Linda, Nancy, and I decided to read Wolf Hall for our next book. After this book, the polls will probably resume. However, the three of us tend to be the only ones who show up, even when others have RSVP'd. As such, I thought it would be fair to have us decide on this book. Please, if you're unable to make a meetup and you have previously RSVP'd yes, change your status to no as soon as you know you can't make it. It's much appreciated when people do.
This is a rather long and dense-ish book, so I'm going to set the date for early January to give people time to read it. I've started it and I'm really enjoying it so far. Here's the description from Goodreads:
England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the Pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey's clerk, and later his successor. Cromwell is a wholly original man: the son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a charmer, a bully, a man with a delicate and deadly expertise in manipulating people and events.
Ruthless in pursuit of his own interests, he is as ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages.