1st Wednesday of the Month Book Club!

When & Where


The Book Club meets the first Wednesday of each month with the exception of the month of January.   All meetings are held in the Reading Room of the library.    March's book club choice is "Where the  Crawdads Sing" by  Delia Owens.  Call to reserve a copy.



Readers start arriving at 12:45 p.m. Discussion begins at 1:00 p.m. and continues until 2:15 p.m. At 2:15 the book to be discussed at the next meeting will be announced. 

Contact Information


Due to inclement weather, the Book Club may cancel or reschedule meetings at any time. If you have meeting concerns please contact the Loda Township Library by phone 217-386-2783 or by email at lodalibrary@gmail.com.

What the Book Club Thought

"Priestdaddy" by Patricia Lockwood

Only 3 of the 8 members enjoyed this book. The majority found it to be difficult to read and an irreverent story of a dysfunctional family.

Others found it to be entertaining with poetic segments and funny moments.

"Our Souls at Night" by Kent Haruf

All of us liked this book very much. It's a short read that brings up a lot of issues and themes.  The story honors the loneliness of our senior citizens, their guilt, family and finances, life in a small town, and treatment of the elderly. It delicately narrates a need and courage of two people who are generous, loving , and lonely.

"Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" by Gail Honeyman

"This book dissects the life of Eleanor, a woman in her thirties, whose world is filled with trauma and personal challenges." ( Washington Independent Review of Books)  The story of Eleanor is revealed like the layers of an onion and reveals a strong, independent woman. The dark story also has doses of quirky humor. The author wants the reader to take away one word,  "Kindness", and to show kindness everyday to others, as you don't know the trouble others may be shouldering.  All of us liked this book very much.

"To the Bright Edge of the World" by Eowyn Ivey

Everyone liked this book very much.  The reader is pulled into this story of an historical adventure, based on an actual exploration.  With vivid description, we see the beauty of the Alaskan wilderness and feel for the Forresters as we learn of the challenges, struggles, and hardships they endured. The characters were revealed in layers and the love the Forresters had for each other shines throughout the book.

"Snowflower and the Secret Fan" by Lisa See

A well written portrayal of  two women who suffered and how their friendship helped them survive.  

A very interesting look into 19th century China life and culture.

"The Address" by Fiona Davis

Set against the backdrop of New Uprl City’s Dakota Building, this historical fiction novel is rich in detail and full of plot twists and surprises.  It’s also an interesting comparison of the status of women in the 19th and 20th centuries.  It was enjoyed by all seven attendees this month.

“The Tall Woman” by Wilma Dykeman

  This book received a unanimous thumbs up from everyone in Book Club.  The setting for this historical novel is the Smoky Mountains during and after the Civil War.  The main character, Lydia McQueen, proves to be a person of great determination and integrity during times of hardship and struggle.

When her husband leaves to fight in the war, she is left to care for their homestead and farm while expecting their first child.  Several years later she endures the loss of her first child.  She leads the crusade for a church and school in this mountain area.  Later, when the village was left without a doctor, she took on the selfless task of being a midwife. 

According to a Southern mountain saying, “A tall woman casts a long shadow” meaning she is of high morals and character.  This is certainly Lydia McQueen.

"Under the Wide and Starry Sky" by Nancy Horan

We liked the book, a story of  Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife, Fanny.  It is a heartbreaking, fierce love story full of anguish and joy.  Although the story at times was dark, we enjoyed reading about Fanny, a strong woman who had to overcome many obstacles.  Robert Louis Stevenson and  Fanny were a free-spirited couple who had many great adventures together.

"Something in the Water" by Catherine Steadman

Everyone in book club this month enjoyed reading this well written mystery.  It was suggested that for a first-time mystery reader, this would be a good introduction to the genre.  Be warned though, there is a lot of foul language.  We were impressed that this is the author's first book as the story was woven so smoothly, characters were well developed and  layers of the mystery revealed slowly. The ending tied things up quite well, but we wonder if there may be a sequel.


"I'll Be Your Blue Sky" by Marisa De Los Santos

Most of us liked this book.  We all thought it had a slow start, but the story line picked up as we read along.  This story is a mystery and a love story about secrets, courage, family, friendship, and true love.

The author's use of descriptive prose about nature, the environment, and relationships was very good.  Her talent for using characters to move the story forward was interesting.

"The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature" by David George Haskell

  We all enjoyed this book and found it fascinating.  The use of hyperbole, poetic writing and vivid descriptions of the natural world was most enjoyable. This book is a wonderful exercise in appreciating our environment and the minutiae of living creatures and plants. It explores the amazing complex world, and how we depend on each other, and our duality and opposites in nature.

"High Tide Club" by Mary Kay Andrews

We enjoyed this book.  This story has remarkable characters tied into a murder mystery.  It looks at human nature and family secrets with a moral.  The characters reveal a wonderful yet complicated relationship between women: mothers, daughters and friends.

"Midwives" by Chris Bohjalian

A compelling and gripping novel told from a 14 year old's point of view.  This well-written story delves into the culture of midwives.  The characters are well-developed and the story line is slowly, yet intriguingly, revealed.  All book club participants liked it.

"Left Neglected" by Lisa Genova

      We all liked this book.  The author researched the subject well and the story was well written.  Even though the subject is very serious, there is humor and suspense interwoven.     The plot reveals the "before" and "after" of the main character's life.  

        This story will be a good Hallmark movie!

"Deep Down Dark" by Hector Tobar

Although we all liked this book, some thought the beginning was slow.  This true life story of the 33 miners trapped in the San Jose mine in Chile for 69 days was intriguing.  The miners trusted the author with telling their story truthfully.  The 33 men had complicated lives and were flawed characters, for sure, but they also dealt with hunger, darkness, depression, physical degradation, and inhumane conditions.  The dynamics and interactions of the men, their rescuers, their families, the government and the media brought them all international fame and wealth and made this a riveting, compelling story.

"The Art Forger" by B. A. Shapiro

All of us enjoyed this book.  It's a fictional novel based on an actual art heist, a thriller with a romantic touch.  The author juggles 3 plot lines - interwoven between times.  The story teaches us how an artist paints,  and how to appreciate fine art when we look at it.

"The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" by Carson McCullers

This intense, powerful novel made some of us uncomfortable.  However, we all liked it.  It is a challenging read that takes place in the south during the depression and covers disabilities, special abilities, sexual orientation, political differences, poverty and more.  The author's brilliant writing shows the main characters' thoughts and emotions beautifully and the themes are overpowering.  Said to be one of the best 100 books to be read, this novel is a haunting and unforgettable story.

"The Farmer's Son : Calving Season on a Family Farm" by John Connell

A well-written memoir that all but one of us liked.  The author tells the story of evolution in his life when he returned to the family farm in Ireland.  This is a good example of the joy and despair of raising farm animals, and the bonding of farmers.  The author delves into the history of cattle in various cultures and compares farming in America as well.  This is a calm and gentle read even with the sometimes "violence" of animal life on farms.

February's read is "The Long Flight Home" by Alan Hlad


We all liked this book very much. We learned about homing pigeons and how they were used in World War II. This is a touching, well-developed story. The characters were well defined with a strong female lead. This is a different point of view of World War II that we felt was well researched and written. 

March's read is "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens