Today comes the announcement of our December pick. When deciding what to pick for December, I wanted to go back into the 1980's. As I thumbed through my virtual stacks and TBR lists, the perfect pick hit me. It's a book I've been meaning to read for most of my life. If that sounds dramatic, indulge me for a moment. I have a vivid memory of one childhood visit to my grandmother's house where my father sat in the living room recliner and read this giant book All. Day. Long. I can't say what makes that literary memory stand out, but I've retained the sense that this book is one of those modern classics a grown up should have read. (I also don't recall if it was this one or another in the series.) Plus it's beloved by one of my favorite bloggers too: it's one of Jackie of Farm Lane Books favorite novels.
The December pick is: The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel, which was originally published in 1980. The novel takes place in the Ice Age and is the story of Ayla, a young orphan taken in by the Clan, even though her blond hair and blue eyes signify she's one of the Others.
Convinced? Get the book! Buy The Clan of the Cave Bear from an independent bookstore, the Book Depository, or Amazon (Kindle edition.)
You have all month to read it. I'll be starting it as soon as I finish my current read, and I'll review it sometime in the middle of the month. On Monday, December 31, I'll host a discussion. Then we'll ring in the new year with the announcement of the January 2013 pick!
Now tell me: will you be joining The Backlist Book Club this month? Is there a book you've been meaning to read for most of you life?
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