The End of Your Life Book Club


Yes, I know that that is a strange title. I felt like I had to explain it to everyone who saw what I was reading. No I’m not dying. And no, I’m not starting a book club for people who are dying. But I did love The End of Your Life Book Club. The author, Will Schwalbe, tells the story of his mother’s battle with terminal cancer and her end-of-life-journey with books.

I have not experienced walking with someone through a terminal illness. Most of the people in my life who have died have left suddenly, unexpectedly. So this was an interesting read for me in that regard.

But really, this book is not just about death. Actually, it’s not that much about death, except for the fact that Will’s mother is dying. The main point is books and reading and people who devour books like I do. Will and his mother have a book club – just the two of them – (my kind of book club!! ha!) and they swap books and grow in their mother-son relationship. I had read some of the books that they mentioned, such as The Hobbit and A Thousand Splendid Suns, but others were new to me.

I’m glad I’m not the only crazy person who loves reading. And I’m annoyed that I forgot to copy the list of mentioned books. I’ll have to get it out of the library again.

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