Welcome to the NYC book club! Please note: you do NOT have to live in NYC to participate. We will be hosting all of our discussions over instagram!
So, here’s how it will work. Each month, I’m choosing a book for us to read together. This is a book I also haven’t read yet. I’ll be posting about my progress in my instagram stories and then we’ll discuss on instagram at the end of the month. You can share your progress with me using the hashtag: #readwithbookgirl.
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
I’ve selected 84, Charing Cross Road as our February read for a number of reasons.
- It’s brief! (So brief it made it onto my list of books you can read & finish during the Super Bowl.) I waited far too long to make this announcement. And February is the shortest month of the year. So I want to set us up to succeed!
- I’m embarrassed I’ve never read it. It is such a favorite among this community of book lovers. And so it is TIME for me to do so. And if you’ve already read and loved it, I hope you’ll consider rereading with us! (P.S. my mom read and loved it after I gifted it to her for Christmas!)
- Whether you’re a celebrator of Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s Day or anything in between), February is a great time to embrace the special relationships in our lives. This is a story of two strangers brought together over a common love of literature. And that is my kind of love story.
This charming classic love story, first published in 1970, brings together twenty years of correspondence between Helene Hanff, at the time, a freelance writer living in New York City, and a used-book dealer in London at 84, Charing Cross Road. Through the years, though never meeting and separated both geographically and culturally, they share a winsome, sentimental friendship based on their common love for books. Their relationship, captured so acutely in these letters, is one that has touched the hearts of thousands of readers around the world.