Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

“Humans. For the most part, you are dull and blundering. But occasionally, you can be remarkably bright creatures.” This quote is from the octopus Marcellus in the novel who is always evaluating humans, and feels he is quite superior to them.

Lucy by the Sea by Elizabeth Strout

“There was for me during this time a sense of being dazed. As though, in a way, I was not capable of taking in everything that was happening in this world.”

Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

“Our bodies belonged to us. Poor, disabled, it didn’t matter. These were our bodies, and we had the right to “decide what to do with them. It was as if they were just taking our bodies from us, as if we didn’t even belong to ourselves.”

Home is Not a Country by Safia Elhillo

“I want him to know I am not lonely, I have ghosts, I have my illnesses, I have a mouthful of half-languages, & blood thick with medications, doctors line up to hear my crooked heart”

While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory

“This 'relationship' with Ben was the first time since her crisis where she felt like she was taking control of her life, that she was in charge of her career, that she wasn’t sitting back and letting things happen because she was too anxious or exhausted or overwhelmed to make decisions. It felt fantastic.”

The Survivors by Jane Harper

“Exhausted by everything. Tired of his studies, of friends that were no more than acquaintances, of the effort of opening his eyes every morning and shutting them every night. Of life in general. The fog had grown so thick, he’d become used to navigating his days half-blind.”

Central Baptist Book Club: Clark and Division

Friday, October 28, 2022, 3:30 PM.

Every month, residents of Central Baptist Village meet in the CBV library to discuss a book chosen by our Outreach Librarian. This month we're reading Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara.

Starfish by Lisa Fipps

“She's the first person to smile at me today. The first to make me feel wanted. Understood. I blink back tears. It's unknown how many students' lives librarians have saved by welcoming loners at lunch.”

Ground Zero by Alan Gratz

“You Americans think you can fix everything by throwing money at it... But your friend was right. This is like the Stone Age. Because no one will let us get past the Stone Age. Not when there is nothing but war. Do you understand? The best thing you can do to help us is leave us alone.”

The Wish by Nicholas Sparks

“It's important to remember that none of us is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. All we can do is try to be the best version of ourselves as we move forward. In this case, if he asks, you can tell the truth, or you can lie. I suppose it comes down to the kind of person you want to see when you look in the mirror.”

Central Baptist Book Club: Dial A for Aunties

Friday, September 23, 2022, 3:30 PM.

Every month, residents of Central Baptist Village meet in the CBV library to discuss a book chosen by our Outreach Librarian. This month we're reading Dial A for Aunties by Jessie Q. Sutanto.

The Girl from the Sea by Molly Knox Ostertag

“We treat the things that soak up energy and resources like they're valuable, and the things that generate them like they're disposable. We don't celebrate batteries. And I think that's wrong.”

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

“I'm on vacation. Vacations always end. It's the very fact that it's finite that makes traveling special. You could move to any one of those destinations you loved in small doses, and it wouldn't be the spellbinding, life-altering seven days you spend there as a guest, letting a place into your heart fully, letting it change you.”

And Now I Spill the Family Secrets by Margaret Kimball

“Grief is a swarm of feelings that swirls inside of you for your whole life; it's a weight that settles around the eyes, transforms the shape of a laugh. It is sadness mixed with a furious rage churning in an ocean of helplessness.”

Central Baptist Book Club: Summer of ’69

Friday, August 26, 2022, 3:30 PM.

Every month, residents of Central Baptist Village meet in the CBV library to discuss a book chosen by our Outreach Librarian. This month we're reading Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand.