I haven't kept up with posts very well the last couple of months. But then I haven't had a lot to say about the books I've been reading. I joined a (er, another) book club a few months ago. I have a problem with committing to book clubs here in Connecticut. I find myself disappointed with either the book selections, the discourse, or both and so I habitually quit the groups. That either makes me sound snobby or nerdy, but it's just the truth.
Then this year, I made a real commitment to a book club. I am reading the books no matter what, and I am resolved to stay in the group for at least a year. OK, I cheated a bit when I refused to read Eat, Pray, Love, but everyone has to draw his/her lines somewhere.
So, I think I can sum up what we've read pretty quickly in one post.
The Memory of Running
I missed that one as I joined the group after the first meeting.
Liked it a lot. No, I didn't really like the book, but I liked how the author could evoke the feeling of an apocalyptic world so completely.
Dog on It
A silly book about a narrating dog who is one-half of a detective agency.
Eat, Pray, Love
This was the one I boycotted as it was just way too Oprah for me.
The 19th Wife
A long book that tried too much. The story switched between the 1800s and the present. I liked the historical stuff about Mormonism and its history. The modern day murder mystery just didn't work as well.
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The title is way too long. Otherwise, I would have also accused it of being too sentimental if it weren't for all the Nazis in the book. Although I have a feeling that Martha Stewart herself would find this book "charming" I did end up liking its take on love and family.
So far, I am enjoying this book club. Most of the selections are not books I would have ever read on my own, but I've learned something from all of them. I'm looking forward to the second half of the year.