BOOKS: How many of you belong to book clubs?
I’ve belonged to many local book clubs. I love the opportunity to expand my reading horizons: I’ve been introduced to many remarkable books I would have otherwise overlooked.
HOWEVER, there can be problems. One very small group I belong to met on Saturday to discuss two books (we’d been unable to meet last month). I hated both of them.
One was Mary Coin (by Marisa Silver). It was historical fiction relating the story of the "Migrant Mother" (famous for a photograph taken during the depression; I am evidently the only one in the world who was unfamiliar with it). Anyway, I don’t mind historical fiction–unless so many facts are altered that it’s almost worthless. That’s what happened in this book. The author changed all the characters’ names (which are readily available) and invented an extra family that really stretched one’s believability.
The other book was Letters from Skye, which I enjoyed at first (I was listening to it, and I love to hear various dialects). But then it turned into a weak romance novel, and I lost interest.
I’m staying with this book club–we’re changing our whole approach, which is exciting, and which I’ll describe in another post.
Anyone want to share any book club experiences?
I have to say I’m surprised that no one else seems to be part of a book club!
Posted in Talk Among Yourselves
08.11.15 4:06 AM