Friday, January 25, 2013
January Book Club
I'm sitting here eating leftover gluten free Rum cake from book club last night, it was at my house we each get to host once every 14 months or so, yumm this cake is good! Our book this month was Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. The book was good which wasn't surprising since it's #3 on the New York Times Best Seller List and has been on the list 32 weeks. I don't usually read mysteries or thrillers and that's one thing about a book club, it gets you reading things you never would. The book is about a married couple who is about to celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary when the wife goes missing. The narrative switches between the husband in present time and the wife's diary. There are twists and surprises in the book and I found myself trying to figure out what they were going to be and I was never right. I really enjoyed Gillian Flynn's writing style and I think the plot and twists were really smart. My disappointment is I didn't really like either of the main characters by the end of the book. While I don't think we were necessarily supposed to like them I really enjoy books more when I like one of the main characters. That being said it was a book I couldn't put down and while I cringed at times I enjoyed it, hmmm what does that say about me?!
February's book is my choice. I don't know if you remember way back in May for my Sew Mama Sew giveaway I asked for book recommendations. Well I received so many good tips and this one was Esther's from Happy in Red. She is a journalist and has a beautiful blog where she writes about crochet and sewing. She recommended Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan. Here is a little of the description "Berlin,1939 The Hot Time Swingers, a popular jazz band, has been forbidden to play by the Nazis. Their young trumpet-player Hieronymus Falk, declared a musical genius by none other than Louis Armstrong, is arrested in a Paris café. He is never heard from again. He was twenty years old, a German citizen. And he was black." I've started it and I'm already wrapped up in the characters!
Now if you're like me and can read more then one book in a month I have a second pick Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate) by Gail Carriger. This one was recommended by Jen from Papillon Playground. Jen is a quilter, sewer, and busy Mom. Jen said Soulless was silly but surprisingly good and when I found out it was set in Victorian England, the main character was soulless, and it had vampires and werewolves in it how could I not read it?!
I hope you join in this month!