The idea of being in a book club always appealed to me and earlier this year I set one up with other English speaking ladies living here. Anyone can make suggestions what to read, then we have a poll and whatever gets the most votes wins. The aim is to meet up about every six weeks to then discuss the latest book over a few too many glasses of wine!
The great thing about being in a book club is that I get to discover other books and authors that I probably wouldn't have come across otherwise. That said, everyone's tastes are very varied and there have been a few books that may have won awards but we just couldn't get into or ones that some people loved and others didn't at all! This leads to some interesting conversations though.
Our most recent book is "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn which I just finished reading. I had heard quite mixed reviews with some people loving it, others hating it. It's about a woman who goes missing under suspicious circumstances and is written alternating from her point of view to that of her husband's.
There are some great twists in Gone Girl which I'm not going to go into as I don't want to spoil it for anyone but I will say I really enjoyed reading it and found it original and full of suspense. I could barely put it down and I'm looking forward to watching the film! It's usually better to read a book before watching the movie adaptation, I find.
Have you read Gone Girl? Are you in a book club? Any good book recommendations?
I am not in a book club, but wish I were. Maybe one day I will be able to organize something.ReplyDelete
I really enjoyed Gone Girl and the film was very true to the book (Flynn wrote the screenplay).
Yea you should try to set up your own book club, it's good fun! I also thought the film was very true to the book. Some of Amy's motivations came across better in the book though I thought since you could read more about what she was thinkingDelete
i have always wanted to be in a book club.. one with only a few members. i found some online ones since i moved to india, but they just seem to huge and impersonal, and so far they have not read anything i really want to try. sigh.ReplyDelete
am currently reading 'we are completely besides ourselves', which may be a good book club read. one plus one, a tale for the time being and the bone clocks are others you can try :)
Thanks for the recommendations! A Tale for the time being, is one of the books someone in my book club suggested actually. I hope you find a good book club near you!Delete
I enjoyed this book, but some parts of it annoyed me.ReplyDelete
you probably can't say which parts annoyed you without giving any spoilers. A lot of people didn't like how it endedDelete
I love the idea of a book club, but then get annoyed when people don't read the book. I show up, ready to discuss, but then half the people haven't read it at all.ReplyDelete
I liked Gone Girl, but didn't love it. I loved the first twist though. The one that comes midway through the book.
oh yeah that bothers me too. Sometimes someone comes to our meetings and they've only half read the book and there will be a really good twist which they haven't reached yet so then we can't discuss it as don't want to spoil it for them! We usually try to postpone our meetups until everyone who wants to come has read the book if possible. I enjoyed the twist in Gone Girl too, wasn't expecting it at all!Delete
I enjoyed Gone Girl. All Gillian Flynn's books are amazing, so I'd recommend her others.ReplyDelete
Oh cool, yes I must check out some of her other books.Delete
I was once in a book club with my university friends. After graduating we moved to different cities but would organize a time on Skype to chat about the book. It was a great way to read some new things we wouldn't normally have picked for ourselves and also a scheduled 'catch up' time. Too bad we stopped!ReplyDelete
That was a nice idea, maybe you could message them and suggest you all start again with the books and skype! I love that aspect of the book club too, that I get introduced to new authors that I wouldn't normally read.Delete
I have heard a lot about Gone Girl and have thought about reading it. I think I'll put it on my list.ReplyDelete
Have never been in a book club but I do like the idea of it - especially the too much wine part.
Haha, yeah an excuse to get out and drink some wine with friends is one of the perks of having a book club!Delete