Book Club: September Pick + our thoughts on Gone Girl
I apologize that this is a little late, but we will be reading Burial Rites by Hannah Kent for our September book selection! I picked up my copy from the Hamilton Public Library this morning (they have a bunch of copies, so get on it quick!) The story sounds really interesting, plus i just realized it’s based on true events, which I always like. You can read a quick synopsis for the book here.
Also, if anyone read The Language of Flowers and wants to be a part of the discussion, we are meeting Thursday, September 17th at 8pm, just send me an email or private message to get the location details!
I realize that I never posted about our meeting about Gone Girl. I’m thinking I probably won’t get too into the details of our discussions (mostly because I don’t plan on taking notes, because that sounds way too much like work) but, I will try to do a quick summary of our thoughts about the book, if it was worth reading, etc. Cool? Cool. (There will be spoilers, so if you don’t want to know what happens, don’t keep reading.)
So, Gone Girl. This book was definitely interesting. Very well written, the author definitely draws you in quickly. Now, I do have to say, I did know about the big reveal half way through the book, so that wasn’t a surprise to me. Some of the other girls didn’t know, and said that it was pretty unexpected. They knew that something was weird about the whole situation, but didn’t see that coming. So just for that in itself, you have to give credit to the author for creating an interesting/unexpected plot line. I think the biggest turnoff for a lot of people who I’ve talked to is that none of the characters are very likeable. They’re all kind of shady, to varying degrees. There’s really no protagonist to root for, or a redeeming factor at the end. Which made the book not worth reading for some. And I get that. I did think it was worth reading personally, it was an interesting and well written story, plus it was fairly quick and easy to get through, which is nice sometimes. On a side note, a few of us also watched the movie, so talked a lot about the comparisons of book to movie. The book was better, obviously. But it was interesting to see how the characters were portrayed in the movie, compared to how we perceived them in the book. Anyways. Don’t know if that was helpful/interesting or me just rambling about vague things I remember. But the important thing is, we had a fun night and we’re reading more, and that sounds like a win-win to me!!