Book Club: November Selection + thoughts on Language of Flowers

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For those of you that are paying attention, we did, in fact skip October. It’s one of those things, I don’t mind being a little late, up to a week or so. But even I have standards. And I figured, if the month is more than half done, then call it what it is and at least get a jump start on next time. So here we are, with our November book selection, and you even have time to get yourself a copy before the month starts! We will be reading Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling. Our last book, though a most interesting read, was definitely on the somber side. So we’re going for something a little more light hearted this time. This is Mindy’s second book and if you haven’t read either, I would definitely recommend her first one as well. I’m pretty sure I read it in a couple hours and laughed the whole time. Definitely looking forward to starting this one.

Also, for anyone who’s interested, we are having our meeting&discussion for Burial Rites on Monday, November 2nd at 8pm. Send me a message/email if you’d like to join in and I’ll send you the location details.

And a quick synopsis on what we thought of the Language of Flowers. It was a fairly quick read, I finished it over a weekend. The general opinion was that we all liked it. For the most part, we all really enjoyed when the author went more deeply into the main character Vanessa’s life as a foster child/in group homes and how that affected her as an adult and the choices she made. Also, the different meanings of the flowers and how she used that as a way to communicate was really interesting to learn about. The one thing that we all weren’t crazy about was how convenient everything about the story surrounding Vanessa seemed to be. It was all a little unbelievable that her life just kind of worked out the way it did and we felt that though the author really took the time to develop Vanessa’s character and story, everything surrounding her was fairly undeveloped character wise and very convenient, seemingly just to drive the story forward.

Overall, we recommend this book. There are some very interesting insights into children who grow up in foster and group homes. But the actual plot of the story was a little too convenient to be totally believable. But a good quick read none the less.

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