I picked this book up for bookclub. It’s not really a genre that I read regularly, so I was a little bit worried that I might not like it. I loved it! It took a chapter or two for me to get into, but I got to the point where I didn’t want to put it down. I wanted to know what happened to the characters.
It was a lot darker than the books that I usually read, but I am glad that I read it. I would recommend it to those who enjoy darker fantasy books.
I have been trying to find a bookclub that is a perfect fit for me. I have found two, but I stopped going to others because of a variety of reasons. There were a couple of bookclubs that made me feel this way. They did not like my take on the book, or they loved it and I hated it. No actual bouncer, though.
The above linked article lists books that would be great for 2020 bookclubs. I left the update for American Dirt in, because it has some interesting links associated with it. The list is great, and I have heard of several of these.
Update: when I first recommended American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins, I was not aware of the whole context behind the story. I urge you all to read this Buzzfeed article as it breaks down the controversy.
The above linked article talks about 4 simple steps to start a successful bookclub. They sound simple enough, but some aren’t so easy. Finding like-minded friends is difficult, and sometimes it’s difficult to agree on a book. Meeting times and places are always difficult, too.
I have been lucky enough to find a few bookclubs where I fit in, and they understand my chaotic schedule. I have been thinking about dropping out of those that do not “spark joy” in my life. I am not thinking of starting up a new one. I’ll just continue on with the ones that make me happy.
I started out with a bang with my annual reading challenge. I spent most of the year being many, many books ahead, but I just haven’t been reading as quickly this Fall.
I adjusted my reading goal twice. I started out with 75 books as my goal, but with the children’s books I easily met that goal. So, I adjusted it to 100. Again, I met that easily. I finally settled on 120, taking the children’s books into consideration, and adding a couple of extra adult books to add the 40 ish children’s books to the original 75, plus a couple.
Yesterday, I finished book 105/120. I should be finishing book 106 today. I have several other books that are mostly finished, but a few have to be read in order, because of bookclub deadlines. I have about 6 weeks to go to finish 14 books. I am positive I can do it.