So the book club met this week to discuss Beautiful Creatures. There were some mixed thoughts about the story.
When it comes to children's books, I tend to take them for what they are. I don't pay much attention to the writing as kid's books tend to me more simplistic than adult fiction. I pay attention to the story telling and whether I find myself engaged in the book. As far as I was concerned, I thought Beautiful Creatures had a good story behind it and overall I liked the book. There were moments and times where I questioned why something was said or mentioned, for example the song that seemed to be the underlying melody of the story. I couldn't figure out it's meaning and hoped that the story would reveal it. It did not. In fact, the story was left open for a sequel.
Others questioned the Southern stereotypes in the book and felt the authors went a little over board with that part of the story. Some questioned the craziness of the town when it came to keeping Lena out of the school. While the authors do reveal the true meaning behind the judging (there was an actual court-like scene in the book), I do agree it may have been over done.
In the end, we all felt the book could have been condensed. The story would have been just as successful with fewer pages.
On the docket for next month: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. Keep watch of my blog to see my progress.
I said I would get it done and read. It was actually easier than I thought. Once I was enthralled in it, I couldn't put it down. I was up past my bedtime last night just so I could finish it. I won't spoil it for you yet. I want to see what the discussion will be like next week, but who knows, maybe it'll be next's months book review.
Keep you posted.
So I've joined this YA Book club. A friend of a friend wanted to start a book club and I said yes. I figured it would be nice to talk to people who had the same book interests as I did. Not only that, but because I tend to read more Middle Grade stories (that's the group I want to target), it's fun for me to hear about the great YA books out there. I've gotten so excited, I can't stop myself from surfing Barnes and Noble and Amazon. This isn't good for a bookaholic like me. I keep wanting to hit the purchase button and add to my already cramped bookshelves. I've maintained control for now, but I'm itching.
The first book we're reading is Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, a Gothic fantasy novel about a young boy who meets the girl of his dreams, literally. Based on the descriptions I've read, I can't wait to finish this book. Only trouble, it's hardcover and 576 long. A book this size is not hard for me to read, but it is hard for me to carry. I tend to do most of my reading on my 30 minute train commute to and from work, the book always carried inside my work bag. This book weighs down my bag and right shoulder (I'm a righty). I have to figure something out.
But no worries, I will get this book read by our second meeting February 24th. You can count on it.
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