Thursday, April 28, 2011
A nicely balanced group of good friends and friends of friends, a steady flow of wine, all kids at home with our husbands, and a full evening of lively conversation, some of which was centered on a good book -- I loved every minute.
Our debut selection was "Water for Elephants" and I thought it was a great choice -- an easy read, but well-written. I had not read it until it was "assigned" for the club. Once again, my prejudice against unappealing titles (and covers) almost made me miss a good book (e.g., "The Stone Diaries," "Anna Karenina").
Now that I think about it, my bookshelves display some reverse discrimination as well -- books I bought because their titles (or covers) (or authors' reputation) made me want to read them and like them, but I just can't and don't (e.g., "A Prayer for Owen Meany," Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All").
Incidentally, I was grateful Matt found me a used copy of "Water for Elephants," because I am opposed to owning the new version with Reese Witherspoon and the creepy "Twilight" guy on the cover. I want to see the movie, but not on the front of my book. Come on.
On the subject of books, I did finally finish "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" that was so highly recommended by pretty much the whole world. I did not like it at all, and if it were any other book I would have quit two chapters in. But everyone kept telling me to persevere, that it had a slow start but eventually I wouldn't be able to put it down. I read the whole thing. It just didn't do it for me.
What books have pleasantly (or unpleasantly) surprised you?