book club picks
We took a bit of a hiatus, as November and December are so busy, but we are back at it! This month we discussed one of my favourite books from last year, Beartown, by Fredrik Backman. It is exquisite, and I was so excited to hear the overwhelming agreeance from everyone today. There was even talk of tears! We want to put this book in everyone's hands, and force them to have difficult conversations with themselves, and those around them. It was perfect timing to discuss the issues at the heart of this book with the #metoo movement.
Two of my favourite discussion questions were:
Discuss the difference between male and female roles in the small village of Beartown. What is expected of the girls and women vs. the boys and men?
What effect does calling Maya the "young woman" have on her narrative?
Thank you Simon & Schuster for the great guide of questions.
We are super excited to announce that our October book club choice is Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land. Thank you to Book Sparks for providing this copy during the Fall Reading Challenge #FRC2017. I devoured this book and loved it so much. I can't wait to discuss this at the end of the month at our one-year book club celebration.
Discussion questions from Book Sparks:
Are Milly and Phoebe alike? Are they both victims of their mothers?
Is it nature or nurture that drives Milly's actions?
What role does guilt play in this novel?
This month we read Karin Slaughter's The Good Daughter and it did not disappoint. We had previously read Pretty Girls and were looking for another stand-alone novel by Slaughter, outside of her detective series.
La Foret recently opened in Burnaby and I was so excited to share my new find with our book club. If you've had a chance to step inside, it's every blogger's dream. White marble tables, lots of light, banana leaves... Just our luck, as I drove by trying to find parking I quickly realized the line up was out the door. Luckily everyone was patient and we waited out the 20 minute line to order drinks (you'd think they'd be made of gold).
Everyone loved The Good Daughter. There are so many intricate layers to this story, from the tumultuous relationship between Charlie and her husband, to the surprising and sudden addition of the school shooting.
This one is heartbreaking, uplifting, and uncomfortable at times.