Sunday, July 22, 2012

B.Y.O.B Book Club Update

I have been an absolute lazybones when it comes to posting about my book clubs. Oh yes, indeed I am MONTHS behind. But I have been reading...well, kind of. B.Y.O.B Book Club is my every other month book group. (Books, Bottle or Bars, if you must know!)

We compiled an organized list for the whole year and everyone could read at their own schedule. It has worked out quite nicely, except for the whole posting about it after the fact.

I wrote a review and post about our January pick, The Maze Runner by James Dashner but have not written since. I blame Blindess by Jose Saramago, our March pick. Holy crap on a cracker. I did NOT get in to this book. In fact, I maybe got 20 pages TOPS. So, I decided to watch the movie instead.

BAAAAAAAD idea. Horrible. The movie was devastating, depressing and just plain yucky! I took a 30 minute shower after that one. If you don't know the book or the movie, here are the details.

Blindness is the story of an unexplained mass epidemic of blindness afflicting nearly everyone in an unnamed city, and the social breakdown that swiftly follows. The novel follows the misfortunes of a handful of characters who are among the first to be stricken and centers on "the doctor's wife," her husband, several of his patients, and assorted others, thrown together by chance. This group bands together in a family-like unit to survive by their wits and by the unexplained good fortune that the doctor’s wife has escaped the blindness. The sudden onset and unexplained origin and nature of the blindness cause widespread panic, and the social order rapidly unravels as the government attempts to contain the apparent contagion and keep order via increasingly repressive and inept measures

Yes, not a light, festive, romp to discuss. Most of the folks read it and had a powerful discussion, though most of us were left a bit chilled. I didn't feel the need to rush to my computer to write about it so...I didn't.

Oh well, I'll make up for it for our May pick right? Delirium by Lauren Oliver! Right?!!! Awesome book. I loved it! Most of the gals loved it. I thought I would have soooo much to say. But no, we talked about it for oh, about, five minutes before diving into Fifty Shades of Grey, which most everyone was reading at that time. That's okay. No worries. I wrote a review about Delirium before. I'll get over it and make up for it in July!

(head plant into desk) No, I will NOT make up for it in July. Because we read The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udal, wonderfully written and powerful but...did I finish it. No. Will I? Probably not. It just didn't fit my mood. And that just plain sucks on my end. But once again, the gals brought yummy food and lively discussion. Always a good time with or without my two cents on the book pick.

On to September. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen. Seriously, if I don't atleast get half way, I'm going to pull my hair out. I can do it.

I love my gals. I love this group. I've made it to each get together. I'm a better book club attendee than this.

I gotta bring it.

Wish me luck.

Happy Reading and as always, thanks for stopping by!

red headed book child


Lisa said...

You better start "Freedom" early - that's a big one! As for "The Lonely Polygamist," if I don't finish a book when I start it, it's never getting done. To pick it up later, means you'll have to at least skim over stuff you already read and who has time for that?

Ryan said...

Good luck!

Tales of Whimsy said...

Good luck doll :D

Marce said...

LMAO how did I miss this Michelle. I have been waiting on the Blindness review and book club thoughts hahahahhaaha. I have it and I am a little scared to try it.

You watched the movie, seriously I have tears from laughing.

I am excited you are still reading and listening to your books even if your not posting about it.