I really exceeded my own expectations by reading not one but two books in April. I planned to read one book - my book club book. In case you're new here, I've been a member of a book club for many years - since 1998! We've read 100+ books over the years and if you'd like to see a list of books along with our rating for each book you can click on the "books" link over on the right.
The second book I read in April came about because a co-worker had an idea to start a book club at work, and even though I wasn't sure I had time I agreed to join in order to show my support. I love it when people have good ideas! She posted an invitation in the lunchroom and sent an email to all mail users and about 10 employees come to the first meeting (we have a total of 60 employees). The meeting was scheduled for 1/2 hour over lunch, so everyone brought their lunch and ate during the meeting. The group decided to read one book every other month, and on the months we don't have an assigned book we will just talk about books in general. I'll talk more about the second book I read later in this post.
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This was the book club selection for my "main" book club, or the one I've belonged to for years. I guess there's a whole series of Jack Reacher books but you don't necessarily have to read them all in order; this is the first one that I have read and it wasn't confusing at all. Here's what Amazon.com says about this book:
Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me.
This is an action, murder-mystery type novel, which is not the type of book our book club reads often. The action starts right away and I was hooked. The book is a quick read and the characters are interesting. The book was made into a movie starring Tom Cruise, which is why his picture appears on the book cover. I'm not sure how I feel about that because in the book they make a big deal about how BIG Jack Reacher is, and Tom Cruise is at best average in height.
The one negative thing about this book is that it wasn't great for discussion. Sometimes we can talk for hours about a book, but in this case we all agreed that we enjoyed it and we talked about the plot for a little while, but other than that there wasn't that much to talk about. We rated the book a 4 out of 5, so clearly we enjoyed reading this book.
You can find this book on Amazon.com here.
First of all, how can you not judge this book by it's cover? It is so adorable and I couldn't wait to get started after I picked it up from the library.
Here's what Amazon.com says about this book (paraphrased):
Harold Fry--retires sales rep, beleaguered husband, passive observer of his own life--decides one morning to talk 600 miles across England to save an old friend. It might not work, mind you, but that's hardly the point. But as he travels, Harold finally has time to reflect on his failings as a husband, father, and friend, and this helps him become someone we can respect.
This book was the opposite of the first book I read. It wasn't action packed but there are so many different things to talk about - I'm excited to discuss it with my group. We don't meet until May 23rd so I have a while to wait.
I enjoyed this book because there were so many levels on which I coud relate. First of all, it's about walking which is something I've been doing a lot of this year. The main character, Harold Fry, is an introvert and so am I. It also focuses on a variety of relationships which I think everyone can relate to in one way or another. I don't want to give anything away but I would definitely encourage you to read this book. I don't know if this new book club will rate books, but if I had to rate it on a scale of 1-5 I would give it a 4.
So, I read two books in April and I really liked them both. One of the goals I set for May is to read at least one book just for fun. I'll do an update at the end of May or early June and let you know what book I chose to read.