It's Bookclub Monday!
Book club Monday reviews are always a little bit different from my usual book reviews because it's a post dedicated all to the books that my book club reads and the experience of being in a book club. As always you can find my ongoing reading list here as well as find other book reviews on this blog. Keep up with all of this on my Instagram @lifeintheoutland.
So now that that brief stuff is out of the way, let's get down to talking about the book!
If you have been keeping up with the Book Club Monday posts then you know that my book club has started choosing books by theme. You can find the book club review for January here. Anyway, for the month of February our theme was Romance, and the chosen book: Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren.
Really briefly, this book is about a second chance at first love and dare I say soulmates. Mostly, it's about falling in love over books and words. (Let's be honest here that is any bookworm's dream.)
So, Love and Other Words was a brief, quick, enjoyable read. I actually finished it extremely fast and read it way before my book club's meeting which is probably a bit of a mistake, but that's okay. (It was a mistake, but I wasn't the only one in the book club to do this.) Overall this story is a sweet love story about Elliot and Macy who fall in love as teens, break up due to a mishap, and then they are somehow are able to come together again as adults. It's very beautiful.
Despite the beautiful love story, I admit that at moments both of the characters were quite annoying. Macy for not going ahead and taking your man despite it all, and Elliot because the way he held onto her throughout his twenties was incredibly sad. Clinging on to Macy enough to drop the girl he was with like a hot potato is equally as sad and questionable. But I suppose that's the beauty of the story though, that's why the love between the characters is so magical, so beautiful, and painfully unrealistic. (But whats a romance novel, if not unrealistic)
So the book club was particularly focused on two things. One of the things being that the book seemed to take place during the social media age, but Elliot and Macy seemed to never use it to find out about each other. In addition to how weird it was that Elliot didn't know that Macy's dad died. It was a weird point and goes hand in hand with the social media age and the internet because it really seems like some knowledge should have been there, but it wasn't. The other talking point was the way that Elliot dropped his new girlfriend like a hot potato, and only had the type of audacity that a man has to still invite her to thanksgiving. (Head over to Instagram and let me know if you agree with the book club and think that this is something that only a man would think is okay.)
With those two points bring much-needed discussion to the book club, the hour seemed to fly by this time which is something I enjoyed. This was a good meeting, and I hope they can stay this way, but I'm not sure that they will. (the book club does not have a good track record for this.)
Anyway, the book we are reading for March is My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. Which was suggested by me and is one that I have already read and reviewed. Find my review here and stay tuned for an update with the book club's input. The theme for April is memoirs.
Zuhri's Final Thoughts
Star Rating: 4 Stars!
Reading Scenario: A Sunday afternoon with good natural light and a good cup of tea.
Book Club Recommendation: In general I would recommend this book for a book club. I think its great in the way that it is an easy, accessible read that isn't too taxing on the mind. For a breather book, or for book clubs with members who don't have time for heavy reading this is the perfect type of book. Also, it created a good discussion with the book club members which is always wanted.