Friday, November 14, 2014

Book Club Book Reviews

With my new job, I know have to attend the book clubs for adults at all three of our locations. It is fun and I am learning to like adult fiction and nonfiction. I still prefer YA, but so far I have liked the book selections. The book clubs have taken up most of my reading and reviewing time, which is why I have not been as active on the blog lately.

Book Club #1 The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
The Reader
Pantheon

This was an interesting one. The story is told by Michael Berg, who has an affair with Hannah, an older woman. The affair ends when Hannah disappears and Michael meets her years later in a trial. He must face his past and determine her future. I did not like the first half of the book very much with the 15 year old boy and his 36 year old lover. It was a bit unsettling. The second half of the book was better. I enjoyed thinking about the ideas of guilt and how guilt is measured and how we exonerate or condemn someone's guilt based on misconceptions about them. I think it also showed how literacy can change someone and how that person then views him or herself. This was a different sort of Holocaust story told from the view of the next generation and it shows how that generation viewed the past and present of Germany.

Book Club #2 The Peace-Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

The Peach Keeper
Bantam

This was my first book by her and I loved it. The story revolves around two characters, Paxton and Willa and how their lives are not what they want them to be. Paxton is in love with a man who she thinks can never love her back and she is stuck living her life based on what others think. Willa is running from her past, both hers and her family's who were once wealthy in Walls of Water. Willa and Paxton's story is combined with a 75 year old secret shared by their grandmothers, Georgie and Agatha. The past and present collide in the Blue Ridge Madam, Willa's family's old house and the site of a suspicious death. The Magic Man who haunted Georgie and Agatha's past is back to reek havoc on Paxton and Willa's future. I loved this southern story with just a touch of the paranormal and a dash of romance. I can't wait to read more books by her.

I am reading Between Sisters by Kristin Hannah for the third book club and I am enjoying it so far. I am also excited, because I am supposed to be reading her books for Rachael's challenge, so I will finally have one finished!

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