We held our 2nd meeting of The 52240 this past weekend, which means I can officially claim that I have stuck with the same hobby for 2 months! (It helps that said hobby only happens once a month, but a win is a win. It counts.)
Book Club Minutes: Meeting #2
Sunday, February 26th, 12:00pm
General Attendance Notes:
- The meeting time was moved from 2:00pm to 12:00pm to accommodate the nap time of small children (and their parents. Let’s be realistic about this). No parents actually showed up because apparently kids are kinda gross and germ-filled. Thanks, kid. You’re timing is terrible.
- We had 4 attendees this time (up from 3 in January).
- I didn’t try as hard with the food this time and just bought a (super delicious) sandwich platter from Costco. I did cut the sandwiches into quarters though, which means I get to claim that I made them.
Book Discussion Notes:
Book of the Month: “The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarty
- We did actually talk about the book for awhile, but we definitely need a better way of preparing (aka thinking of discussion topics ahead of time) so that the conversation goes a little bit longer (and more in-depth), if only so that Adam actually believes that we talk about the book. This weekend, he conveniently chose to go run errands during the first half of book club (when we discussed the book) and only came home once we’d moved onto other topics. Next time we’ll just save all of our book discussion until he’s within earshot (because reading a book is only enjoyable with some external validation. Right?).
Discussion Topic Notes:
I honestly don’t remember all the specifics of our literary discussion, but I can say this book was an easy and seriously enjoyable “read”. (Ok – I listened to it on Audible. Judge all you want but it absolutely makes the commute to work more tolerable.) I especially recommend the audiobook version because the narrator has an Australian accent which makes everything she says sound warm and fuzzy. (She also does voices for all the characters which means I now want to be an audiobook narrator when I grow up. How do I tell my parents that all my college degrees were for nothing?)
The book did spark some interesting discussion and I can definitely tell you that the storyline was not what I was expecting. Based on the title, I was expecting something a little more emotionally manipulative and similar to chick lit, but it definitely isn’t. The 3 narrators are all women, but I would say that men would enjoy this book just as much as female readers. The book deals with the nuances of perspective, anger, and holding grudges and there was a good amount of subtext devoted to psychology – What motivates us? Why do we behave in certain patterns? It was also really refreshing to read a story through the eyes of a woman who isn’t in her 20s or 30s and looking for love. (I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love a good romance, but realistically women can also do other things in their lives as well.)
Next month we’ll be reading “Oryx and Crake” by Margaret Atwood. Because a little dystopian SciFi will definitely be just the thing to take our minds off the current (and absolutely terrifying) news cycle. Yay…