3 Month Anniversary!

Hello!

So, this book club is now three months old, can you believe it?

I’m currently working through some things, and I promise to come back with a better experience for you all this coming October. I have a few things I want to try out, but until now, I hope you don’t mind my relative absence.

It’s going to be a tumultuous few months, but I’m hoping to come back better than before. It’s going to be weird at first because my life currently revolves around work, thinking about work, and thinking about my dissertation. So, it’s going to be a bit of a shift in nature for me.

I really want to make a good go of this book club. So, hopefully we can achieve that!

Thank you for being patient.

Rebeca.

Our July Book

It’s almost that time of the month again! So, let’s get deciding what book we’ll read for July.
We didn’t receive any suggestions this month, so I hope everyone likes the ones I’ve picked out.

Our choices are:

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

The Travelling Cat Chronicles

He Said/She Said

The Vegetarian 

See What I Have Done

I hope everyone likes the choices this time! I’m excited to once again be reading with all of you!

July Book Suggestions!

What book has been gripping you to read? That dark mysterious thriller? That historical autobiography? A superhero story? Romance?

July suggestions is officially open!

Write your suggestion in the comments, and the first five (providing we receive five!) will be placed to a poll for everyone to decide!

Happy reading everyone!

[Book Discussion] Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman details the lives of two sisters as they grow up, from living with their aunts to finding their own lives.

Personally, I enjoyed the novel, it was light and entertaining. It wasn’t entirely what I expected it to be from the description, but was enjoyable.

I liked how the novel played with the ideas of love, betrayal and magic. The novel was really ambiguous in its use of ‘magic’. I felt like I was constantly questioning whether their magic was real, or whether it was just truly bad luck that kept bringing all these misfortunes on these women.

The writing style of the novel was fairly simplistic for the most part, but there was certain parts that stood out. It was written like a storyteller, you were getting all the information from some omniscient narrator who always knew just a little more than the reader and the characters in the novel. Perhaps in a more metaphorical sense, this was the magic speaking.

Hoffman knows how to write about love, or perhaps, knows how to make use of the feelings of love, as this is perhaps the biggest theme of the novel. Love centred everything, love between sisters, love between family and finally love between partners. Hoffman described the frustrations of love between family, and the scorching love between partners. At first it was sightly off putting, but in the end, I did kind of enjoy the overdramatic descriptions of love, particularly between Gillian and Ben Frye.

Overall, I would recommend it to someone, but perhaps only for someone looking for something within a certain genre.

What did you think of Practical Magic? Let me know!

Our June Book Poll!

Hello!

It’s time for our June Book Poll. I hope everyone’s as excited about this list as I am! Thank you to everyone who made suggestions, even my mum who probably won’t read this post!

The poll should hopefully appear at the bottom of the page!

This months suggestions include:

The Midwife’s Here by Linda Fairley

Into the Magic Shop by James Doty

Elidor by Alan Garner

Whistle In The Dark by Emma Healey

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng