Thursday, October 1, 2015

Book Club: October

Hi Everyone! It is official, Fall is here! And hopefully that means more crisp nights spent reading cozily by the fire! Hey, a girl can dream right? Today is book club discussion day and as always we will share our review of last month's selection and announce our selection for next month. We can't wait to hear your thoughts on September's pick - All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. 

Carrie Beth's Review: 
I promise I will hop in next month!!!

Jen's Review: 
This book has probably been one of the number one books suggested to me this year. I kept putting it on the back burner because of the heavy subject matter, but I am so glad I finally was able to read it. My grandfather fought in WWII, and while he didn't speak much of what he witnessed he took a ton of photos while he was overseas and was able to share those with us as we got older. To give you a super brief family history, that side of my family is Russian-American with a Jewish background. So, I can imagine how heartfelt his feelings were as he took part in aiding the American military in their efforts. 

While this book did an incredible job looking at all aspects of the war, and how it altered their views, tested their character and effected them both in their current life as well as their post-war lift, what I loved most was the intertwined histories of the two main characters. I found it intriguing as the story progressed the way Doerr let you know that Marie-Laure and Werner were going to be a larger part of each other's lives in the end. 

*Spoiler Alert!!!* 
I was so sad that they did not end up spending the rest of their lives together! For some reason I pictured that the perfect ending!

The mystery of the diamond was another aspect of the story that I loved. Marie-Laure had the perfect take on its power and in the end I could not have been happier with the diamonds final destination. 

I think my favorite character outside of the main characters was great -uncle. I loved his quirky character and how he seemed to grow being in Marie-Laure's presence. I was so glad to learn from start to finish his entire effect on Marie-Laure's life and that they seemed to formulate a friendship that lasted a lifetime. 

I would highly recommend this book, and while it might not be the care-free and light read that some desire, it is definitely a story that lets you soak in it and get a small peek at what Europe was like during WWII, especially when the generation that lived through it and witnessed such a war too pass on such tales to future generations is shrinking. 

Now to Discuss: What did you think of All The Light We Cannot See? Which character did you champion for the most? What character's decisions surprised you the most? How did you feel about what Marie-Laure did with the diamond? 

The Status of All Things by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

From the Back Cover: 
What would you do if you could literally rewrite your fate—on Facebook? This heartwarming and hilarious new novel from the authors of Your Perfect Life follows a woman who discovers she can change her life through online status updates.

Kate is a thirty-five-year-old woman who is obsessed with social media. So when her fiancĂ©, Max, breaks things off at their rehearsal dinner—to be with Kate’s close friend and coworker, no less—she goes straight to Facebook to share it with the world. But something’s changed. Suddenly, Kate’s real life starts to mirror whatever she writes in her Facebook status. With all the power at her fingertips, and heartbroken and confused over why Max left her, Kate goes back in time to rewrite their history.

Kate's two best friends, Jules and Liam, are the only ones who know the truth. In order to convince them she’s really time traveled, Kate offers to use her Facebook status to help improve their lives. But her attempts to help them don’t go exactly as planned, and every effort to get Max back seems to only backfire, causing Kate to wonder if it’s really possible to change her fate.

In The Status of All Things, Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke combine the humor and heart of Sarah Pekkanen and Jennifer Weiner while exploring the pitfalls of posting your entire life on the Internet. They raise the questions: What if you could create your picture-perfect life? Would you be happy? Would you still be you? For anyone who’s ever attempted—or failed—to be their perfect self online, this is a story of wisdom and wit that will leave you with new appreciation for the true status of your life.

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