I attended by first Book Club a.k.a. "Read It & Eat It Book Club" at my local Library, Octavia Fields yesterday. It was my first time to get out in my new community and meet and mingle with some people and it was a bonus we all shared a passion for books. The attendance ranged from people who brought detailed notes on every character to someone who read it two months ago and at the end of the meeting stated that "she was finally starting to remember the story" and might have possible just come for the "Eat It" part of the book club.
I was hoping that someone would have brought hummingbird cake, but we ended up with Pineapple upside down cake, some super good chocolate cookies, and barbecue sandwiches. If I'm not traveling next month, I'm going to try to make something homemade to bring that directly ties to one of my favorite scenes from the book. Anyways, so it was a small turn out, consisting of eight women including myself, which I thought wasn't so bad, but according to the Book Club organizer was smaller than usual.
The general consensus was that everyone enjoyed the book. I might have been the only one not enthusiastically phrasing it because I came with questions and concerns that I wanted to hear other peoples take on before I could truly judge and understand my perspective of some of the events in the book.
Two questions that everyone in attendance had to answer was who their favorite and least favorite characters were and why, so I've included my own survey below to see what everyone else thinks. The winner for favorite character in our group was Win Coffey, who stood against the grain and didn't judge someone on past transgressions. The winner or perhaps loser to win the least favorite character was by far Mr. Coffey, who was still holding strong on a grudge from decades ago and confronted and yelled at a teenager for her mothers mistakes. There was one person who voted the grandfather as their favorite character because his soft spoken demeanor and how excited he was planning Emily's future at the end, but there was also someone who voted him their least favorite because he shut down emotionally after his wife died and threw money at his daughter and spoiled her, forgetting to raise her right. Vote below and leave a comment with why you picked your two answers.
Next month is another book with a hint of magic: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Even if I'm out of town for the book club I will still be reading and posting my review on the day they hold the meeting, which is the fourth Wednesday of each month. I will be taking character notes this time and come up with a few questions of my own just in case I don't make it to the discussion group and I will host our own book club online.
Thank you for reading and stopping by!