I joined a book club. 7 of us converged on the common room in my building last night for our first meeting. This is a new adventure for me. I’ve always considered reading, like writing, to be a solitary activity, so being able to discuss what I’ve read with others is an idea with real appeal.
However, I’m not so sure about the books we settled on to read. First up is an Oprah pick–The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen. Based on the blurb, it sounds depressing beyond belief. But I’ll give it a shot.
I have more hope for the next one–The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet, a doorstop of a book set in 12th century England. It sounds like a meaty, rich historical tale that I could eat with a spoon.
Next we’ll tackle Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist. This story is billed as a Brazilian fable and reviewers accuse it of following the “hero’s journey” of recognizable plot points. I suspect I’ll enjoy this one.
Lastly we settled on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. It’s a thriller and I’ve heard intriguing things about the main character, so I’ll go into this one with expectations of a good read.
Notice the group did not pick a single title written by a woman. I hope to change that. Remember I live in New England, where less than 12% of the population will admit to ever having read a romance, so I’m treading lightly. I’m hoping to ease a romance into the mix after I build a little credibility with this group. Not sure which book I’ll lead with, but I do have a recommendation for you today!
It’s Sinful in Satin by Madeline Hunter. Usually, I read to dissect how the other author has handled writerly issues–POV shifts, plot points and characterization, etc. The talented Ms. Hunter is one of a handful of authors who make me forget I’m a writer too. She sucks me completely into her richly imagined world.
Sinful in Satin is a beautiful story of two people who try to rise above their births in a highly stratified and judgmental society and, of course, learn to love each other along the way.
As an added bonus, Madeline Hunter is prolific. Once you read one of her stories, you’ll want more.
Now it’s your turn to share. What book would you recommend to your friends?