So, I went to my first book club this week. It was run by someone I went to high school with and when she posted it on facebook, I asked to join. Our first book was ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn (I believe I mentioned this in my post about ‘The Room’). I liked the idea of a book club to be able to talk to someone about the books I’m reading and have a commitment so I’m more likely to dedicate time to reading. I had heard of it but didn’t really know what it was about but it seemed to be the book everyone was reading for months.
I really enjoyed it. I thought the narrative structure was absolutely amazing. The calculated thought that Flynn put into building the story is unbelievable. We’ve always heard that’s there’s actually three sides to every story, his-side, her-side and the truth, this book illustrates that perfectly. I don’t want to spoil any of the story line because every twist and turn is unexpected and unbelievable. I don’t normally read thrillers or mysteries but this was great. The first 70 or so pages are a little slow, while the story is being built up but once you have that background information and the real story begins, it is a page turner. I couldn’t put it down, I also wanted to read it before the book club because I hate spoilers.
As for the book club, it was a lot of fun. Of course we really only talked about the book a fraction of the time we were there but it was still nice to catch up and meet new people. I really enjoyed that I was able to gush and talk with the people who did get a chance to finish the book because so much happens and it’s hard to not have someone to talk to it about. I think next time, I’ll try to come with some more questions but I did think that we had a great start and wonderful conversation. It’s interesting to see how other people interpreted the characters and the plot. And even though the movie is never as good as the book, I do want to see it when it comes out this year. David Fincher has already said that the movie will differ from the book and based on the way it’s laid out, I don’t see how that wouldn’t be possible.
Next month’s book is “Orange is the New Black” – I watched the show on Netflix, I’m interested to see how the story is laid out in the book.
Have you read ‘Gone Girl’? What did you think? What books are you reading now that should be added to our list?