Thursday, August 1, 2013

July Blogger Book Club

Here is July's Blogger Book Club post, I did not get a chance to read the book they picked out, but I will review another book I read for a different book club I'm apart of.

Don't remember what the Blogger Book Club is about?!

I've joined My Name Is MadelineA Mile in Her Boots, and Confessions of a Busy Busy Bee and we will be reading a book a month and reviewing it on the last day of each month, starting in June 2013 and ending in June 2014. You'll read one book each month that has already been picked out, and write a review on your blog answering the questions provided regarding the book. Be sure to go to their blogs to link up!!!!!

July's book was America the Beautiful by Ben Carson, however, I didn't read that book, instead I read Bound South by Susan Rebecca White, August's is Start by Jon Acuff

**Spoilers ahead**

1. What is the book about?
From Amazon - "By turns hilarious and poignant, the lives of three vibrant and unique Southern women -- a proper Atlanta matron, her rebellious teenage daughter, and their housekeeper's young daughter -- intersect in unexpected and extraordinary ways in this richly compelling debut novel of family, friendship, and folly."

2. What were your initial thoughts on the book? Were you impressed? Disappointed?
We read this book for the book club I joined when I got to Fort Jackson, the one who told us about it said she was recommended it and they told her it was funny. But I did not find this book funny at all, there really were only maybe 1 or 2 funny things.

I had to keep a list of who each chapter was about and the time that chapter was written (i.e. Louise, Fall 1998 then the next chapter was Caroline, Fall 1999) so I wouldn't have to search. It jumped around from person to person, which I guess when it's about 3 different people that makes sense, but it made it really hard to keep track of what was going on. 

I really was not impressed with the book, I tend to read romance novels, so I'm usually not too shocked by crude things, but this book seemed to go way too far. 

3. Favorite Shocking quotations from the book.
There are a few things that were said that made me really shocked...

One was when Louise was describing what her daughter smelled like after being at a party, it's one thing to say she smells like stale beer and sex, but she took it way too far - saying "she smelled like some boy's dried semen, probably caked on that flat stomach of hers"

Another was Caroline, with the teacher she had a relationship with, they wanted to get something for lunch but it was Sunday and she wanted Chick-Fil-A and got so mad they were closed she exclaimed "f***ing Christians" - I get it, we've all forgotten Chick-Fil-A is closed on Sundays, and it is annoying, but what she said was uncalled for.

4. What did you like most about the book?
The writing really wasn't that bad, it was just what she wrote about that had me unimpressed.

5. Would you recommend this book to a friend?
No, and I'm so very glad I used my swagbucks to buy Amazon giftcards to buy this book.