Since I wore craptastic shoes today, I shall spare you the photo. Actually, our camera is spent...it's screaming CHARGE MY BATTERIES!!! I'm an awesome camera-mom. I've ignored its' plight for power in hopes that my husband will make the problem go a-way.
So, today the post is totally shoe-less.....
I need help, internet. I love reading books almost more than anything and can whip through a novel every three days (with glee!). I'm in a book club. I love our meetings. I love hearing their perspectives on a character's motivations. I like hearing what they find amusing about the prose. I enjoy debating about what would make a better ending.
I am 30. The youngest member. If I had to hasten a guess, the other nine members are in their 50s and 60s. To me, they are by no means "old" as age is but a number (I've totally adopted this way of thought since I hit the big 3-0.) I didn't feel like a young'n until it was my turn to recommend a book.
My preference is eclectic to say the very least. The current stack of books I'm reading through is made up of the following:
Cold Comfort Farm
Adventures of a Jelly Baby
In Cold Blood
Murder Boogies with Elvis
(A long time ago I was a criminal justice/forensic science major.....so please 'scuse the interest in the slightly macabre.)
Last summer, the book club gals asked for members to recommend a good "summer read" that was "fluffy" but that had a bit of a twist. I confidently recommended, The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc
Okay, the book isn't the most stellar novella on my bookshelf, but I like it. The cover alone makes you want to pick it up. It has a bit of smut tossed in for good measure, but not so much that I'd blush recommending it to my mom. Just enough. Also? I liked the main character, Sissy. She's brash, daring, horny, independent and wistful. Truly, this is just a good book to read whenever you want something a bit lighter.
See, I thought they'd get a kick out of this book. Unfortunately, at the next meeting, I didn't feel the love. I heard, "A bit racy for my taste," "A bit smutty for my taste," "The characters weren't endearing and I found myself not caring about what happened to them."
Do you hear that sound? That would be the wind exiting my sails...
I'm pretty sure the gals thought a bit differently about me and not in that, "Wow, what an astute young lady!" or "What a fine young woman to have in our club!" Moreover, their thought process was probably along the lines of "JEZEBEL!" "TART!" "We're very disappointed in you, Over-Thinker." Of course, I'm exaggerating, but still. I felt like I had let them down.
So....I'm up to bat again. My hands are sweaty, the bat's heavy and I can't remember which way to run. I'm supposed to recommend a selection for May. I'm choking up here people!! Please recommend something that I can pass off as my own recommendation :-) I'm looking for a good mystery-- something smart, relevant, respectable (wha??). I will not turn my nose up at any suggestions. In fact, I'm pretty sure that I will take them and run. To help you make your recommendations, please suggest books with minimal profanity and without the following phrases*:
- She let her eyes trail down the front of his sweat-stained shirt to his...
- The pool of blood at the bottom of the stairs was still missing its' donor...
- I will not eat green eggs and ham. I will not eat them, Sam I Am.