Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Reading For Book Club

by Deb Baker/Hannah Reed

I'm in this really cool book club through our local library. Each time we meet, one of us picks the next book with only two criteria - it has to have been made into a movie, because we watch it prior to the meeting too, and it has to start with the next letter in the alphabet.

So May is 'R' and the book/movie selection is Rob Roy.

That's right up my alley because I'm writing the first in a new series set in Scotland, and that's where Rob lived and robbed!

However, even though I was an English major and have read some pretty heavy stuff, I thought those painful days were behind me. No such luck. Rob Roy was written by Sir Walter Scott in 1817 and it's not an easy read. All 500 pages of it. Every single page.

But as our moderator says, the whole point of a book club is to read the book no matter what, to explore stories we wouldn't otherwise pick up. And she knows her stuff.

I'll finish the book. But maybe I'll take a break and watch the movie. That looks way more interesting.

How about you? Are you in a book club? What are you reading?

9 comments:

Aurian said...

I never read the book, but I did see the movie in the theater. It was kind of boring. I kept waiting for the movie to really start, and then it was The End already. I do think someone died ...

Deb said...

Oh, no, thanks for the warning. Sort of like the book. Although it couldn't possibly be that boring!

Jeannie D. said...

Omg! That brings back horrible memories of having to read Shakespeare in my Senior English class! Every page was excruciating. I felt the same way about "The Grapes of Wrath," it was painful. But, I love Steinbeck's "Travels with Charley"

Deb said...

That's what Rob Roy reminds me of - my Shakespeare struggles.

ladyvyvian said...

I have not read the book,"Rob Roy" but I did see the movie and I did not find it boring at all. Liam Neeson plays Rob Roy and I would sit and watch him all night long. LOL

I go to a book club at the Senior Citizens Center. Unfortunately I missed last months meeting so I do not know what book they are reading for this Friday's meeting. I hope I can go and get the book for next month.

I always find that discussion interesting even if I did not get to read the book.

Deb said...

I agree with you - I could watch that hunk in his kilt for a long time:)

Sometimes I dislike the book but after the discussion I have a new appreciation. Hope that happens this time.

Rachelle21 said...

I certainly have not had the time to read for the last week since my husband has been home from the hospital. He has to catch up on work that was not finished. We will have copies to make after the 15th and some extensions to do. I would not want to tackle 500 pages until after a vacation.

Kate Midnight Book Girl said...

I do run a book club and we recently read Ready Player One, which made for a fantastic discussion, and now we're reading The Memory Keeper's Daughter. We take turns picking books, which makes for very eclectic selection. We do tend to avoid "book club novels" and have read everything from Sarah Waters to Ellery Adams, from YA to historical fiction, we read it all.

Deb said...

Great! Two new books to recommend next time around. I'm never going to make it through Rob Roy:)