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March 08, 2016

Book Club: February in review

Who did their homework? Who read along with me?

Let me start with this: I picked Z because The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books. I had to read it in high school, but I've since re-read it (twice) and seen both versions of the movie. I've long had a fascination with the '20s, flappers, and everything that time period represented. Change the setting to Paris in the 1920's and you've got my attention.

Here's what I liked about the book:

The chapters are short so it's easy to pick up for a few minutes with a clear stopping point. The writing is quick, witty and easy to understand. I found myself getting a little lost in the long list of supporting characters and the numerous characters named "Sara", but overall it was everything I had hoped it to be with quite the somber ending.

I became even more fascinated with the Fitzgerald's story. While I'm sure it's exaggerated in parts, to imagine living the way they actually did - my liver would've quit by age 28. I had a hard time getting into the story, but once I was about half-way through, I couldn't put it down. The downward spiral of not only their lives but also their careers proved to be more fascinating than the blissful romance in Part 1.

What did you think? What were your favorite parts?

If you loved Z, try reading:
The Great Gatsby and/or The Paris Wife

Also, try watching:

I feel like this group of ladies should be the patron saints of books clubs worldwide. I imagine them sitting around the table playing Bridge, drinking wine, talking about books and sudoku. I hope to be as cool as them one day....

We're switching gears in a big way this month. Since most will be traveling for Spring Break (or just a quick Spring get-away), I've picked two options that both make great beach reads.


I'm about a year late in picking up a copy of #GirlBoss and can't wait for a kick of motivation. If that doesn't strike your fancy, I'm also tackling Me Before You (not only have I heard great things about it, but have you seen the movie trailer? I'm already hooked). Pick up one or both and read along with me this month!

Also, leave a comment below of your favorite reads and ideas for next month's book club.

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