I read The Lovely Bones for my Book Club L two years ago. I wasn’t pleased when my group selected it. I thought it sounded dark and depressing and not like something I wanted to read. But one of the reasons I participate in book clubs is to expand my horizons, and I picked it up, although not without some grumbling.
I loved it. It was still grim subject matter, but the way it was presented kept it manageable. It was fresh, and it was truly unique.
I’m not posting a review at this point, because the details of a book start fading for me after a week, let alone years.
I’m not going to reread it right now because I’m in the “see the movie, then read the book camp”. It simply isn’t possible to include everything from a book in a movie, and I can enjoy the movie more if I’m not mourning all the parts that were left out. I don’t want the book fresh in my memory.
My book club like The Lovely Bones, and I think we had a good discussion (although my memory is a little fuzzy there as well). There’s a Reading Guide posted if your book club wants some help with what to talk about (we frequently use them, although this one doesn’t look familiar).
I’m pretty sure we’ll pull together a book club movie night this December.
If you want to read the book before the movie is released, or if you want the book on hand for reading after seeing it, here is a chance!
Thank you to Hachette Books for allowing me to host a giveaway of 5 copies of The Lovely Bones!
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