Last Tuesday, Carole and Bonny and I hosted our Read With Us book discussion for . . .
And what a fascinating discussion we had! There were 12 of us on the Zoom, and our responses to the book varied widely. Some of us really liked it, some of us were “glad-I-read-it-but-not-my-favorite,” and some of us didn’t care for it all that much. But overall, the response was quite positive. Yes . . . we all agreed that it was a challenge to figure out what was happening at the beginning. Yes . . . we almost unanimously liked the main character, Maali Almeida (despite his flaws), although perhaps we wouldn’t be all that eager to party with him. And, yes . . . we mostly thought the ending was lovely – and worth the slog through that lake-dredging scene (if you know you know).
The most interesting thing about the discussion was how many of us had read the book . . . more than once. And of the participants who had read the book multiple times, they (hands-down) appreciated it and liked it MORE with the second (or third, in one case) read. Now, I am a frequent re-reader of books, so I can understand this completely (although I wasn’t one who re-read Seven Moons) (yet). Once you’ve read a book once, you can savor it in a whole new way the second time through, and you tend to discover things you missed on the first read — and that certainly held true for our Read With Us readers who re-read this particular book.
In the end, we all agreed that talking about the book helped us appreciate it more. And, really . . . that’s what book groups are all about!
To close the book Zoom, we usually go around the group (round-robin style), and each of us shares a book we’ve enjoyed reading recently. I thought you all might be interested in the list we came up with at the close of last week’s Zoom session:
- Wellness by Nathan Hill
- Let us Descend by Jesmyn Ward
- Rebecca by Daphne de Maurier
- Day by Michael Cunningham
- The Last Ranger by Peter Heller
- The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
- Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson
- The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
- The Bee Sting by Paul Murray
- Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead
- The House of Doors by Tan Twan Eng
And . . . we’ll be announcing our fall Read With Us selection on October 10.