The GPL book clubs are reading the following books for June:
Afternoon Book Club
Thursday, June 20 at 2:00 pm
Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick
Evening Book Club
Wednesday, June 12 at 6:45 pm
Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
New members always welcome!
Looking for Alaska by John Green
I have decided that when I need to take a break from heavy reading, I would knock books off the NPR Top 100 YA book list. This is how I was introduced to John Green and his wonderful novel, Looking for Alaska.
If I had to put this book into a category, I would call it a coming of age story. Although, I feel that is inadequate because it is so much more than that. With characters that are somehow as equally simple and accessible as they are complex, Green weaves a story that will linger with you long after you close the cover.
As I was preparing to blog about this book and sing its praises, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the New York Times has done it for me. Looking for Alaska is number five on the list and has been on the list for a total of twenty weeks. This was Green’s first novel, published in 2005. It first appeared on the NYT list in 2012. Not too bad for a debut novel! I can’t wait to read more of Green’s novels, several of which are also on that Top 100 List that I am picking away at.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
It has spent 42 weeks on the New York Times Best Sellers list. The premise of this book is simple. A woman disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary. She is just, gone. The spotlight of suspicion turns on her husband. Could he be a killer?
I anxiously awaited my turn to read this popular book. And I soon learned that the plot is anything but simple. I hadn’t read a lot of reviews, but instead had heard by word of mouth that this was a must read book. I’ll say this; it was one of the better written books that I have read. Flynn has a unique and compelling writing style that just sucks you in. However, I was really frustrated with the ending.
Regardless, I am glad that I read it. It was definitely worth a read. At the very least I now know what everyone is talking about. I also read recently that Reese Witherspoon just bought the movie rights. Wonder how this will translate onto the big screen?
If you are looking for a great new read, check out the list of contenders for the newly created Maine Reader’s Choice Award. Take a peek at the list and leave your comments. The winner will be announced in October.