Monday, August 16, 2010

The Road Less Traveled

Last month I mixed it up with some tweeters while on line.  After a discussion on our love of reading and how much books meant to us we decided to assemble a book club.

I was so excited about the possibility of this.  I have always wanted to belong to a book club but have never found one that would work around my erratic, crazy schedule.  You can go here to read my original post on this awesome bunch of gals.  In fact since I love these gals so much I am only going to feature their blogs this week on my blog roll right here to the left.  Check them out.

The first book was suggested by Abby Mumford.  I think out of the six of us &yes there are seven now, but on the day we started this A. Peterson was not on line with us but joined our club a couple of days later) Patty, Cynthia and myself were the only ones that had not already read this first book.

At this time I was not too worried about the selection.  Abby and Elizabeth were going on about how much they loved it.  Karla piped up and said we would not be disappointed.  For clarification, I should mention that all of us are writers.  Well the rest of them are, I am still a wannabe.  Karla, Elizabeth, Patty and Abby are all young adult writers, Alyson writes fantasy and Cynthia is a published category romance writer, so I felt pretty sure they would not lead me astray.

But then I went to amazon to down load the selection for my kindle.  I read the blurb on the book and found myself thinking, "Oh no."  I was now officially worried.  This book sounded like nothing I would have ever intentionally read on my own.

I don't like to think I am a book snob, but I prefer chick-lit and I am not ashamed of it.  Some of the authors I enjoy are Nora Roberts, Jill Shalvis and Susan Elizabeth Philips.  The book that was recommended was a young adult novel, which by that very definition made me take pause.  

What I found was very surprising.  I am a book snob, but like any other elitist snob once those braggart glasses were ripped off I found myself enjoying this read.  Was I surprised?  I sure was.  Which begs the question, have you ever found yourself set on one course only to have your mind changed so completely?  I really can't be the only one, can I?


Linda G. said...

That's the best thing about book club recommendations -- they take you to places you might not otherwise go, and it's amazing how much you can enjoy the scenery along the way. :)

Jessica Lemmon said...


A relatable example is: how much I enjoyed my Western Civ class in college. I hate History, but he was SO cool, he made it fun.

A little less relatable is the fact that: I was going to be a "candle lady" (a la PartyLite) and build a CANDLE EMPIRE *mwa haha* - I told everyone it was the job I'd do "until I died."

Well, after 6 yrs, I quit. Thank God it didn't have to come to death to separate me from my vocation...

Elizabeth Ryann said...

Haha, who's PSYCHED for August 19th? I am, totally. :) Thanks for helping me get fired up again. This is going to be really fun!

Patty Blount said...

Absolutely. I was dead set against all things social networking until FORCED to immerse myself in it by my day job.

And look what happened!!!!!

I'm part of a book club (woo hoo), met all these wonderful friends, learned about great writers. Hell, I'm even a proud member of Jeff Somers' Street Team. (Hm. Wonder if I should tell Jeff I left a pile of his bookmarks at Quest Labs? Nah. Pretty sure Google Analytics isn't THAT good yet.)

Candyland said...

I'm like the queen of mind changing, so don't feel bad for even a second. Plus, "a woman has the right to change her mind at any time without warning..."

abby mumford said...

you bring up a good point and as EXCITED as i am for august 19, i am EVEN MORE EXCITED for the next selections because then i get to go out of my comfort zone.

dun dun. dun dun. dun dun. duuuun.

wait, how'd jaws get in my "out of comfort zone" place? this is scary.

Elizabeth Ryann said...

P.S. Is anyone else entertained by the fact that Kelly included a picture that just so happens to feature an iPad next to the Kindle she mentioned?

Kelly Breakey said...

Linda: I find that scenery is looking pretty terrific.

Jessica: So glad I am not the only one.

Elizabeth: I am super psyched about it too.

Patty: You are one of my favorite new friends too.

Candy: You are right it is my could I forget.

Abby: well it could be a twilight zone theme, you never know.

Elizabeth: I did that especially for you.

Thanks for commenting and stopping by ladies.