Books, Booze & Bajingos: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Last  night was the monthly meet-up (via Ventrillo) of my book club, Books, Booze & Bajingos. Here is the run down.

This month’s book was Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.

Laura wasn’t able to join us for book club last night and Jessie, while present, hadn’t read the book; so, Maile, Annie, and I talked about this book. I had found some book club questions on Kate Atkinson’s website, but we never really used them. We all talked very in depth about Life After Life. Originally, I only gave this book 3 stars, but I listened to it as an audio book and I cannot stress enough how this book is not made for the audio format. After talking with Maile and Annie, I like the book a lot more and I love all the little details that I missed and they were able to point out.

Both Maile and Annie declared this book to be their favorite book so far (in terms of book club picks). After last night, I am inclined to also say that of the books we’ve read in Books, Booze & Bajingos, this one is my favorite.

PROS: This book is a real thinker. The protagonist, Ursula, lives her life again and again and again. When I talk about this book with people their first response is “oh, like Groundhog’s Day.” No. Not like the Bill Murray movie. Ursula, sometimes aware sometimes just acting on a gut feeling, makes minute (and sometimes, huge) changes in her life each time. It’s a wonderfully written book and very clever. I’m still thinking and realizing things even after book club!

CONS: Some of her lives are horrible. This isn’t really a “con” because I never felt that Kate Atkinson was throwing in the horrible lives gratuitously, by any means. I just want to warn you that there are parts of this book that will make you depressed. Lastly, I will say again, this book is hard to follow as an audio book. This is one that you really need to be able to flip back and re-read parts.


For October, it is my turn to pick.

My pick is:


Also, Vaginal Fantasy had it’s meet-up last week. Here is their main pick for October:

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Books, Booze & Bajingos: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Last Wednesday night was the monthly meet-up (via Ventrillo) of my book club, Books, Booze & Bajingos. Here is the run down.

This month’s book was Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. I had already read this book a few years ago, but it was new to most of the members.

Laura and Jessie were M.I.A. for this meeting, but we decided to carry on without them (I actually got ahold of Laura that night and she was called into work, we found out the next day that Jessie had fallen asleep). We are demanding book reports from them. It was really hard to do this meet-up with just us three and with me having to try to remember a book that I read years ago (although I do love it).

Everyone really enjoyed the book though. The parallels between the story in the “now” and the break in the stream of consciousness to the past really melded for a richer reading experience. Everyone loved the elephant. Hands down. Laura even texted me to tell everyone that she loved the elephant.

We all agreed, though, that it wasn’t abiding by “the rules” as a pick, since it the main character/protagonist is a man. We are going to try to keep future picks to the rule of lady leads.

We got a lot off topic during the meet-up, so I’ll just move on to the pick for this month!


For September, it is Annie’s turn to pick.

BBB-Annie

Her pick is:


Also, Vaginal Fantasy had it’s meet-up last week. Here is their pick for September: