We have scheduled some new book club meetings to make up for the ones we missed this month because of the weather. That means, those of you who are in our Adult and Teen Book Clubs will still get a chance to talk about the books you read and tell us what you thought of them.
The new meeting dates and times are as follows:
Teen Book Club: Friday, March 1st at 4:00 p.m.
Adult Book Club: Saturday, March 9th at 11:00 a.m.
For the February meeting, the Monday Mystery Book Club read The Mapping of Love & Death by Jacqueline Winspear. In this one, Maisie is involved in tracking down the unknown nurse whose love letters were found with the remains of a solider from 1917.
Thursday’s Mystery Book Club discussed The Chalk Girl by Carol O’Connell. This book involves rats running through New York, an orphaned fairy-like girl in the park, dead bodies in trees, bullying at a private school, a fifteen year old murder, a cover up, all kinds of power plays, and a detective on a mission.
It’s March, and most of us are looking forward to the first signs of spring: warm weather and all those gardening chores that allow us to putter and get our hands dirty. Many gardeners have started their seedlings and are planning their vegetable gardens. It’s our annual return to the soil.
For the March meeting, the Monday Mystery Book Club read Heartbroken by Lisa Unger. The beginning of this book is very dull and slow. It jumps around between Emily, Kate, and Birdie randomly. Not by chapter. Many found themselves reading along and suddenly getting lost because of a character switch within the chapter. It stops the flow for the reader.
Don’t you love that title? It fairly reeks of mystery and danger. Though, nowadays, we’re much less superstitious about them; combining the words "wolves" and "tenderness" in the same sentence can’t help but intrigue.
The Smithville Branch now offers Book Club Kits to help you get started. The kits include a book, discussion questions, and several handouts that have tips for starting and running a successful book club. They can be checked out at our branch.
Thursday’s Mystery Book Club discussed The Watchman by Robert Crais. This is the first book in Crais’ Joe Pike series. For years Pike was Cole’s sidekick in Crais’ popular Elvis Cole series, and in 2007, he gave Pike his own series. In this one, Pike is hired to look after a spoiled rich girl, Larkin, who saw the wrong man running from an accident scene and now has someone trying to kill her.