Hello book friends! I'm checking in to say that February has passed and we're now into March. Can you believe it? I hoped to have a flower picture or two to show, but it's pouring rain outside this morning and I haven't seen many spring flowers yet. They are coming though. I know they are.
February was a good month for me with lots of walking and listening to audiobooks. I've been rereading a bunch of things so I don't have many to share. I'll talk a bit about American Dirt below and tell what little there was about our afternoon book group's 'Oprah' connection. Tonight is our monthly mystery book group meeting and we're discussing Jane Harper's latest, The Lost Man. I liked it OK, but I liked her previous two books featuring Aaron Falk better. I'm hoping she gets back to those. I also couldn't wait for Elly Griffiths' new Ruth Galloway mystery, The Lantern Men, and ordered it from 'across the pond'. Read it and also liked it a lot, though it won't be one of my favorites. It seems a sort of transition book. As always, now begins the wait for the next one.
Our book group discussion of American Dirt was quite interesting and the moderator did an excellent job of keeping the ball rolling around the 32 people that attended. That group normally has between 18-22 people at most. Because of the controversy and Oprah connection, the meeting room was full. She and I had talked about possibly dividing into two groups if necessary and she asked if I'd be willing to handle discussion for one of the groups. I agreed, but privately hoped I wouldn't have to do that. It turned out that 7 of the people attending hadn't read the book or ever attended the group (it's a library program so people come and go as they like). They were just curious and understandably so. We remained in one big group.
As to the sharing part, some loved it, some really hated it, and some were kind of 'meh'. I came in between 'meh' and liking it. Honestly, I thought the author tried to do too many things in the book. Was it a thriller or was it a commentary on society? My heart broke for the children and young women in the story. I also thought the publisher didn't handle the publicity at all well. However, in the end, I was glad that I tried it. The Oprah aspect of our group's inclusion pretty much amounted to most of us getting a free copy of the book. Ha!
As I said above, lots of walking for me. I'm back on track with my movement and my eating. And that means that I'm sitting less and checking in here and on your blogs less frequently. I don't see that changing for now. I'll try to at least do a post here monthly and comment around now and then. Here's to a great spring! Oh, and remember to practice good hygiene in public. Too many germs floating around, right? It's OK to be a bit of a germ-o-phobe now and then. Ha!