Year 2, Book 69

69. The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
I pretty much blew this book off as chick lit ever since it came out. I never really had any intention of reading it until I saw a preview for the upcoming movie adaptation of the book. Although I’m generally anti-chick lit in my reading I enjoy a good romantic comedy for my movies, so the movie looked better to me than the book ever sounded. At any rate I decided if I was going to eventually see the movie I might as well read the book and thus ruin the movie for myself. I’m crazy like that. The book was actually a bit less typical chick lit than I was expecting. Most of the characters were older. The book was mostly divided into chapters each detailing the life of one of the members of the book club with kind of an overarching storyline. The book was ok, but I didn’t feel like I got to know any of the characters well enough. It was almost in a way like 6 short stories kind of welded together. I’ve never been a fan of short stories because they never included enough for me. I always feel like I am left wanting more when I read them. Also, the way the story was narrated was kind of bizarre. It seemed like it was being narrated by someone who knew all the characters and attended the book club, but in reality it wasn’t. It was really weird and I didn’t care for it. I give it a 6 out of 10. I have a feeling this may be one book that’s actually better as a movie.

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