Tuesday, April 23, 2013

HBIC Book Club: May Pick

Well, we finished our fourth book of our year long reading challenge today and it feels so good!  I guess it is because I am "in charge" of the book club so the responsibility to keep us organized is mine but even so, I am really enjoying this process so far. I feel committed to finish every book by our deadline date, try to provide interesting conversation about each book and keep the group motivated for the next month. I have no idea how many people are still reading along but as long as anyone, even one other person, is gaining something from being in this virtual book club then I am happy to continue to lead the group! 

So today we open discussion for Drinking: A Love Story. I am really interested to hear what the group has to say about this book. It is raw, emotional and sometimes a little scary but it provided me with a lot of insight into the mind and life of an addict. It helps me understand addiction much better and I hope I can deal with my loved ones who do suffer from addiction in a more productive way. 

And we have chosen our May book pick! Next month we will be reading the thriller,

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Here is the summary from Amazon: 

Marriage can be a real killer. 
   One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.    On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?    As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?  With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.

Although, this wasn't my top pick for this month this book has gotten a lot of good press and I think it will be a nice change from our last 2 months of nonfiction picks. So order your books and feel free to start reading!

May Book Pick: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Discussion Opens: Friday, May 24
Discussion takes place in our Facebook group - Join us! 

Happy reading HBICs!