“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.” Marcel Proust
So good!! I almost stayed up late again last night to finish but I can‘t do that two nights in a row. At its heart, it‘s a story about mothers and daughters.
“What the mother knew was that she couldn‘t go back home. She would save her surviving daughter by staying away, and letting her guilt over what happened be hers alone.”
So I‘ve been looking forward to this book for awhile. It‘s about a woman who joins a book club and each member picks a book for their month, a book that matters most to them.
Anyway, for January they have to read Pride and Prejudice, which I LOVE. So when I read that the main character decides to watch the movie instead of read it I AM SHOCKED. I hope she at least picks the best version. Does she? NO. Which I find out on the page pictured. Argh!!
#TBRtemptation post 10! Ava's 25-year marriage has fallen apart & her 2 children live outside the country. She joins a book group for her love of literature & sheer desperation for company. Each person presents the book that matters most to them. Hers is a childhood one that helped her before. Meanwhile, her daughter Maggie lives in Paris with a destructive man. Ava's book & Maggie's decline rekindle their relationship. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎
Finished this book tonight just in time for book club tomorrow. I really enjoyed this book and all the different stories. The author does a great job weaving them all together in a mostly believable way. We did something similar in my book club a couple of years ago - we re-read books that were important to us. It was such a fun way to revisit past favorites.
Here it is: the rare JSW PAN rating. Usually I will just bail on a book I don't like, because life is too short and my TBR is too long. But this is for book club. So : one plot twist I called early enough that it was unsatisfying to see it happen. The other twists felt too easy and unrealistic. Book club discussion should be interesting. 😏
#TBRtemptation post! Ava's 25-year marriage has fallen apart & her 2 grown children are living out of the country. So she joins a bookclub for her love of reading & sheer loneliness. Over the year, each member will present the book that matters the most to them. She rediscovers a mysterious book from her childhood that helped her through traumas & family deaths. It's for Maggie too, her daughter in a bad relationship. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎
Really enjoyed this one. The drug scenes were so painful to read tho. I'm so in love with books set in Paris lately, I really want to go. I had a smidge now of trouble with the ending but won't say why because...spoiler lol but overall, really enjoyed it. I loved the concept of their book club as well.
Between life & holidays & vacation & the flu I've been MIA from Litsy & reading in general. But finally I'm feeling like myself & am back. this book was the perfect book to remind me why I love books & the book community - there are so many books that matter! Books that are there when you have loss or are lost or are just searching for something. There are old friends & new discoveries & each of us have our own books that matter the most.
4⭐️ Pleasantly surprised with this book! It starts out a bit slow, probably for the first half, but it picks up significantly for the back half. An added bonus is the actual discussion of the books in their book club- although I don't really buy that the most influential books of everyone's' lives are these massive classic tomes 😃 Good read overall and I would recommend.
Just got this off of my hold list at the library. Good thing I just finished a book.
So. Good. Following mother and daughter on their journeys to self-discovery was definitely an emotional ride, but so enjoyable. There were some great twists at the end of the story that really tied everything together (and I, as usual, didn't see them coming until they punched me in the face). I finished the book over a week ago and I haven't stopped thinking about the characters. I love it when a book lingers. Highly recommend. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
What a wonderful premise-a book club devoting a year to books that matter the most to them. The intertwining of the book club and stories were perfection.
I almost returned this to the library unread but saw enough positive reviews that I gave it a chance. So glad that I did! It was a great character-based story with enough of a thickening plot to keep me turning the pages. Love, loss, and redemption are explored beautifully; in addition there is the added bonus of the ongoing book club theme. 😍
Got this book at an author's luncheon where Ann Hood spoke - she's warm, funny and master of the anecdote. Intrigued by book concept but the outset will make book lovers cringe - a woman who doesn't read joins a book club and balks at actually reading the books! Glad I stuck with it; thought it got better by the middle, and I appreciated the setting in Providence, RI, a place close to my heart.
After joining a book club in her attempt to find companionship, Ava embarks on a quest to find the author of a book that helped her get through tragedies that occurred when she was young. Ava's story runs parallel with that of her daughter's, Maggie, who makes one bad decision after another while she is in Paris. This search will unravel secrets from Ava's past and will ultimately help her reconnect with her daughter in a tale of love & redemption
So the book that matters most is definitely not this one. I gave it my best and reached 26% but I just cannot stand the vapid characters and the insipid pseudo-literary book discussions. Life's too short to keep reading an unappetizing book! (And no, the main character did not read Pride & Prejudice; she watched the Knightley version on Netflix 😳)
This does not bode well...
That awkward moment when you are 4% into an ARC from NetGalley and you find this mention of Proust. Mind you, it's supposed to be a novel about a book club. I'm wondering if the issue (lack of knowledge about Proust) is the author's or the characters'...
The Book That Matters Most by Ann Hood is less about books than I expected. I love the idea of a book club where members pick “the book that matters most” to them. This story, however, introduces other side stories and a mystery about Ava's childhood. I wish it stayed closer to its main premise.