Thursday, June 3, 2010

shock-o'-joy

So, last night we met at Beth's to discuss The Blue Castle. Beth shares a lovely home with Jessica, where one can find good art, a fabulous (and hip) garden, a comfy porch, and a goat.

Highlights of the evening:
  • Birthday cake (and berries, and whipped cream, made by Kerry), along with singing, in honor of Lisa's birthday
  • Quite possibly the most wonderful sorbet made by the amazing Christopher Elbow: basil lime and creme fraiche. wow. Thank youuu, Amanda.
Okay, well, those highlights were about food, not the book, but man! Half the fun of book club is the snacks and drinks. It could be bookie/foodie club.

The book discussion was also good. The Blue Castle scored about a 60% on the group blind thumb range rating (obviously highly accurate and authoritative).

Personally, I really enjoyed reading the book...it was a quick, fun read (though, during the first 50 pages or so, it was so depressing I didn't know if I would be able to handle it). Valancy's character was sassy (in an early-1900s sort of way) and endearing, and the nature writing was beautiful. Overall, I found the plot to be a little lacking...the romance was a little cheesy, the other characters didn't have much depth. For a young-adult book, though, particularly one from that era, it gets an up-leaning thumb from me.

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