I’m pretty excited this afternoon a I am about to share with you one of the regular pots that you will be seeing on the Florence Finds pages. I am just as liable to get obsessed with a new shade of lip colour as the next person and as this mornings post showed, I love having fun with Fashion. But I also believe that modern women are a little bit deeper, more thoughtful and thank goodness, better educated than in the past so a bit of culture won’t go amiss.
This blog is (aside from becoming the new love of my life,) a voyage of self discovery for me and a lot of the things you will see included in here are things that I’m doing to make sure I actually do them, if that makes sense at all? Reading used to be a great love of my life but time pressures took their toll and I miss the escapism they used to provide and the relaxation. I know as Florence Finds grows, if I am to maintain a healthier work/life balance than in the past, I’ll need to unwind before my head hits the pillow and that’s where Florence’s book club comes in. Aside from reading the book, sometimes the most rewarding thing is trying something new, a classic maybe or straying from your usual crime thriller to a romance novel or side splitting chick lit, which you may never have chosen had someone not suggested it.
Next to reading a good book, for me, is discussing a good book. It doesn’t have to be in depth, but I get really excited by a latest read and tend to tell everyone asking if they have read it and what they thought. Florence’s book club is going to become the perfect forum for that I hope!
As we’re at the start, I’m going to explain how the book club will work…
- There will be a monthly book club post on the third tuesday of each month, alternately written by Rachel of Flowers and Stripes and a.n.other Guest blogger.
- Each book will be posted and then you have 2 months to read it before it is reviewed and everyone gets to share their thoughts.
This might sound quite confusing, but the idea is that if you don’t fancy a particular book or you have already read it, then you don’t have to wait a full 2 months before the next one is suggested!
So, today we’re going to be discussing One Day, which I have been reading for the last couple of months… and Rachel will be introducing a new book for October/November which will be reviewed in December. Last month I introduced a Persuasion read along which will be reviewed next month. Nothing like a lesser known classic for broadening the horizons! (Do I sound like an old man?!)
First up… One Day.
I have to confess from the off that I haven’t finished the book yet, (blog getting in the way already!) and perhaps I didn’t come to the book with the best motivations. I decided to read it purely because I could see the film was about to take over the world and I didn’t want to be left out of the conversation. In the event of it, no-one I know has even mentioned going to see it, so I’m looking forward to hearing your reviews instead.
Despite that, rather annoyingly, I am pretty sure of what happens in the end and that it may come as a huge disappointment – which seems to be the cause for the massive reaction amongst those who have read it. That and the will-they won’t-they nature of the relationship between the two main characters. In fact it is their actual personalities that makes me find the book so hard to stick with. I cant stand the first generation, working class university student with left wing view points and the privileged toff with so little respect for the lifestyle he enjoys. The inevitable love/hate relationship and incompatibilities seem somewhat of a cliche to me and make me want to shake them!
If you have read One Day, please leave your reviews below, love it or hate it and why… and feel free to comment if you have only perhaps seen the film. This isn’t a religion, it’s about talking!
Next Up… Breakfast at Tiffanys.
Now I’m going to hand you over to Rachel of Flowers and Stripes to introduce our next book…
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
“I am always drawn back to….” And so opens our second read along. A book, or film, that many of us are drawn back to. A slim novel but such a well known one. About a lady who’s drawn back to her favourite shop when ‘the mean red’s’ descend. But oh about so much more.
A story about frippery, drinking milk from champagne coups, Tiffany’s, little black dresses. Yet scratch the surface, read a little deeper and there’s so much more happening. This made it seem perfect for an early Florence Finds book club. Florence Finds is as classic as a little black dress yet knows that life isn’t always peaches and cream on the inside. A story that each time I return to I discover something new.
We hope you will join us in either being drawn back to the book, or the film and if this is your first time that it’s a book you may return to rereading, or rewatching, again.
We would love you to leave a comment below if you’re interested in joining in with this read along. On the third tuesday in December (Tuesday the 20th) we shall be posting our thoughts and would love you to either leave your thoughts as a comment, or if you have a blog to leave a link.
If you’d like some thought prompts when reading, try considering:
- Why do you love it/loathe it/like it?
- Which happened first for you? Book or film and how were your thoughts different?
- What do you think of the men in it?
- What’s your favourite part?
Now, I’m dying to hear your thoughts on Florence’s book club. Have you read One Day? Are you going to read Breakfast at Tiffanys or have you seen the film?
Join in the conversation by leaving a comment below and sharing your thoughts.
PS. You might have noticed me mention A.N.Other blogger providing the bimonthly relief posts for Florence’s book club and yesterday I said that I would be asking for guest bloggers for various things. Well, here’s your chance! Is there a book you love, a recent release, a classic, something totally different? I’d love to receive your submissions if you would like to lead a Book club post – in two parts: an introduction like Rachel’s to inspire people to pick up the book, then a review to stimulate discussion. Send your suggestions in to firstname.lastname@example.org