Boozy Babes Book Club: Of Things Gone Astray

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Yet another topic I couldn't really cover on the old blog format. I co-host a monthly book club! We have been around for a little over a year. Myself and my friend Cassie bonded over our love of books and how we wanted to create a book club that not only featured a new book each month but a new location each month. She being new to the area wanted a reason to get out and try places that perhaps she (and I) would normally shy away from. We wanted something that not only encouraged people to reach for books that might not be ones they would instinctively gravitate towards but also to go to restaurants/try food that might be out of their comfort zone.   

Initially the two of us were definitely sort of navigating in the dark with how to run, plan, and host them but after about a year we're finally starting to get the hang of it. Instead of us selecting each month's book we instead take recommendations, pull three out of a 'hat' (literally and figuratively), and have the members vote for what they would like to read. Whichever has the highest number of votes is what "wins".

Our March book is Of Things Gone Astray by Janina Matthewson. This was a book that I recommended. I was initially interested in reading it because I'm a big fan of the podcast she co writes with Jeffery Cranor of Welcome to Night Vale called Within the Wires. I can not recommend the podcast enough, so if you're looking for something new to listen to definitely give it a go, all of season one is up so you can play catch up until season two is released later this year.

Her novel, written in an unconventional style, is a story of a group of people who all lose something. The things they lose though are rather strange: the front of a house, their sense of direction, their piano keys.... Simultaneously a young boy is attracted to nameless lost things but while he gathers other people's lost items he begins to lose his own most valuable possession. It reminded me a bit of Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Both shared the magical realism genre where it could either be read as very literal or metaphorical. 

We had a snowstorm in early March which allowed me to knock this book out within a day. If you're a fan of Neil Gaiman, Welcome to Night Vale, or even Within the Wires I think you'll be quite fond of Janina's book. 

Our next book club meeting will be held on March 30th. 
If you'd like the details, or would like to join in on the fun please feel free to shoot me an email at natalieaja@gmail.com or find me on facebook! 
xx

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