Poppy Loves Book Club

Poppy Loves Book Club

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A month before being admitted to hospital I joined a book club.

I’ve always wanted to join one, to broaden my taste in books and have a good discussion about the book after (over a glass of wine or two of course).

I’d suggested creating one with my two closest friends but one of them takes an age to read a short book due to never finding the time to read and the other reads far quicker than me! I thought it would be a great opportunity to get the three of us together at least once a month which is shockingly hard to do with our busy lifestyles. But alas I’ll have to find another way!

Anyway, by chance I found Poppy Loves Book Club:

Poppy Loves Book Club sees women all over the world reading the same book at the same time and then coming online together on Facebook, with the author, to discuss it.

Not only can you get involved in the global online community, but you can also join local branches of the club which are situated all over. There happened to be one local to me in Bethnal Green and I took the leap and signed up.

The first meeting is end of this month and I’m both nervous and excited to meet my fellow East End book lovers.

We are going to discuss both June’s book Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll and July’s book Curtain Call by Anthony Quinn which I’m still reading. My review of Luckiest Girl Alive can be found below:

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

My first Poppy Loves Book Club book and Knoll’s first novel Luckiest Girl Alive became a New York bestseller which in my option is a thoroughly deserved accolade.

The plot kept me guessing all the way through and I was constantly trying to decide if I liked complicated lead protagonist Ani FaNelli, who is a woman with many faces.

Without spoilers, Knoll handles sensitive subject matters with precision and ties a part of her own personal past trauma into the story – an incredibly brave thing to do.

The story takes the reader through unexpected twists and turns and for once, I hadn’t predicted the ending – making it a perfect holiday read.

Some critics have unfairly compared the book to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl which I can only imagine is due both books having a female author and thrilleresque/mystery plot, and though I agree the book isn’t as strong as Gone Girl, it certainly stands alone as a modern entertaining read.

****

(4/5 stars)

 

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