BOOK CLUB: September
It’s finally time to discuss our September books!
I don’t know about you guys, but I found it really hard to fall into a routine when reading these books. I was either all in at 2AM or not at all. I decided to push myself to read them in a day or so, and found that once I found a rhythm, I couldn’t be stopped!
I do think my favourite of the two was Emma In The Night.
That’s not to say that The Hypnotist’s Love Story wasn’t great, because it was such a guilty pleasure read!
Anyway, before I give too much else away about the books, I just wanted to remind you to vote for our October books! I’ll be announcing the chosen books in a few days so get your votes in now if you want them to make a difference. We have one clear winner so far, but as for our second book – it’s still open!
Now, let’s chat about our September books!
Hmm… Which to start with?
I might go with The Hypnotist’s Love Story. I’m going to be one hundred percent honest and say that when I first started reading this book, I struggled to focus. I just felt that the protagonist was quite judgmental and hard to relate to, but I think that had a lot to do with my age. At twenty-four, I’m not really sharing many of the same thoughts, and I realised that was why I was finding it hard to make a connection.
About fifty pages in, however, I became hooked to the mystery of the story. I find stalkers both fascinating and terrifying, and it really intrigues me how someone becomes that way. I think Liane Moriarty created her characters so well that at times it was more than easy to feel sorry for the stalker, and perhaps even understand her motive. There were multiple times within the novel that I forgot all the messed up shit she was doing and felt bad for her, and that perhaps Patrick deserved what he was getting.
Now, let’s talk about Ellen.
I’ve already mentioned that I found her irritating at first, because she was slightly judgmental, but after I settled into the book I too became fascinated with her way of thinking. I really enjoyed learning about hypnotherapy and the factors in Ellen’s life that molded her into the person she was. I also related to the relationship she shares with her mother.
I think perhaps the strongest part of the novel was the love story, but not in the way you would expect. The Hypnotist’s Love Story is not your typical romance novel. I find it more to be feminist literature, as most (if not all) of the female characters in this book are strong, self-sufficient and successful.
Up next is Emma In The Night, and I loved this book.
I was surprised by how fast I finished this book, but I knew from the second it arrived on my doorstep that I would love it. It had the right amount of mystery and crime and chilling details that I was hooked from the very first page. If you haven’t read it yet… soz, but can we please talk about the narcissism element of the story?
Hoooooooooly hell. Terrifying, right?
I guess what’s even more terrifying is that I can relate to every single part of it. So much so, that as soon as I finished devouring the story I sat and cried for ten minutes straight. If you know, you know, but what a powerful element to bring to a fictional narrative.
Okay, it’s time for the best bit.
I want you guys to get involved in the conversation about these books, and I thought for the first month I’d have some questions so you get used to the style of responding. So many of you are first-time commenters and I know it seems daunting but this is a total safe space to share how you feel, whether or not you enjoyed the book/s, and what elements of the novel/s fascinated you most. Leave your responses in the comments below and if you wish to remain anonymous, that’s totally fine! I’m also open to receiving emails about the novels, so contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get in touch.
With that said, here are some questions:
- Which book did you read?
- Did you enjoy the book/s?
- How did the novel/s make you feel? Emma In The Night made me feel really sad, but also quite tense at the same time, whereas when I finished The Hypnotist’s Love Story, I felt… satisfied. Weird way to feel, I know, but please let me know if you relate!
- Who was your favourite character in the book/s? I loved Abby Winter in Emma In The Night and Julia in The Hypnotist’s Love Story.
- What did you learn from the novel/s? I’m really interested to know.
Okay, so that’s the end of my bit, and the rest is up to you! Let’s have a good old chat in the comments below.
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