Book Club: Tinkers

Posted November 19, 2010 by Whitney in books / 5 Comments

Last night was our book club for the discussion of Tinkers.  It was a very split opinion on the book three not having read or finished, another three who detested it and two (myself included) who loved it. My mother, who didn’t finish it (she’s a very bad moderator) brought along some bad reviews via Amazon almost to justify her dislike for the novel.  There was one who said she gave the book to the library book sale because if she gave it to a loved one that might imply that she liked it.  But, most of the reviews, and everyone agreed here that there was no actual plot, just lovely prose.

At the end of the discussion we sat down and chose the titles for our next six meetings.

January — Devil in the Details by Jennifer Traig

February — The White Masai by Corinne Hofmann

March — The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

May — The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

June — The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

August — Room by Emma Donoghue

P.S.  at the last discussion we had a difficult member, we have since “misplaced”  her email.


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5 responses to “Book Club: Tinkers

  1. Hee hee. Your PS made me laugh. This time around my book club are reading The Help by Katherine Stockett and amazingly EVERYONE is loving it. I put it forward as one to consider for the future.

  2. Christina-Reads– The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society looks so cute, I'm looking forward to reading it.

    Becky– For members who had been at the meeting there was a sigh of relieve and for newcomers, they were sorry they missed the entertainment. We actually, discussed reading The Help but several had already read it. Hopefully, I'll get to it myself one day.

  3. Tinkers definitely featured beautiful writing, but I put it aside after 75 pages. I have to be in the right frame of mind for a book like that… will pick it up again later.

    Haven't heard of the first two books on your list, but the rest look wonderful (loved Guernsey). Your PS made me laugh, too!

  4. JoAnn– You certainly have to be in the right frame of mind to read Tinkers because there isn't a whole lot of plot to it.

    To be honest I'd only heard of half of the books before, but I've always thought that part of the idea of "book club" is to expand your reading horizon.

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