March’s Book Club Review

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Hello fellow book lovers!

If any of you are following the book club via my blogon Goodreads, or are just passing by looking for some reading inspiration, for our March book of the month we read Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders by Julianna Baggott and it was a fantastic read.

Julianna Baggott

Harriet Wolf’s seventh novel has disappeared. The characters are on an unintentional sudden quest to find it. As more truths about themselves are unearthed along the way, they discover the book was a lot closer than they thought.

Firstly I wanted to say how much I enjoyed the book. I found it very easy to read due to the very well devised, complex characters. Each were immensely flawed, and therefore you were racing to the end to see how these jagged pieces of a jigsaw fit together as a family.

There was an extremely tender and raw storyline running throughout, in that the whole family was healing from their break up and from Harriet’s death. They had come unravelled as a family and seemed to be incapable of putting themselves back together in any new form. The three women were left rather blindly trying to navigate through their lives, and were much in need of finding the book if anything for the connection to the ‘leader’ and strong force over their family.

I really enjoyed the fantastical elements to the novel (did anyone else see so many references to harry potter! – Tilton was extremely like the HP character Luna – ‘pale golden skin and luminous hair – silken girl’. Also the references to her being ‘a piece of my own soul being returned to me’ reminded me of the horcruxes which are pieces of Voldemorts soul – anyway, just putting this out there!

I am not usually a fan of several narrators – as we discussed about Where’d You Go, Bernadette for February’s book of the month, but I must say this worked SO well. In fact i think this was the reason that the book was so addictive, you were so ready to devour whatever the new narrator had to say – you didn’t want to miss a trick.

I thought the structure was really interesting – leaving so many things hidden, yet revealing new things continually, and always leaving the audience and the characters in the dark in someway so as to keep everyone guessing.

We are discussing the book over on the book club now, so do join in!

April’s book of the month is American Housewife: Stories, by Helen Ellis. I am really looking forward to reading and discussing short stories next, so due grab a copy and join the conversation!

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Until next time,
Emily xox
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Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book Of Wonders

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The book for March has been chosen, and it is Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book Of Wonders: A Novel by Julianna Baggott.

Baggott, who also writes under the pen names N.E. Bode and Bridget Asher, has written 18 books, with her novel Pure being her most notable to date. She lives in Florida which is the place I now call home (for myself this is exciting but probably irrelevant to you). Read all about the author here.

She also writes a really great blog; introducing new writers and discussing her own writing techniques. It’s a good read for aspiring writers out there!

Julianna Baggott

About the book

It appeared on New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2015 and they described it as an ‘intricate, tenderhearted novel’. The story spans the twentieth century, and combines the stories of a mother, her daughter, and her two granddaughters. One of the granddaughters is the only person who knows where the final ‘Seventh’ book is, which holds the truths of Harriet’s life. A story of love, motherhood, and secrets, I cannot wait to start turning the pages of this novel.

So read along with me, and we will be reviewing this book in April. Don’t forget to read this month’s book which is Where’d You Go, Bernadette which we will be reviewing in March. The ‘Cup of Coffee Book Club’ can be found on Goodreads, but I will also be posting the review and welcoming conversation and comments right here as well.

I hope you enjoy March’s read, and that you can answer the question on everybody’s lips: Was Harriet Wolf a real person, or is she a fictional character created by our author Julianna Baggott?

Enjoy!

Emily