Sep 13, 2010

Alderwood Wives Book Club Review: The Wonder Spot

I started a book club this summer with some of the other moms & working gals in our 'hood. I was in a book club in CT (another fabulous idea from Jessica!), and it was so much fun I couldn't live without it up here in Canada. It's not so much the book gossip or feeling in tune with my personal Oprah that I love, it's just fun to be in a club and have a ladies night on my calendar once a month.

We had our second meeting last week to discuss our first book: The Wonder Spot, by Melissa Bank. I give this book 2 stars. boo. I am shocked to see that on amazon 95 reviews averaged 3.5 stars. Comments from our club meeting: "the book lacked substance", "nothing really happened", "it was like a flat road", "the main character was whiny", "anticlimactic". My personal main criticism is that the main character lets a lot of sh*tty people in her life. The entire time I was reading it I wanted to jump into the page and slap her across the face and scream, "Wake up, it's your life, no one else cares"... Anyway...the reason this book gets a 2/5 from me is because I actually finished it. Not just because I had to for book club; I really was hoping something exciting would happen. If I can say anything positive, I did enjoy parts of the authors style. She writes some pretty funny metaphors that had me lol.  If I didn't have mommy-brain this morning I would write some of them down for you. Oh well.

The club agreed we need something a little meatier for our next read, something like The Time Travellers Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger. So we decided on Secret Daughter: A Novel, by Shilpi Somaya Gowda. Hopefully this book will live up to it's amazon rating of 4.5 stars. So far I'm 18 pages in and loving it! Seems like it's going to be a real tearjerker for me.


  1. The Time Travellers Wife is a very good book, I enjoyed reading it!

  2. I agree, Time Travelers Wife is very good. Also I just finished Cutting for Stone, awesome, very very good read.

  3. Hello,
    My name is Nicole and I would like to know how I can become a member of the alderwood wives book club? I live in the alderwood area and I have been searching for a book club to join.

  4. Hi Nicole,

    Thanks for your interest in our club. We are at max capacity right now but if we decide to expand I will let you know. In the mean time, a good place to meet other moms in the area is at the Franklin Horner community center drop-in. They have an Early Years program for babies & toddlers, 9:15-11:15am on MWF. Good luck!


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