We hinted at this in our last post, and here it is: we are starting a book club! Woooo!
Now, clearly, Em and I and all of you can’t all get together to discuss a book at a common location, since there are thousands of you scattered across the globe. Rather, maybe a dozen of you, mostly in DFW plus a couple of relatives in some other states.
Either way, it means this book club will be virtual, and it will be easy. Here’s how it works.
- We announce the book that will be read by us and by whomever of you would like to read along.
- We all take some time to read the book. Perhaps a month; perhaps longer. There’s to be little to no pressure in the Jen and Em Book Club.
- After the period of reading time has passed, we post a new blog entry about the book, and our thoughts and feelings about it.
- Then we will invite those of you who read along to add your thoughts and feelings to our Facebook page.
- We will reply to Facebook comments with additional brilliant insights and witty sarcasms.
- That’s it.
And, now that you’re clear on the procedure, I am happy to announce our very first Jen and Em Book Club selection!
You may recall that we previously hinted that our selections would fall under categories such as “celebrity tell-alls” and “trashy 80s fiction.” Well, Selection #1 is a Trashy 80s Fiction piece, and hoo boy is it ever.
I am SO EXCITED about this, guys:
We’re gonna read Flowers in the Attic!
Okay. You guys. Have you ever read this book? (For the record, I have; Em has not. YET.) It is amazing. Written in 1979—okay so technically it’s not an 80s book but close enough—FitA is the first of a five-part series about the twisted, extremely messed-up Dollanganger family. Our protagonist is daughter Cathy, who only wants to be a pretty, pretty ballerina. But some SERIOUSLY TWISTED SHIT gets in the way.
According to the all-knowing Wikipedia, FitA was extremely popular back in the day, and sold 40 million copies. It was adapted into a pretty awful movie in ’87, and you may be aware that a new movie version is coming soon on the Lifetime network. I believe it’s airing in January, which is perfect, because our deadline for reading this amazing trashy novel is January 1.
(That is not to say that our discussion blog will show up on New Year’s Day exactly, but it’ll be sometime that week, I think.)
You can see from the Amazon link above that the book is available in paperback and in e-book form. I would think that many local libraries may have it, since there’s a renewed interest with the new movie coming out. As for me, although I almost exclusively read e-books these days, I think this one’s gotta be a paperback experience, just like when I was an impressionable 14-or-15-year-old. I no longer have my original copy (of it plus the other four Dollanganger books, plus all of the Heaven books plus the amazingly horrifying My Sweet Audrina but don’t get me started on that, thank you very much V.C. Andrews for being such a twisted weirdo), so I’ll be purchasing it anew. I want to proudly keep it on my shelf for years to come.
If you are like me and have read this book before, perhaps in your impressionable past, I encourage you to give it a whirl again. It should be interesting to read this as an adult who now has enough sense to wonder how the adults in this book could possibly make the decisions they make.
And if you are like Em and have never read Flowers in the Attic, then now is the time! You will be amazed and probably horrified. But not scared; I should explain this. It’s not a scary book. Creepy, sure. Horror, no.
Flowers in the Attic. You have the month of December to read it, which is plenty of time. Get on it!