At this month’s Brunch Book Club, Jenn (Lost in a Great Book) and I had two lovely guests join us at the à la Carte Bistro at the Gardiner Museum. Rhiannon (The Diary of a Bookworm) and her 3-month-old Sybil! As this is a book club discussion on The Book of Lost Things, there is – as always – a big ol’ spoiler warning.
Initially, halfway through August, I had struggled with the beginning of this book. I even messaged Jenn at one point saying I’m having a hard time getting into it. Jenn responded with how she was finding it difficult to read too and, it wasn’t until our discussion, did I realize what she meant by that. I had misunderstood her message to be that she was also having trouble getting into the book but it was more the fact that the story dealt with the loss of a parent and, as she has recently lost her father, it was tough for her to read at times.
While I did find it a bit mundane in the beginning, as I mentioned in my review, it definitely picked up more later on. Rhiannon said that she’s found that to be the case with several of Connolly’s other books… that it takes a bit to get into it. Jenn loved the father figure of the Huntsman and we both agreed that it was a very similar vibe to the show Once Upon a Time. The fact that the Crooked Man was Rumplestiltskin, and playing into how mischievous he is was a perfect fit. I loved that Snow White was a nightmare and Jenn couldn’t stop laughing at the Marxist Dwarves.
We did love the fable behind the whole thing. It’s written like a kids’ book but not a kids’ book. It allowed for the protagonist to grow from being a petulant child to becoming taking responsibility. This book had come highly recommended to me from a good friend of mine and I was admittedly hesitant with how the story began but I’m glad to say that I did end up enjoying the read quite a bit. It was a lovely brunch/lunch discussion with Jenn, Rhiannon and Baby Sybil – who spent most of the time in Jenn’s arms!
Will you be joining us for our September read of Sutton?