This is the first month our book club selection is something I’ve already read and reviewed (click here for my review), so I’m handling things a little differently this time.
I’m really looking forward to our meeting to find out what others thought of this book that I loved and recommended so highly last fall. Although I no longer have my copy of the book (having passed it along to one of our kids), I was able to refresh my mind by watching the film version about a week ago, comparing notes with my husband and one of my brothers on how closely it followed the book. In a nutshell, the movie did a fine job, only making one major departure, and that not being something that really changed anything. Even though it’s not a lengthy book, the movie still had to cut many parts from the book. Overall, though, it was a good representation and I found it just as nerve-wracking (or is that nerve-racking??) as when I read the print version. Good job, Hollywood!
Our meeting this month was meant to double as a “diaper shower” for our youngest member who is expecting a baby boy in a couple of weeks. Sadly, she had some problems the day before the meeting and was put on bed rest for the remainder of her pregnancy. Mother and baby are both fine, but she wasn’t able to join us and we really missed her! We took photos of everything and texted them to her instead. I’ve included a couple at the end of this post.
Unfortunately Tracy wasn’t able to read the book with us this month, either, so no link to her blog for a review.
Turns out The Martian was a step outside the norm for most all of our members, yet everyone really enjoyed it. A few others had also seen the movie, so our discussion included both the book and the film and the space program in general. It’s fascinating the things we learn about others through conversations like this. One of our members spent a number of years with the Red Cross and actually worked the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster which took place during re-entry over Texas in 2003. I’m ashamed to admit I’d totally forgotten about that tragedy, only remembering the Challenger explosion.
As always, it was a wonderful evening and I look forward to the next time we get together!