First Book Club in Metz, France

On March 19, we had the pleasure of having our first book club get-together in Metz. As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts (click here, here, and here), I am seriously into organizing English social events in Metz. It’s a great way to meet people, especially foreigners like us!

 

photo taken from: Atoutlire’s FB page

The venue was Atoutlire Bookshop, the only English bookshop in Metz. The owner, Dominique, is such a lovely person!

So how did our first book club go? Quite well actually! I have to admit I was a little nervous at first, but now I can’t even remember what I was so nervous about. We were 5 coming from different countries. As a way to know each other, I had ask everyone to bring a book that meant something to them.

Here are the books that were presented: 

Sors de ce corps by David Safier                                                                                   The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern                                                                  Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones                                                             It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover                                                                           Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

 

photo taken from: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/million-little-pieces-james-frey/1100321584#/

I came with A Million Little Pieces by James Frey. Admittedly, it isn’t the book I’ve ever read. But it is the first « adult book » I read. Growing up my father would always tell me that if it came to books, his budget was unlimited. Every time we’d go out I made sure to get lots and lots of books. Really young, I used to read Judy Blume, then I started reading Love Story Saga, Sweet Valley Saga, in school we would tackle the Classics (American and European). But this one was different. It talked about modern issues. I simply couldn’t put the book down. I think I was 17 at the time. It uses stream of consciousness, just the Old Man and the Sea (which unfortunately I have a horrible memory linked to that book). Years later, the book’s author met problems with the fact that contrary to what he had earlier said, this wasn’t a true story. Yeah, I was disappointed with the author, but it didn’t change a thing for me. Because it was written in stream of conscious, there were some scenes where I felt like i was actually there. More than once, I caught myself reading the book out loud.

“The Young Man came to the Old Man seeking counsel.
I broke something, Old Man.
How badly is it broken?
It’s in a million little pieces.
I’m afraid I can’t help you.
Why?
There’s nothing you can do.
Why?
It can’t be fixed.
Why?
It’s broken beyond repair. It’s in a million little pieces.”
― James Frey, A Million Little Pieces

What about you? What’s the one book that means something to you? 🙂

xoxo Elodie

 

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