Book Club Update: Less Bad Blood

Since the last book club update, we’ve read two books (Less and Bad Blood) and decided on our upcoming book, which we’re dividing into two sections because the thing is long. It’s a nice mix of award-winning fiction, journalistic nonfiction, and a classic.

Here’s what we’ve read and how it’s gone…

Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Discussability Score: 4

Because: Our discussion was lively; when we’re all clamoring to speak, that’s a good sign. This is a difficult book to write about because it’s all too easy to commit spoilers. So we talked about the aspect of the book that makes it spoiler bait. (And it even came up at the next book club meeting.)

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

Discussability Score: 5

Because: This book gave nightmares to more than one of us. So that’s some basis for discussion. The outrageous lies and gas-lighting and legal threats and all-around bad-acting really pushed all of our buttons, which was the Outraged part of our discussion. And then there was the Structure of the Book discussion, where we talked about the way the author put the story together and how his role becomes part of the narrative halfway through — which added even more oomph to a suspenseful, true pageturner.

Next up: Middlemarch by George Eliot

Because: I mentioned that I’m already reading it because of good Bybee inspiring me.

And our resident English major doesn’t recall having finished it, and wishes to. And my good friend’s boyfriend is a big fan of Middlemarch, so she’s interested to read it. And so there it is. We’re reading the first half for our April meeting and the second half for May.

Have you come across any great books for discussion lately?