The first book for our book club is Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. The basic plot is that the narrator is a 90 year old man who has flashbacks of his time with a travelling circus in the 1930s. I have to say I enjoyed it.
I'm not always a fan of flashbacks in a book since it is often rough for the reader to get into the story and then be jerked around. Many of the flashbacks ripped you out of the story just when you felt like it was getting good--which is hella frustrating.
At the end it comes together nicely so I'll forgive all the time jumps. If you are looking for an easy summer read, I would recommend this book. It is a very fast read and easy to put down and pick up again.
I think I'm going to offer to host book club in July. My first inclination was to suggest Kite Runner, which I just started to read. I'm not very far into it, but it's gut wrenching and I want something a little more upbeat. It is very well written but I'm pretty much tramatized by the first 8 chapters.
So, I am going to suggest something a little more fun and Vegas-y: How to Make Love Like a Porn Star by Jenna Jameson. She's a Vegas girl and I can definitely put together a fun book club party. Anybody else want to join the club?