Second Book Club Meeting

Yesterday was the second meeting of the book club I joined. The book assigned was The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. This book was amazing. I have never read any of her work, but I was told that this book was a good start.

I’m not here to do a book review. This book was very well written and I recommend it to anyone who likes historical fiction. I have even decided to read it for a second time because it affected me strongly.

After the first book club meeting I wasn’t sure if I liked it but vowed to try again to get more of an opinion. As you know, I am the youngest individual in this group. I don’t mind that because I have found that I get along better with people older than me. My family has always teased me and said I was an old woman in a young persons body. After this meeting I still have not decided if I enjoy it or just use it as an excuse to get out of the house once a month. The other women in the group are intelligent and wise. I do enjoy hearing their stories of their pasts and how they have grown and changed. We do have lengthy discussions about the characters and story plot. What I have found I do not enjoy is how many stories are told about Facebook.

I have a Facebook and an instagram so social media is not foreign to me. I do not use them much though. I have them mostly to stay in touch with family that doesn’t live close to me. These women are retired so they are in their 70s. Two women are in their late 40s. But I am just shocked with how obsessed they are with social media. They also talk about how they can’t leave the house without their smart phones. I am an old fashioned type person. I have a cell phone because I do not have a house phone. If people have to get ahold of me that’s how they do it. I prefer to read paper copies of books. I write in notebooks. I even hand write letters to my husband. I do not look down on anyone who thinks different than me. The only judgment I have is how sad it is that we have become so attached to technology that the older generation feels they need to also be attached to it to have a connection with family.

Overall, I have a positive opinion about the book club and will go to the next meeting to see if I enjoy it. I do hope that Facebook is not the big topic of discussion.

How do you feel about technology? Have we gotten too attached? Are doomed as a nation to be slaves to social media and smartphones?

Published by Ashleyhouck

I’m a stay at home mom to 3 wonderful angels and many fur babies.

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    1. I do believe they are retired so other than going to the grocery store, the gym, gardening, or the book club I don’t think they get out into the real world much. I have no judgements against them. I am a stay at home mom so I know what it’s like to be isolated, but I don’t spend that time on Facebook or other forms of social media. They are nice ladies so I’m sure they could make friends easily and find ways to be out in the real world.

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    1. I always felt that I would have gotten along better being born in those times. I prefer handmade things, hand written notes, courting, spending time in nature, anything not having to do with technology. I’m an old soul. This blog is probably the most time I spend on the internet.

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  1. I’m delighted to hear you attended your 2nd book club and interested in how your next visit will go. It can take a good few visits to feel part of something. As for some social media like fb, I have an account, used it for about a year but decided it wasn’t for me as it stinks of one-up-manship and braggers just annoy me.

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    1. I do look forward to the next meeting to see what others have to say about their take on our next read. I like that this group has opened my eyes to other kinds of books that I never would have read on my own. I do hope that the women don’t feel the need to talk in length about what they have seen on Facebook. Like I said, they are nice and intelligent, but if I wanted to talk about Facebook or other social media platforms then I would hang out with my sisters.

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  2. I try and be sensible but it’s seductive as well as reductive. I don’t think it interferes but others may take a different view. I cheese people off when I’m on my phone and they don’t want me to (I’m looking at you, Mrs LP but my now adult children sometimes tick me off, but I do them too). Overall the pluses outweigh the minuses but I suspect, like coffee and chocolate however tempting one needs to regulate consumption.

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  3. Wow, that is very interesting. I think technology can be a good thing but too much of it is certainly detrimental. This reminds me of my mother. She is also old-fashioned but lately I’ve been seeing her glued to the iPad. Yes, it is quite disturbing how people can get fixated but should I blame her? I even find myself in this limbo of social media and I often have to take moments to step back and turn it off. Of course, people have the power to put it away but often times you get stuck in social media mode for hours and by the time you notice, hours have gone by. It’s certainly scary.

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    1. I confess to being one glued to it when I was 16 and signed up. I was following the trend of my friends. Over time, I realized how much time was wasted and stopped using it. I used it more when my sister was in the Middle East so I could stay in touch. She moved back a year and a half ago so I don’t need to be on it as often. She gets frustrated when she sends me things or tags me in stuff and it takes me a week or so before I see it. I hope we can all maybe be a little more aware. I know that some people really like to use it and that is up to them.

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