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?