#IMWAYR: Quick update!

Hey folks! I have a last-minute and short blog post for you all, so let's dive in!

Kidlit Lovers' Meetup!

If you missed it last week, I'm trying to plan a virtual meetup of us kidlit book bloggers and readers, so we have the chance to meet one another and talk books, reading, and whatever strikes our fancy!

If you're interested in joining us (and I really hope you are!), please click the big link below to fill out the interest form, so I can get a sense of what days and times people are available, and what they're hoping to see at the event. Most likely, Tuesday will be the last day to fill out the form, because my goal is to sit down Wednesday and settle on a date and time for the event. I hope to see you there!!

Click here to fill out the interest form for the Kidlit Lovers' Meetup!

Currently reading:

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Written by John Berendt
Adult book · 1994

· · · The publisher says: · · ·

Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty,early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. John Berendt's sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction. Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case.

It is a spellbinding story peopled by a gallery of remarkable characters: the well-bred society ladies of the Married Woman's Card Club; the turbulent young redneck gigolo; the hapless recluse who owns a bottle of poison so powerful it could kill every man, woman, and child in Savannah; the aging and profane Southern belle who is the "soul of pampered self-absorption"; the uproariously funny black drag queen; the acerbic and arrogant antiques dealer; the sweet-talking, piano-playing con artist; young blacks dancing the minuet at the black debutante ball; and Minerva, the voodoo priestess who works her magic in the graveyard at midnight. These and other Savannahians act as a Greek chorus, with Berendt revealing the alliances, hostilities, and intrigues that thrive in a town where everyone knows everyone else.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a sublime and seductive reading experience. Brilliantly conceived and masterfully written, this true-crime book has become a modern classic.

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I am planning to attend a book club for the first time, and this book is the pick for the month! I've been racing through it, partially because I need to finish it before the meeting, and partially because it's absolutely wild and I can't look away, even if everyone is morally grey at best. I'll most likely review the book next week!

That's all for now—have a restful week, and see you soon! ✨✨

Comments

  1. I read this book a very long time ago when I worked for a large book chain. We were allowed to take books home to read, with the thought that it would make us better able to sell them to our customers. (Later, the large bookstore chain stopped this practice. We were expected to talk up books whether we had read them or not-something I refused to do. I only recommended those books I'd actually read. You can guess how long I lasted at that job!)

    MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL was a book I couldn't put down. I'll be very interested to read your review.

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  2. I've read it, like Linda above, Max, but also a long time ago.I agree that I loved it then, fascinating! Have fun at the book group!

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  3. I have tried to participate in several book clubs over the years, but I always ended up scrambling to finish the book - I'm so busy, that finishing a book in only a month is a bit of a challenge for me!

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  4. Midnight is a book that I feel like I am supposed to read, but I never get around to it. Let's be honest, that list is pretty long and the road is paved with good intentions (and all that).

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  5. MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL is such a good book. I read it a long time ago, but I remember how taken I was with it. And when I visited Savannah last year, the tour guide talked a lot about it. It was fun to see the places I read about in the book. Enjoy your book club.

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  6. Can't wait to hear about the book club experience. I've been trying to get myself to a book club meeting for ages, ever since I moved to Detroit in 2020, and while I have bought at least 15 books for various meetings, I've never managed to make it to a single one. Maybe that will be a good thing to prioritize when I move. I do enjoy reading outside my usual genres and formats and topics, and book clubs are good for introducing different kinds of books.

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  7. That book is one that I feel everyone has read except me. You've got me interested in finally checking it out but, of course, it'll have to wait since my TBR is already so long and I have my Reading the Rainbow challenge for June and maybe July.

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  8. Thank you for setting up for the meet up! I hope I can come!

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