Greetings, fellow Earthlings!
Or should I say, “Howdy, pardner?” Did I ever tell you I’m in a book club? No? Well, I’m in a book club. It’s a first for me. Even though I have always been a reader, I never joined a club because… Actually, I don’t really know.
Part of the reason is probably that being in a book club always required summoning that ever-shrinking extroverted side of myself. The one I reserve for special occasions like going to the store or a new restaurant. (Ha–only slightly kidding) I’m a happy little introvert, and while I love talking about books, I also like sitting at home in my PJs.
So, I formed an online book club. I can talk about books AND sit in my PJs. No actual meeting required. So far, we have only read two books because of my involvement with the Phoenix Prime competition. Now that’s over, I have a little more bandwidth for keeping up with some scheduled reading. My goal this year is to read 50 books (although not all with the book club). That may not be much to some of my readers, who devour books like I devour cake. But it’s an attainable goal for me to shoot for while still keeping up my writing schedule.
Anyway, back to the reason for this post and the “howdy, pardner.” This month’s book club pick is a Western.
And I have a confession: I have never read a Western. No reason, really. I have seen plenty of movies, though. John Wayne Westerns always spring to mind. But also Jimmy Stewart, Clint Eastwood, etc.
My dad read Westerns when I was growing up (hi, Dad!), and he advised me to begin with Louis L’Amour. So, my book club is reading Sackett’s Land. Several others in the book club have already read it, but they seemed happy we were going to get to talk about it.
I imagine Sackett’s Land will be different than the space operas I have been immersing myself in. But “different” is good, right?
What about you? Ever read a Western? If so, which one? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below!
(If you haven’t read it, read along with us! I’ll post a review when I’m done, and you can chime in with your own thoughts!)