Review: The Book Hater’s Book Club by Gretchen Anthony

Author: Gretchen Anthony
Publisher: Park Row
Released: September 13, 2022
Received: NetGalley

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Okay, as an avid reader, this title immediately caught my attention. Was this a tongue-in-cheek title? I had to know more! Written by Gretchen Anthony, I found The Book Hater’s Book Club full of surprises.

They say that people who don’t read haven’t found the right books for them. Perhaps that is true. It’s what Elliot hoped for – and that is why he started a book club-style newsletter oriented towards people that hate reading. It was Elliot’s dream to help connect people with ‘their’ books.

Then Elliot passed away, leaving the bookstore in the hands of his business partner, Irma. While Irma is willing to sell the bookstore and move on, others within the community aren’t so willing to give up on Elliot’s dreams.

I’ll be the first to say that The Book Hater’s Book Club had a lot of potential. Actually, on more than one occasion, I found myself wishing that the newsletter was real! I love the idea – of trying to help people find a book that can get them into reading.

Anyway, moving on. I must admit that while I enjoyed The Book Hater’s Book Club, I didn’t love it as much as I had expected. I think the biggest problem this novel faced was pacing. It was just too slow at points. I don’t mind a novel that doesn’t rush to get to the point, but I expect to get there eventually.

It felt like The Book Hater’s Book Club got bogged down by the details. The first half of the novel is centered on the sale of Elliot’s bookstore, which is heartbreaking. But that means that the first half of this book was spent setting the scene.

My favorite parts of the book involved Elliott’s letters, which were mixed in around all of the drama and attempted to save the bookstore. I enjoyed Elliot’s insight. I only wish we had seen a novel written while he was alive. That would have had so much passion in it.

I don’t regret the time spent reading The Book Hater’s Book Club, though obviously, there are some things I would have loved to see done differently. I can still see this as the perfect book for some readers, and I love that.

Thanks to Park Row and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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