[ epub pdf ] The Book That Matters MostAuthor Ann Hood – Albawater.co

Ava s twenty five year marriage has fallen apart, and her two grown children are pursuing their own lives outside of the country Ava joins a book group, not only for her love of reading but also out of sheer desperation for companionship The group s goal throughout the year is for each member to present the book that matters most to them Ava rediscovers a mysterious book from her childhood one that helped her through the traumas of the untimely deaths of her sister and mother Alternating with Ava s story is that of her troubled daughter Maggie, who, living in Paris, descends into a destructive relationship with an older man Ava s mission to find that book and its enigmatic author takes her on a quest that unravels the secrets of her past and offers her and Maggie the chance to remake their lives


10 thoughts on “The Book That Matters Most

  1. Amy Amy says:

    This book could have used an edit, a rewrite, an outline, what I m saying is this book is a mess There s a decent story buried in here somewhere but so many subplots that go nowhere, so many underdeveloped characters, so many things that don t make sense ruin it Hank s motivation is the most nonsensical of the nonsense but there s plenty to choose from Abrupt ending and relies too heavily on coincidence.


  2. Primrose Jess Primrose Jess says:

    The concept of choosing the book that matters the most to you for a book club read was a thought provoking one As I read which book each character chose and why, I was left contemplating what book would I choose for a book club as read as one that matters the most to me Also, have I read enough books that leave a lasting impression like the ones the characters selected It was a sobering moment when I realized that I probably haven t devoted enough time to reading literature that is crafted t The concept of choosing the book that matters the most to you for a book club read was a thought provoking one As I read which book each character chose and why, I was left contemplating what book would I choose for a book club as read as one that matters the most to me Also, have I read enough books that leave a lasting impression like the ones the characters selected It was a sobering moment when I realized that I probably haven t devoted enough time to reading literature that is crafted to impact the reader in addition to entertain It is now a goal of mine to change that A brief synopsis Ava, a part time French professor, is blindsided by her divorce from a marriage of twenty five years Yet, infidelity is always jarring to the psyche regardless of the time spent with the person She is picking up the pieces of her life and starting fresh, which includes membership in a book club This year s challenge is for each member to select a book that mattered most to them and lead the discussion each month The book chronicles each selection and the chapter centers around the theme Several character points of view tell the story of this book The entire year span is chronicled Quick Thoughts a super chick lit kind of book And that s ok because sometimes this genre suits a mood you are in the classics covered involved and I need to update my reading repertoire addiction is tough I realize that is an understatement But the concept of heroin addiction is touched on and it is tough to see the spiral and feel the helplessness of not being able to help the person or see them change I was left with the thought No man is an island Many of the characters have had a loss, traumatic event, or a tough situation to work through Though it is not explicitly spelled out, by putting themselves in social situations healing slowly begins to occur The temptation to hibernate and avoid to nurse one s heart is always strong, but by allowing others to help, listen, or just be in a room full of people can be very therapeutic though people are so different, we really aren t separated by many degrees of difference Thank you Netgalley and W.W Norton and Company for allowing me to read this book in exchange for my honest review


  3. Anna Anna says:

    Ava Tucker, stymied after her divorce, is thrilled to find there is an opening in her friend Cate s monthly library book club Each year the book club selects books based on a theme This year s theme is the book that matters most to each member Most choose classics, but Ava selects a book from her childhood that helped her through a very difficult time The book seems to be unavailable at libraries and book stores What is the story behind the mysterious book Paralleling Ava s story is that o Ava Tucker, stymied after her divorce, is thrilled to find there is an opening in her friend Cate s monthly library book club Each year the book club selects books based on a theme This year s theme is the book that matters most to each member Most choose classics, but Ava selects a book from her childhood that helped her through a very difficult time The book seems to be unavailable at libraries and book stores What is the story behind the mysterious book Paralleling Ava s story is that of her daughter, Maggie Maggie was a troubled, rebellious teen Thinking Maggie has reformed, Ava and her ex husband agree to fund a year studying abroad for Maggie But Maggie is once again making reckless decisions and byhooking up with the wrong man I can t say how many times I wanted to scream at Maggie to stop, think and get help.The novel embodies rediscovering oneself, forging new relationships, accepting our mistakes and the important roles books play in our lives


  4. JanB JanB says:

    I won t rate this one because I resorted to skimming and finally gave up at 27%.I thought it was going to be a book about books and book clubs but instead it s predictable chick lit with eye roll inducing scenes.


  5. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    A new book club helps Ava cope with her divorce, her daughter Maggie s rebelliousness, and tragic events from her past Each month one club member picks the book that has mattered most to them in life I thought the choices were all pretty clich d and Ava was unrealistically passive Although what happens to her in Paris is rather melodramatic, I most enjoyed Maggie s sections Releases on August 9th.


  6. Sherwood Smith Sherwood Smith says:

    The advance publicity made this sound like a feel good book, focusing on an older woman whose twenty five year marriage suddenly goes on the rocks when she discovers her husband Jim is having an affair When she says she wants to work it out, Jim insists he says he loves the woman who puts knitted covers over public monuments of various types, graffito style.The book is not told strictly from Ava s POV we also get her daughter Maggie, who is in Europe on a serious downward spiral, and later on The advance publicity made this sound like a feel good book, focusing on an older woman whose twenty five year marriage suddenly goes on the rocks when she discovers her husband Jim is having an affair When she says she wants to work it out, Jim insists he says he loves the woman who puts knitted covers over public monuments of various types, graffito style.The book is not told strictly from Ava s POV we also get her daughter Maggie, who is in Europe on a serious downward spiral, and later on Ava s mother back in 1970 when Ava was a child and her little sister died tragically We also get a few other POVs view spoiler mostly the older generation, all of whom were secret, or not so secret, adulterers hide spoiler toward the superficially feel good, but somewhat unbelievable end.We never see Jim s POV, which I wish we had, considering how much adultery is going on in the rest of the novel Ava s son is also only heard from through e mail But this is a book aimed at the female reader.The plot centers around a book club that only has ten members, which has been meeting for decades, at the local library where Ava s loyal best friend Cate is librarian Cate slips Ava in, hoping that after a year of mourning the split up of her marriage, the book club will give Ava some new direction in her life.The members are to choose a book that mattered most to them, and they discuss each book over the ensuing months, as Ava s life continues with tremendous ups and downs, and Maggie s dives down into the depths The first book to be discussed was Pride and Prejudice and I looked forward to some delicious insights about all the right and wrong reasons people marry When Ava only reads the first sentence, pouts, then watches the movie the Kiera Knightley one, too I should have taken heed.That s not to say there weren t some very fine scenes Maggie in Paris is particularly vivid and harrowing, and the way she begins to deal with the wreckage of her life was very satisfying view spoiler even before she gets a highly coincidental ending hide spoiler.Ava carries on with a younger man, tries fumblingly to make friends at the club, and then finally begins reading the books though the discussions never really get past superficial Mostly, though, the novel is about badly handled adultery, made worse by a lot of drinking, and drugs.The last half presents a mystery concerning the book that Ava picked for her choice Speaking impulsively, she promises to bring the author of her book, without any idea if said author is still alive This is where the novel strayed into improbable coincidences and hand waving of serious betrayals, at least for me view spoiler the three older adulterers get happy endings, though they seriously screwed up everyone s lives earlier Especially Ava s mother, who abandoned her kids by suicide, or so they believed until the last ten pages hide spoiler.Mercy and understanding seem to be unevenly applied, and never do they address truth or trust the message seems to be that life is short, and water flows under the bridge And Prodigal Daughters of whatever age are wonderful, so the book can end with tears, smiles, and hugs all around view spoiler Except for Jim And Ava s Dad,who faithfully lived out his joyless life after his faithless wife dumped him and ran off leaving him to raise Ava alone while thinking she was dead, and now exists lonely in assisted living with Alzheimer s hide spoiler Copy received from NetGalley


  7. Robin Robin says:

    Enjoyed this story of fraught family relationships Also loved the book group dynamics and the discussions of the chosen books This is a natural for book groups, especially if interested in reading some of theclassic choices such as TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, SLAUGHTER HOUSE FIVE, andRecommend for readers who like Anita Shreve and Elizabeth Berg.


  8. Cheri Cheri says:

    3.5 StarsBooks, the love that readers have for those special books that bind them to the love of reading, that become part of who they are and how they view life, love, the world, how those books can help us heal from the pains of living in this imperfect world, and help us see the world through the eyes of another How personal our love of those favorite books can be, how cherished they are Ava, who hasn t read much since she was a child, finds herself joining a Book club during a period in he 3.5 StarsBooks, the love that readers have for those special books that bind them to the love of reading, that become part of who they are and how they view life, love, the world, how those books can help us heal from the pains of living in this imperfect world, and help us see the world through the eyes of another How personal our love of those favorite books can be, how cherished they are Ava, who hasn t read much since she was a child, finds herself joining a Book club during a period in her life where she doesn t feel much like socializing Her husband has run off with another woman, their two children are elsewhere on the planet, so she reluctantly takes up the one slot, which has opened, in this varied collection of book loving souls Their theme for the coming year is to choose The Book That Matters Most to them Ava chooses a book that she remembers helped her deal with a tragic loss when she was young, and the reader begins to learnabout her loss, how its shaped her There are multiple points of view in this story Additionally, there are all the members of the book club who share their reasons for their choice in their book that mattered most to them Primarily, the main story lines are through Ava, living in Providence, and her daughter Maggie, living in Paris This is a simply enjoyable, readable story, with a bit of mystery, a little suspense, and a cast of characters who love to read What better way to spend a few hours Publication Date 9 August 2016Many thanks to W.W Norton Company, NetGalley and to author Ann Hood for providing me with an advanced copy


  9. Suzanne Suzanne says:

    As a reader who typically rates a book and moves on, I feel compelled to share my thoughts on this one The Book That Matters Most lured me in with it s terrific premise of a story of a book club discussing the books which impacted their lives and how it s newest member uses these discussions to improve her life The book discussions are lively entertaining but the main character s story is unbelievable and chaotic The novel takes on too many issues marriage, divorce, drug addiction, grief As a reader who typically rates a book and moves on, I feel compelled to share my thoughts on this one The Book That Matters Most lured me in with it s terrific premise of a story of a book club discussing the books which impacted their lives and how it s newest member uses these discussions to improve her life The book discussions are lively entertaining but the main character s story is unbelievable and chaotic The novel takes on too many issues marriage, divorce, drug addiction, grief, suicide, abandonment and handles none of them well It was filled with trite answers, unlikely coincidences and charmless characters It is a book that matters not at all


  10. Yelda Basar Moers Yelda Basar Moers says:

    Ann Hood one of my favorite contemporary authors I fell in love with her words and her style of writing when I read her memoir Comfort, about the grief and loss of losing her daughter Grace from a sudden and unexpected illness at the age of five And I adored her acclaimed novel The Knitting Circle The Book That Matters Most is her latest novel, just published this past August It s about a woman with two grown children whose husband has left her for another woman So what does she do She j Ann Hood one of my favorite contemporary authors I fell in love with her words and her style of writing when I read her memoir Comfort, about the grief and loss of losing her daughter Grace from a sudden and unexpected illness at the age of five And I adored her acclaimed novel The Knitting Circle The Book That Matters Most is her latest novel, just published this past August It s about a woman with two grown children whose husband has left her for another woman So what does she do She joins a book club, where every month each member gets to chose the book that matters most to them Choices include The Great Gatsby, Anna Karenina and Pride and Prejudice And well, as we all know, amazing things can happen when you join a book club, immerse yourself in the world of books, and meet fellow book lovers What a great premise for a story Sadly, the rest of the book, for me, did not deliver.I wish I could have given this bookthan three stars since I love this author, but there were too many problems with the book The characters were undeveloped, and too much of the plot was disconnected There was too much cliche, and though moments shined, when the voice of the author came through, there were many parts that just drifted The book club section was almost completely divorced from the rest of the story until the end, and it seemed forced, not fluid I think the author could have edited this manuscript further to make it tighter andcohesive I also found the entire story to be farfetched and unrealistic It started out so promising, but sadly, in the end, I was disappointed the best I can give it is three stars