December Book Club, Part 1: The StoryTeller

December 5, 2016

Hopefully everyone has had a chance to get this book – and start reading.  I was going to do a live post about this on my facebook page, but life has just been super busy and it’s easier at this point to sit down and write a post.  If you have already finished it, you are way ahead of me. Honestly, I am just having a hard time finding time to read it and by the end of the day when I usually have time to read, my eyes just can’t stay open past a page or too.  Phew…the holidays and life is just busy.  And I am so sad…because this book is good!

Initial thoughts – loving it, hating it? So far I am LOVING it! This story is told from a couple different points of view.  Do you like that?  I am a HUGE fan of when writers do that.  It helps keep my interest and I love getting to see in each of their heads and their thoughts.



Did anyone else catch that there is a podiatry reference in this book?  haha!  Probably not – probably just me that notices something like that.  But it totally stuck out.  My husband is a podiatrist for those who don’t know.  And that is a foot and ankle surgeon, for those who don’t know that either 😉

So I work a little part time job each morning at our little elementary school. I think I’ve mentioned that before…well, last year I was able to listen to a lot of podcasts and audio books, but this year my section/assignment has changed and I am not able to listen as easily.  Long story short, last week I had a different area and I bust out a podcast.  It was like a breath of fresh air and a great way to start the morning.  Plus – the one that I randomly picked completely made me think of this book.  If you are a podcast fan I highly recommend, What Should I Read Next, by one of my favorite bloggers, Anne Bogel (Modern Mrs. Darcy).

What does this have to do with the StoryTeller?  This particular podcast (number 36, Comfort Food, but with books with Tiffany King), reminded me of this book.  I  have really loved reading about the break making and the food references in this book. Since I’ve been reading more about the bakery and the bread making – and it’s been some cold winter days, I’ve started making bread for my family!  They are loving it. Who doesn’t love warm fresh homemade bread?  In this podcast, where Anne interviews food blogger, Tiffany King,  they discusss some other good book suggestions that have some great food references. (For some reason I can’t find the show notes on Modern Mrs. Darcy’s website.) But some of the books they discussed were Fried Green Tomatoes and the Whistle Stop Cafe, The Guernsey Liteary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and The Help.  Food in these books plays an important role, just as it does in The Storyteller.  Can you think of any other books where food plays an important role?  Why do you think we read so much about the bread and bakery in The Storyteller?

Some of my other questions or thoughts – What do you think about Leo?

What would you do if you were Sage – would you pursue turning in Josef?

Why does Josef select Sage to help him?  Why is this so important?

Why do you think that Picolt had them meet at a grief meeting?  Why did she open the book with this?

What do you think of Sage and Adams relationship?

I haven’t got much farther than part two – so if you have, please don’t post any spoilers, but I would love to hear what you think of the first part of this book.

Hopefully we can discuss some more thoughts and then keep reading.  I’ll be posting some more about this book later this week, and then a post about part two of the book next week.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think – or what questions you have!  I would love to hear!


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