“There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.”
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is the August selection for the bookclub that I am a part of. Two good friends of mine read this last year and loved it. When it came time to select the books for the next bunch of months, several within our group suggested this book, so it made the list.
The wait list for the e-copy at my library is crazy long ( as in over 2000-people-long!). So I went ahead a bought a copy for my Kindle. I came across this stack last week and knew I had to snap a picture, it’s such a pretty cover.
As I was finishing up another book, I knew I needed to get on the ball and start WTCS. We meet this weekend to talk about this book. As much as I have wanted to read this book, I’d be lying if I said I was without a small amount of reservation. This reservation is due to its widespread popularity and also that Reese Witherspoon has placed her cute little logo-thing on the cover. Sometimes a book gains so much hype that it’s hard to think it will be anything but amazing. And it might be pretty darn good, but then if you aren’t completely blown away, your mind goes down the path of, “well it was good, but all that hype?!” Its not really fair. The other thing: Reese Witherspoon. She is so darn cute + she is a major bookworm = I am a fan. But it’s kind of like her selections took the place of Oprah’s. Oprah has chosen more great books than not (in my opinion), but I think subconsciously something happens when people, ahem, famous people start putting their ‘stamp of approval’ on particular items. It’s a strange phenomenon. I have no scientific data to back this up, it just happens, ok? So, you read a string of really good or great books that a celebrity has promoted, then, poof: you read one of their selections and it’s just kind of “meh,” maybe it lands 2.5 stars or eeks in barely at 3. Your faith in their picks starts to wobble ever so slightly. If it happens again, some intense teetering begins. Then you might see a picture of that celebrity or their logo and think, “yeah, maybe I’ll wait on that one, it might not even be good.” You may or may not agree with me, but something happens when celebrities endorse things. End of story.
All of that being said, I am halfway through this book and I love it. Going in I hadn’t read any type of synopsis and I still haven’t. I only knew-through the grapevine, that it was about a swamp girl. Her name is Kya and I think she is such a strong character. Not only because she is the main character, but rather because of her personality and grit. Delia Owens’ writing is beautiful. I can see the swamp, marsh areas and all of the wildlife so vividly. Kya not only lives in this swampland, but it is a part of her soul-it’s this quality which makes her beautiful to me. The only life she has ever known is one of hardship and poverty, yet she sees the inherent beauty of the world around her. Woven throughout this story are lines that make me pause, read them again and then write them down. I’m sure most of you have at least heard of this book or are familiar with the cover. I’m not going to add a synopsis for this book. Go in blind, like I did more or less, I think you will be pleasantly surprised. But just in case, I’m not a celebrity and my endorsement logo isn’t on the cover.
“Doves fight as often as hawks.”
“I wasn’t aware that words could hold so much. I didn’t know a sentence could be so full.”