S4L Book Club – The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

S4L Book Club - The No. 1 Ladies' Detective AgencyWhile we’re on the subject of Mma Ramotswe’s opinion of men, how do you like Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni? Do you think he’s a good match for Precious? Why do you think they’re such good friends? And what do you think of the marriage proposals—both of them?

We’ve nailed down a book for May. Hooray!

Shelly has selected The Girls: A Novel, by Lori Lansens, and she’s going to help lead the discussion.

The book is available in print, audio, and digital, so take your pick. I’m curious how we’re each reading these books, so drop a line in the comments. I don’t have a digital reader yet, so it’s print or audio for me. I do both. It generally depends on which is easier to get, but it also depends on how much time I have to read. Listening to some books allows me to cover way-yonder more ground because I can listen while walking to the mailbox, gardening, doing dishes, stitching, etc.

Mike read a print copy of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency out loud to me, and I’m reading a print copy of The Graveyard Book.

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  1. Jen, Barnes&Noble has a Nook application for PC. It’s free. I got their app when I got a smart phone, but I also read on the computer. I had given away my print copy of No. 1 Ladies, so I got it as an e book. You can highlight and bookmark passages as you go- kind of cool for Book Club purposes. Then I also listened to it. It is a marvelous narration. Graveyard book I read in print. I love the illustrations.

    I like Mr. Matekoni very much. He is quiet, reflective and very wise. I think they are a great match. The first proposal was one of the things I like about him. It was so straight-forward and sincere. In the second one, he actually expressed his own need and desire to be happy. It may have been that appeal to be taken care of, that made her accept.

  2. Kindle software can be downloaded to all sorts of devices, too. I’m afraid, however, that after spending all day on the computer, I dread the idea of reading books on it, too. That’s just not going to happen. I look for reasons to NOT be on the computer, and reading is a good one.

    Something smaller than a laptop may be tolerable, but I’m not sure my eyes want another backlit screen. I’m all for saving trees, but I need a break from digital displays, too.

    I love Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni! On one hand, he seems a bit meek and mild, certainly in comparison to the bad, lazy men often referenced. But he’s also remarkably strong: it takes guts to pursue Precious, to let her do things her way, and to propose *twice.* So he’s a mild strong man, just perfect for Precious.

    I didn’t see the ending coming, and I think “gleeful” describes my response to it.