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GeekMom Book Club: The Eyre Affair–Week 1
The Eyre Affair by Jaspe Fforde

The Eyre Affair by Jaspe Fforde

March came to a close and so did our GeekMom Book Club’s first book selection, The Hobbit. GeekMom Mandy did a tremendous job leading our discussion board on Goodreads and we received a lot of great responses. Amongst other things, Mandy and our readers discussed their own adventures, but one adventure stood out from the rest: Reader Bettina had her baby on the bathroom floor at home two months ago! Whew! If you missed out on that and more, you can review Mandy’s discussion topics for week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, and week 5!

I will be taking over the Book Club this month and I’m really excited to discuss April’s book selection! In mid-March, we opened a poll so you could all participate in choosing our next book. The choices were The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and two selections by GeekMom editors:Pilgrim of the Sky by Natania Barron and Phoenix Rising by Corrina Lawson. The Eyre Affair won, so here I am knee-deep in affairs of the Eyre kind because of you.

All jokes aside, I am really pleased with the book so far. I think you will all love the protagonist, she is one tough cookie. And in case you saw “Eyre” in the title and were afraid that Jane Eyre was a prerequisite for reading The Eyre Affair, rest assured it is not. The book is definitively tailored to the classic lit geek, but I have absolutely zero classic English literature knowledge and I’m still enjoying the book just fine!

Because we only have one month, I’ll jump right in with a question to get you going! Don’t worry, this question shouldn’t spoil the story for you.

  • Question: While in the hospital, Thursday is visited by her future-self who instructs her to take a job in another town without so much as a reason why and then disappears. Thursday followed the instructions without one hint of doubt. Even in a world where time travel is possible, would you have blindly followed instructions from your future-self?

Go buy the book, read the first quarter, and answer my question on the GeekMom Goodreads page! We’ll be discussing The Eyre Affair on GeekMom every Monday for the next four weeks, then start a new book on April 3oth. Happy reading!

Ariane Coffin

Ariane is a programmer by day, a writer by night, and a mom somewhere in between. She is married to another programmer, and together they have a two daughters who don't stand a chance against their nerdy lineage.

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