April's challenge is nearly the same, but with one added criteria: choose the book that's been on our shelves the longest. Yikes! It's OK if you can't remember precisely your oldest book, so the idea is to choose one you at least know has been there a really long time. Looking over my shelves, I immediately recognized two candidates for that honor Daughter of Fortune, by Isabel Allende and Back Roads, by Tawni O'Dell. These were both Oprah's Book Club picks and a quick Google search tells me they were the selections for February and March 2000. I was only 14 at the time, so it's not like I was running out to buy the books and then read them according to Oprah's schedule. BUT, I distinctly remember watching those episodes and being completely fascinated by the whole book club idea. I was only just dipping my toe into "adult" books at the time and I loved Oprah, so I was pretty convinced I would want to read all her recommendations at some point.
I don't know exactly when I bought these two books, but I know that for many years the Oprah's Book Club sticker on a cover held a lot of sway for me. I most likely found them on the bargain table at the Waldenbooks at our local mall while shopping with my BFF sometime during highschool. Or possibly while combing the bargain shelves at the Barnes & Noble down the street from my college. I graduated college in 2007, so either way, they have been around a longgg time. Debating between the two, I settled on Back Roads because I can't tell you how many times I've had it in my hand to give away... and then decided to keep it. It's time to decide its fate once and for all!
I read two chapters before bed last night and don't have any strong feelings yet. It's definitely outside of my usual wheelhouse, but it's interesting enough so far and the writing is good, so we shall see! Have you read this one before? Let me know in the comments!
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