I have just finished re-reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, translated from its original French. We will be discussing it in next reading group. I had forgotten this but I was reminded by someone with a better memory that I was the one who picked it. I am wondering how it will be received.
Our last book was The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. Funny, I remember exactly who recommended that one. It was also a second reading for me. I remembered the story and I think Kingsolver is a very good writer, but I did not remember the brilliance of the structure of the book. Perhaps it takes a second reading to be fully appreciated. My fond assessment of the book was a minority opinion, however.
I suspect that will also be the case with Barbery's book. Si très français, which I say with the utmost fondness. It was a difficult read in the sense that I had to look up words and references to philosophy, yet the story was fairly simple.
I have a small fear that I may be asked to leave the book group. This happened to my sister in her book discussion group. She was told she had the tendency to think too much about the books. I tend to go on about the writing rather than the story. Maybe it was the way we were raised. Others seem to find us rather odd sometimes.