This was supposed to be about The Bette Davis Club, but..I ordered the book a month ago from my usual book dealer and was told it would arrive this Monday. I thought that would be fine. It’s a rather light book, I could surely read it in three days. But when it was supposed to arrive I got an email instead saying it was sold out from the publisher and they couldn’t get it afterall. No libraries in Denmark have bought it and I don’t read ebooks, and I didn’t have time to order it from Amazon or Book Depository or somewhere else that might a copy in stock. So I failed in getting my paws on the book at all.
…to be completely honest I wasn’t that upset about it. I wasn’t that keen to read it. The book club life is perhaps not for me. I don’t have trouble finding books to read, I have always unread books on my shelves. This does seem to be a little too structured for me and while I do end up reading books I probably wouldn’t have picked up otherwise I also don’t like them as much as books I chose for myself.
What put me off in the first place about this book was the title. Bette Davies. I don’t idolize or even care for old movies stars. I can certainly appreciate that they look brilliant, the style is lovely but I hate old movies. I mean unless you count classics such as Night of the living dead (’68), Nosferatu (’22) and Dracula (’31). I am very much the epitome of Vintage style not vintage values. I have never even watched Casablanca.
I think it’s fine when people embrace the whole vintage culture, to each their own, you know? But it’s not for me. I appreciate the style but not the culture. I even got bored halfway through Mad Men. We get it. Lots of drinking, terrible parenting and relationships with a big side order of misogyny and racism (it was the time, yeah and I don’t care for that time).
So yeah, I definitely judge books by their covers and titles. I absolutely would have read this had I gotten it though. It did sound like it might be fun. Not quite fun enough to try and find it now though 😉 But if it’s ever translated into Danish and I can borrow it from the library I just might.
You can also check out the posts from the rest of the BBRBF Book Club – you know the ones who probably actually read the book: