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Book Club Kit: Mexican Gothic

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Good solid questions. Could definitely see this being used for a book club or something else. I would give it four out of five stars. I feel like there should be more of a push to talk about it on social media because that is sometimes how book clubs connect. While I did like the variety of questions, I did feel a few were stiffly worded. Overall though, I did enjoy it.
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A good resource for Mexican Gothic. Really adds to the enjoyment of the novel. Allows the reader to understand the historical context and references used. Allows for deeper reading of the text.
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I love this! There are some great ideas such as the playlist, questions, and paper dolls to engage people during a book club meeting.
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This book club kit is the perfect companion to a spooky book club read of Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. The kit includes a letter from the author, discussion questions, a really diverse and fun playlist, some background on the author's creation of characters, and a background of gothic novels as a genre. It also has a paper doll with several outfits, which I have never seen in a book club kit before, but I am a big fan of!
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The book is not included with the Book Club Kit, but I will take a moment to mention that I loved it both times I read it and I’m particularly excited to dig deeper with this kit.

Included in the kit are short essays from the author, discussion questions, a playlist to listen to while digging in on the book club discussion topics, and a fun surprise, paper dolls.

I found the essays really interesting, but I am the type who would read Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s grocery list if she let me. She talks about the real ghost town which inspired the gothic setting of the novel, and a little about the history of the gothic genre. I personally love the revitalized gothic novels that have come out lately, and a lot of that is because of Mexican Gothic.

The discussion questions are thought provoking but safe for conversations in mixed company. I think it’s an art form how one novel could revitalize gothic romance and also comment on the effect of colonization. A masterpiece.

The playlist is not what I was expecting. It’s funky. Very electric. And not what I was playing when I was reading. I would have liked to see more 1950s inspired music or original “easy listening” from Mexico in that period. Still, a great playlist, and worth a listen. Definitely, my next reread will take an entirely different tone.

My reread of Mexican Gothic made me familiar with the setting and I tried my best to play it out like a movie in my mind. The wardrobe was very romantic to me, and I could visualize the characters shrouded in fog on High Place. The paper dolls (a very 1950s children’s toy) do not disappoint in helping to visualize what the stunning wardrobe Noemí wears really would have looked like.

I’m the first one in line for popcorn when they made a film adaption.
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Going into this, I was expecting the haunted house and the body horror. While reading, none of my predictions came true which made my reading experience that much more enjoyable because it wasn't predictable... at least for me. My guess was vampires because the author has written a vampire story before and figured that she would go the same route. I did have a jump scare thanks to my husband. I was reading a really disgusting part and he bumped into my chair and I gave a little shriek. 

We follow our main character Noemi as she is summoned by her father who gets a letter from her cousin Catalina that is very weird. Catalina claims that she is hearing things in the walls and basically losing her mind at her husband's family estate
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I really like this idea for a book club! The questions are good discussion topics and the paper dolls are a fun activity!
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This includes some of the coolest ideas for book clubs. From paper dolls to discussion questions, to additional information about the setting and family lore. An ESSENTIAL addition to a book club reading this book!
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It was fun to have a interactive thing to go along with this book. It made my experience more enjoyable as I read
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I finally finished reading this book. Although, I did not use the book club kit, but I had to say that I really really enjoyed reading it. I am going to pick up her other titles as well.
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I did not want to give feedback on this title because it was a book club pick, however it is being held against me for my NetGalley ratio. I did not use this product.
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I knew it wasn’t the book and it was about a book club but I didn’t know exactly what to expect

It includes good questions to discuss the book

I’ll probably use it if I decide to open a book club
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(Thank you, publisher!)
This was useful. I really recommend this if you don't understand the story or to any people!
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A great kit for a better and guided discussion, while also giving an insightful view on the novel & the author!
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I loved it! I saw a lot of reviews complaining about things that are indicative of gothic romance, so I think if you don't enjoy the slow pacing, strange responses to a horror setting, and general camp of gothic romance, I imagine they won't enjoy Mexican Gothic. But if that genre is your jam you might love it.


Mexican Gothic was one of my most anticipated reads in 2021. I'm already a big fan and collector of vintage gothic romances, so I was excited when I heard about a contemporary release in the old style and I got the chance to view it from the viewpoint of a Mexican author. I'm a bit ashamed to say I can't name a single Mexican author from my reading list so this was a good introduction to the setting and voice. Mexican Gothic did not disappoint on any fronts - it held true to the old camp of women running from spooky houses, instant romance with a brooding rich guy, things going bump in the night, and mysterious and murderous secrets that may or may not be paranormal in nature. Silvia Moreno-Garcia's now become an insta-buy on my shelves! 
To add on, the Book Club Kit provides some interesting background and insight into the setting of Mexican Gothic, and comes with some gorgeous paper dolls of Noemi. I had mine printed on a thick card stock so they can adorn my shelves!
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Brilliant guide, will be using it for my book club discussion of this book next month!

I was looking for this exact thing to help lead my book club to a great book reviewing session and this ticked all the boxes. Highly recommend
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This was a great little book for after reading the Mexican Gothic.
The discussion questions really made you think about the book and reflect on a few things.
I personally absolutely enjoy when authors include a playlist for a book. It sets the atmosphere and the mood of the book.
There is also a Naomi Taboada paper doll included which can be cut out and assembled. So, I think that might be great for people that enjoy arts and crafts.
All in all, I think this little booklet is probably great for a book club and could spark some interesting discussions about the book with the questions.
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I hated this book, I just could not get in touch with the characters. tHE pLOT WAS FILLED WITH HOLES AND JUST WASNT A VERY GOOD BOOK IN MY OPINION
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It was perfect to know more about the author and the story of the book.
Make you feel part of the world of noemi, even the playlist helps a lot.
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This was a good kit with plenty of content and activities. It was interesting to see the different outfits for Noemi as it gave more of a feel for her character and style - giving visuals you only usually get in screen adaptations! That being said, while the outfit cutouts were an interesting addition, they're a bit time consuming so not something I would usually go for. 
The author's letter was insightful and a good way to start the kit and the questions were a mix of predictable (but good!) and book-specific. The illustration of the family seal also looked amazing!
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