Week one is done!! And it has started out so great! I’ve loved hearing everyone’s thoughts on twitter (use hashtag #OutlanderRA so we can all see!).
So here are my answers!!
1. Outlander is a well-known book. Before you cracked it open, what were your expectations or assumptions about this story? Or did you jump into it with a blank slate?
Even though this is a reread for me, I remember when I first read it, I had NO clue what to expect! I kind of just bought it on a whim, without any expectations and when I finally sat down to read it, it was sort of with a blank slate. I think I did expect it to be more of a romance book than it actually is. I didn’t expect it to be so historical, but I ended up really enjoying that aspect of it.
2. Claire’s husband, Frank, is fascinated with learning more and more facts about his family tree, which extends back pretty far. Do you or anyone in your family keep a family tree? How many years/generations back does it go? If not, have you ever considered or attempted to create one?
I don’t think anyone in my family is keeping one and if they are, they haven’t told me about it, lol. I actually tried to create one of ancestry.com but could only get so far on the free version, which I think was maybe up to my grandparents. Womp womp. lol I may try again, but I don’t know. It’s a little difficult for me since my family comes from Mexico, so there really isn’t many records here in the US that would help me.
3. How did you find Claire’s initial conclusion as to her surroundings after waking up from going through the stones? Did you think that was a reasonable conclusion?
I thought it was the most reasonable conclusion she could come aside from her thinking she was dreaming. I think I probably would have come to the same conclusion, actually.
4. How about her composed, rational way of dealing with the fact she’s traveled back in time. Did you find it believable? Do you think you would have acted the same way?
For Claire, I thought it made sense. She’s very analytical and has been trained in combat, so she is used to thinking on her feet and making quick decisions. I think her one break down, in private with Jamie, was enough and believable. I probably would have been crying the whole time and gotten thrown into some dungeon for the crazies. lol
5. At this point in the story, what are your feelings or expectations on Claire and Jamie? Is Frank still a factor for you?
In all honesty, Frank was still in the back of my mind, but that didn’t stop me from wanting Claire and Jamie to get together, right off the bat! I was just SO intrigued by this young Scottish lad! But I remember thinking that Claire didn’t seem all that interested in him…or that maybe she was not letting herself acknowledge her attraction to Jamie because of Frank. But I really wanted her to. :) I know, BAD JESS! :D I don’t care!
Bonus Question: Frank encounters a man outside of the inn where he and Claire are staying. He is afraid it might have been a ghost. What do you believe it was? Do you have any predictions or suspicions on what that was about?
Right when it happened, I didn’t think much about it….but once we meet Jamie, I was like “Wait, was he….?” So I don’t know, even now. But I suspect it is. <—Most nonsensical answer ever. Haha!
Now go on over to Stalking the Bookshelves to get the questions for chapters 8-14!!