Monday, December 21, 2009

New Year - New books

Yeah - 2010 is just around the corner. Another great year for book club I'm sure.

In an attempt to be on the ball, for those of you that look at the blog, here are the proposed dates for 2010 - and books when applicable, for the first few months anyway.

January 28 - Annie's House
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

February 25 - Erin's House
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

March 25 - Michele's House
The Help by Kathryn Stockett

April 22
May 27
June 24
July 22
August 26
September 23
October 28
November 18 (The week before Thanksgiving)
December 16 (The week before Christmas)

Mark your calendars now and we'll plan to see you at BC.

Oh, Merry Christmas, too.

Friday, November 20, 2009

End of the year

We have no plan for the end if the year. Well we have a plan, we just don't have a date or a host.

A book and cookie exchange however will take place in December. Send your suggestions to Annie.

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Sunday, November 1, 2009

November and December

November mtg:
angelas house
November 19
Catching Fire

December mtg:
Location tbd
December 10
Book and cookie exchange
Come to talk about one of your favorite books of the year.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Updates, Updates, Updates

Okay, here we go.

For August's meeting we had few members in attendance but a great meeting none-the-less. We didn't actually discuss, "Farewell to Arms" but it's still one of my favorite books.

Our September book is "Knit Two", the sequel to "The Friday Night Knitting Club". We'll be meeting at Erin's House this month.

The book for October is: "Guernsy Literary and Potato Peel society" by Mary Ann Shaffer. We'll be meeting at Michelle's new house for this meeting.

And, we've even picked out November book - "Catching Fire" the sequel to our much loved "Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins.

Oh, I love Peeta!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

July Meeting and September Book

We had a lovely time at Robin's discussing "The Hunger Games". It was the best discussion we've had in a long time (about the book that is) - even if the discussion was largely based on our imaginary versions of Gale and Peeta and who was better looking.

Hypothetically of course.

Peeta was so much hotter.

Moving on we've picked a book for September.
We will be reading, "Knit Two" by Kate Jacobs. Kate is the author of "The Friday Night Knitting Club" which we read last year. Or maybe two years ago.

As a reminder, our August meeting will be on Thursday, August 27 at Annie's house.

We'll be discussing "Farewell to Arms" by Ernest Hemingway.

Be there or be square.

Maybe if your lucky I'll make a fabulous desert.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

June Meeting and August Book

Thanks to Melinda for hosting us this past week for our June book club discussion.

We all seemed to like the Laments - and found it very "relatable" (I love inventing new words). We all seem to know someone who is adopted, have all felt the sense of urgency in giving our kids quality names, and get an itchy trigger finger with husbands who like to be on the move - even if it's a bit figurative in nature.

Our July meeting will be a great one - I think that everyone has already read "the hunger games" and is excited to talk about the book - and what the sequel might be like. And, if it's really made into a movie, we'll have to have a book club night at the theater for sure.

twilight who?

For August - We'll be meeting at Annie's house, probably on the back patio (or maybe at Shavy Jones?). Our book for August is a true classic - at least in my opinion.

"Farewell to Arms" by Ernest Hemingway. A great, tragic love story for the end of the summer. This is one of my most favorite novels, and I've probably read it a dozen times. When I was in high school I cheated on a book review for my AP English Class. I didn't read a book, I just did a review of this one because I'd already read it so many times. As I was giving my oral review, I realized that my teacher wasn't paying attention to a thing I was saying.

So, as part of my review - I gave an alternate ending for the book - the ending is a bit tragic and I changed it to a "happily ever after".

I got a perfect score.

Either my teacher had never read the book


she really wasn't paying attention.

Either way - it's a great book.

Enjoy reading.

Friday, May 29, 2009

The first book club baby of the year!

There is something in the water this year in our neck of the woods - everyone is having babies.

Well, not everyone....


I just had a baby and three other book clubbers are expecting this late summer/fall.

Babies everywhere.

This one is mine.


Welcome to the club, little squirt.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

May meeting + July pick

Thanks Makayla for hosting a great May meeting! The general consensus about "Three Cups of Tea" was that those that read it, loved it, but most of us just weren't into it this month. We all agreed that someone that could put their life on hold to go out and make such monumental changes in others lives was someone that was pretty amazing though!

We picked a book for July and Michelle graciously offered her home to have the meeting. I recently read "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins in about 4 hours because I COULD NOT put it down. I loved it. It's a Young Adult novel so the writing is easy to digest but the story is so good -- at least I thought. It's set in the future (but isn't too sci-fi for those of you that don't like that genre) and is a great mix of action with a love story - and it leaves you with a great cliffhanger at the end - enough that you're smacking the couch in frustration that the 2nd book doesn't get released until September 1st. Or maybe that was just me.

Either way - I hope you guys like it as much as I did. The library system seems to have a lot of copies - when I put myself on the list I was #98 in the queue so I thought I'd be waiting forever, but actually got it in about a week.

See you in June to discuss "The Laments"!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Book Updates for April, May, and June

We had a great meeting last night. Thanks Rika for hosting. I love your puppy (a great dane for those of you who weren't there) and was glad that she liked me, too.

Even though none of us seemed to finish actually reading, "Out of Africa", most of us watched the movie and agree - Robert Redford, particularly in his youth, was super dreamy.

Totally dreamy, actually. Or is that just me?

Anyway, here are our picks for the next few months. Enjoy!

Our meeting has been changed to April 16th and we'll be meeting at Heather's house.

The book du jour is Dress Your Family in Courduroy and Denim by David Sedaris. Being a new but huge fan of Sedaris - you'll love the book and might want to pick up Naked, another collection of short stories about his crazy family.

For May, we'll be meeting at Makayla's house on May 28 and will be reading Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin> I've got no idea what this book is about - so if you do, leave a comment.

The June meeting will be at Melinda's house on June 25 and we'll be reading a book called, The Laments.

It's awesome. You'll love it. The ending sucks.

Happy Reading.
Oh - one more idea for those of you who check the blog....
if you've got a book suggestion, leave it in the comments. That way, we've got a running list of what to read.

Monday, March 9, 2009

March, April, and then some...

Can you believe it's already March? Crazy, isn't it?

The book club is going great - our regular set of girls sure do host a party and put on a great discussion.

We did have a few changes at our February meeting that need to be addressed.

We changed the March book from "the book borrower" to "Out of Africa" by Isak Dinesen, a nom de plume used by the Danish author Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke. This book should be a good read, especially if you like the movie with Robert Redford, right?

March meeting will be held on Thursday, March 26 @ 7 pm.

For the month of April, we'll be meeting at Heather Jackson's house and our book du jour is "Dress your Family in Corduroy and Denim" by David Sedaris. If you haven't read anything by Sedaris - you're in for a comical treat - there aren't many families out there more functionally dysfunctional than his as a kid.

April meeting will be on April 23 @ 7 pm.

Hope to see everyone there.

Oh, anyone want to do treats for March or April? Volunteers to host in May?

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

January Meeting & Schedule

We're back after a long break! Hope everyone had a good holiday season and are ready to read some good books this year.

Last week we met to talk about the January book - "The Ladies Auxiliary". I think we all agreed we all had someone in our lives that reminded us of a character in the book. Thanks to Mary for hosting and Heather for the yummy pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.

A reminder - we're meeting for February's book pick "The Glass Castle" at Erin's house on February 26th at 7pm.

March's book pick is "Out of Africa". Meeting at Rika's house on March 26th at 7pm.

April's book pick to be determined, meeting at Annie's house on April 23rd.