A Real Book Club???

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Both of my children attend the same high school, so I decided to try to be active in the parents’ association.  When I saw they had a book club, I was like-hell yes!  So I signed up!

Now this was not my first book club.  I did belong to one that consisted mostly of the moms of my kids’ friends, all in my town.  “Book Club” consisted of usually 10-15 of these moms-those lucky enough to have a sitter, or a husband who didn’t work too late that night.  There was spinach dip, cookies, oh and wine, LOTS of wine.Unknown-5  The book cam up once that evening, usually half way through, when someone hesitantly said-“shouldn’t we talk about the book?”  The discussion would last about ten minutes because only 3-4 people had actually read it, then the dessert would come out and more wine, of course.  Now don’t get me wrong- this was enjoyable.  I got to see some friends I didn’t see too often otherwise.  But it was certainly not about the book.  EXCEPT the time they chose to read Fifty Shades of Grey- not kidding.  Then, the entire group not only showed up, but they had ALL read it.  The host even went a little too out of her way to have the snacks tie in with the book.  Less said, the better!

Fast forward to this week, for the new book club.

It was held in a beautiful room in the high school (where I guess they usually ask people for $)  There was water, and salad, some hummus- an actual healthy lunch fro a local place.

And one of the teachers from the English department chose the book-The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian- and was our guest speaker.

And guess what?  It was AWESOME!

Everyone read the book!  People came ready to discuss it!  And the teacher- a wonderful woman who I wish I was friends with- was brilliant.  Not only did she discuss the book, but she asked us about certain themes- Hope, Despair, Racism.  I wanted to take her 9th grade Lit class!

I will confess that I had actually forgotten to read the book before last weekend.  Thankfully it is a very quick read.

But now I am desperate to belong to a book club that actually want to read!  And not trashy books, or quick beach reads.

I will have to see what I can find.  Until then, I will enjoy being a part of this new book club, which unfortunately does not li,it itself to literature or even fiction.  The next guest is a physics professor, and yea has chosen Biomimcry as our next book.  Uh oh…..

By the way- I loved the book.  It will be on my list of favorite reads.  I am so glad my daughter had to read it over the summer.

Bookish (& Not So Bookish) Thoughts

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Bookish & Not So Bookish Thoughts

is a weekly meme hosted by Christine over at Bookishly Boisterous, where we post things that are on our minds.  Head over there and check it out!

1.  I went to a new book club this week (more about it tomorrow).  A teacher at the kids’ school was the guest speaker.  I want her to choose ALL the books I read.

2.  I drove my kids (16 and 14) to school-20 miles away.  It wasn’t until about 10 minutes into the ride, me chatting away, that I realized they both had their headphones one.  Teenagers suck.

3.  After the headphone incident, I decide to try my very first audio book on these car rides.  I went to the library and took out Burial Rites, which sounded like a good book, that I just haven’t been able to push myself to read.

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I LOVE IT!  It is so well read.

Can anyone recommend another audio book?

4.  I am landing a baby shower for my husband’s sister.  Do not ask why.  One thought- baby shower games can border on moronic.  Plus we are having a co-ed shower.  These men are going to run for the hills if I don’t reign this in.  We will have a baby pool- that’s it.

5.  Not book related- but I think I am becoming Gluten intolerant.  One cracker and I am in agony.  Or someone is slowly poisoning me.

6.  Halloween is not fun without little kids.  And I can’t seem to find a good costume for 80 lbs chocolate Lab that he will keep on.

I wish I could do this-

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7.  I read the sequel to The Bone Season called The Mime Order last week.  I don’t know why, but I love both of these books.  They are confusing, strange, and I am not sure I am understanding everything.  I still love it.

Well, I need to walk above mentioned Lab, and mail invites for above mentioned shower, and figure out dinner for above mentioned sucky teenagers.

BOO! Books & Movies to get your scare on- a Top Ten List

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & the Bookish. It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely ladies over there give us book bloggers wonderful and fun topics to create our lists! Check out what others have posted by going over there!

http://brokeandbookish.blogspot.com

This week’s topic is -

Top Ten Books and Movies to get ready for Halloween

Now, I have always LOVED Halloween, especially when my kids were little.  Had so much fun watching them get all excited.  BUT_ I do not like scary movies, or even books for that matter,  I did start reading Stephen King last year, but aside from him, I am pretty much horror free.  So, here is a list of some sort of scary books and movies!

Books

1.  Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Love the Gothic story!

2.  Salem’s Lot  by Stephen King

Great vampire book from King, with garlic and stakes and coffins

3.  The Shining by Stephen King

Scared the %$#@ out of me.  I wouldn’t read it when it was dark.  Or I was alone. I kept thinking of Joey from Friends hiding it in the freezer when it got too scary!

4.  Frankenstein  by Mary Shelley

Who is the real monster?

5. Interview With the Vampire  by Anne Rice

The book- NOT the movie.   I loved this so much when I was a teenager.

6.  The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

Witches, Spirts, New Orleans-oh my!

Movies

 7.  Carrie

Sissy Spacek creeps me out a little too much.

8.  Scream

I love how they make fun of the whole genre, yet still give you a good scare!

9.  Nightmare on Elm Street

I watched this in the middle of the afternoon when I was 11- didn’t watch another scary movie for about ten years.

10.  The Nightmare Before Christmas

I love this movie- we still watch it every year.

I Wish I Could Go There- a Top Ten List

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & the Bookish. It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely ladies over there give us book bloggers wonderful and fun topics to create our lists! Check out what others have posted by going over there!

http://brokeandbookish.blogspot.com

This week’s topic is -

Top Ten Places I would love to visit from Books (real or fictional)

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1.  New Orleans- from almost every Anne Rice book.

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2.  Rivendell- to hang out at the last homely house with Elrond

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3.  Hogwarts from the HP series

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4.  Paris, 1920s- Fitzgerald

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5.  Pemberley- from Pride & Prejudice

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6.  Hobbiton from The Lord of the Rings

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7.  Tara Plantation from Gone With the Wind

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8.  Italy- really Naples, from Eat, Pray, Love

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9. The South of France from Tender is the Night

Where do you wish you could visit?

The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain- a review

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The Silent Sister

by Diane Chamberlain

published by St. Martin’s Press

October 2014

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

My Review

This book really pulled me in and held my interest almost to the end.  I loved the idea of Riley digging up her family’s secrets.  I thought the book was well written and very suspenseful, but I don’t like it when a story wraps up too neatly, which is what I felt happened here.  It’s probably just me, since I have read other glowing reviews for this book.  I have enjoyed this author’s work in the past, and am sure many will enjoy The Silent Sister as well.

Summary

In The Silent Sister, Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager.  Now, over twenty years later, her father has passed away and she’s in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out his house when she finds evidence to the contrary.  Lisa is alive.  Alive and living under a new identity.  But why exactly was she on the run all those years ago, and what secrets are being kept now?  As Riley works to uncover the truth, her discoveries will put into question everything she thought she knew about her family.  Riley must decide what the past means for her present, and what she will do with her newfound reality, in this engrossing mystery from international bestselling author Diane Chamberlain.

Bookish (& Not So Bookish) Thoughts

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Bookish & Not So Bookish Thoughts

is a weekly meme hosted by Christine over at Bookishly Boisterous, where we post things that are on our minds.  Head over there and check it out!

1.  Fall is in full swing here and the temps are dropping!  Last night it went down to 45 degrees by my home.  We had our first fire-and first pot of soup (potato cheddar) on Sunday and I am loving it! Here is what the yard is looking like-

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2.  I am trying to keep myself motivated to exercise everyday, but it is getting harder.  I am doing hot yoga and running, but I am definitely in need of some inspiration.  Or some uppers.

3.  I went to see Gone Girl on Saturday.  Loved the movie- more on that later.  We went to one of those AMC theaters that have the barcolounger seats-big comfy armchairs that recline.  The theater was packed-mid afternoon- with all these reclining people with their vats of soda and popcorn, and it reminded me of the

movie Wall-E a little too much.

4.  Gone Girl- great movie, but knowing what happened takes a little away from it.

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5.  Neil Patrick Harris as Desi- totally creepy.  It killed Doogie Howser forever in my mind.

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6.  My daughter has joined the Model Congress club at school and has to write a bill for the Homeland Security committee.  Suggestions?

Ebola?  Immigration?

7.  I loved AHS’s last season Coven- not planning to watch the new one called Freak.  Not even once.

8.  My library had its semi annual Book Sale on Saturday, and I came home with about 10 books.  Now I can’t decide what to read.  Seriously.  I need a good recommendations.

9.  It is so beautiful out, that I am stopping here, and taking my dog out for a walk.  Have a great day!!

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First Impressions by Charlie Lovett- a review

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First Impressions

by Charlie Lovett

published by Viking Adult

October 2014

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

My Review

I loved this book!  I thought I would, since I also loved his last novel, The Bookman’s Tale.  If you haven’t read that one, do it!   This is a little different, yet similar in some ways.  Tale featured a bookworm who tried to figure out the mystery behind the true authorship of a certain well known Bard, while First Impressions gives us a heroine bookworm trying to uncover the truth  behind whether Jane Austen plagiarized Pride & Prejudice.  Since that is one of my favorite books, I was in a little bit of heaven reading this.  While I hope this doesn’t become TOO formulaic, I have enjoyed both stories and definitely recommend them, especially if you enjoy reading about characters that love to read.

Summary

Charlie Lovett first delighted readers with his New York Times bestselling debut, The Bookman’s Tale. Now, Lovett weaves another brilliantly imagined mystery featuring one of English literature’s most popular and beloved authors: Jane Austen.

Book lover and Austen enthusiast Sophie Collingwood has recently taken a job at an antiquarian bookshop in London when two different customers request a copy of the same obscure book: the second edition ofLittle Book of Allegories by Richard Mansfield.  Their queries draw Sophie into a mystery that will cast doubt on the true authorship of Pride and Prejudice—and ultimately threaten Sophie’s life.

In a dual narrative that alternates between Sophie’s quest to uncover the truth—while choosing between two suitors—and a young Jane Austen’s touching friendship with the aging cleric Richard Mansfield, Lovett weaves a romantic, suspenseful, and utterly compelling novel about love in all its forms and the joys of a life lived in books

For more on the author, please visit http://charlielovett.com