Saturday, December 22, 2012

A month in a minute

Since my last post (is it POSSIBLE that was a month ago?? Father time you are a sneaky sneaky bastard!) I have finished some eclectic and disparate choices!

I finished Clara and Mr. Tiffany. I think maybe now with some distance, I'd give it a 3.5/5 maybe a 3.75/5. Well written, the story, to my liking, didn't quite hold out for the length. She was an amazing lady!

This is NOT what I expected in the least! I found this book overwhelmingly depressing! I know it makes the list of a lot of people's 'all time favorite' and while it was marvelous in the writing, voice, and Smith's nearly shocking ability to evoke time and place, the depression factor will keep me from loving it.

This is a particularly interesting (out of print) book to me. It was written by a local in in 1963. It was written about the town I live in and the characters are composites of the people from here. The landscape is the same, the events are 'similar' and on it's publication there was much much scuttlebut about this book here in town. It was briefly banned from our local library then added back but only one copy and kept behind the desk on the adult only request only allocation. (crazy right???) The writing was good and it was a finalist for the Pulitzer. Scholl did tend to try to pack too many 'truths' if you will, into one novel. And while it certainly didn't come off preachy or parabolic, it did come off a bit disjointed and scattered.  It has since drifted off in obscurity. Scholl himself was quite a character in our town. As the town 'creative type' he was a notorious drinker and was known to tie one on and try to direct traffic at our downtown main street intersection until the cops came along and took him home.. not to jail, just home. ;) It was a different guard even then.

The choice this month for Pink Drinks On A Thursday Evening book club is The Christmas Box. This was a sweet book and had a poignant meaning and a bit of a preachy lesson. I almost feel like it should be called The Parable of the Christmas Box. It didn't affect me deeply but I was moved by the ending and did enjoy the reading. I'm at a bit of a loss on how to handle people who believe writers like this are 'just the best writers out there!' But then again, mainstream, best sellers are rarely 'literary' either. I guess I'm a snob. rats. Sure didn't mean to be!! :(

And I am finishing up (to feed my inner snob-lover)
I'm almost done. This was a Fireside book club selection and I didn't get done in time for our discussion which was doubly sad because we Skyped with Nick Dybek! Which was amazing!!
He was gracious and fun! Great sense of humor and spoke wonderfully not only about his work but also about his life and his time in Iowa (which is where we are based) at the Iowa Writers Workshop. I have a blog post planned with a discussion JUST on Iowa Writers Workshoppers! Know any??

Oh and please note the stunning fireplace (which was lit) it is original to the building built in 1904.  (there are two of fireplaces actually) It is a Carnegie Library and has been meticulously maintained. It is my favorite place here and I believe we now have a library director who can do it the justice it deserves! Way to go Elena! :)

but I digress...

I am also finishing up
This book is so that popular unique way... if that can actually make sense, that I'm having a hard time finding a way to describe how I feel about it. It deserves more than 'enjoy', 'like', 'great', 'involving', a want a more unique way to say it :) I'll come up with something when I'm done...

And maybe I'll even post it here in a more timely manner. I miss you guys too much when so much time passes!!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Self imposed Read-A-Thon tonight!!

There are 2 of my book clubs coming up next week and I don't have either book done!!

So here goes...I haven't had to push-read in quite awhile. I am usually a reader who prefers to relish the experience of reading from language to the physical act of silence and repose...but I digress... again.

Off to finish
Discussion should be interesting on several fronts for this piece!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Listening to a Classic - Pros and Cons

I am listening to a classic now as I travel the short distance back and forth to work and the overly often trip to Wal-Mart.

There are 2 things I want to talk about in this regard
The Classic
and Listening
The Classic is: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn.

This is going to be one weird admission on my part, but I had absolutely NO prior knowledge of this book or any preconceived ideas of what it was going to be like. Except as a literary classic whose name gets tossed around the 'best books in like ever' lists, I hadn't even heard of it. By that I mean, none of my friends had read it, schools didn't read it, I had never seen it on the literature shelves in the libraries I frequented from school to now.

And this is saying something because I'm pretty old!! (Ok that is, taking into consideration the mean age of the average book blogger I'm skewing the math!)

I'm not sure how I feel about this. What else does that mean I'm missing! Anyway, so I go about finding this book listed as one of the best books of the 20th century. And as I begin to get into it, I find I'm very surprised by it and at first, I actually really and truly, do. not. like. it. atall!

Which brings me to the listening part. The reader of this particular recording has a pleasant voice and is very good at accents, especially Brooklyn accents. And I'm thinking that turned me off of these characters.

Until a poignant passage comes along, then I catch myself skipping back to hear it again, and I wonder if maybe I don't like these people and am not sold on the book because of the audio.

Which I've wondered about other books I've listened to and not been so keen on...

which leads me to wonder if maybe I just don't really like audiobooks????

I'd hate that actually because I've gotten so many more books 'read' on my lists since I've started to listen to them, but I don't think they effect me in an honest the authors way.

Maybe it's just classics I should shy away from on the audio list. No matter what, it's too late to go back and give this book a try in print because the reader's voice and her inflections and accents will stick with me.

Anyone else run into this phenomenon? 


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Sunday Salon 10/28/12

One of my goals is coming true...or I'm achieving one of my goals I guess is more like it.

I am a joint director of the most magical place on earth.... I'm a co-librarian!
Now granted it's just our church library, but it's a collection, and it is still in need of categorizing and maintaining. So it's a library and to me, that's what matters!

AND...I got in on a meeting at our public library of the volunteer group 'Friends of the Library' and they accepted my offer to help them out and I'm going to help maintain the perpetual book sale they have in a corner of the building. :)

It is just the coolest ever!!

And I've got books galore to talk about... I bought another whole box for $8 and for $3 I got some amazing books at the big Library special event books sale.

In that group was an Edgar Cayce book that my mom (who was a huge fan) didn't have yet. And Hemmingway short stories!

And book discussion on Never Let Me Go was amazing!! So much to discuss out of this amazing book. I loved the book, I think I was one of the only ones.

AND!! I finally finished The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy! I loved it. As soon as I was done I wanted to turn around and start it over so I could quote all the amazing lines!

One a personal note, my mom has dementia and while some days are better than others, today was not a 'better' day.  I keep praying for the strength to take care of her.  Please pray for me too.

Trick or Treat is tomorrow night here. I've not been too in to the whole Halloween spirit this year. I hope you have a great Halloween wherever you are!

Prayers to you Right Coasters in the storms path!!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Rowdy reading!

Despite not getting many blog posts up, my reading has been going purty rowdy!! Thanks mostly to audio books. I've really leaned on those this year and I'm to the point where I feel lost without one in the car AND I carry it inside to continue listening.

I listened to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime. Which I enjoyed quite a bit. I ADORED the narrator and felt like he really got the timing tone and cadence needed to convey the feeling the author intended. I enjoyed the story too.

I also listened to Heather Gudenkauf's book These Things Hidden and I wasn't as thrilled with the readers. I actually think they may have detracted from the book and I wished I had read it instead.

I'm still chipping away at The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy which I love!! But in case you're not familiar this volume is 5 novels and a short story in one so I read a novel and take a break to read other things in the meantime.

I also just finished Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury for my book club Pink Drinks on a Thursday Evening. I loved it and can't wait for discussion!

My oldest daughter ended up having a brief hospital stay this weekend (nothing major, but after having had cancer last year she sometimes doesn't have the ability to fight off the average bug as well as most people and one got her down pretty heavy) and since I was staying with her I ran down and bought a book from the shop in the lobby.

So I started on one of last year's buzz books: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I haven't seen the movie either so this is a new experience all the way around. I'm about 100 pages into it but I believe I've come to it way to close to having read Curious Incident...anyone else who's read those two can tell me if they agree. I see so many similarities between the two protagonists I almost feel like one is a copy of the other or one author is actually a pseudonym for the other and they are the same guy! (which I do know isn't true).

When I ran home for clothes I did grab my other book that I HAVE to start because we have Library Book Club about it in a week and half. It's Never Let Me Go. I started it today and have fallen in love with the writing!! Plus I'm anxious to see how the story plays out. I have some pre-knowledge of the plot and 'secrets' but like how it's being shown us. I also like these characters so far!

Then, just a few moments ago (or half an hour now) I found out this was a Read-A-Thon weekend! I want to go spend time on Twitter cheering on the readers and while I'm not an official participant I think I'll work on Never Let Me Go in Read-A-Thon spirit. :) And, should I get finished, I'll go back and finish Extremely Loud.

I also have some books that came in the mail and that I found at yard sales to talk about and some 'Sunday Screenings' to catch up on!

Now working on getting my kiddo feeling better!!!

Monday, October 8, 2012


I've lapsed into another lull of late. It's not for lack of interest, I just haven't finished anything recently and no huge news, bookish or otherwise, has crossed my path.

Autumn is starting to pull the covers up earlier and earlier as we spin towards winter. I'm tired early and have a devil of time getting up in the dark morning.

Then there are the holy trinity of blogosphere buzz-kill: career, kids, and aging parents. In other words I've had my hands full the last couple of weeks.

Oh how I'd love to indulgently extrapolate on book after book read or to be read and get even more lost by reading what you all are up to, but I haven't even been able to lurk an what's been up.

(although I do have a couple movie screenings to write up and I'm back to watching some Dr. Who...which falls under the 'kids' catagory in the above list of 'keeps me from reading and blogging' excuses).

How bout you? Do you hit the 'life gets real' times in blogging?

Friday, September 21, 2012

PDOATE Book Club - Joe Blair & the Next Book

Discussion group was super small last night to talk about last months read: By The Iowa Sea a memoir by Joe Blair. It was just Audrey and I and we'd been hashing out this book all month. So our focus was more on the pink drinks :) Strawberry Frozen Margaritas - they were pretty weak spirits wise, but very yummy!
The consensus we'd come to on the book was:
  • 1. Joe is extremely talented. Which once I mentioned that not only was he a HVAC guy, but also held a MFA, that made sense. It was also sort of a dream crusher. Here we thought we'd found how the 'average Joe' (no pun intended) had managed to write something wonderful, attract the attention of an agent AND a publisher, and get his book published and well marketed...but alas, he has the pedigree for it after all.That and the ending made me sad. 
  • 2. The ending. It wasn't 'ended' well enough. And I know this is the ongoing life of a real person, but there wasn't enough...flood clean-up? I guess. Perhaps this is because I know Joe ended up back in Iowa. Back in Iowa City and I thought that would have made a better circle, a tighter tied up ending I guess.
  • 3. Despite the fact that I've had my own challenges having had a daughter with cancer, Joe's challenges blow us away. How can anything but taking care of Mike stand a chance. Career, Marriage, Hobbies, Other Children. They are all so affected by Mike. I don't know how they do it. I really don't
  • 4. We were mad at Joe. Then thought Joe was ok. Then thought Joe was a dick. Then were ok with Joe.
  • 5. We think it was a very brave memoir
  • 6. We'd love to read more of his stuff.

Two thumbs up for By The Iowa Sea from Pink Drinks On A Thursday Evening.
*note - we do have some folks that, while they couldn't read it this month, have this book on their TBR list yet. I'll update as necessary.

Audrey had next book pick and since we will be meeting in October she thought something creepy would be in order for Halloween. I wish I would have thought of  Harvest Home, but she thought something classic. She chose
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
Audrey hasn't seen the movie or ever read the book. I've seen the movie, but I'm taking a fiction class right now so I'm alllll into mechanics and how authors do what the do.

Plus Bradbury is listed as one of Stephen King's biggest influences. I read Fahrenheit 451 in high school and LOVED it so I know this is going to be GREAT!

So those of you out there who want to chime in.... read the book and leave a comment and we will read your comments at the next meeting!

October 18th is when that will be and be sure to have a pink drink that night to encourage us! :)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

REVIEW: Up At The Villa - W. Somerset Maugham

Title: Up At The Villa
Author: W. Somerset Maugham

Why I read this: Library book club selection

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In Up at the Villa, W. Somerset Maugham portrays a wealthy young English woman who finds herself confronted rather brutally by the repercussions of whimsy.
On the day her older and prosperous friend asks her to marry him, Mary Leonard demurs and decides to postpone her reply a few days. But driving into the hills above Florence alone that evening, Mary offers a ride to a handsome stranger. And suddenly, her life is utterly, irrevocably altered.
For this stranger is a refugee of war, and he harbors more than one form of passion. Before morning, Mary will witness bloodshed, she will be forced to seek advice and assistance from an unsavory man, and she will have to face the truth about her own yearnings. Erotic, haunting, and maddeningly suspenseful, Up at the Villa is a masterful tale of temptation and the capricious nature of fate.

My Opinion :

I don't think I need to totally rehash that Somerset Maugham is a magician with the written word. The prose throughout this book was wonderful! A sheer treat to read...NO  a decadent indulgent treat to read! :) What got me was how frugal he could be with words AND STILL have the writing be not evocative, but beautiful! Hemingway has most of this talent too, but every so slightly less beautiful, less poetic, ...less ...ADORNED.

But don't get me wrong, never once is the writing 'gaudy'. It's a straightforward story about a young vibrant woman at a crossroads in her life and the outcome of an impulsive act that makes all her decisions for her. In Maughams telling we know her, Mary, we know she is confused and indecisive, we know Edgar is stalwart and logical, we know Rowly is a playboy with a good heart. And it doesn't take very long to know these things. And yes, students of  literature and creative writing, we are shown this and not told this. 

This is one of those throw-your-pen-down-and-wad-up-all-the-notebook-papers type of book. The kind that makes those of us who dabble and dream just want to throw in the towel.

Those of us who love to read and are looking for some phenomenal story telling with a side of reality, pick this up! 

Our book club at the library met to discuss this book. We had a lively discussion on the motivations of the principals and a lot of varied opinions on the true nature of character. AND we had some great italian themed food!! 

On that topic
My book club meets Thursday to discuss (ok well there are 2 of us going to be there to discuss) By The Iowa Sea by Joe Blair. That should be fun too! 

AND - with all this great reading I am intimidated by my assignment due this week in my fiction writing class on characterization. I want to show. I want to be concise. I want these people to LEAP from the page and have my instructor begging me to submit more about what is happening in this story. And when I sit down to attempt mind freezes. Just stops. I have the characters but can't seem to pull a scenario together that personifies them...but I'll keep at it. I'll just let that pot simmer for a bit and see what happens.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Review: By The Iowa Sea ~ Joe Blair

Oh I did very much like this book! I'll just say that right off the bat.
After his first cross-country motorcycle trip, Joe Blair believed he had discovered his true calling. He would travel. He would never cave in to convention. He would never settle down.
Fifteen years later, Joe finds himself living in Iowa, working as an air-conditioning repairman and spending his free time cleaning gutters, taxiing his children, and contemplating marital infidelity. When the Iowa River floods, transforming the familiar streets of his small town into a terrible and beautiful sea, he begins to question the path that led him to this place.
Exquisitely observed and lyrically recounted, this is a compelling and often humorous account of an ordinary man’s struggle to live an extraordinary life. 

My opinion:
It is always a treat to read about locales I have a common bond with, but Joe took us on trip so much more real than a restaurant I've visited before or roads and intersections I'm very familiar with. He took us to where he lives and he did so with raw honesty and a  BOAT load of courage!! The whole experience was a 'pay-no-attention-to-the-man-behind-the-curtain' moment, where just because we see someone one way, so much else is happening. Where the frenzy of a disaster can be a catalyst to stronger construction. Figuratively and literally in the case of By the Iowa Sea.

Joe Blair's writing is an absolute TREAT! He has an uncanny knack for the heart of the moment and kernel of truth in each situation. Be it with his wife, his coworkers, or his devastatingly autistic son. He doesn't sugar coat anything yet there is such artistry in his prose we hear the heartbeat of beauty even in the pain of a heart breaking.

I didn't feel the end of the book was an adequate wrap up. I think I wish he would have waited to publish this book until he ended up back in Iowa (which he did) there would have been a symmetry there. A rainbow, if you will. A new covenant with that dang town and a second chance for that 'river'.

Otherwise, I'm so glad I went to the Iowa City Book Festival and had the privileged of hearing Mr. Blair. And saying hello to his wife and Mike. And I'm so very glad he didn't abandon his talent when life's responsibilities came knocking (and oh how loud they do knock) so we could be treated to this fine book.

I'm so very much hoping he has plans to add a sequel. 

My Rating: 4/5

This is a really awful picture of Joe Blair speaking at the Iowa City Book Festival. This event and his reading there introduced me to this work, but I really really wish I would have read the book before I attended. I would have had so very much to ask! Who knows. Maybe I'll see him around :)

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Super Sunday

It's Sunday... a time of introspection, service, recollection and planning. Or in this case The Sunday Salon. :)

I almost couldn't wait to post this ... I started my book club!! I'm praying it works out! I wanted to start very small but out of the 7 I invited, only 2 showed up. And they were my normal compadres I'd have over any night of the week. But the other invitees simply had conflict for that evening and intend to join in upcoming months. Yay!

And we are named!
That's us. A little libation to help jump start the conversation (pink muscato was a huge hit!).
First we will be reading the memoir by Joe Blair: By The Iowa Sea.

After that we get to vote based on suggestions. (and maybe books our library has multiple copies of since there isn't a book store within 35 miles of here).

It was a happy bookish week!!
I finished listening to The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

 - yes my first time too. I didn't know it was so tragic! sheesh! But I'm so enamoured with that era that I loved every stinking minute of it!! I'm dying to see a movie version now!
There are a couple of other movies in this era that are like comfort food to me, but the names escape me right now. (Not Titanic tho, although I like it, it just had that 'recreated' feeling that some of these others managed to escape.)

I also recieved my THREE books in the mail that I won by participating in the wonderfulness that is #fridayreads on twitter :) YAY!
And the boxed set is the Anne of Green Gables series. I got it at the GW boutique dollar day sale. And I might have passed them up, but someone touched them and all of sudden I had to have them! Like a kid who can ignore a toy until another kid wants to play with it!

Hope your weeks had some smooth prose or at least some poetic license! ;)   

Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat

Another of my now typical brief reviews. Maybe I'll start calling the 'review-lets' .... maybe not.

This one is:
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat - Oliver Sacks.

I must say, the intriguing name lured me toward this piece first off, and it deals with some interesting, out of the norm neurological conditions which are fascinating,  but unless you are looking at this book in conjunction with research, it's not always reader friendly.

Sacks stated at the very beginning of the book that he wanted to tell the personal tales of these people, that records of them were so sterile and impersonal, and while he tried with introductory anecdotal information at the beginning of each case, he lapsed right into doctor-speak and lost my interest every time.

So I mark this book as 'read' only because I don't have a 'skimmed to the end' category. 

2/5 for this one I'm afraid. And really sad to have to do it. I had such high hopes.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Snowman and the summer's end

Maybe I haven't read enough crime drama to recognize the nuances, but on finishing The Snowman by Jo Nesbo, I was left feeling like I'd watched an R (sometimes X) rated version of CSI.
Not that it wasn't a fun and compelling read, because it was certainly both of those! Fun the way a haunted house at Halloween is fun and compelling to not only find out if I guessed right on who the perp was but to see who lived. or didn't.

I wouldn't say I'm a fan, but then I didn't care much for Larson either. I thought I might like Nesbo better there for awhile, but without someone as uniquely bold as Lisabeth Salander, Nesbo ended up coming in second least for my tastes. Which isn't saying much really since I don't have any immediate plans to read anything else by either of these guys.

I did, however, read a 9 paragraph short story entitled The Flowers by Alice Walker (click to read it) that absolutely knocked my socks off!! It was most definately an 'I'm-not-worthy' moment in reading and a piece that will stay with me forever. And that I'll probably always judge my own work against watching my bright idea go pale in comparrison.....but enough of that!

But speaking of summer being over (if you know the story you know the reference), my oldest kiddo went off to college this week! Wow! I'm so happy and jealous at the same time! I hope she does well and I hope it lives up to her expectations.

She's had so much that hasn't. Yet she's so incredibly fortunate! Go get 'em kid! :)

Monday, August 6, 2012

Miniature Review - Shutter Island

I saw the movie before I found out that our library book club would be reading this, luckily it was quite awhile before so my memory was hazy-ish on it.
The book was Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

And I downright devoured this book. It was very hard not to project the actors into the characters. But actually I thought they fit pretty well.

It starts out a solid crime mystery that was compelling in itself. 2 Marshalls arrive on a 'Alcatraz'-ish island that houses the criminally insane in a joint penal/mental institution to investigate the disappearance of a patient...the vanishing basically since it is an island after all.

That's like in chapter one and then BAM lets the twists, turns and mind-screws begin.

And aside from having a compelling 'what-the-heck-is-going-to-happen' story, the writing was exceptional! So much better than some of the (to be unnamed so please feel free to insert your least faves) mystery crime drama contemporaries!!

Since I read this for our book club...

which by the way we need a name for our library book club - any ideas?

... I'll probably have more to say on this after we meet and discuss it. Which will still be hard to do on the blog without  giving much away and TRUST me, it's better not to know no matter how much you think you want to know, you don't. but you will. And once you do, you still wont be sure you do.

Drawbacks? I'm not sure, something bugged me and kept me from declaring it a favorite. Maybe it wasn't quite 'chick' enough. Although that sure makes it a great book for the reluctant guy reader. And so not too much of a drawback

That and there are elements like a piece I'm writing and I'm worried about that. But not too much.

So 4.5/5 from me.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

I tried, I honestly did! - A review in the loosest sense

I did it. I tried it...then I tried a little harder...then I convinced myself I had to keep trying,...
But, Yeah. I couldn't do it!!

I could not stomach 50 Shades Of Grey.  I couldn't do it. It was like reading 5 or 6th grade writing coupled with Penthouse Forum-esque antics. Except Forum can actually be purty good - ifyaknowwhatImean!- and Forum is usually much better written.

This book was impossible. Aside from the poor writing was the ludicrous plot and the pathetic attempt at eroticism.

And to that note.... this book has a major problem for me. It goes past 'playful antics and exploration' into dangerous controlling, abusive tendencies of a narcissist with extreme issues.

And trust me, I do know. This is NOT a romantic relationship. This is not even a 'F-buddies' relationship. This is escalation waiting to happen, this is a timebomb.

Nope couldn't finish it. And don't tell me, well if you didn't finish it how can you say you know. I read enough. I DO get it. And my opinion has been validated in those who DID read it all the way through and came away with the same horrific reaction while assuring me I could save my self the anger and frustration and do something more productive with my time.

Look up 'reads 50 Shades of Grey' on youtube and you'll find some extrememly entertaining examples of why this book is such a joke. My favorite it Mark Reads 50 Shades of Grey - which he did for a charity fund raiser, and Gilbert Godfrey Reads 50 Shades of Grey...I've yet to see Cookie Monster reads...but I hear it's pretty funny OH and Ellen was hysterical!

That and I'm old enough to remember this has been done before. Anyone else remember the book 9 1/2 weeks? uhm hum. Same shock value. 

But my favorite voice on the topic is a review over on goodreads by a wise lady by the name of Katrina.

Check it out and then do yourself a favor and go to library and look for something with some substance! Maybe Fannie Flaggs Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe.  Or "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" Bet someone thought he was charming too.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

TTT - Fabulous locations

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish).is Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings in Books

This one was FUN!!

 1) Middle Earth 

2) Pamplona in Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises

3) The Wizarding  World

4) The birth of the upper Midwest in the Little House books

5) Prince Edward Island in Anne of Green Gables as only Anne Shirley can name it

6) Narnia!

7) The Moores of Wuthering Heights

8) Civil War Appalachia  

9) Post Apocolyptic USA in The Stand

10) The Kingdom of Wisdom

Now I can't wait to read all your entries and find out where ELSE fun I can go :)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sunday Salon - July 22

What a great week for literary pursuits!

I started out the week on Monday with a WONDERFUL book club discussion at the library with the newly formed group. This was only their second meeting so I wasn't an outsider only this month showing up.

We had read and thusly discussed

The Descendants
(I used the audiobook)
I gave this book 4 stars but the longer I'm away from it the more it plays on my mind and I believe I should increase that.

We were treated to coconut coffee cake and virgin Mai Tai's! The Mai Tai's rocked!!

The discussion was well run with plenty of literary direction given by our new library director. She's a gem! We had some people who didn't care for the book very much. They thought the behavior of the children was crass and would never be allowed at their house. No children of thiers would ever act that way or speak that way.

Rolling your eyes yet? I was..but then I know the kids of which they speak.
You know that popular card game where you call out a word when you don't quite believe what a player is claiming? Yeah. I call that.

Anyhoooooo principals before personalities.
The discussion was fun, I love the book AND we are going to get to all watch the movie together tomorrow night for free :)

Tuesday I bought my used Nook and have been playing with it like crazy. Its a nook color and I am noticing some glare. Anyone else??

Wednesday I got my hair cut, which wasn't literary, but it was great!!

Saturday was thrifting day. And woohoo I'm so happy with what I got...
 Because I ALWAYS need more bookcases!! I'm going to paint it but haven't decided  what color. black? Cream?  or Barn Red?

 Also found these. :) Edgar Sawtelle has been on my TBR for a while now. I've never read any Meg Cabot (which I think revokes my chick card?) The Sword of Shannara is CLASSIC and worth a re-read and The Hot Flash Club I think I'll use for my book exchange party :)

I'm STILL reading
The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Just about done listening to
Sing Them Home by Stephanie Kallos

Just Started
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter on my Nook
ALSO downloaded Feed

And making progress on my ARC of
The Secret Sense of Wildflower

So I've got my hands full and a another great literary week ahead.