Sunday, February 23, 2014

Next Up: Dark Places

Next up...Dark Places

Other books we voted on:

Discovery of Witches

Tell the Wolves I'm Home (I have a copy of this if someone needs to borrow it)

The Shining Girls

Start requesting these suckers from the library ahead of time - woot!  I have the meeting for Dark Places as March 1st at that right gals?

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Night Circus is the Winner!

Night Circus won - yay!  I'm really excited to read this one - although, I was the one who voted for The Fault in Our Stars.  Mainly because, seriously, you guys have to read this before it becomes a movie...the movie poster just came out:

Anyways, moving on...time and place.  My January is wide-open but I'm thinking maybe mid-Jan to give everyone enough time to read with the hols and all??  We can meet at my place but I don't want to make everyone drive up to Indy (seems unfair when only one person is local - me)!  So instead, we could do the Oliver tasting room or some other B-town restaurant.  Thoughts?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Next Book

Whups!  We forgot to talk about what book we will read next (my bad)!  We'll have to do this old-school and post it online for a vote.  Here's my three (and they're all love stories...awww):

Never Read:
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night. 

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. 

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead. 

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

Has Read:
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Friendsmas Book Club Secret Santa

Hey ladies!  Since it sounds like we might do a Friendsmas instead of a Friendsgiving do we want to draw for Book Club Secret Santa this year?  We can do a virtual draw which I setup (you should be getting an email with the invite) and bring gifties to the Friendsmas.  If peeps don't want to do it or we want to change the gift exchange all means speak up in the comments!  Also, I wasn't sure if I had Rachael's correct email address so I put her facebook one in there...hopefully that works!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Christmas Book Voting Time!

Now that Friendsgiving is over...time to start thinking about Christmas book club meeting!  We can vote like we did last year, I'm setting up a poll in the sidebar - everyone choose your top 3 picks.  Here's the list of books we had last time around...any others that peeps want to add?

The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore
'Twas the night (okay, more like the week) before Christmas, and all through the tiny community of Pine Cove, California, people are busy buying, wrapping, packing, and generally getting into the holiday spirit.

But not everybody is feeling the joy. Little Joshua Barker is in desperate need of a holiday miracle. No, he's not on his deathbed; no, his dog hasn't run away from home. But Josh is sure that he saw Santa take a shovel to the head, and now the seven-year-old has only one prayer: Please, Santa, come back from the dead.

But hold on! There's an angel waiting in the wings. (Wings, get it?) It's none other than the Archangel Raziel come to Earth seeking a small child with a wish that needs granting. Unfortunately, our angel's not sporting the brightest halo in the bunch, and before you can say "Kris Kringle," he's botched his sacred mission and sent the residents of Pine Cove headlong into Christmas chaos, culminating in the most hilarious and horrifying holiday party the town has ever seen.

Move over, Charles Dickens -- it's Christopher Moore time.

The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
Will Stanton discovers on the Midwinter Day that is his 11th birthday, that he is no mere boy. He is the Sign-Seeker, last of the immortal Old Ones, destined to battle the powers of evil that trouble the land. His task is monumental: he must find and guard the six great Signs of the Light, which, when joined, will create a force strong enough to match and perhaps overcome that of the Dark. Embarking on this endeavor is dangerous as well as deeply rewarding; Will must work within a continuum of time and space much broader than he ever imagined.  And for the twelve days of Christmas, while the Dark is rising, life for Will is full of wonder, terror, and delight.

Susan Cooper, in her five-title Dark Is Rising sequence, creates a world where the conflict between good and evil reaches epic proportions. She ranks with C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien in her ability to deliver a moral vision in the context of breathtaking adventure.

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris
For those dreading the holiday season, bestseller Sedaris (When You Are Engulfed in Flames) makes life a little easier with this re-release of his uproarious essay collection, newly expanded from the original 1997 edition. Sedaris gets the most mileage out of Christmas, from his stint as a Macy's elf in "Santaland Diaries," to comparing American and Dutch holiday traditions in "Six to Eight Black Men." In "Jesus Shaves," Sedaris recalls a French class in which students try to explain to each other, in broken French, the concept of Easter: "On the Easter we be sad because somebody makes Jesus dead today." This updated version includes "The Monster Mash," poached from When You Are Engulfed, in which Sedaris spends Halloween at the morgue; and "The Cow and the Turkey," a new story featuring the Secret Santa woes of barnyard animals. Longtime fans will be happy to have all Sedaris's holiday stories in one volume, and those who've managed to miss the literary funny-man couldn't get a better gift.  

Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
What do a Christmas Eve snowstorm, 14 perky cheerleaders, a Waffle House, and a guy covered in tin foil have in common? Answer: these romantic holiday stories. Through an interconnected cast of characters set in one small Southern town, each author reveals a serendipitous night in the life of a particular teen. In Johnson's Jubilee Express, level-headed Jubilee experiences a traumatic day during which her parents get arrested, her train gets stuck in the snow, and she breaks up with her boyfriend, but in the end finds a new love. Green deftly portrays the teen male perspective with humor and wit in his Cheertastic Christmas Miracle, which starts with an urgent quest for cheerleaders and ends with an eye-opening experience of finding true love right before one's eyes. In Myracle's Patron Saint of Pigs, while agonizing over the pain of a recent breakup, Addie learns about herself and gains respect for relationships at the same time. Johnson’s playfulness, Green’s banter, and Myracle’s sincerity mesh well here, resulting in a collection that is imbued with optimism and warmth. The plotting is tight, and each end loosed by one author is tied up by another like a bright Christmas bow. Tender without being mushy, these carefully crafted stories of believable teen love will leave readers warm inside for the holidays.

The Box of Delights by John Masefield
Strange things begin to happen the minute young Kay Harker boards the train to go home for Christmas and finds himself under observation by two very shifty-looking characters. Arriving at his destination, the boy is immediately accosted by a bright-eyed old man with a mysterious message: “The wolves are running.” Soon danger is everywhere, as a gang of criminals headed by the notorious wizard Abner Brown and his witch wife Sylvia Daisy Pouncer gets to work. What does Abner Brown want? The magic box that the old man has entrusted to Kay, which allows him to travel freely not only in space but in time, too. The gang will stop at nothing to carry out their plan, even kidnapping Kay’s friend, the tough little Maria Jones, and threatening to cancel Christmas celebrations altogether. But with the help of his allies, including an intrepid mouse, a squadron of Roman soldiers, the legendary Herne the Hunter, and the inventor of the Box of Delights himself, Kay just may be able rescue his friend, foil Abner Brown’s plot, and save Christmas, too. 

The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans
This inspiring holiday tale tells the touching story of a widow and the young family who moves in with her, and the ways in which they discover together the first gift of Christmas and what the holiday is really all about. Written by the author as a token of affection for his daughters, The Christmas Box has captured the hearts and minds of over a million readers.

 The story relates how a young couple, Richard (who narrates) and Keri, accept a position to care for a lonely widow, Mary Parkin, in her spacious Victorian mansion. As Christmas draws near, Mary becomes anxious about Richard's obsession with success and his failure to make time for his family. She urges him to reconsider his priorities, but he is always too busy to heed her advice. It is only when Mary is on her deathbed and her secret sorrow is revealed through the letter-laden Christmas box of the title that Richard realizes what she has been trying to tell him.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Lonesome Dove, Part Deux

Heyyyy ladies!  So, time to make some headway on this chunkster - shall we say in a month or so?  Right now my October availability is pretty open.  What weekends work for you guys? 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Lonesome Dove - here we come!

Okay ladies!  Time to get thinking about when to meet up for Part I of Lonesome Dove! So, I looked at my copy and the halfway mark is close to Chapter 54 (pg. 463).  Since Charlotte's hosting the first half, I asked her if she had any date preferences and she's open to whatever.  So let's start throwing out dates! 

ALSO, I know Joni is moving this weekend and prolly under some stress so maybe us ladies can help out by having a packing (or unpacking) "shindig" to help her out?  Let us know Joni, if you'd like some moving assistance! :)