Saturday, August 30, 2008

Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged by Ann Rand

Has anyone read this yet? I've started it a couple of times, and can't seem to get into it. Someone please give me a pep talk and tell me how wonderful it is and help me get motivated.

I'm sure it's fabulous, but the copy I have is just so long with really small print, so it's not enjoyable to read.

If no one else is reading it, then I think I'll abandon ship and not try anymore.


Thursday, August 21, 2008

Real Life Book Club Picks

Check it out! My Public Library checks out sets of books to book clubs! So for my real-life book club, otherwise known as the Squeaky Clean Book Club, I reserved some titles for the next three months! I'm so excited and hoping that they're good books, and clean so I don't get kicked out. For September, I chose The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, October's book is Bee Season by Myla Goldberg, and November's is At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon.

I was so thrilled to find out that they carried book club sets. I'm sick of buying someone else's choice because there are never enough copies at the library. The sets have 10 books and include a binder with summary, author information, discussion questions, criticism, reviews and other information. SweeeeeeT! If someone loses a title, you have to replace it or pay $10 - but I'm making them sign a contract so I can give them major crap if they lose one.

So, are you in a real-life book club? Does your library do this kind of thing? Want to read along? Have you read any of these? Are they going to hang me by my toenails for choosing them?

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Cool Book Pick

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand - highly recommended by real people. Kinda long, but very interesting concept. What if the people in our society who hold us up, decided to quit carrying the slackers? I'm intrigued. What do you think?

Friday, May 30, 2008

Summer Fun

It's time for summer reading! Let's choose a book and get started so we can discuss it in a week or two. What are some ideas for fun & frivolity? I usually read YA fiction in the summer, but nothing's coming to mind. Let's read something together! Now!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Worst book you've ever read...or attempted to read

My nomination: The Poisonwood Bible.

Seriously. I tried and tried. It was highly recommended. It was for book group. I'd read some of her other books and enjoyed them. What is with this book? I struggled and finally gave up about 1/3 of the way through. Lame. Long. Boring. Nothing caught my interest. Was it the bland characters? Long, descriptive passages? I can't even remember the part I tried to read. Did anyone besides Ophra like this?

What highly recommended, much lauded, best seller did you hate?

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Time for A New Post

Welcome Kate and Laurie! Do you girls want to be contributors? Let us know and you're in like flin!
What are you all reading? I'm just starting The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory (Julie/Crazymama said to see the movie first or I'd be disappointed but I haven't done either yet) and I've been picking at Emily of New Moon by LM Montgomery - but honestly, she's no Anne (and LM tends to get a little windy with her descriptions).

So, everyone, give us a title and a two sentence book report about what you're currently reading (or have just finished). Please.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Just Finished The Star Garden by Nancy E. Turner

Loved it!!! Of course, I loved the other two (These is My Words, Sarah's Quilt), so I was ready to love this one. My sis Julie (Crazymama) said a couple of girls in her book group didn't like it. The only reason that I can see is that perhaps she wasn't as successful in building up the romantic tension in this book as she was in the others. The romance was just a side plot, amidst the family struggles and trials of life in territorial Arizona. However, I love her characters and want to know more. She left it open for the possiblity of another book in the series, but I'd really like to see her follow one of Sarah's children, with Sarah's life as the subplot.