Book

You are invited! A blog-book club!

So, I am in this Book Club that we started at work and it seems like more often than not, we all read the books and then never can find a good time to get together (due to the craziness of life) to discuss the darn book!

I think I might have found the solution - Lets pick a book together online and then determine a date when we will all post discussion and comments about our readings. Β Nerdly, yes! Β Amazing, maybe!?

First thing: We need to come up with Book Club friendly reading ideas.....

Second thing: We will give ourselves about a month to read / digest the book...

Third thing: Β Anyone and everyone will be invited to "discuss" (albeit by internet, ahhh the future) the book online and comment to one another!

 

This way friends near and far can "come" to book club!!

What do you think little bloggers?

M

New Book for March - "Little Bee" by Chris Cleave

New book to read! Β I am currently working on "Little Bee" by Chris Cleave. Β It is a story of two opposite worlds colliding - that of a Nigerian girl (refugee) and a British Magazine editor. Β Just started the other day, so I will keep you posted!

To read more about the book, see this article from the NY times (link below).

From what the article describes, I am in love with the book already.

"Like Little Bee, Sarah is a survivor. But the lessons of the past are not enough to steer either woman to safety. Instead, in a world full of turpitude and injustice, it is their bold, impulsive choices that challenge the inevitability of despair, transforming a political novel into an affecting story of human triumph."

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/17/books/review/Elkins-t.html

Happy reading!

M

February Book Review - "The Dirty Life" by Kristin Kimball

This latest book that I accidentally stumbled upon (thanks to a free US airways magazine) is absolutely great! In "The Dirty Life", author Kristin Kimball chronicles her own "growing up" from a Manhattanite travel writer to a married woman, mother and farmer. Β It is intriguing to see her point of view and how it gradually evolves in each of the book's sections - named after the seasons, which, in my humble little opinion as an avid reader, is quite poetic. :)

Some of my favorite quotes from the book are below:

about her life before farming:

"I wasn't much of a cook back then. Β I appreciated good food, but I didn't have a steady relationship with it. Β Food was more like a series of one-night stands, set in front of me at a restaurant or delivered in little white containers by a guy on a bicycle." (Kimball 13)

about her husband:

"Mark was not one of those people. He tried, as much as possible, to live outside of the river of consumption that is normal life in America. Β He preferred secondhand everything, from underwear to appliances. Β Even better than secondhand was handmade. Β He dreamed aloud to me of someday making his own toothbrushes out of boar's bristles" (214).

about her realizations over time:

"It wasn't Mark or the farm or marriage I was trying to shake loose from but my own imperfect self, and even if I kept moving, she would dog me all the way around the world, forever" (258).

The rest of the book, you have to read for yourself. Β It's worth it!

Join the online bookclub here and post your comments about the book as you read it. Β Enjoy.

M

Tuesday Book List...

I like to make a list sometimes of books that I would like to read or re-read in the coming months (nerd alert!) and wanted to see what you guys think! Β Any good "must reads" out there that I haven't considered? Currently re-reading "The Catcher in the Rye" - I love re-reading books that I sort of read (and often not at all) in high school to see how my perspective has changed :)

Here is my "Reading List" (very official sounding):

"The Dirty Life" by Kristin Kimball

"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" by Mark Haddon

Re-read List:

"Ferdinand" by Munro Leaf

"Tess of the D'Urbervilles" by Thomas Hardy