Sunday, April 23, 2017

Fun Discussion at Book Club This Week!

Nola made these yummy and beautiful cupcakes for our treat at book club on Tuesday night.  

The book we read was A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner.  
I enjoyed the book and we had a great discussion too.  
Thanks Nola for a great book pick and discussion. 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Lunar Chronicles

Chelsea has picked our next book for the month of May.  
She selected Cinder by Marissa Meyer.  It is the first book in The Lunar Chronicles.  At the end of each book there is an interview with the author talking about the book.  

Here is some information about the book:
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl. . . . 
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She's a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world's future. 

Here are the books in the series. 

Here is an interview with the author. 
Marissa Meyer on Cinder, writing, and leading men
Which of your characters is most like you?
I wish I could say that I'm clever and mechanically-minded like Cinder, but no―I can't fix anything. I'm much more like Cress, who makes a brief cameo in Cinder and then takes a more starring role in the third book. She's a romantic and a daydreamer and maybe a little on the na├»ve side―things that could be said about me too―although she does find courage when it's needed most. I think we'd all like to believe we'd have that same inner strength if we ever needed it.
Where do you write?
I have a home office that I've decorated with vintage fairy tale treasures that I've collected (my favorite is a Cinderella cookie jar from the forties) and NaNoWriMo posters, but sometimes writing there starts to feel too much like work. On those days I'll write in bed or take my laptop out for coffee or lunch.
If you were stranded on a desert island, which character from Cinder would you want with you?
Cinder, definitely! She has an internet connection in her brain, complete with the ability to send and receive comms (which are similar to e-mails). We'd just have enough time to enjoy some fresh coconut before we were rescued.
The next book in the Lunar Chronicles is called Scarlet, and is about Little Red Riding Hood. What is appealing to you most about this character as you work on the book?
Scarlet is awesome―she's very independent, a bit temperamental, and has an outspokenness that tends to get her in trouble sometimes. She was raised by her grandmother, an ex-military pilot who now owns a small farm in southern France, who not only taught Scarlet how to fly a spaceship and shoot a gun, but also to have a healthy respect and appreciation for nature. I guess that's a lot of things that appeal to me about her, but she's been a really fun character to write! (The two leading men in Scarlet, Wolf and Captain Thorne, aren't half bad either.)

We will meet at Debby's house at 7pm on May 16.  Hope to see you there. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Book Pick for April

Nola has picked our book for April.  We are reading A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner.  Here is a blurb about the book.  
September 1911. On Ellis Island in New York Harbor, nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan, where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Then, while caring for a fevered immigrant whose own loss mirrors hers, she becomes intrigued by a name embroidered onto the scarf he carries…and finds herself caught in a dilemma that compels her to confront the truth about the assumptions she’s made. Will what she learns devastate her or free her? 

September 2011. On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, widow Taryn Michaels has convinced herself that she is living fully, working in a charming specialty fabric store and raising her daughter alone. Then a long-lost photograph appears in a national magazine, and she is forced to relive the terrible day her husband died in the collapse of the World Trade Towers…the same day a stranger reached out and saved her. Will a chance reconnection and a century-old scarf open Taryn’s eyes to the larger forces at work in her life?

We will be meeting on Tuesday April 18 at 7pm at Debby's house to discuss the book.  Hope to see you there.  

Monday, January 16, 2017

Book Club

Book Club is tomorrow night at 7 pm at Debby's house.  We are discussing The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

Sarah Gravelle will be leading our book discussion.  Hope to see you there.  Even if you haven't read the book you are welcome to join us.  

For our February book choice, Dari has chosen The Orphan Keeper by Jason Wright.  

Friday, November 25, 2016

Book Pick for January 2017

Since December is such a busy month, our next book club meeting will be on Tuesday January 17.
Sarah G. picked the book for us. We will be reading The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.
Here's some information about the book:  

In this Newbery Medal-winning novel, Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place—he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their ghostly teachings—such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him.
Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? And then there are being such as ghouls that aren't really one thing or the other.
The Graveyard Book won the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal and is a Hugo Award Winner for Best Novel.
Hope to see you at our next book club meeting.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Our Book Pick for November

Sarah has picked our next book club book,  Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.  The book has been made into a movie and is currently playing at local theaters.  We will meet at 7pm at Debby's house on Tuesday November 15 to discuss the book.  We are always looking for new readers to join our book club.  Here is a synopsis of the book and some reviews.

A mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.

A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

“A tense, moving, and wondrously strange first novel. The photographs and text work together brilliantly to create an unforgettable story.”—John Green, New York Times best-selling author of The Fault in Our Stars

“With its X-Men: First Class-meets-time-travel story line, David Lynchian imagery, and rich, eerie detail, it’s no wonder Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children has been snapped up by Twentieth Century Fox. B+”—Entertainment Weekly

“‘Peculiar’ doesn’t even begin to cover it. Riggs’ chilling, wondrous novel is already headed to the movies.”—People

“You’ll love it if you want a good thriller for the summer. It’s a mystery, and you’ll race to solve it before Jacob figures it out for himself.”—Seventeen

Friday, October 7, 2016

October Book Pick

Chelsea has selected our book this month, The Mourning Dove, A Story of Love by Larry Barkdull. It is a quick read - only 84 pages.   

From Amazon:
Nine-year-old Hannibal Huish is orphaned and lives with his recently widowed grandfather, Pop, who teaches Hannibal about love and the "right" things to do in life. David Hunter reads in a quiet, even voice the didactic stories and parables that represent Pop's method of teaching Hannibal. The grandson and a neighbor boy are sometimes mischievous; they're mostly children who are exploring the world and learning about right and wrong. Hunter conveys Pop's love and firm hand with a slightly stricter voice in contrast to the voice of the youthful Hannibal. The moralistic concepts are lightly veiled Christian concepts of honesty, respect and love.

 From Google:
The year is 1959, in Boise, Idaho. Nine-year-old Hannibal has lost his parents and moves in with his recently widowed grandfather, Pop. Hannibal grows up under the loving guidance of Pop, who subtly imparts life's important lessons: the responsibility that comes with love, the nature of charity respect for all living things, and the dangers in telling a lie. Pop is a humble man whose loving example extends far beyond his small circle. While he has attained no social recognition or position, the ripple effect of his example reaches generations into the future. With simple storytelling and honest sentiment, The Mourning Dove answers the question, "What is the worth of one person?"

Come join us! Book club is a great place to have an intellectual discussion, chat with great friends, and enjoy a delicious treat.  Spread the word too! If you have a friend who loves to read, invite them to join us.  Bring suggestions for future books to read.  What is your favorite book? What is a book you recently read?