Wait A Minute Mr. Postman

August 11, 2008 at 5:37 pm | Posted in Books | 28 Comments
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I think the universe is trying to tell me something. Today I opened my mailbox and there is a package. It had a return address for a book company that I have never heard of. I opened it and inside was this:

But here is the thing. I did not order it. I am positive. I even checked my buyer history on Amazon because I thought that I may have been doing too many things to remember that I had ordered it. That was not the case. Hubby also didn’t order it.

What does this mean??

The First Book Club Casualty

April 1, 2008 at 6:46 pm | Posted in Books, Friends | 16 Comments
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Last night we had another installment of The Best Idea. Ever. Book Club.

We read The History of Love by Nicole Krauss and I think the consensus pretty much was that we all didn’t understand the book. Really, it was pretty much that simple. Well, one of us got it, but she was new, and I don’t think we really got her, if you know what I mean.

We were all discussing how we were trying to figure out the ending when she jabs in and says, “I totally got that” with accusatory eyes. She could not however, tell us what she “got” nor could she enlighten us lowly peons or help us understand.

Hmmmm.

Perhaps I was too quick to brag on my Perfect Book Club. Seems as though last night God sent us the epitome of everything we may not have wanted.

She showed at least, but she came saying, “I read it years ago, I didn’t want to re-read it, and I didn’t bring the book.”

Well, nice to meet you. Now leave.

She was already on a bad note with us because she got snippy with one of our members via email telling her she did not want to read her next pick for the month of April.

Hello? We sent you the rule list. It says you agree to read what other people pick. When you get a chance to pick, you can pick what you want. It is about expanding your literary choices. And you are brand new. How about giving it a few months before you start getting demanding.

Maybe we should get people to sign a contract. Something to consider. Ok, maybe a scoche far.

Seriously, people, why would you come to a book club, unprepared, unread, and only contributing to the conversation with smart remarks about how you understood everything when us lowly neanderthals obviously “just didn’t get it.”

She conveniently took a phone call the moment we ended the discussion and left a very few moments later.

Very Charlotte and the “something bad happened” emergency phone call a la Sex and the City. It did not hurt our feelings.

“She won’t be back,” said Mrs. Lilac.

We can only hope.

At My Finest

March 15, 2008 at 1:37 pm | Posted in Blogosphere, Books, Life | 8 Comments
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I am feeling very accomplished today. It is only 2:30 and so far I have:

  • peeled myself out of bed for an 8Am class when it was storming outside. For this I should get a huge reward!
  • Attended said class and stayed awake, big bonus!
  • Vacummed my entire house
  • Taken Lily to the vet to help her bum situation- don’t ask!
  • Done 4 loads of laundry
  • Transcribed six reports
  • Attended a visitation at a funeral home to be there for a friend who just lost her dad(Love you K!)
  • Caught up on my Google reader for the past two days
  • Cleaned my kitchen
  • Sorted my recycling
  • Checked in with my Mom
  • Returned emails

Now on to the fun things! For the rest of the day all I will do is:

  • Watch La Vie En Rose
  • Watch the Duke Basketball Tourney game with Hubby – Duke attire required
  • Cuddle up and listen to it storm
  • Take a nap
  • Attempt to read some of The History of Love. I am having a very hard time with this book. I just don’t get it. If I am missing some grand piece of information, which I feel I am, please enlighten me!
  • Take a long bath, open up my blinds and watch it rain. Can you tell I love the rain when I can be home to listen to it hit my roof?
  • Go to Publix for some yummy food shopping and some Sushi.

The Best Idea. Ever.

February 27, 2008 at 8:05 am | Posted in Books | 4 Comments
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Can I just say I am in love with my book club? About a year ago me and a few girlfriends who are avid readers decided we should choose a book once a month and discuss.

It was the best idea. Ever. Period.

Who knew we would have so much fun? Who knew that we had such varying opinions? Who knew I would look forward to it every single time? Well, I do. It is one of my favorite things. We have read some of the best books which I now count as some of my favorites reads.

A few weeks ago the core girls and decided that we should expand and look for a few different people to diversify our group. What to do? What to do?

We knew what we wanted. People who love to read. People who will actually read the book. Yes, we had a problem with that with some. People who will actually want to discuss the book.

We put the word out and had our first meeting on Monday night. Have you ever sat in a public place and had no idea what to expect from people you will meet? We had no idea what to expect. Yeah, we had all exchanged a few emails, but really, what can you learn about a person from an email?

I was just hoping that we didn’t gain a random stalker from the whole process. Craigslist is not always that safe! No creeps present though the two ladies who were knitting at the table next to us did look suspiciously curious. It’s OK, we could take them.

In a few words – it was awesome. There are no other words. We had the best time. We spent two and half hours just chatting, discussing, laughing and getting to know each other. I invited a friend of mine who everyone loved. Two other women came who I would pick out of any group to be a person I would instantly want to know. There were three preachers daughters among us. So random.

It went so well. There were no weird getting to know you moments. No awkwardness. No one went running for the door or had that emergency phone call to answer. We had an excellent time and a great discussion.

We read The Secret Life of Bees By Sue Monk Kidd. A good read about a young girl, who lost her mother at a young age, is living with her emotionally detached father in the south during the civil rights movement. I would recommend it, especially if you like a coming of age story about a child who finds a family in a less than obvious place.

Our current read is The History of Love by Nicole Krauss.

Here’s to the next read! Our group needs a rockin’ name? Ideas?

Wanna read with us?

A Good Read

January 24, 2008 at 10:20 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment

I just finished reading Wicked with my book club. It was such an excellent book. I am now a fan of Gregory Maguire and I have ordered two more of his books, one being the follow-up to Wicked, which is Son of a Witch, sorry to my fellow book clubers if I let out a spoiler there, hopefully you are past that part.

Wicked is the story of the three witches of Oz and their lives before Dorothy’s arrival. Elphaba is the infamous green Wicked Witch of the West. Glinda is the fairy-like good and beloved Witch of the North, though in the book they do not call her that. And Nessarose is the Wicked Witch of the East, who also happens to be Elphie’s sister (or is she?!- sorry again for the spoiler).

I think the one reason I really liked this book is because it is yet another reminder that things are not always as they seem. Things/people/events that we seem to think we have a very good understanding of may very well be misinterpreted. Actually, most of the time, things are never what they seem. People and their backgrounds may seem very right and wrong to some people, but if you turn the viewfinder a little and examine things from another perspective, sometimes we may not seem so different from the people we choose to stereotype. It reminds me to try to see things from other people’s prespecive, to look at them, to hear their stories, before jumping to conclusions and putting people on one side of a line or in a specific box.

Thorughout the book Elphie is constantly trying to do what is right and what is good. She grows up with a very devout ministerial father and a wild and eccentric mother, both of whom look upon her as evil incarnate and a punishment for thier wrongs. She is intelligent, dedicated, and a free thinker. This is the root of what some would view as her downfall. But now that I know the whole story, she is not the one who suffered a downfall, she stood for what she believed to be right until the end. She did not accept the status quo or the popular – yes, pun inteded- way of thought. Everything she tries to do is some how misread, misinterpreted, and inevitably causes a chain of bad events which she feels responsible for.

Read it, it will change your view of the classic story, but it will also teach you this life lesson. The antagonist is not always the antagonist just because someone told you that you are to fear, hate or rebuke them. Perhaps if we were more willing to get to know people before we judged their exterior or our perception of them we would have a better understanding of others as a whole. Perhaps we should all apply that to our world and those we share it with.

Just for fun, because I do love Idina Menzel. Look for Taye at the end, he is so proud!

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