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What are you reading this month?

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syyskuu 8, 2006, 11:19pm

My group just met this past week. We discussed Jonathan Lethem's Fortress of Solitude. We had a very poor actual book discussion because very few people had read very far into the book. We do end up talking a lot about books in general, what else we've been reading, which I enjoy as much as the actual book discussion. I was disappointed that so few members read the book because, once I got into it, I loved it. I thought it was such an evocative portrait of growing up in a distinct time period and place (late 70's Brooklyn). I also thought there was a lot of material for discussion. Up next is Under the Banner of Heaven.

What are your groups reading this month?

Muokkaaja: syyskuu 12, 2006, 8:38am

I am reading One Thousand White Women for my library club, and last week I finished Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found for my women's club. Neither one of them are books I ever would have picked up on my own, but I ended up really enjoying Blackbird, though I got off to a rough start. The jury is still out on White Women, but so far it is interesting, at the very least!

syyskuu 12, 2006, 7:49am

My group is reading Brave New World, which I'll start in the next couple of days. I loved Fortress of Solitude, angstrat--there was a lot to talk about in it.

syyskuu 13, 2006, 1:16am

We are reading Life of Pi. I am having a terribly hard time getting into it, but people in my book club tell me it gets better and is one of those books you will love once you are finished!

syyskuu 13, 2006, 7:14pm

My group just finished The Star of the Sea.

Next up is Running with Scissors.

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syyskuu 18, 2006, 10:43pm

Last month we read all five books in Douglas Adams' "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." Whew. I'm taking a break for a month from the next month's book, and reading Lethem's "The Fortress of Solitude."

syyskuu 21, 2006, 7:54pm

We discussed My Sister's Keeper a few weeks ago. Everyone loved it. I am reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.

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syyskuu 22, 2006, 12:28am

Great Books Reading Partnership is reading Stephen Mitchell's Gilgamesh. We'll probably be discussing it for the next month.
See my profile for the link.

syyskuu 25, 2006, 12:00am

We're reading I Am The Messenger, which seems like it'll be a good book :) Haven't actually started it yet but I've heard it's really intresting.

syyskuu 25, 2006, 1:53pm

clamairy -- My book club read One Thousand White Women last fall and, although it was a book I would never have picked up on my own, I loved it. It was one of those books that compelled me to find out more about the American Indians and what the white men did to them during the western expansion. It is one of the very few books I will reread.

The only complaint book club members made was that some of the characters were very stereotypical in a non-pc way. I, on the other hand, thought that was a reasonable device to use to distinguish real types characters without adding more of them.

syyskuu 25, 2006, 4:54pm

hi Dara:

We were thinking of reading My Sister's Keeper this month in my bookclub but everyone thought it was too depressing. What did your group think?

We read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time a few months ago and we loved it. It was very easy reading but we got a lot out of it.

syyskuu 25, 2006, 4:56pm


A few months back I suggested reading Running with Sissors to my bookclub. Some people thought that the description of unpleasant things were too much. You'll see what I'm talking about when you finish reading it. I'm curious to know the reaction of your bookclub.


syyskuu 25, 2006, 8:13pm

I'm glad you liked One Thousand White Women, kageeh. I enjoyed most of it, but I found some parts very frustrating. For example, I was incredulous when May whipped out the bathing costume she just happened to remember to bring along. I googled for Victorian Era swimwear, and this is the Wikipedia link that shows exactly what it looks like.


I know, I know, I'm being picky, but I found myself wishing the author had just left out things like that. Dances with Wolves is a novel with a similar theme, which is told much more believably, in my opinion.

lokakuu 21, 2006, 7:59pm

*knock knock knock*

Is anybody home?

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lokakuu 26, 2006, 3:51pm

Hi everyone, Just joined your group (in fact, just joined LT and it is so cool). Anyway...

I belong to the book discussion group at our local public library. I joined back in March when I decided that being a stay-at-home mom was making my brain mushy (sorry kids, I do love you). I have loved it ever since.

This month they are reading Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen. This is the first dicussion I will be missing since I joined because we will be on vacation. Next month, we are reading The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology by Robert Wright and I am NOT looking forward to it at all. It is a long book about a topic I am just not interested in. Anyone read it? I need some inspiration.

Muokkaaja: lokakuu 26, 2006, 7:49pm

Sorry, I've never even heard of it. I joined my local group for the same reason you did! :o) I'm also in an women's book club and over in The Green Dragon group here on LT we've shared one group read, and we're about to start another. In The Green Dragon we'll be reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman. For my library group I'll be reading Gilead by Marilynne Robinson and for the women's group I'll get to read The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.

Muokkaaja: lokakuu 26, 2006, 7:59pm

Ooh - I just finished American Gods and LOVED it - I am a new Gaiman-ite (is there such a thing). As soon as I am done with the book I am reading now I am going to pound through Anansi Boys. I also read Neverwhere and LOVED it even more than AG. I might peek in on The Green Dragon.

AND - The Thirteenth Tale looks so nice and spooky - great time of year to read that one. I am on the "hold" list at the library for it - who knows how many people are ahead of me. Can't afford to purchase it right now though - I went a little nuts buying Halloween themed books for the kids.

lokakuu 31, 2006, 12:26pm

For October, my book club (The Kansas booknerds) read the Pale Blue Eye. For the most part, I think everyone really enjoyed it. I couldn't get very far into it, only about 50 pages. I just really don't like mysteries and could not force myself to read it. Although I must say his other book Mr. Timothy sounded interesting to me. I may try to pick that one up from the library.

For November, we are switching gears and reading a memoir, Don't Let's go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood. I haven't started it yet, but I'm excited about it. Typically, I love memoirs.

marraskuu 14, 2006, 10:38am

My group just met to discuss Running with Scissors, and everyone but me saw the movie that night before the discussion. Everyone was pretty much revolted by the book, but we all finished it. It seemed to go on and on just for shock value.

Our next book is One Thousand White Women, so I was glad to read all the comments here about it. I'm looking forward to starting it.

Muokkaaja: marraskuu 14, 2006, 11:29am

I enjoyed Running with Scissors a lot more than One Thousand White Women. It could just be me, but I'll take real life over not-too-well faked history just about any day. I hope you enjoy it, though.

Of course, it may not be fair to compare these, as I listened to Scissors on CD, read by the author. The other I read.

I just had to set aside Gilead, which I'm supposed to be reading for one of my clubs. It's just sooooo dry. :o(

marraskuu 16, 2006, 9:20am

The first book I ever read by Burroughs was Sellevision, which I loved. Next up was Running with Scissors, which I finished, but didn't really care for. I agree with the person who felt like so much of it was just for shock value. I forced myself to read others by him Dry and Magical Thinking and really enjoyed them. If you didn't like Running with Scissors, I would suggest others by him.

My book club is reading Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, which is our first memoir. We meet on Sunday, so I need to get reading! I haven't started the book yet, but I'm excited about it.

marraskuu 16, 2006, 11:20am

I listened to Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight a couple of years ago and remember enjoying it. I do remember thinking that I needed to brush up on the history and geography of Africa. (I never did it, though, so maybe I need to put that back on my list ...)

marraskuu 24, 2006, 8:45am

I ended up finishing Don't Let's Go To The Dogs Tonight the day after the book club met. It was alright. I didn't hate it, I didn't love it.

Next up for December is a new genre for us, graphic novels! We're reading Blankets which is a graphic novel as well as a memoir. I'm past the first sectionn, and I'm just engrossed. I've never read a graphic novel before, but this one is so captivating. I'll post more when I read more, but so far, I would recommend it to anyone.

joulukuu 18, 2006, 9:22am

Had the Blankets discussion yesterday and it was great! I think nearly everyone really enjoyed Blankets, which was unusual for our group. We usually have quite a wide range of opinions on books. I think the group member who chose it has converted a lot of us to the dark side of graphic novels!

For January we are reading The Long Walk by Stephen King. Believe it or not, this will be my first King ever! I have never read anything by him, and only seen on film- Carrie. This sounds like an okay choice. It's more of a psychological thriller than a horror. I'll keep you posted.

We also have picks for February and March, which is also unusual for us. We typically do one month at a time. For February we'll be reading a non-fiction piece, Cross X by Joe Miller about a debate team at a Kansas City high school. Touches close to home as we are located in Lawrence, KS about half an hour outside KC. For March we'll be reading Cloudstreet, which I know very little about.

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tammikuu 5, 2007, 12:48pm

We are reading Water for Elephants.

tammikuu 5, 2007, 1:14pm

I'm reading Pomegranate Soup by Marsha Mehran, for my women's club, and I've got to finish up Teacher Man for my library club, and start In the Company of Liars. I was so busy getting ready for the holiday, I couldn't finish December's book on time. *blush*

MyUtopia, please let us know if you enjoy Water for Elephants.

tammikuu 11, 2007, 3:22pm

tammikuu 11, 2007, 3:29pm

#27 - Oh, we did both of those. How did you like White Women?

tammikuu 12, 2007, 8:04am

We met this week to discuss The Sportswriter by Richard Ford. It was a great discussion--we definitely find that we have a better discussion if we don't all love the book.

Next up is Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.

tammikuu 12, 2007, 5:54pm

January's book was The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin. I really enjoyed the book but the discussion was a little boring (we usually have great discussions).

For February we are reading Toni Morrison's Beloved. I am almost done with it and can't really forumlate an opinion. I had so much trouble understanding the beginning that I almost put it down, but then it got interesting. I still am having trouble understanding some parts. I also find some parts so interesting that I am completely absorbed and others so boring that I can't wait until the book is done. I don't know.

I won't be going to the book discussion, though, because its being held on my birthday!!!!!!!!

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tammikuu 18, 2007, 6:41pm

December's book was The Memory Keeper's Daughter. Most of our club enjoyed it. This month we are reading Crow Lake. Has anyone read that one?

helmikuu 5, 2007, 11:37pm

For March we are doing The Secret Life of Bees and for April The Memory Keeper's Daughter.

I didn't realize that One Thousand White Women was such a popular choice for book club. We just finished that for January.

helmikuu 6, 2007, 9:22am

#32 - And what did you think of it, SheReads? I wasn't too crazy about it.

My Library Club is reading Wickett's Remedy and my Ladies Club is reading Thirteen Moons for February. I haven't started either yet.

helmikuu 11, 2007, 6:01pm

Way upthread, Concetta, The Children's Blizzard wasn't a great discussion for my group either. I must confess it is the only book club book I didn't finish, more due to time constraints than to the book. My group is reading The Road, my first McCarthy, for this month. I am also joining a new group, which I found through LibraryThing, that is reading Cross-X.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 11, 2007, 6:16pm

Right now I'm reading New Moon right now for the second time! It is soooo good. If you haven't read Twilightdon't even think about it. These books are by Stepheine Meyer.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 15, 2007, 7:47am

My group is reading The Tale of the Dog by Lars Gustafsson. I hadn't heard of it before.

(Touchstones not loading.)

helmikuu 17, 2007, 6:35pm

I'm just about halfway through Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald for my book group. It's been good so far but I'm not finding a lot to say about it. I'm trusting that it'll get more interesting in the second half of the book.

helmikuu 23, 2007, 11:10pm

Our group just finished Lucia, Lucia and everyone liked it. It was not only very discussible but we felt it would make a great movie. (This has happened frequently after we read a book - not always a good movie though.) Next month we are reading A Mango Shaped Space. It is a young adult book -- we read them sometimes and have always enjoyed them. Has anyone else read this book?

helmikuu 24, 2007, 9:25am

I have, and I loved it! My husband also read it (he's not a big reader, and hasn't read much YA) and he loved it, too! I really found it to be a magical, fun and beautiful book! I've now been reading all of her books and love them as well.

helmikuu 24, 2007, 8:15pm

We're reading Mistress of Spices by Divakaruni. It's a magical kind of book, I'm only halfway right now, but it's an easy enjoyable read.

helmikuu 25, 2007, 9:26am

We are reading The Master by Colm Toibin. For me it is a strange book to read. I think the writing is beautiful, the story is very interesting, but I can't get into it - I don't know why. I have a week left so I better get into it soon - plus its hampering my 50 Book Challenge success.

helmikuu 27, 2007, 4:11pm

I was suppose to read The Same Sweet Girls by Cassandra King for the month of Feb. but I couldn't bring myself to read it. The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette by Carolly Erickson is our pick for March; I have already read this but will reread to refreash my memory.