Wednesday, November 16, 2011

First physical bookclub meeting

It has been a crazy busy year for those of the 7 gals book club. Three babies, a surgery, training for races, moving around, adopting teenagers, and lets not forget Little Brother's homecoming. That all made fro a pretty intense summer and fall. But though we are all preparing for our trip to Florida, and though many are still race training, it seems things have slowed down quite a bit. And by popular demand the book club is back.

The book we will be reading is a choice by Cami. "The Hunger Games," By Suzanne Collins. They are incredibly popular, and every library has 10 copies in stock (at least). Cami had me read them when they first came out, and though I was skeptical, well see my blog for details.

The discussion for this book will be different, instead of just posting our comments we will be having a real sit down discussion while everyone is in Florida, (hey it's something to read on the plane). It will most likely be held Sunday after everyone has rested from the race, but are still too tired to do any real activities. The men can take the kiddos and we can have a grown up tea party, (Delicious themed Refreshments provided by myself, Hillary, and Cami if she isn't too tired help).

Come prepared to answer these two questions.

1. Who is your favorite character and why? What of his/ her characteristics reminds you of yourself?

2. How many steps down do you think our government would have to take to be in that ridiculous state? Is it something that you can actually see happening in the next 100 years? (Not the games themselves, but the strength of the capital and the oppression of the remaining states?)

And please bring a thought stimulating question of your own. A nifty little door prize goes to the person who has agreeably the best question.

I hope you are all on board for this, I think it would be a lot of fun. And if you aren't on board, it's your loss, Cami, Cali, and I will still have a great time. Happy reading, and may the odds be ever in your favor.
-Hillary

Friday, July 15, 2011

Back on track!

Hello all! After a few months off we are ready to get back into the swing of things. We are announcing a new book for the month of August (but you can get a head start now!). It's time for a classic: Anne of Green Gables. A fun and endearing book that has been enjoyed by individuals for generations.
Happy Reading!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Book for March - LUCKY CHANGE

-Did you know that Skye is on the Board of Directors at the Laie / Kohuku Public Library? Did you know that Skye, as the treasurer of the Library, is ultimately responsible for their finances and thus has to sign all of their checks? Did you know Skye is very, very involved in the Library and it is the first place she and Ryan took me when I arrived in Laie? Did you know that if Skye hadn't been so involved in her public Library I would know absolutely nothing about this fun and funny book that is in the genre of LDS fiction?

-Let me explain..... NO, Let me sum up. The public Library is adjacent to Kohuku High School. The Librarian had been contacted by an old student that he was on the Islands promoting his book and asked if he and his fellow author could come buy to do a promotion. Their seminar that they presented on Friday afternoon was a forum to answer questions anyone had about how to write a book and get published. Skye got called into work and couldn't go, so Ryan and I filled in for her. The authors gave their experiences and then opened it up for questions. They were both LDS authors. I enjoyed it so much I bought both of their books.

-Susan Law Corpany was the second author and as she talked about her new book, LUCKY CHANGE, it just sounded like fun. She mentioned the real life stories that were incorporated into her book. The person passing out at the pulpit comes from her actual experiencing of fainting in Sacrament meeting. She worked for 7 years in a law office and put many of those experiences in the book. I heartily enjoyed this book. It is not very long and is fun to read. Now for a little preview.....

Susan Donaldson is a character we can all relate to in someways. As you read about Susan, her disfunctional family and her adventures, you will find yourself thinking of friends and acquaintances that you know who are like her, her neighbors and ward members. The premise of the story is that she hits the Jackpot Lottery and wins Big! I actually am not a great fan of LDS fiction as I have been disappointed a few times, so I was a little skeptical when I started this book. I thought I had it pegged as a typical, ho-hum, mediocre book about Mormon life, but I was pleasantly surprised and found myself laughing as I read it. From the moment she steps into the bishops office in the opening chapter it surprised me and kept doing so. I will say that I have friends who would not appreciate this book because the author doesn't paint every Mormon in a perfect light. As an LDS community she shows us we are not yet perfect, but it is okay.
You can find the book on Amazon. I hope you enjoy it! Happy Reading.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Discussion in the Graveyard

I'm a little late posting this, but I hope everyone has had a chance to read February's book "The Graveyard Book" by Neil Gaiman. I read this book for the first time last fall as part of our church book club. It was different, but I really liked it and wanted to read it again. Somehow I missed some obvious things the first time around, like the fact that Silas is a vampire. (When they pointed it out in book club it all started making sense.) I love the idea of a boy being raised by a graveyard. It's interesting to hear or read other people's perception of life after death, even if it is ficticious. And of course you can't have a book about ghosts without adding all the other nightly creatures; werewolves, vampires, ghouls, sleers, and haunts. I loved that each time he introduced a new character from the graveyard that he used the epitaph. Other things I liked were the last names of the Jack's and the fact that Scarlett came back so that he had a (living) friend. And even though I was a little sad for Bod, I was glad that Silas erased her memory because no one should have to relive something like that. Usually ghost stories are not my thing, but I enjoyed this one and thought it was cleverly written. I liked how the author used the Jungle Book as inspiration and can see the many elements that he incorporated into The Graveyard Book.
So did anyone else read it? What are your thoughts? Your likes and dislikes? Anyone have March's Book?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Book Review: The Great American Mousical

I'm a little sheepish to admit this, but I wasn't aware that Julie Andrews wrote books for children. In fact, she's been writing them for over 30 years! I saw The Great American Mousical at the public library and decided to give it a try.
I am pleased to announce to all of you who have kids and looking for new things to read that this book was great! It's a juvenile level book with a simple plot, but very entertaining nonetheless.
The cast of the Sovereign theater is busy rehearsing for the upcoming review, "Broadway Airs: A Tribute to the Great American Mousical" when disaster strikes! Suddenly, the theater is threatened with demolition and the leading lady is abducted! Can the cast and crew of the Sovereign pull off the show without their star and save their precious theater from destruction? It will take cooperation, hard work, and an unlikely hero!
Taken from the inside cover of the book, "In this loving spoof of life in the theater, we join a delightful cast, follow a daring adventure, and welcome a brave new hero. This delicious tribute to the Broadway musical is written by two bestselling authors who have firsthand experience of this much-adored world."
I hope you enjoy this fun-loving adventure!
Here is the website for The Julie Andrews Collection.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

New Year, New Thoughts

So ladies, do we want to continue with the "Book of the Month" (I believe it's Jesse's turn to choose) or would you like to just use the blog as a way to recommend good reads and post fun book/movie news?
Leave your comments and let me know.