Thursday, December 2, 2010


Loving Frank, it's so scandalous. I can't wait for the next book club discussion. I am not finished with the book yet however I can't seem to put it down. I hope you all are having the same experience.

Thank you for the tip that we shouldn't google the book, however, now that I know that I can't wait to google the book when I'm done.

Happy Holidays to all and I hope to see everyone at some point this December.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Loving Frank Tip

Hey guys! Just a note that two people (who have loved the book) have told me "Don't Google the book!" or "Don't Wikipedia the book!" in the last two days, so I thought I'd pass along.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Loving Frank

Hi, ladies. We had a very nice meeting last week to discuss Never Let Me Go. Consensus - we actually liked it! So, if you didn't get around to reading it, I highly recommend it. There are several copies floating around the group available for borrowing.

Given the upcoming hectic holiday season, our next meeting will be held in mid-January to discuss Loving Frank, by Nancy Horan. It is historical fiction about Frank Llyod Wright's longtime affair with a woman named Mamah Cheney. It should be interesting to compare what we know of Frank Lloyd Wright versus how he is portrayed in the novel. So, pick it up on Amazon, put it on your holiday wish list, or go buy it at Park Road Books.

Friday, September 24, 2010

New Book: Never Let Me Go

After much discussion, the next book will be Never Let Me Go by Kazou Ishiguro. We also decided that October is too busy for everyone to try and meet, so our next meeting will be November 10th, location TBD. (Anyone have suggestions?)

Also, I started a new page on the sidebar to keep a list of potential books to read. Feel free to add at will. Hopefully this will take some of the pain out of selecting books!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Meeting Reminder!

Hi, ladies! The holiday weekend has really snuck up on me, so just a quick reminder about our meeting NEXT Wednesday, 9-8-10, 6:30 PM at Dolce Vita in NODA.

Also, in case you want MORE book gatherings, 9-13-10 at 6:30 PM, the Charlotte chapter of the WNBA is hosting a networking social at Upstream in Phillips Place. You don't have to be a member and there will be free books! It's a great group of smart, fun women so I hope some of you can make it!

If you like the WNBA, consider joining and attending their first ever Bibliofeast on 10-11-10 at Sante in Matthews. This month's author, Kim Wright, will be attending! We can hit her up for details on writing her book, how cool is that?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Love in Mid Air - Another Buying Option

I can get this book through work for $13.43 (+ tax) -- just let me know if you want me to order it for you!

New Book - Love in MidAir

We had a lively conversation about Sarah's Key last evening at Amelie's, but the general consensus was 'eh.' Per Liz's request to read something with some sex in it, we've chosen Love in MidAir as the next book. It's by a local Charlotte author, Kim Wright, and some of the story takes place in Ballantyne. It was recommended by Sally Brewster of Park Road Books as a great summer read. You can buy it here or at Park Road Books.

Also, we decided to try meeting the second Wednesday of each month. Next month, that will be September 8th and we will meet at Dolce Vita in Noda. (It's also half off wine night, coincidence?)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Sarah's Key Buying Options

Hey guys,

Sarah's Key on Amazon ( is $8.37. I can get it for $7.81, but when you add in taxes it will probably come out to be like 10 cents more than Amazon.

Just let me know who wants me to order it!

New Book & Girl w/ the Dragon Tattoo Meeting Recap

We had a great meeting on Saturday to discuss The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Thanks to everyone who attended for a lively discussion and some delicious sandwiches.

Amanda P. and Steph went to see the movie in Swedish on Sunday afternoon. It was looonnng but very good. It condensed the book down to the most interesting (and relevant) parts but also managed to stay pretty true to the original plot.

The actress who play Lisbeth, looking surly. She did surly well.

If you go, be prepared to sit through some really brutal scenes. The Swedes don't tastefully cut away like most films we see out of Hollywood. Also be ready to ignore the fact that all the characters sound like the Swedish chef from the Muppets.

We also chose the next book - Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. Amanda P. has generously offered to check if she can get it through work at a cheaper price than Amazon.

Also, on a side note, the Charlotte chapter of the Women's National Book Association is having its monthly meeting tomorrow at Park Road Books. If you are free, drop by to hear about some great summer reading picks! Starts at 7 PM.

Happy reading!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Girl with the Dragon Tatoo - Let's set a meeting!

Alright, ladies, I have finished the book, and I hope you are all a good portion of the way through it. I found it tough going for awhile, but to anyone who is stuck or maybe not enjoying it very much, stick with it! Halfway through, I really thought I hated the book, but I came around by the end. I am planning on reading the others in the series now, too!

Will April 3oth or May 1st work for everyone? Email me or reply in the comments. Anyone else interested in hosting the meeting? Then we can have a bad-dog free conversation!

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

At our successful meeting discussing The Hunger Games, Jen picked our next book: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.

This one is a mystery, so no book club questions yet since every one I looked at said it contained spoilers. Don't want to ruin the fun of reading! It's also part of a trilogy, so like The Hunger Games, if you like it, there's more to read.

A brief summary from Barnes & Noble: An engrossing debut thriller, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has been an international sensation, a bestseller in its native Sweden and throughout Europe. It features an unforgettable heroine: a brilliant 24-year-old punk-goth computer hacker and private investigator named Lisbeth Salander. Together with Mikael Blomkvist, a financial journalist on a most unusual assignment, she tracks a serial killer through a dangerous maze of business, political, and family secrets.

Amanda P. has already sent an email with options for getting the book. I believe it is also available for the Kindle. (PS - Amber, I will bring your charger on Wednesday!)

Also, for the next meeting, everyone come prepared with a specific topic you would like to discuss. We'll start the meeting with everyone getting a 2-3 minute 'spotlight' on their own special topic.

One last thing, I just modified the blog settings so we will all get an email for each new blog post. If you would prefer NOT to get those emails, just let me know.

Happy reading!!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Hunger Games - author interview & other information

Here is an author interview where she discusses how she came up with the idea for the book.

If you enjoyed The Hunger Games, the next book in the series is out and called Catching Fire. Third and final book in the series, Mockingjay, is slated to come out in August.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

5 Reasons to Join a Book Club

I found this article on 5 reasons to join a book club interesting and thought I'd share.

Just a reminder, meeting at Steph's house 3/12/10 7PM. There will be yummy things to eat inspired by The Hunger Games! Anyone for squirrel??

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I'm finished! but not giving anything away

I read the book this weekend and am ready to discuss!

Did anybody else wonder what gender Katniss was for longer than expected? Maybe I missed a cue or something.

Boy am I glad I do not live during this time! Hope that's not really what the future has in store for us.

When are we going to set up our meeting ladies?

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Cover for final book in Hunger Games Trilogy released today

I think this might be one of those series that once it crosses your radar, you see things about it everywhere. Like the fact that I got this emailed to me today...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

got the book

I ordered my book today and am starting to read!
BTW- $9 for Kindle!! Gotta love this thing.

Can't wait for our discussions

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

must be getting old.

Ahhh. Why was this title so hard for me to remember? Jeez.

Monday, February 8, 2010

First Book - The Hunger Games

Hi, ladies! After a great first meeting, Amanda P. selected our first book to read - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. She introduced it as being about a futuristic world where once a year young people are selected to fight to the death in a televised 'game.'

You can read a few reviews by following these links - School Library Journal, Time, and Book Page. It has also been recommended by Stephen King and Stephanie Meyers!

Some discussion questions to keep in mind while reading (more can be found here):

- Describe the relationships of Katniss with Gale, with Prim, with her mother. How do those relationships define her personality?

- Why does she say about Peeta, "I feel like I owe him something, and I hate owing people." How does her early encounter with Peeta affect their relationship after they are chosen as tributes?

- When Peeta declares his love for Katniss in the interview, does he really mean it or did Haymitch create the "star-crossed lovers" story? What does Haymitch mean when he says, "It's all a big show. It's all how you're perceived." Why do they need to impress sponsors and what are those sponsors looking for when they are watching the Games?

- What do you think is the cruelest part of the Hunger Games? What kind of people would devise this spectacle for the entertainment of their populace? Can you see parallels between these Games and the society that condones them, and other related events and cultures in the history of the world?

Looking forward to our next meeting!