Monday, December 29, 2008

The Sealed Letter

Hey Ladies,
I was on the Chapters website today, and I noticed that The Sealed Letter isn't available in trade paperback until April 9th. As Jenn pointed out to me, we are supposed to be reading it for the month of april, but there may not be enough time to get the book and get it read.
So do you guys think we could move it to May so that we can buy trade instead of hard cover?
We can talk about it at club on the 20th.

Friday, December 26, 2008

The Shack...

Hey Ladies! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!
I finished reading the shack and am so pumped for the discussion.
I dont want to spill anything or talk to much about it… Naw, I will wait until book club!
I hope you are all enjoying your holidays, and I can't wait to see you all soon! :)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Canada Reads!

Hey all!
If you have second, head over to www.cbc.ca/canadareads to check out the CBC Canada Reads picks for 2009.  All of the books selected look amazing, but we are especially proud of Brian Francis' Fruit, because it was edited by Sue's good friend Jen.  Find out more about Fruit by visiting www.ecwpress.com/66_readfruit (to be shortened to www.readfruit.com at a later date).  The way the competition works is outlined as well at the CBC website.
Fruit is a laugh-out-loud book written from the eyes of an overweight 13-year-old boy (Peter) who feels like his body is letting him down.  He knows there is something different about him, and doesn't understand why other boys don't have fantasies about neighbourhood men on his paper route answering the door in nothing but a red speedo.  As his older sisters constantly bully him, his mother over-mothers him, and his father is largely absent on the living room recliner, Peter begins to learn who he is.  Jen calls Fruit, "brilliant."
Everybody please head over to the Canada Reads site and check out all of the 2009 picks—and then vote for Fruit!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

November

Hello All!
This month we met and discussed Diane Setterfield's The Thirteenth Tail.  Wow.  What a fantastic book!  I think it's safe to say that the majority of us devoured this book!  Setterfield's ability to keep the ending a secret until the very end—combined with her uncanny understanding of gothic conventions—kept each of hanging on tight until the ride came to an end.  The hot topic of conversation last night was, "who was able to figure it out?" and, "when did you figure it out?"  I would never betray the ending for anyone who has never read this book—but for those of you who have—you KNOW what I am talking about.  We also discussed whether or not Vida Winter truly pulled Emmeline (the real Emmeline) or Adeline from the fire.  We wondered why she never went back for that baby, too.  We figured that Ms. Winter must have felt that he was safe where he was, and that he was receiving better care.  I wondered how Vida knew that Margaret had a back-story that paralleled her own, so we also discussed how Ms. Winter suspected Margaret's twin-ness by the paper she wrote, which was about two brothers.
I think the overall consensus on this book was that it was absolutely fantastic.
In other news, we also discussed a meeting time and date for a December dinner.  A time and place was selected, and Sue is going to make reservations.  Members, check your inboxes soon for details. 
We also selected the next four months worth of books.  In January we will be reading William P. Young's The Shack, in February we will be reading John Boyne's The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, in March we will be reading Chitra Divakaruni's The Mistress of Spices, and in April we will be reading Emma Donahue's The Sealed Letter.  There was some buzz about asking Emma Donahue to join us in April.  Darline, let me know if you are able to talk to her.  If not I will see if I can somehow contact her—maybe via email?  It would be so great if she could join us!
As always, we love hearing you opinions!  Whether you're a member or not, drop us a comment—we'd love to hear your thoughts.
Cant wait to see everyone in December.  We will be VERY unofficially discussing Stephanie Meyer's Twilight saga (Hahaha… sorry Sue, but you saw what happened at the last book club, and besides, the conversation needs that dissenting view—and you can also tell us all why Spike is better than Edward! *LOL*)
See you all in December.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

October

Hi everybody, and thanks for reading this late post.
When we met in October, we discussed Lisa See's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.  While this book didn't appear to generate the same level of discussion as its predecessor—The Friday Night Knitting Club—I think most of us enjoyed it.  I know that most of us agreed that one of the best things about this book was that it allowed us to learn something.  Not many of us knew what life was like for women in China in the past.   I was grateful that Lisa See allowed us to glimpse into the heartaches and happiness of women from different walks of life.  Some of us were quick to say that we'd never be able to endure the life that Lily had—being confined to the women's rooms with our feet bound.  However, it is easy for us to say such things; not one of us has walked a mile in a seven-inch silk slipper.
As I mentioned previously, this novel's major strength was its ability to weave the tale of Lily's life in its entirety, while opening the reader's eyes to the way of life in China during Lily's lifetime.  Lisa See writes a beautiful story that has all of the elements: friendship, love, pain, death, betrayal, redemption, and finality.  I think that the book was received generally well overall.  Page-turner this book is not, however, I think the general consensus was a positive one.
Since the winter season is fast approaching, we discussed a few other items.  We each should think of a place that we might like to o for dinner in December.  We will need to pick a place during our November meeting.  As well, we should be deciding on a book for January.  Stephanie Meyer's Twilight was brought to the table again.  I have read the entire saga now—while it is HIGHLY addictive, and quite delicious (sorry Sue)—I don't know if it's book club discussion material.  Darlene suggested William P. Young's The Shack.  I think it would certainly generate a strong discussion.  Let's all bring our final suggestions and be ready to choose in November.
Sorry once again that this post is so late.  And please, whether you are a member, or just someone who lurked upon this blog, leave us a comment if you agree, disagree, or would like to recommend a good book.
Can't wait to see you in November when we discuss Diane Setterfield's The Thirteenth Tale.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Chinese Foot Binding

Sunday, September 21, 2008

September

This Tuesday, we met and discussed the Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs. I think the book was well-liked by all; however, some of us had different feelings about the ending. There were those of us who felt that Georgia's death was necessary, because without it the book would have been too "Happy Ending." Other members were saddened by Georgia's departure. We all wonder whether or not Jacobs' inclusion of the crazy Julia Roberts Fan was a little too convenient. We all know by now that Julia Roberts is playing Georgia in the movie, and found it suspicious that Julia Roberts' name is dropped in the book. Even more problematic is the fact that the episode regarding Roberts does nothing to further the plot.
This book is great read. It's easy to get into, it tells a story, and the characters are, for the most part, likable. Some of us thought that the story line was too unreal to buy into. Myself, I always have a hard time with the plot line that sees divorced or separated parents getting back together. It's not reflective of real life. However, I suppose that's why they call it fiction. I realize that there are those who can get beyond this and enjoy the story for what is. James (after he comes around) is terribly romantic, and Georgia's long-lost best friend is a blessing of sorts. But Darwin is my kind of character. Flawed and tough, closed off and guarded, Darwin is real. I appreciated her presence in the story, because without her, this novel would have been a little too sweet.
Not only did we discuss the book, but we also discussed the upcoming film version. Who should play whom? Hahaha, while opinions differed on this one, I'd like to give a special mention to Paddy's suggestion: that Bobby Lee play Darwin. Yes he is a man, but he plays a women oh-so-well! We also considered Margaret Cho and Sandra Oh.
Sue brought a new member along, and so did Vanessa. We decided to meet at the same location in October because we were treated like bookclub royalty! Trish suggested that we read some of the Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyers for our Dec/Jan meeting (taking place in Jan). We should all think about what we might want to read that for January. I am open to reading Meyers as I just bought the first book, but we still have time to discuss other options!
Can't wait to see you all this October, when we discuss Lisa See's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.
Lastly, a very special congratulations goes out to Lynne. How amazingly wonderful for you and your family!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Time Traveler's Wife.

Ok, so everyone told me this was going to be a good book, but no one said it is one of the best books EVER!! Oh my God!! I am soooooo in love! I am not the kind of person to read a book twice, but this one I want to read over and over again! I loved it soooo much!
Thanks ladies.
I also wanted to run something by you. I know that you have all been getting together for quite some time, and I am not sure how you feel about some things.
In September, my husband works evenings and that means no sitter for the kids. Logan can stay at Grandpa's house with no worries, but Keegan will only be 2 months old and am not comfortable leaving him yet. I dont know how you guys would feel if i brought him along. He is pretty chill right now and is not a crier, but I dont want you guys to feel akward. Please be honest; I will not be offended in any way.
But then you can all meet him :):)
Vanessa

Monday, July 28, 2008

The Friday Night Knitting Club

I finished this book! It is the first one I have read all the way through before the next meeting. I just had to come on here and brag a little about my tiny acheivement.
Oh, and have Kleenex handy.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Welcome our Newest Member!

Please welcome the newest member of the Tuesday Night Book Club! His name is Keegan John Duffy and he joined our club on July 24th, 2008 at 9:20 p.m. He weighed 8 lbs, 8 oz and was 21 inches! We can't wait to hear what he thinks of the September book!
Congratulations to Mommy--Vanessa--who is doing very well. We are all thinking about you and wishing you, Keegan, Logan, and Jonny all the best!
<3

Friday, July 18, 2008

Welcome to the Tuesday Night Book Club!

Just wanted to officially welcome everyone to the Tuesday Night Book Club Blog!!! For those of you who know who we are, lucky you ;) For those you who are just having a lurk, we are a group of ladies from all different walks of life who come together once a month to discuss books, among other things. We read all types of fiction, and have even delved into non-fiction biography. We use this as a forum to toss around book ideas and add to our insanely insightful, thoughtful, and delicious conversations. For those of you who hope to lurk this blog from time to time to see what we thought of the books we've read, feel free! Leave us a comment while your at it!
In July we selected Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam. Every member in the book club actually finished the book, so that's a good sign! Overall, I think the book was well-received, with the only complaint being that Lam left a lot of loose ends in his stories. You really get to love all the characters and the fact that you are left not knowing how some of them fare is somewhat frustrating. However, in the grand scheme of things, Bloodletting was fantastic, fast, and entertaining read. I would say it's a 4 out of 5.
Let us know what you thought!
Jenn

Email Invitations

Everyone whose address I have has been sent an invitation email. This will allow you to become a member of this blog and create your own post, rather than only being able to leave comments.

Also, watch this space for news of Vanessa's impending birth. Hopefully she will let us know when and how. OK, OK, so we actually know how, that was covered in The Birthhouse last September.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

July 15th meeting at Williams

We met and discussed Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam

There will no meeting in August so that everyone can take the month to enjoy their holidays, and spend time with their families!

September's book is The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs