Monday, May 23, 2011

May--The Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somoya Gowda

This month, The Third Tuesday Book Club met and discussed The Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somoya Gowda. It was okay. It was a book about India. It was a book about the lives of women. It was a book about the lives of women in India. In other words: it's been done before, and in order to be a stand-out in this genre you have to be pretty darn mind-blowing. Needless to say, The Secret Daughter left our minds pretty un-blown.

In the spirit of last month's post, let us begin.

Vanessa loved the story, but she didn't like the ending at all. Vanessa was brave and brought her PIC Tallan (Partner in Crime, that is), despite the very high threat of kidnap posed by one Trisha of the FB Clan.

Jeanette read half of this book before falling asleep at her desk. When she awoke, she made up her own—completely inaccurate, and possibly politically incorrect—ending. So I guess that means she felt lukewarm toward the book, unlike how she feels about her man. She and he are still going strong, and things are heating up! Alright!

Vivian said Ahhhhhhh. Tallan seconded that motion.

Lynn said it was fine. It was easy to get through, and it was fine. That's it, just fine. Hey! You wanna what's not fine? What is more than fine? Olivia peed on the potty! Commence happy dancing and celebratory "no more paying for diapers!" cheer…now.

Dar had something profound to say: she identified with Asha's plight as an adoptee. She was able to understand the feelings that Asha described, and for that reason, Darline's connection to the book was stronger.

Christine forgets this book, because she read it a long time ago. She never contributes anyways, and so she was reluctant to destroy her reputation this time around. Next time, missy! Also—nice shirt:P

Jes is new. Greenbean.

Sue read this book. It was her least favourite India book. Oh and just to be clear—her book choice was NOT an India book. It was, however, about Indians. But they lived in Africa, so that's totally different!

Ashleigh read most of this book, and she is anxious to see how it ends. Don't hold your breath, sister. This ending was pretty un-spectacular.

Trisha liked Usha, but would have liked her more if she were some sort of blood-sucking fiend that wanted to find her birth parents only so that she could drink from the veins of her makers!

Jenn had the following gem to offer. Stuff from India should be exotic, and spicy. This book was not Indian at all. It was as bland as a Midwestern shepherd's pie. Jenn is special.

Jasu is not a member of this book club, but he deserves mention. He tore a rip in the strong seam that is our book club. Some of us felt that Jasu was a great man, when it was all said and done. I say no. He's nothing but a big ol' baby-killer. So his hands didn't do the deed—they still have that baby's blood all over them.

Anyways, that all being said, there have been the following changes made, all for the sake of higher education. Our own fashionista, Paddy K, has a night course in textiles for the next while, and so we made some light changes to the schedule.

The new schedule is as follows:

June is now Trisha. She picked The Passage by Justin Cronin. We will meet on Tues, June 21 at 7:30 pm in the usual place to discuss this big, big book.

July is now going to be Jeanette's pick: Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis. (Tues July 19 at 7:30 pm)

August is now Paddy, with her already selected City of Bones by Cassandra Clara. (Tues Aug 16 at 7:30 pm)

Sept is Ashleigh. She selected One Day by David Nicholls. (Tues Sept 20 at 7:30 pm)

October 2011: Christine

November 2011: Lynn

December 2011: Christmas Dinner and Party Time!

January 2012: Jenn

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Until next month,

Be excellent to each other.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

March—The In-between Life of Vikram Lall

This month, the Third Tuesday Book Club met, and was supposed to discuss, The In-between Life of Vikram Lall by MG Vassanji. However, something very, very strange indeed happened. These events, in fact, may represent the very first time such a thing has ever happened:

NO ONE READ THE BOOK. (Except Sue. But it was her choice, so she had to! Or else, she would be banished to a place where the choosers of the books are not allowed to watch Royal Weddings.)

So, that being said, there was no discussion about this book. But, Dear Readers, I wouldn't dream of leaving you without you monthly fix of Third Tuesday Book Club wisdom!

So, without further ado, I give you: The State of The Book Club Address:)

Jeanette is still seeing the same guy that she was seeing last month. This is record for her, and we are all happy that she's happy. Jeanette has also moved into her own place. A cute little one-bedroom, Jeanette is enjoying living sans-roommate for the very first time. Unless you count Jack. No, Jack isn't her latest Plenty of Fish conquest—he's her new kitty-cat.

Vivian is a whole new baby. She's happy, smiley, and lives to drool on giraffe. A day spent with grandma last month proved to be her kryptonite. She's no longer plotting o keep Ashlie awake indefinitely, and both are sleeping well.

Darline has been taking a coaching course. Now known as Coach Dar, she is looking forward to coaching me in my new chosen career as a marksman.

Lynne wasn't at book club, but that's because she was celebrating her wedding anniversary with Sir Terrance. We're not sure exactly what they did to celebrate, but we expect details next month!

Sue was extremely excited about Prince William's pending nuptials. She invited us all to her house at 3am to watch Britain's most eligible bachelor become Britain's luckiest bald prince. (I mean seriously, Catherine looked BREATHTAKING!) Sue was deeply disappointed in us all for not reading her book. And I quote: "Bad book club! Bad! You did not read my excellent and specially selected book!" (Just kidding—she never said such a thing. She did, however, dream night and day all last week about becoming a paparazzo who specializes in pictures of the Royal Family.)

Christine finally did not wear her pink t-shirt. Ravishing in green, Christine spent most of her night detailing her devious plan to capture photos of GSP's crotch when she travels to Toronto for the UFC expo. For those of you who are curious—she was successful.

Vanessa chose to not attend, as she is quite busy these days. She also chose to stay away as she was slightly nervous—with reason—that Trisha was plotting to kidnap young T.

Trisha is the leader of the Third Tuesday Book Club on Facebook. Is she my competition? Or my partner in crime? A little from column A; a little from column B—and that's all I have to say about that.

Ashlie regales us with hilariously entertaining tales about her leader, Vivian. In addition to many stories about the ever-changing and evolving baby, she also speaks to us in French. We don't know what she's saying.

Jenn shacked up with her lover. All is going well. In addition to living in sin, Jenn has also run a couple 5k races, and she will be running her next one in Ottawa at the end of May. When she runs past Parliament Hill, who will she be waving to? That my friends, remains to be seen. Oh Canada!

Paddy K, designer and mother, recommends the following: do not dislocate ribs. It it not only painful, but also extremely detrimental to the creation of original Irish dance dresses.

Speaking of our very own Paddy K, Paddy has selected the book for June. We'll be reading Cassandra Claire's City of Bones.

So, we will be meeting on Tuesday May 17, at 7:30 in the usual location to discuss Vanessa's pick: The Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda.

In June, we'll meet on Tuesday, June 21 at 7:30 in the usual location to discuss Paddy's pick: City of Bones by Cassandra Claire.

Trisha and Ashley, you're on deck! Be ready to pick at the next meeting. Trisha, you're up for July, and Ashlie's it for August.

See you on the 17th of May!

Be excellent to each other.