Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Mid holiday update

As most will notice, there was no selection for this month.  {December 2011}

I would like to have a selection for February 2012,  and am right now open to suggestions.

Don't forget the movie group too for those who would  live in the Thunder Bay area and would like to be part. {Link}

Happy Holidays.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

A change of SCENE

Since everyone I have talked with in book club over the last year and a half all seemed to be interested in a movie night per book,  I started thinking about having a movie group.

And wouldn't you know it,  Cineplex and Scene.ca are doing just that.  They have started movie groups throughout Canada.

So I signed up and opened a group.    If you're in Thunder Bay and would be interested, just log onto SCENE.ca  and go to the Scenetourage page.   Or leave a note here.

I started the group called "Unofficial Movie Group"  and am going by the "character" Miss Coffins.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Just a reminder

I thought I should jump in and just add a short post, given that this blog is updated less then regular, to remind everyone that there is a get together at the end of this month to discuss this month's book Sense and Sensibility  by Jane Austen.

Also, to let people know that it is a novel that is being offered online from more then a few ebook sites as a free book for anyone who wants to read it that way.

Hope to see everyone at the end of the month on the 30th.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

October 2011 Selection is

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.

It was agreed that a bit of a Jane Austen mini-series would be a nice touch after today's meeting.

As always, posts will be open and you can add your thoughts at any time for any of the previous books.

Tidbit - this is also one of the titles available for FREE to read on DailyLit  as an email/eBook for anyone who might want to read it online. 

Thursday, July 14, 2011


As you will know from the last post, the August selection is by Jane Austen, Persuasion.
Just wanted to let anyone who wants to join in, if you have a reading app or kindle type of thing, you can go to DailyLit and download this book for free.
It's one of their classic selections being offered as an email book.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

August Selection- Persuasion by Jane Austen

I thought I would let everyone know that the August selection will by Jane Austen's Persuasion.

Don't forget, all the previous selections can still be posted to.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

June Update

As some of you know, there was a bit of a mess with Blogger the last few weeks.  Posts disappearing, comments being unable to be posted.
It looks like things are finally mostly back to normal.  The Follow(members) button is still acting up, as is the newsletter option.  So there is no mass letter this month.

Please check the sidebar for the June meeting

Saturday, April 23, 2011

June 2011 selection

The June 2011 selection is Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice. 
Originally written in 1988

Genre- Paranormal/Fiction/Horror. 

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert

Category - Memoir.

This is the follow up to Eat Pray Love   but totally stands on it's own feet.

Half a history lesson on marriage, half a personal expression of self discovery, this lends itself to eight chapters of confusion.

We are invited into about 14 months of the author's life as she waits out a very trying time in her love life.   The engagement between herself and her soon to be husband Felipe whom she met while traveling during her time writing Eat Pray Love.   This is an engagement neither of them wanted but were forced into by the U.S.A. government.
In order for Felipe to stay in the US, they need to be married.  In order to be allowed to be married, both have to have background checks.  Which takes months, and during that time, Felipe is not allowed to step foot on American soil.

There are a lot of statistics and reports from universities quoted and discussed weaved in with her own mother's personal history, as well as what the author witnessed first hand while traveling.  All of which leaves you feeling like you just sat through Women's Lib 101.

I found over the course of the few days I was reading this, that I went through every emotion you could imagine, from fear to anger to disbelief.   It opens your eyes to the idea of marriage and what it really means.  On all fronts.  From how the government has it's hand in your marriage to how religion has molded itself around pre-existing marriages.

The biggest question I came away from this book having was  what would I be expected to bring to a marriage ?  The answers I came up with were startling.

As with Eat Pray Love,   Committed  serves up a large plate of  am I ready to do this?  and who am I if I don't? 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

April 2011 selection

I know February isn't even over yet, but I thought I would get a jump on the selection for April.

In keeping with the theme right now of memoirs, I decided to go with the latest from Elizabeth Gilbert.

Over the next few weeks, I'll be popping in to the blog to update a few things, and would love to hear what you might be interested in reading for June.

Friday, February 4, 2011

February Selection -Cleaving by Julie Powell

Category:  Memoir,

This is the second book by Julie Powell (Julie/Julia) who had gotten her start as a blogger which was then turned into a book-movie.

Cleaving, picks up right after the success of Julie/Julia and takes you down a spiral of self.
Having worked her way through Julia Child 's famed cookbook "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" and blogging about it, she found herself surviving an emotional time.  Now, we pick up about three years later, and Julie's life which had just become successful, is spinning out of control because of that success. Everyone seems to want a piece of her and she's looking for escape. Still wishing to work with in the culinary world on some level, she turns her attention from French cooking to Butchery.  After many dead leads, Julie lands in a family run butcher shop as an apprentice. Here, she dives into the work, and separates herself from her very recent past. Before long, not only is she able to slice a whole side of beef into steaks, but she's managed to slice herself into sections as well. Living her life almost like two different people, with two different men.  After picking up the pieces of her marriage and the end of her apprenticeship, she travels to some of the world's top farms to learn how non-Americans work the meat industry. From making pork dumplings to curing a freshly killed goat. 

 As a book reviewer, I always give as much plot as I can, and I've only reviewed two memoirs in the past.  Which from that stand point, I have to say are the toughest ones to review because there are no "characters"  so to speak.  You're actually commenting on someone's life.

I had read the first book - Julie/Julia - two years ago in anticipation for the movie which I loved.  I then started to actually read her blog that had started it all.
When I heard about the second book, I was ecstatic.  I actually got this book a year ago as a birthday gift for myself.  My review list kept me from reading it till now.

Her use of meat as a metaphor is brilliant. And I'm a vegetarian so I knew this was going to be a difficult read for me to begin with.
I also had a bit of a heads up on the subject matter. Her affair.  She uses the butchery images to link together her physical world, her emotional world and the leftovers that the success of the Julie/Julia Project splattered on her.
This is not a light read by any means, and if you come out of it without an understanding for how we are all connected then you missed the point of her book.

Cause at the heart of this book, that is what she's telling us.  We are all connected.  Just like the tissue of the pig she goes into extreme detail of explaining how to chop down into ham, then sausages and bacon, she's exposing the core of ... well love. What binds us to this world and to each other.
The balance we find between who we are and who we wish we were. 

Cleaving A Story About Marriage Meat and Obsession  is just that. Emotional, Informative, even Spiritual at times. Always honestly unsettling and not for the faint of heart.  You might not come away from this liking the author but you will come away from it with a better understanding of yourself.
And a few recipes.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Should we?

I'm feeling a bit down about how this book club has turned out.
It really did not get off the ground the way I was hoping.  So, now here I am in 2011, and I am wondering if I should open this a bit as an online book club?

So what I think I will do, is post the title for what was suppose to have been the Nov 2010 book selection for Reflections Book Club (Thunder Bay)  now, as the new Feb 2011 selection.

Originally, I was wanting to do a mini-Jane Austen (3 months/3 books) for the kick off of 2011 but... anyways... If you stumble across this blog and want to chime in,  the Feb 2011 selection (which is when I'll have a small break in my books I do for review in order to read for fun) will be... Cleaving by Julie Powell