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May 2017, The Princess Bride

Month:  MAY |  Date: 5/21/17
Genre:  COMEDY
Book:   THE PRINCESS BRIDE by WILLIAM GOLDMAN

Attendance: Court (HOSTESS) 100%,  Stephanie- 100%,  Linda 100%,  Christina H – 1/3,  Anna – 100%,  Misbah – 100%,  Christine F – 100%,  Michele- 100 %

Not In Attendance:  Jonetta – 100%

Discussion:

The Princess Bride was our choice to dispel the gloom of the previous two books and it succeeded quite well for most of us. The book is described as a “modern fantasy classic that is a simple, exceptional story about quests – for riches, revenge, power, and, of course, true love – that’s thrilling and timeless.” (Amazon’s description).

Part of our discussion included the author’s “abridged” method of the retelling  of “Morgenstern’s” original “Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure” where Goldman told “the good parts”.  There was a VERY long forward that only a few read…and the entire book was laced with italic comments from the author. Very entertaining!

Anna shared that it was her favorite movie, but thought the book was just ok. She didn’t anticipate so it lacked the excitement she enjoyed from the movie.

Christina H has never seen the movie and did not like it. At all.

Everyone else really liked it. (I loved it…so many laugh out loud moments throughout).

We had a lively discussion with reviews favorite parts and how most of us read it with accents and lol greatness. Christina H is going to watch the movie since we all have and it seemed to provide a foundation (I think she’s intrigued by our sharing, laughter and fun discussion…

The discussion then rabbit trailed to movies…Michele shared Brad Pitt’s bathing habits (doesn’t bathe and smells like a homeless person)…she dreamed about him and she was always bathing him. We were all hysterical!

Great meeting with lots of laughter. The book certainly did its job in providing humor and lightness to offset the last two dark/sad books. 😃

July Book

For July…Translated book suggestions: “The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend”, and “The hundred year old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared “.

Club Business

Amanda hasn’t attended or responded (after numerous attempts to contact) since December so she was sadly dropped. 😔 We currently have 9 voting members.

June Book & Host

Next meeting June 25th at Linda’s. Reading “Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch “, by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaimen.

Happy Reading everyone !!! 😃

Posted on behalf of Stephanie.

Apr 2017, The Underground Railroad

Month:  APRIL |  Date: 4/23/17
Genre:  GOODREADS CHOICE WINNERS -2nd Month due to Tie
Book:   THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by COLSON WHITEHEAD

Hostess Stephanie at Johnny Garlic’s

Attendance: Stephanie 100%; Linda 100%, Anna 100%, Michele 100%, Court 100%

Not In Attendance: Jonetta 66%, Christina H 100%, Misbah 100%, Christine F 50%

April 23, 2017 Book Club Meeting Notes

Good online discussion also.

Another Goodreads Choice Award, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller and Oprah’s Book Club … Wow!  Cora, a slave on a plantation in Georgia is living hell on earth as a slave. Her mama was a slave and that’s all Cora knows. This book chronicles her “escape” for freedom via the Underground Railroad.

Everyone had positive reviews and thought it was well written and a worthy read. Court thought the story was slow moving (I agree).  There were many characters and it took a while to sort them all out. It did time warp a bit and at times was confusing to follow.

We had considerable discussion about the Railroad….the term is true to the period, but the Railroad was not real in history. The author depicted it as a real Underground Railroad…complete with tunnels, secret entrances that jeopardized those sympathizes…a wild, dirty ride…full of fear and the unknown…chased by a ruthless slave catcher.

The picture of a slave’s like was portrayed so horribly that many of us wondered “really?…”.  We did all agree that it may have been a correct picture from the slaves point of view. I think we just didn’t want to believe “owners” could be so cruel.

Overall…everyone liked it, but were all ready for a lighter topic.

May Book

The Princess Bride by William Goldman for May!

June /July Books

For June we’ll read the second book in the Comedy Poll Tie – Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

We discussed genres for July…and decided to look for translated foreign books (no to Miso Soup). We also talked about reading author spotlight this summer.

May Meeting

Next meeting is May 21, 2017  Court will host


Happy reading light and cheerful this month!

Mar 2017, The North Water

Month:  MARCH |  Date: 3/26/17
Genre:  Goodreads Choice Winners
Book:   THE NORTH WATER by IAN McGUIRE

Attendance:  Linda(hostess) 100%; , Jonetta. 92%; , Anna 100%; Michele 100%; Christine Fritzen 100%

Not In Attendance: Christina H read 17%, Stephanie 100% (I think)

Online discussion with Stephanie, Linda, Christina H, Anna and Misbah.

Book Club Meeting Minutes

Book Discussion

 

Goodreads Choice Award and one of The New York Times Book Reviews 10th best book of the year, National bestseller. …We all wondered why.

The story is about a whaling ship in the 19th century with a drunk, stinking, brutal antagonist…Henry Drax and a first time whaler ex-army surgeon with a destroyed reputation, Patrick Sumner and an ill-fated voyage.

Consensus was the book was very dark and disturbing.  Descriptive, blood -soaked, cold, violent and cruel.  Specifically, the whale slaughter and description was very graphic. All agreed Drax,  was most surely a sociopath.  Some connected with Sumner…however all in all there were no characters to really like. Otto was ok. But for the most part they were all miserable horrible human beings.  With no redeeming qualities. Anna’s Goodreads review summed it up quite nicely.

In spite of the negative thought about the book, nearly everyone thought it was excellent writing. The author certainly “painted the picture”.

April Book

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.

May Book

The group unanimously requested a comedy or humor read for May. Something light, easy, happy ending…ideas shared.

April Host

Stephanie will host April Meeting on 4/23 or 4/30… her schedule pending. Most attendees could make either date.

New Members

Welcome Christine Fritzen And Michele Narramore!  Happy to have you both!!