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Thursday Book Club and OT

Hello, readers! Tomorrow is Friday, we’ve almost made it through another week, and this one has been a doozy all around.  I can almost smell Friday night, and it smells delicious.  In the meantime, we’re looking for a new book to discuss for the book club, and here’s a shiny new open thread.

Our previous plan for the next book in the book club fell through, so I’m turning the decision about what we’re going to read together next over to you. I’d like to use a book most of us have read at least once, if possible, because that will make it easier for everyone to jump in and participate, even without the free time to start a new book from scratch.

What should we read next?

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41 replies on “Thursday Book Club and OT”

I’ve just started reading Gormenghast which I’m really enjoying so far so there’s a possible suggestion?

Incredibly Loud and Extremely Close?

Or what about The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obrecht which has just won the Orange Prize? As thats a prize for female writers it might be a good choice?

This probably isn’t a good suggestion for the book club since I don’t know how many people have read it but I have to rave about one of my new favorite books that I just read: Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi. Azar, a former Western literature professor in Iran, tells about her experience as a female intellectual and the challenges it brings to her everyday life. Her memories go back to the 70s but focus on the two years she spent holding a secret class of seven female students in her home to read banned Western literature. They read books that many of you are probably familiar with (like the Great Gatsby) and their discussions reveal a new prospective to many of these classics.

My favorite part of the book is that it illumines the joys and challenges of the everyday lives of women in Iran. You always hear generic statements about oppression and lack of rights but hearing their detailed stories about events ranging from getting in trouble for wearing pink socks to dealing with the disappearance and murder of close friends makes you feel like you have at least a teeny tiny better understanding of what it’s like to live in Iran.

Why, WHY, do bra/bikini manufacturers insist on padding all their products ?
I can maybe understand why padded A-cup bikinis sell, but seriously, if I’m a friggin E-cup I don’t need half the cup taken up by padding. My chest already enters the room five minutes before the rest of me. If I wanted part of my body to protrude that much I’d get pregnant. ARGH.

/rant.

Mmm, book club. How about the new Orange Prizewinner?

I wonder the same thing. I mean, I understand that some people might like that. I in fact do own one or two padded bras that make my boobs look AWESOME (as mentioned above, they definitely increase the perkiness.) But seriously, I am a 34D, it shouldn’t take an extensive search just to FIND a padding-free bra.

My final is in exactly 14.5 hours so after that I can read whatever you throw at me.
(But I’m also going to get a copy of Gone with the Wind so you’ll just have to share) :)

Anyway. My extended family just pulled a major foul move on my mom, dad and I. We’re a strange link but still – Way Harsh, Tai. So, my grandmother and her best friend basically became sisters (and as it were, also sort of became related by marriage) and my grandma’s friend, Ruthie became my mom’s godmother. This is something we take seriously. Ruthie became my third grandmother – for a while, I actually thought she was a blood relative. Ruthie’s mother, Grandma Sidebottom (her last name) was as close to my mother as I was to Ruthie. In fact, I received birthday cards from Grandma Sidebottom every year. Every Year. Even in college. Also, Grandma Sidebottom was the most hardworking, pioneering woman ever to live off Highway 26. That’s pretty serious. But, as it happens, Grandma Sidebottom died on Saturday at the age of 96. My dad found out tonight while reading the obits in the paper. Why? Because NO ONE CALLED US. (why he reads the obits, I don’t know) I am just so mad. I had to get it out. I am livid with these people.
Her funeral is right when I’m taking the final so I can’t go to it and Mom and Dad both have to work. But. This weekend we will be at her grave. Because we loved her like family and we don’t need no stinkin invite to see her. She’d be happy we came.

Okay, thanks for the outlet.
And now for something completely different.

Count of Monte Christo? It’s one of my favorites since being assigned to read it in high school.

On a semi-tangent from books, is anyone here a librarian/archivist/library or information sciences student? I’m thinking about applying to a program soon and would love to get some insight on people’s experiences and suggestions. :)

While I have no book suggestions, I wanted to say that I gave blood today for the first time in about a year! Go meeee. It was the easiest donation I’ve ever done, generally my veins fail to cooperate and collapse and I have at least two nurses working on me, but no- I passed my iron test and my BP test and boom, 15 minutes later they had a pint of my valuable juices and I was getting some free cookies.

Perhaps the answer is last night’s steak dinner.

Oooh, I would totally be down for The Handmaid’s Tale. I’ve read it a few times but I’m never sad for an opportunity to go back to it. The Handmaid’s Tale and The Blind Assassin are the two Atwood books I can read over and over again (so I obviously recommend the latter as well)!

Or the Blue Sword? Actually, I would support anything by Robin McKinley. Has anyone read her vampire novel, Sunshine? Every time I finish reading it, I want to start all over again IMMEDIATELY, and have to force myself to read other things for a while.

If we do Handmaid’s Tale, I’ll be the one everybody hates cause I keep badmouthing Offred (but let’s assume that disagreement breeds discussion and that this would be a good thing.)

I personally prefer Hero/Crown, but I think its only because I read it first. They’re short books — we could probably do a Blue Sword/Hero read, especially since the books are connected.

I’m a huge McKinnley fan but Sunshine is the only one of her books that has never grabbed me. I keep putting it down. I don’t even remember if I get past the initial kidnapping in the beginning of the book.

I’m curious what you don’t like about Offred now!

Fair enough – I read the Blue Sword first, that could be it.

Sunshine is actually what got me back on a Robin McKinley kick – I read the two Damar books when I was much younger, but that was it until I picked up Sunshine. The thing is, I love it so so much, but I also understand where it loses people. Everything is so tied in with the narrative voice that if that doesn’t grab you, the book won’t.

It’s not so much that I actively dislike her, as I don’t understand why people actively like her. I found her to be passive and wishy-washy, and she never seemed very defined as a character for me – even in flashback, most of what we found out related to the people around her, not who she was. So yes, I was one of those people voting against her in Middlemarch Madness (I hope I don’t get mobbed for admitting this…)

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