Friday, March 12, 2010

The Book Club.

Well, I am one tired puppy. Like I said the other day the kids are not sleeping so not much is getting done. I want to thank you guys for all your advice on Twitter/ Web pages. I think I should concentrate on my MS and then decide.  I really want to get that baby in good shape.  I started revising chapter 2 yesterday so I will hopefully continue on that today. 

On Wednesday, I mentioned that I joined a book club--yes-- a book club.
Not like have a lot on my plate already but I am the type of person who needs to be busy constantly. I also thought it would give me a chance to read books I would not normally go for.


I am a YA girl heart and soul and if you add paranormal, sci fi, and romance into the picture it is so my cup of tea--so makes my day.  I thought maybe the book club would get me out of the house with some gals to have some fun.  So far it has and it is exposing me to books I would not take a second glance at.  Sure they are best sellers and most likely on Oprah's list and that is usually not me. I am not one to follow the mainstream despite my appearance. Plus, I have so many books on my Dining Room table and on my booklist --it is frightning (check out my goodreads or shelfari site and you will see).

Anyway, I read-- well --I almost finished The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  This book is good and written very well but not quite my cup of tea.  It is very interesting and --yes --I will say it again I liked it but I like a story that is a little more fast paced. It is set during the nascent civil rights movement in Jackson, Miss., where black women were trusted to raise white children but not to polish the household silver. Eugenia Skeeter Phelan is just home from college in 1962, and, anxious to become a writer, is advised to hone her chops by writing about what disturbs you. The budding social activist begins to collect the stories of the black women on whom the country club sets relies and mistrusts enlisting the help of Aibileen, a maid who's raised 17 children, and Aibileen's best friend Minny, who's found herself unemployed more than a few times after mouthing off to her white employers. The book Skeeter puts together based on their stories is scathing and shocking, bringing pride and hope to the black community, while giving Skeeter the courage to break down her personal boundaries and pursue her dreams. 

The main problem I had with this book is the dialogue.  It was written in southern slang so to speak and when I started to read this I was critiquing three other MS aside from revising mine so it was not easy to read right away.  I think that is what slowed it down for me.

Now to all my YA friends, I am not converting I promise. I have to have my books take me to an unknown place away from this reality and they may include a little hottie.  I thought this push would open me up to other ways of writing which may help my own.  I also like the getting together with the girls and discussing-- it was fun.  Between book club books, I am going to read Eldala by Michelle Gregory and I hope to get to The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

My daughter even wants to come to a meeting. She said, "Mommy, I want to come to the book club and we can read a book about the Backyardigans (a kids cartoon).  We can discuss it too." She is 4 going on 14. Too funny.

Have you ever joined a book club? Have you read a book you would not normally read? Was it a good or bad experience?

I hope you have a great weekend!

17 comments:

  1. You've probably been told this but make Hunger Games a priority. Talk about an amazing book, wow.

    And that's the main reason I join book clubs, to read books I wouldn't normally read. I've had quite a few that I didn't like, but I still felt like they taught me something or impacted me in some way.

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  2. I am in a really great book club. I don't always love the books we read but I do like that I am forced to read books I would never pick up on my own. More than anything I love my book club because of the amazing women in it. We all come from very different places. Some are stay at home moms, some have very high powered careers. And, our religeous beliefs range from Atheist to Catholic to Jewish. It is a fun group!

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  3. I've joined a book club before and read two books, both not my cup of tea and the problem was that no one was willing to read one of my choices so I ended just parting ways. There are so many books out there and I move through them so fast, and other times don't touch them at all so I think maybe at a later date I'll try again!

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  4. Christine! How dare you leave YA. ; )

    But see, that's the thing. Everyone will venture out from YA once in awhile (me included), but we always come running back! Ah, ha!

    I'm not in a book club, but it sounds like a lot of fun.

    I hope you have a great weekend!

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  5. Hey, Christine! I have The Help on my night stand right now. I like Southern fiction. I haven't had time to read anything lately though. (I'm sorry it's taken me so long on the chapters you sent me. I love the story, and my comments are forthcoming!) I have Catching Fire, and I'll send it to you as a gift if you want it after reading Hunger Games. (I am the only person in America who doesn't love this series. I think I take things literally and get too stressed to enjoy dystopian. I start worrying about my kids, my grandkids, my neighbor's fish, etc...) I also have Beautiful Creatures, City of Bones, Hush, Hush, & Dear John if you'd like those. Let me know if you're interested

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  6. I think it's healthy to try books that are a little outside our comfort zones. Yay, you! I can't wait to read Eldala - you'll have to share a review when you finish it. :-)

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  7. just when i start to think my writing is lousy, it's nice to see two people who are looking forward to reading my novel. :)

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  8. Heh...I've never been in a book club, but I was an English major in college, which is like a 4-year-long intensive book club. Haha. And I read TONS of books that I would normally never have picked up...especially in my Medieval Romance and 18th Century Poetry and Prose courses...and both my multi-culturals and Native American lit...Okay, so pretty much every class!

    Reading outside our comfort zones is good practice, in my opinion. Opens us up to new authors, new ideas, new places, new thoughts...But I'm an advocate for exploration, so, to each their own, I suppose.

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  9. I've never been in a book club, but it sounds like fun. Going Bovine is up next on my reading list. Not the type of book I would normally read, but I've heard so many good things about it, I'm going to give it a try.

    I have something for you on my blog. :)

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  10. I have to admit that reading books in slang is a very difficult go for me.

    That said, if I knew I had to discuss it with others then I would persevere!

    Have a great weekend.

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  11. I've been in a book club before and it was a lot of fun, we each took turns picking and everybody was pretty fair about that.

    But I did read a book in college that I was assigned that was really, really hard for me to read. It kind of shook me up, ok it shook me up a lot. I didn't finish it and took a little bit of a loss on my grade. But I'm of the opinion that if a book makes you bone deep uncomfortable then you probably shouldn't be reading it :)
    The book was In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.
    Think what you will of me now, but I am not a fan.

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  12. Hi Christine, I couldn't find an email for you anywhere. I live in Stuttgart, about two hours from Munich. How long might you be in Germany for? My email is in the About section on my blog.

    Amie

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  13. I hope you enjoy the book club! I've been in a few, and I agree that it's nice to have a reason to read outside your usual genre. :)

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  14. I LOVE book clubs! My favorite part is that they force me to read books that I'd normally never pick up. My favorite book club of all time is the club that Laura and I moderate for local young adults. SO fun.

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  15. I used to be in a book club, but the funny thing is, when I got more serious about my writing was when I decided I didn't have time for it anymore. There are just so many books out there that I know I need to read, I even posted a picture once of my to-be-read stack that's even taller than I am, that I didn't feel like I could spend the time reading other people's choices. It was great to get together and discuss, though - have fun!

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  16. I was talked into reading Lovely Bones. I wouldn't have read it on my own. Would I read it again -no- but I guess I'm glad I read it. It was creative.

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