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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Suckith

OK, this bookclub is really sad, like a dying star. I'm gonna try and revive it, will you gize help me?

I couldn't tell what the majority decision was after my last post, based on your gizes vague/neutral comments. So, here's what we're gonna do... let's just stick with Graceling. We'll rip it off like a cheap bandaid. It might sting a little, but it'll be over fast. Really, it was arogant of me to think that just because I didn't like it, you wouldn't like it. You gize may go goo goo ga ga for it.

Next month, we'll start fresh with highly recommended books only. In fact, rather than voting on noms, I was thinking about having a different bookcluber choose the book we read each month.

So read Graceling, enjoy that one part where they do that one thing you did on your wedding night, and be ready to discuss it on...

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd* at 8pm (9pm mountain time)

*George Washington's birthday

Monday, January 19, 2009

Confession/Rescue/Suggestion

Hey you gize... I suck.

Don't get mad at me, K? You know how I said this in my noms post:

"Each of these books have been backed by at least one of our book clubbers, so rest easy. The book we end up with will be worth reading, I'm sure."

Confession:

Well, I'm the one who backed this month's winner, Graceling. The thing is, I sorta backed it based solely on its amazon description (which sounded similar to HG) and its review. Yeah, I hadn't actually read it.

Now I've read it.

You gize, it wasn't good. And when I say it wasn't good, I mean something much meaner and more severe than that.

I've been stewing it over, guilting and nervousing about it, and after getting a little advice, I've decided to come clean. Cuz it's just that bad. I'm talking crazy-slow, boring as H, little-to-no conflict, the "tough" main character is an emotional basket case and annoying, lots of full-out crying, lots of single tear drops rolling down cheeks, lots of snow, lots of looooong journeys, semi-graphic virginal love-making scene with strange medieval birth-control (which was the most redeeming thing about it, but couldn't save it I'm afraid), etc.

Rescue:

I suggest that you don't buy it, and don't read it. If you've already bougten it, I apologize. I would suggest that you pass it along to a young adult who may like this sort of junk, but it has that one part.

Suggestion:

What would you gize say to a revote? Or, we could go with the runner up, Letters from a Nut. Or, if you want to make up your own mind about Graceling (and wanna read that one scene) we could stick with it.

Forgive me. Discuss.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The winner is...

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

(click title to read more about it/buy it on Amazon/put IRL bookstores out of business)

Not everyone voted this time, but I hope you gize can get excited about this book, even if you didn't vote/voted for another book. It's an action/adventure/romance, so that might cover everyone's tastes.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Something for you smart people to think about/discuss...

How far are you from an actual brick-and-mortar bookstore?
We live about 10 miles away, by freeway, from both Borders and Barnes & Noble.

We are sort of on the outskirts of town, but this area is developing really fast, and I've been hoping that a big bookstore would go up around here, cuz I love going to bookstores. There is just something happy about wandering around a really nice bookstore, looking for a good one to read. Anthony and I often end up at one when we go out alone, but I also love taking my kids, sitting in the kids section, and reading to them. (All the libraries close to us are depressing, but a new giant one is going up just a few miles away).

If you're like me, and love going to IRL bookstores, then you might be interested in this: New York Times article. I thought it was interesting, and I wanted to see what you smarty pants think about it.

If you read the article, then I want to know...

Are you a perpetual online used book buyer? Does this article make you think twice about buying used, if given the option?

Also, I was wondering what would happen if publishers and major bookstore chains offered to buy back your used books for a credit. If they took some of the used books out of circulation, would that force enough people to buy new books? Is that even fair? We do have libraries for those who can't afford to buy books, but is it fair to take away our option to buy used?
Hmmm.

I have tons and tons of mediocre books (ones I wouldn't read again or bother passing along to anyone) stacked in my closet. I would love to return them for even a small credit. How much of a credit would you need to make it worth returning the book? What about The Host? $0.25?

Read article. Discuss.

And for pete's sake, if you haven't already, please vote on this month's book club book in the post below. I'll tally the votes and determine a winner Monday evening.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

And the Noms are...

OK, this was a long time coming. Sorry!

Thanks to everyone who suggested books! Here are the noms...

**Blogger won't let me upload pictures right now, so I guess nobody will be judging a book by its cover. Actually, just follow the link to see what the books about and you can judge the covers then. Each of these books have been backed by at least one of our book clubbers, so rest easy. The book we end up with will be worth reading, I'm sure. We have quite a variety of genres, so it might depend on what everyone is in the mood for.

Thanks to everyone who suggested books! Here are the noms...

*I added pictures...

#1

Letter From a Nut by Ted L. Nancy


OR since several of you have read the first one, maybe the choice should be:
More Letters from a Nut


#2

The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks



#3

Remembering the Good Times by Richard Peck


#4

Midnighters by Scott Westerfeld


#5

The Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright



#6

Graceling by Kristin Cashore