Monday, May 27, 2013

by Michael Thomas Ford
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Although I got teased by my family, I rather liked this book. It was funny and the influx of famous (granted they are dead, or supposed to be) authors was amusing. The pace was good - there was always something else happening to further the story. It was usually outlandish which made it laughable. So it isn't a classic! It is a fun read and sometimes girls just want to have fun!

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn


My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is my book club's May selection. We wanted to read a classic and only one if us had read it before. I found it very interesting and it gave me a different perspective of life in Brooklyn in the early 1900's. it is remarkable how people managed to survive and even thrive in those conditions. The forward included in the version I read let me know that this work was actually the author's autobiography, but her publisher recommended having it published as fiction to sell more books. Having read that before I started the novel made it an entirely different story. I really liked Francie. She was so determined yet kind of innocent. When my daughter, the English major, read the cover of the book and asked what it was about, she said, "Is it about a tree?" I told her not really. There is a tree, but the story is more about Francie. "Then Francie is the tree?" she said. Leave it to an English major to come up with that without even reading the book! Yes, Francie was the tree. They tried to cut herdown and keep her from growing, but just like the tree that kept coming up through the cement, she kept trying and finding ways to survive. This is truly an Amefican classic and one everyone should read at least once.
The Classics Club Spin Number is 6!

That means I get to read "Orlando" by Virginia Woolf. I've been wanting to read that book, so I'm ordering it today!

What is book #6 on your list?

Friday, May 17, 2013

It’s time for another Classics Spin for any who are interested. What is the spin?

It’s easy. At your blog, by next Monday, May 20, list your choice of any twenty books you’ve left to read from your Classics Club list – in a separate post.

This is your Spin List. You have to read one of these twenty books in May & June. (Details follow.) So, try to challenge yourself. For example, you could list five Classics Club books you are dreading/hesitant to read, five you can’t WAIT to read, five you are neutral about, and five free choice (favorite author, rereads, ancients — whatever you choose.)

Next Monday, we’ll post a number from 1 through 20. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List, by July 1. We’ll have a check in post for July, to see who made it the whole way and finished the spin book.

Do you have that?

  • Go to your blog.
  • Pick twenty books that you’ve got left to read from your Classics Club List.
  • Try to challenge yourself: list five you are dreading/hesitant to read, five you can’t WAIT to read, five you are neutral about, and five free choice (favorite author, rereads, ancients — whatever you choose.)
  • Post that list, numbered 1-20, on your blog by next Monday.
  • Monday morning, we’ll announce a number from 1-20. Go to the list of twenty books you posted, and select the book that corresponds to the number we announce.
  • The challenge is to read that book by July 1, even if it’s an icky one you dread reading! (No fair not listing any scary ones!)
Here's my list:

Five books I've been looking forward to reading:

1. A Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
2. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
3. Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
5. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
6. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
7. Armadale by Wilkie Collins
8. Animal Farm by George Orwell
9. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
10. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

Every 5th unread book on my list:

11. Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
12. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
13. Agnes Grey by Ann Bronte
14. Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Burns
15. The Cantebury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
16. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
17. The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
18. Birdsong by Sebastian Foulks
19. Daisy Miller by Henry James
20. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Okay, I'm going with that. We'll see what Monday brings.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Here we go again! I really enjoyed this challenge the last time - this time it is for TWO YEARS!
I may be able to get a bunch of "Y" books read in that time! There are new rules - well kind of...

What: To read a book for each letter in the year. That's right, a title for the J in January and the A in January, etc.... 74 books total!

Official Start date: April 1, 2013, because we're fools to try this but any book read since 1-1-13 that you didn't already use for the 2011-2013 edition counts ;)

End date: March 31, 2015, yes, two years, because well, we have other challenges to do ;)

  • only one letter per book
  • books can be moved around if it fits better somewhere else after you've read it
  • the letter doesn't have to be the first word, just the first letter of a word in the title (a, an, and the do not count)
  • reviews aren't necessary but a quick "I read for letter... it was about... I did/not like it" would be nice and can be left in the comments.
  • if you decide to join in, create a post on your blog telling others then come back and link up (to the actual post, not just your blog's home page)
  • a blog is not necessary, just comment on that month's post.
  • if you get stuck, an author's name will do in a pinch but try to have more titles than names, nope, just titles.
  • the most important thing is to have fun!
Go on over to this site to SIGN UP!

Friday, May 3, 2013


Time for a new 4 Month Challenge!

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This challenge lasts from May 1st to August 31st, 2013. You can sign up HERE.
5 Point Challenges
Read the second book in a series
Read a book with water on the cover
Read a book with a colour in the title
Read  a book set in the 1900′s
Read a book whose author name begins with M (First or last)
10 Point Challenges
Read a book published during your birth year
Read a book with a door, lock or key on the cover
Read a book with a flower/flowers on the cover
Read a book with something ‘hot’ in the title (sun, fire, heat, etc)
Read a book whose author name begins with J (first name only)
15 Point Challenges
Read a book currently on a bestseller list
Read a book that shows a woman from behind
Read a book with a moon or stars on the cover
Read a book with an adjective in the title
Read a book whose author name begins with J (last name only)
20 Point Challenges
Read any book in one weekend (Friday to Sunday)
Read a book with a child on the cover
Read a book with over 400 pages
Read a book with an animal on the cover
Read a book whose author name begins with A (first or last)
I'm in, are you? I got 145 points on the last 4 Month Challenge!
Don't forget, you can sign up HERE.