Posted by Sara on June 14, 2012
It has been a very busy year but the book club continues with its book selections and discussion meetings. We have read several books since my last post, the most recent selection being Fifty Shades of Grey. It will be interesting to discuss what presents itself as a very fluffy plot line. It is there, but is very easy to miss amongst the sexually explicit language and encounters of Anastasia Steel and Christian Grey.
Posted by Sara on July 18, 2011
Why must I feel this? Things happen in life that cannot be helped or avoided but when I put effort or enthusiasm in something and “it” does not happen, I always feel such deep disappointment and hurt. Why? The sensible thing is to understand life happens. This is something else I definitely need to work on. In the meantime, I will just keep reading and enjoying good books!!!!
Posted by Sara on June 18, 2011
I always believed I was a strong woman. Well, today my daughter choked. She did and my husband SAVED her. I fell apart. I FELL apart. I absolutely FELL APART!!!! About 5 years ago, while engaging in my third skydive and about three thousand feet from the ground I had the same unfortunate helpless feeling. Back then, I experienced what I perceived as a life threatening moment. While flying my rented canopy (student gear) I thought I was going to fall from the sky and die!! I FELL apart then too! What does this mean? Am I unable to deal with moments that require immediate decision making? Maybe I am really not as strong a woman as I always thought I was.
Posted by Maria on June 16, 2011
I would definitely recommend this book. I found it to be a well written good story. I liked that for a change it was a non-traditional story about love, not romantic love. It was definitely sad, but not in a gratuitous dramatic way.
Posted by Sara on June 9, 2011
I don’t listen to many audiobooks because I like concept of reading a book in it’s “physical form”. This book, however, was one hundred times better (in its audio format) because Tina Fey narrated. Oh my, this lady is FUNNY!!! I really like her outlook on life and all conflict in it. No an extremist on way or another, I can relate to her crazy self. In listening to her childhood accounts, her young womanhood accounts, her working life accounts, and her parenting style, I could so relate. I recommend this book to everyone but will warn that she is pretty liberal in her use of the “f” bomb and other very colorful language. Still, worth the five plus hours as it made for enjoyable commutes to and from work. I certainly plan on following her work more closely.
Posted by Sara on May 30, 2011
Ok, so it is 12:10am and given the typical lack of sleep opportunities in the house, I should most definitely be sleeping now. But darn it, I just need to catch my breath. So I finished the book club selection just a couple of hours ago and at my husband’s urging, I actually took the time to post a very small review. I think it is important to take time, in whatever fashion suits us, to just catch our breath. Sleep does not always erase the stress of the previous day. In fact, I often find that when I transition directly from a highly stressed day into sleep, the next morning I am just as cranky as ever!!! Well, having tinkered away with WordPress in order to post a very small book review as well as this rant, I must now really make it to bed. Good night world!!!
Posted by Sara on May 29, 2011
Although, initially I could not connect with the characters, finding them them just too cold and dry, I was taken in when Pei, a very curious girl full of life, was given to the silk work by her family. The concept of being given up by one’s family in sacrifice for the family’s own survival is simply cruel. However, the growth of family connections, self-worth, independence, and love overcame the overall sadness of Pei’s life. Overall, the story is simply sweet and inspiring. The landscape was so thoughtfully described in such amazing detail that I felt present at the girls’ house and silk factory. I was left hoping and praying for Pei’s happiness, perhaps with Ho Yung.
I certainly look forward to reading Gail Tsukiyama’s other novels.
Posted by admin on April 27, 2011
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Posted by Sara on March 2, 2011
So I have not posted here in a while; however, I am all geared up to start posting again. We are meeting at a great location to discuss “Under the Mercy Trees” by Heather Newton. I have finished the book and look forward to having a great discussion with the Classy Ladies!!!!
Posted by Sara on October 13, 2010
We will be eating Italian food, drinking good spirits, and discussing our current book selection, “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert. We will meet at Marsala Pizza in Estero and hopefully we will get together as soon as the movie comes out on DVD.