A New Addition to the Family

July 20, 2008 at 6:31 pm | Posted in Historical Fiction, LIfe, Literate Housewives Book Club | 8 Comments
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Okay, before anyone gets excited, I’m not pregnant and I haven’t adopted another child.  That doesn’t mean I’m not excited about the new addition to the Literate Housewife family, my new blog called The Nursery @ The Literate Housewife Review.  I have started getting offers to read children’s books and a dear friend has also recently sent my girls some great books out of the blue.  So, as I’m dreaming out my website, I thought it would be great to separate my adult reviews from those of children’s books.  I just posted my first review there less then 15 minutes ago and you would think that I had just found the cure for cancer I’m so elated!  As my content grows, I hope that those of you with children or at least children to read to will find The Nursery a great resource.

My fondest wish is that one day my daughters will start writing reviews to post there.  It may never happen, but a mom can dream…

In other news, I’m currently plotting the return of my online book club, Literate Housewives’ Book Club.  Soon I should be getting a few advanced copies of a book that both sounds good and is in my current favorite genre, historical fiction.  I am also going to redesign that site so that it matches my current blogs.  When those arrive, I’ll make an official announcement.  I’m hoping that a few of my readers will be enticed to join my book club when lured by a free copy of a book. 🙂

That’s all the news that’s fit to post in my world today.  I wish you all a restful Sunday evening and a wonderful new week.

BTT ~ Clubbing

June 12, 2008 at 8:46 am | Posted in Books, Literate Housewives Book Club, Reading | 10 Comments

Have you ever been a member of a book club? How did your group choose (ot, if you haven’t been, what do you think is the best way to choose) the next book and who would lead discussion?

Do you feel more or less likely to appreciate books if you are obliged to read them for book groups rather than choosing them of your own free will? Does knowing they are going to be read as part of a group affect the reading experience?

I have always been envious of those who are members of a book club. As an adult, I’ve attempted on two occasions to start my own book club. There was only one meeting for both. I’m not sure why they didn’t take root and thrive. Perhaps it was because both groups consisted of friends and/or co-workers that I see all of the time. The last attempt was held at my home and I made a spaghetti dinner that I served on the Currier and Ives china that my grandmother gave me as a wedding gift. I can’t remember the book we selected or even how we selected it. We did discuss the book, but not for long. It really ended up being a girls’ night out. It was a fun time, but my beloved book club just didn’t happen.

Currier and Ives China Plate

Living in a rural area that is at least 30 minutes from where there would be a face-to-face book club, I decided to try again using blogs. Last year I started Literate Housewives’ Book Club after deciding with my best friend, Trista, to read Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult. We chopped the book up into sections and I led the discussion. That book was terrible, to say the least. Trista and Blithely Blabbing were regularly participated in the comments, but there were others who participated as well. I enjoyed the experience despite the actual book. Our second choice was made based upon suggestions that we made. It was The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud. That book was by far, even compared to Perfect Match, the worst novel I read last year.

Blithely Blabbing hung in there with me despite the fact that LHBC was 0 for 2. We decided to start reading Water for Elephants at the beginning of this year and I received some really good comments from many different readers about how to hold an online book club. I never got that last book off the ground. The first part of the year was just too busy for me to keep up two blogs. I would still love to host LHBC, but I’m afraid that it’s dead. I’m not sure what would happen if I resurrected it.

Eventually my desire to read and discuss the same book with other people will drive me to try again, one way or the other. I hope to one day find the book club for me.

#44 ~ The Emperor’s Children

November 7, 2007 at 1:33 pm | Posted in Books, Disappointment, Literate Housewives Book Club, Worst of the Year | 2 Comments
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The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud

This book makes September 11 anti-climatic. It is pretentious, is written using the most convoluted grammar I’ve ever seen, and was about unexceptional, yet self-righteous and stuck-up, characters. This is by far the worst book I’ve read this year. I would gladly read Perfect Match again without complaining just for the joy of caring about a character again.

As I wrote earlier on Literate Housewives’ Book Club, The Emperor’s Children is death by character development. Stay away from this book. Pretend that coming within 10 feet of this book will kill you.

#35 ~ Perfect Match

August 16, 2007 at 4:27 pm | Posted in Books, Disappointment, Jodi Picoult, Literate Housewives Book Club, Reading | Leave a comment
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Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult

Check out the LHBC site for my thoughts and opinions.

Don’t Forget the LHBC!

July 8, 2007 at 10:37 pm | Posted in Jodi Picoult, Literate Housewives Book Club | 5 Comments


The Literate Housewife’s Book Club is now under way. We’ve just finished reading the first two chapters of Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult. This week we will be reading Chapter Three. 

It’s not too late to join us!

Slow Cooker

June 29, 2007 at 2:25 am | Posted in Exercise, Jodi Picoult, LIfe, Literate Housewives Book Club, Reading, Writing | Leave a comment

I have not regained any enthusiasm for writing since my last post.  Muggy weather blahs?  I think what I really need is a nice long run to clear my head and get some good fresh air in my lungs.  The problem with this is that I do not run and I’m severely out of shape.  Anyway, I’m going to attempt to write something, even if it is only a paragraph and post it tomorrow for Fiction Friday.  Technically, I need to write at least two paragraphs – one for last week, too.

I am not joking about needing some good vigorous exercise.  I need it.  I need it bad.  So, I vow to take a walk tomorrow, even if it is for only 10 minutes.  I need to get my juices circulating.  That’s all there is to it.  An exercised body will lead to a more exercised brain.

I have finished The Kite Runner and it was simply amazing.  It has been a long time that the ending of a book brought tears to my eyes.  I need to give it some more thought before I write my formal review.  I will simply say that Judi picked a gem for me.

For those of you who might be interested, don’t forget that the Literate Housewives Book Club officially begins on July 1st.  If you would like to read Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult with us and post your own reviews, comments, questions, or impressions, send me an email and I’ll set you up.  You need only have a WordPress account.

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