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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Reading Rules!

Book Club met last night for the first time since last May. It was great to be together again, and against all odds, most of us were there: Kathie, Darlene, Virginia, Lucy, Bruce, and me. Missing: Joe.

We spent the evening eating delicious food and talking about what to read for the next six months. Food included homemade hummus and flatbread (made by me), homemade salsa a la Kathie, and cream cheese-olive spread by Lucy. Also, some chocolate-chocolate chip cookies. I was the only one to imbibe in a glass of red wine.

Our reading list for the next six months:

Nov. ‘05 “Possession” by A. S. Byatt
Dec. ‘05 “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde
Jan. ‘06 “Paradise of the Blind” by Duong Thu Huong
Feb. ‘06 “Of Human Bondage” by W. Somerset Maugham
Mar. ‘06 “Quite a Year for Plums” by Bailey White
Apr. ‘06 “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte

Great choices. I am very excited and somewhat intimidated. I haven’t been reading very fast lately. Each morning I think to myself, Today I am going to spend all day reading. And then, of course, everyday, I don’t.

It was Kathie’s idea to establish a reading list, and a very good one. That way, people can plan their reading, see what we’re doing and where we’re going. It gives time to obtain the books from the library or second-hand, but it’s still short enough of a time frame that as we think of new ones to do, we can set them aside for next time we make a list.

We discussed some of our faves from over the summer, with Kathie citing “Paradise of the Blind”, a book translated from Vietnamese, and Virginia referencing the timeless classic “The Secret Garden”. We’re hoping a few more people join us this year, though some of our selections are intimidating.

Lucy, who joined us for the first time last night, said, “Wow, you guys don’t do light and fluffy.”

No, we don’t do light and fluffy. Here’s our reading list to date:

“Cry, the Beloved Country” by Alan Paton – Feb. ‘04
“The Brothers Karamozov” by F. Dostoyevsky – Apr. ‘04
“One of Ours” by Willa Cather – May. ‘04
“Walden” by Henry David Thoreau – Jun ‘04
“A Town Like Alice” by Nevil Shute – Jul. ‘04
“Dracula” by Bram Stoker – Aug. ‘04
“A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams – Sep. ‘04
“Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad – Oct. ‘04
“Phantastes” by George MacDonald – Nov. ‘04
“All the King’s Men” by Robert Penn Warren – Dec. ‘04
“How the Irish Saved Civilization” by Thomas Cahill – Jan. ‘05
“Personal History” by Katharine Graham – Feb. ‘05
“Ordinary Wolves” by Seth Kantner – Mar. ‘05
“Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley – May ‘05
“The Great Divorce” by C. S. Lewis – Jun. ‘05
“An Extract from Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven” by Mark Twain – Jun. ‘05

Well, I’m inspired now. Off to drink chocolate milk and read.

2 Comments:

At 2:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, after reading your list I know you'll appreciate Tyler's Halloween costume- dreamt up by him BTW. Zaphod Beeblebox, a la movie look. If you haven't seen the movie, check out what he looks like:
http://hitchhikers.movies.go.com/ You'll split when you see the pictures. He's very proud of himself, yet I doubt many of his peers will know who he is or how perfect his costume is. Still fun for us though. He wanted to be Marvin but I couldn't figure out how to do the head and still have him be able to see.

 
At 3:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice list! Personally, I'm working on Round 2 of the Patrick O'Brian canon (Steve is a few books ahead of me, also Round 2). Steve decided that HIS costume this year should be a full-blown replica of an 18th century British Royal Navy post captain's uniform. I agreed in theory, but praxis would require a large chest of guineas (somewhere north of $20K). So instead, he's wearing a starched shirt and a tie, and a sign labelling him "Cleverly Disguised as a Responsible Adult".

All this to say...I don't know. Have a delightful Thursday :-)

Liz

 

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