Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Typical Book Exchange

Tonight the Typical Book Group got together for our annual book exchange.  While it wasn't quite as exciting as last year, when Lynne was fresh back from Oprah's Favorite Things episode, it was still a lot of fun.  I picked up a few new titles, including The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli, and Lulu in Marrakech by Diane Johnson.  More books to read for the Read What You Own challenge!

The real purpose of the meeting tonight was to talk about Room by Emma Donoghue.  Of the 8 of us there tonight, all of us had read the book and liked it.  We agreed that Ma was a creative and thoughtful mother, and felt sorry for her when her choices were questioned by the media at the end of the novel.  An interesting point that was mentioned is that sooner or later, Jack will find out that Nick was (is) his dad.  We can imagine Jack struggling to understand that the bad-guy-captor is also his father.

The next book that we will read is Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe.  I warned January's host that my husband will be coming along with me that night.  He's already planning his book group discussion points, and keeps walking around the house saying "I'd like to hear you read some words" like the guy in the Bud Light commercial who realizes beer is served at book group and wants to join.

Almost done reading:  As Always, Julia by Julia Child

Almost done listening to:  A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

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