Station Eleven Book Review

Station Eleven came in the pile of books from #SaveTheCulture #BookExchange. All three of the books I’ve received so far came from the friends of one of my friends (as opposed to a couple from one repost and one from a different repost). It came with a note: Hi! I hope you enjoy this book as…

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil-November Book Club Review

Over Halloween, Book Club likes to read something scary. This year, we chose the True Crime (or Historical Fiction depending on the bookstore) book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Surprisingly, it was a quick read. I usually plod through non-fiction. There’s a lot to digest and mull over. Midnight in the Garden of Good…

Imperfect Birds Review

This is my second and a half Anne Lamott book. I did Joe Jones about a year ago and I’ve (as I mentioned previously) Bird By Bird is in my “currently reading” pile, as I forestall the inevitable end by not reading it at all. I also follow Lamott on facebook. She is either the only author I follow…

Re-reading American Gods

Since I’m Thinking of Ending Things was such a short book, I announced over Facebook, that we would be having an extra credit Book Club book for the month of October. At several previous book clubs, we’ve tossed around American Gods by Neil Gaiman. The problem has always been that too many of us completed…

I’m Thinking of Ending Things Review

I was having a crappy day. Medicated, my eyes started to water as a tried to power through the sickness and understand what this Excel Spreadsheet was supposed to be accomplishing. Disembodied head looming somewhere above my cube, my boss collected to me like a balloon make a 4 pm meeting. My new job is…

Banker to the Poor Review

Banker to the Poor by Muhammad Yunus was an excellent read. Not five star excellent, but still interesting. Reading through it I could pick out parts that would be exciting and interesting for our book club to discuss. Micro-lending, in particular in as varied of circumstances as Yunus presents, touches on almost every level of life,…

Many Named Noir

A few days after book club I finished the last couple chapters. Overall I liked the book. The last time we did fiction as a book club we read Red Harvest and there are a lot of similarities. The language, for example, is heavily jargon both from eras and industries. A reader needs to stay flexible about understanding…

3 Things I’ve Learned and 2 I Haven’t

Sure, the book looks good on the shelf but does it work? I’ve experimented a bit with The Daily Face: 25 Makeup Looks for Day, Night, and Everything In Between! By Annamarie Tendler from A Cautionary Tale of Selling Your Books. I’m not a fashion expert, I didn’t go to cosmetology school, and I had never…

The Need for a Non-Stars Option

To set the mood you may want to listen to this while you read. I finished One Rainy Day in May (The Familiar: Volume 1). Giddiness takes over when I complete a book. Not only have I accomplished something, but now I get to check it off my to-do list. Books read are tracked on…

Where Is Your Roadmap Taking You?

Some books inspire you to believe you can do anything with enough time and passion. The best example I can think of is following the Book Club reading of Blink : The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell my fella repeatedly told me that if he just keeps practicing the guitar he will be a…