Saturday, February 26, 2011

BYU Honors Reading List

Hi Everyone!
Thanks for the very fun time last night at Kayleen's! Great discussion and great food! I love our Book Club! Thanks to Sharon for starting us up and keeping us going!

I thought I would put a link up for the BYU Honors program reading List. It has 7 pages of books, some of which are not English or American, and some of which are considered Social Science and are non-fiction, but it does give us a good idea of what we might consider "Classics" from the periods which we are looking for. Here's the link:

I know Lorraine is looking for a book for us to read. "The Portrait of a Lady " by Henry James would be a good pick, as would "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte. Some of you might not have read "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte; I have and don't care to read it again. I find it really depressing as there are not many redeeming characters in the book and it does not have a happy ending. "Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain is on the list also, but probably a lot of us have read it, but wouldn't mind reading it again. Pearl Bucks "The Good Earth" is a great book about China. I've read it but wouldn't mind reading it again. It's not a huge read and not difficult to read either.

A few other ideas:
Little Women -Louisa May Alcott
The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
Anna Karenina-Leo Tolstoy (massive read)
The Way We Live Now -Anthony Trollope
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde-Robert Louis Stevenson
Vanity Fair-William Makepeace Thackery

There are obviously a lot more and if someone else posted their ideas we would get a different list!

Thanks to everyone again and can't wait to get started on our next book!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Pennies For Peace; Three Cups of Tea

Remember our book, "Three Cups of Tea"? As most of you know, there is a "Pennies for Peace" project that schools can do to help support the building of schools in Pakistan as described in the book. Here's a link to some GREAT videos that explain the project, the book, the geography of the area, everything you might want to know!

So if you want to learn more about what we read, you can go to the website & watch some of the videos!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Uncle Tom's Cabin book discussion

Don't forget to finish your book.  We will meet at the church between 5:30 and 5:45pm Friday Feb 25th, to carpool to Kayleen's for our discussion.  Make sure you don't forget a yummy Southern style dish, of course we have to eat!  Happy Reading!

Monday, February 14, 2011

translating "Southern"

For those of you who don't speak "Southern", here are some translations of the text!

an’t much count: are not of much account
bile her taters: boil her potatoes
dar now: there, now
dat ar: that there
like dem ar: like them there (like those)
far: fair
but then they’s far: but then, they are fair (not too bad)
gi’n: given
go ‘long: go along (an excalmation)
gwine: going to
jist: just
kinder: kind of
in a kinder plain way: in a kind of plain way
La bless you: Lord bless you
Lor!: Lord!
to have a notion on ‘t: to have an idea about it
oughter: ought to
yer oughter: you ought to (should)
ye oughterner feel ‘bove nobody: you ought not to (shouldn’t) feel above someone
on ‘count: on account of (because of)
sarcy: sassy or saucy (talking back)
sartin: certain or certainly
yes – sartin: yes, certainly
‘spectable folks: respectable folks (people)
spile: spoil
they’s: they is (are)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Book Discussion Date Changed

The date of the discussion of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' will be postponed one week to allow more time for readers to finish the book.  It is always better to come having read the book so our discussion can be the best.  So, the new date is Friday February 25, at 6:30 pm.  Everything else is the same.  Thank you. Sharon S.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Uncle Tom's Cabin book discussion

Hey Gals,
At this point in time February 18th 6:30pm, is our book discussion.  It will be in Culbertson so if anyone wants to carpool let me know.  Southern food was discussed as the theme for the night.  I'll have more info as soon as I hear from Kayleen.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Hairspray & Temple Day!

For members of the Busy Gals book club & anyone else who would like to go:
We are leaving Sidney at 1 PM on Friday Feb. 11 for Billings for a show & the temple. Monette will drive her van, & I will drive our bigger car (big trunk!). We will go out to dinner when we arrive in Billings. We will be joined by Kris's sister, Christine Alexander, Katie Berry, & maybe Mary Karren! Please let me know where you would like to go out to eat!

After dinner we have 9 tickets for rows 1 & 2 for Friday, Feb. 11, 7:30 PM at the Billings Studio Theater to see "Hairspray", the musical story of plus-sized Tracy Turnblad who wants to be a dancer on the teen dance TV show. The musical is a comedy, set during the 1960's against the backdrop of segregation & civil rights. I have purchased a ticket for the following ladies: Lorraine, Kaylene, Monette, Kris, Kris's Sister, Christine Alexander, Vena, & Shana K. You may pay me (Peggy Ann) $20 for your ticket, please. Tickets are non-cash-refundable. If we are unable to attend due to weather, they would issue a credit for a future show.

I have reservations for 3 rooms at the Super 8 @ $44 each. That would be 3 or 4 people per room (2 queen sized beds non-smoking) for about $15 per person. Free "continental" breakfast includes ceral, oatmeal, boiled eggs, yogurt, & toast (I've seen it - it's not much, but it's quick & free). This reservation is not paid for yet, so we could still change it. If everyone would rather, we could stay at the Hampton Inn for about $80 per night ($20 - $27 per person); that would include a hot breakfast. Let me know your opinions.

We plan to leave the hotel about 7:20 AM for a 7:40 arrival at the temple; the session starts at 8:10 AM. Those who are not attending the temple can go shopping. After the temple, we will go to Costco & wherever anyone else wants to go. Or breakfast/brunch. Or lunch after shopping. Suggestions welcome.

A few of us may need to be back to Sidney by 6 PM. If that is the case, my car will leave Billings about 2 PM. The other vehicle could come at their leisure.

Additional tickets to the play could still be purchased if others are interested (Mary Karren will already be in Billings if the roads are good; she may wish to go to the play with us & plans on buying a ticket closer to the date). Currently we have 8 people riding in the vehicles from Sidney. We have 9 people attending the play (not everyone coming is attending the play), and 9 or 10 people for the hotels rooms, with 8 to 11 people attending the temple! WE'RE GONNA HAVE A BLAST!! Call if you need more info! 488-1666; 480-4643