Thursday, November 27, 2014

Re: Schedule info

Works for me!

On Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 5:42 PM, Kristine Gifford <kristinelouisa@gmail.com> wrote:
That works for me!

On Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 2:53 PM, sharonandbart@netzero.net <sharonandbart@netzero.net> wrote:
Okay, right now it isn't looking like many of you can come together on a convenient time for book discussion in December.

What do you say to waiting and having the discussion on January 9th. Let me know if that is a possibility.

Sharon
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Re: Schedule info

That works for me!

On Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 2:53 PM, sharonandbart@netzero.net <sharonandbart@netzero.net> wrote:
Okay, right now it isn't looking like many of you can come together on a convenient time for book discussion in December.

What do you say to waiting and having the discussion on January 9th. Let me know if that is a possibility.

Sharon
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Schedule info

Okay, right now it isn't looking like many of you can come together on a convenient time for book discussion in December.

What do you say to waiting and having the discussion on January 9th. Let me know if that is a possibility.

Sharon
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Re: Little Women Book Discussion Dec. Schedule

I am out of town 12 - 14; 22 - 2.  

On Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 2:20 PM, sharonandbart@netzero.net <sharonandbart@netzero.net> wrote:
Hey Gals,

What are your holiday schedules like for getting together before Christmas for a book discussion of Little Women.  Or should we do it the first part of January?
The 12th of December could be a possibility for me at my house. Do we need more time to finish reading too?
Let me know all of you who are regular participants and help me form a plan.

Thanks,

Sharon
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Re: Little Women Book Discussion Dec. Schedule

I will be out of town from the 8th - 15th.  No other plans for me for visiting out of town.  I can do it any other weekend.
Kris

On Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 2:20 PM, sharonandbart@netzero.net <sharonandbart@netzero.net> wrote:
Hey Gals,

What are your holiday schedules like for getting together before Christmas for a book discussion of Little Women.  Or should we do it the first part of January?
The 12th of December could be a possibility for me at my house. Do we need more time to finish reading too?
Let me know all of you who are regular participants and help me form a plan.

Thanks,

Sharon
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Little Women Book Discussion Dec. Schedule

Hey Gals,

What are your holiday schedules like for getting together before Christmas for a book discussion of Little Women. Or should we do it the first part of January?
The 12th of December could be a possibility for me at my house. Do we need more time to finish reading too?
Let me know all of you who are regular participants and help me form a plan.

Thanks,

Sharon
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Christmas Book Club Party/Meeting

Hi Ladies,
I was thinking along with talking about "Little Women" we could perhaps have a Christmas Party! Maybe do an Ugly Christmas Sweater contest, bring our favorite Holiday foods and do a Gift Exchange - white elephant or maybe pick a $$ limit - like buy the coolest gift you can find for under $5.00. We could possibly do a Cookie Exchange with just our group. We would have to have commitments up front with a firm date, but there's usually about 8 of us so making 8 dozen cookies wouldn't be too bad.  Just some ideas I was thinking about and rolling around in my brain.  Let us all know your preferences, dates that might work for you, etc.

Kris

Monday, October 27, 2014

Book Selection

We will be reading Little Women by Louisa May Alcott over the holidays. It is a longer book and so we may not be able to have a book group in November. Lets find a date to have a Christmas book group discussion. Or even an early January date if members are too busy over the holidays.

Sharon

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Dressing Up Discussion

Dracula book group discussion
Our book group discussion was super fun since we could incorporate the Halloween season into our reading. Back: Kris as Sybil Trelawny, Bailey-cheerleader/football player, Joyce is a farmer, Linda is Mrs. Molly Weasley, Sharon is female dracula, Front row: Kayleen Ti Kwan Do/fighter, Peggy Ann is Cruella De Vile, Lorraine is a red witch.
Yummy food and a Ghostly table to eat at. We dined on tacos crawling with spiders, spicy squash/corn spider web chowder, bones and blood, Apple snicker salad, veggie pizza, devilish spider eggs, speghetti squash speghetti. Not to mention the Singapore divinity- special, brownie bites and no bake cookies. Did you see the mice infestation.
Playing games.

The sisters.

Draw and guess the Halloween word.


Or act out the Halloween word.

Kneeling and drawing.

Performance art.
This is a fun book group. We enjoyed a PBS version of Dracula after all the games and eating were finished. It was interesting and not as scary as our more modern versions of horror movies.  We definitely noticed that the technology for movie making has come a long way as well as acrylic vampire fingernails. Still the movie did a fair job of staying close to the book.  Stay tuned for the next book selection.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Movie for our meeting?

I just finished reading the book. Definitely a horror story! I've researched all of the movies, & no way do I want to watch any of them! How about "Hocus Pocus" or " Practical Magic" or something? Any other suggestions? Has anyone seen "Halloweentown"? I haven't seen it, but it sounds like something I would like.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

New Dracula Movie

Hey Gals,

I just saw a preview for a new Dracula movie last night that is suppose to be coming out on October 10th 'Dracula Untold'. If it comes to our city does anyone want to plan on going to it? I don't think it will be at all like the book but by the title it sounds like it could be what happened to Dracula that made him the way he was. We should invite our hubbies so we can hang on to them during the scary parts.

Sharon
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

More on Jane Eyre

If you want to read what others thought of Jane Eyre you can go to Good reads and catch some of the things we didn't have time to talk about that others who read the book thought were worth discussing.
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/557991-the-outcome-of-jane-eyre--choices-versus-fate

I like reading comments because some are so profound and insightful.

Fun time at the Discussion

Thank you, all of you "Super" Busy Gals who came to the book discussion of Jane Eyre at Lorraine's house. And a big THANK YOU to Lorraine for hosting. Everything was wonderful as usual, you all never disappoint on the food. I need to start bringing my camera to these discussions to get a picture of all of us (and the food).
We were happy to have eight altogether in this group. It was hard to cover all the things we wanted to discuss before we had to start the movie which was 2+ hours long. Everyone brought to the discussion their own interesting perspectives, thanks for participating.
We took a break half way through the movie to enjoy dessert which was fresh and awesome, Lorraine made a luscious peach cheese cake and Bobby made cheese cake hors d'oeurves topped with a fresh raspberry, yum.
The movie was pretty good for the length it was, limiting the amount of the book that was in it. For many of us we would have liked a bit more content of the book in the end. I personally missed his disclosure of their pschyic connection, that for me was affirmation of their spiritual connection which they talked about in conversation. We all agreed that this book was a big THUMBS UP!
We are anticipating our next discussion for Dracula coming October 24th at Kris' house.  We will be wearing costumes so be thinking what you will dress up as and come prepared to discuss the book and get your pants scared off watching the movie. It will be so much fun.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Book Discussion

Book group is tomorrow at Lorraine's at 6:00pm. Come and enjoy the discussion and food.
Sharon
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Reading Jane

Hey there Classic Reading Society Gals!

Sorry I've dropped the ball on the blog posting I hope you can forgive me.

We have had a great summer and enjoyed reading and listening to The Mayor of Casterbridge. We enjoyed the book discussion at Kris' house and finished watching the movie.

Our next couple of book picks were selected earlier and so I guess I thought most of you knew what the selections were. If you were one who didn't know I am sorry.

Currently we are reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, the date and time of the discussion hasn't been determined that I know.


For October we had decided it would be fun to read Dracula and have a book discussion Halloween party. So, as soon as you finish reading Jane Eyre start reading Dracula by Bram Stoker. OOOooOOOhhh, scary.

Wear a costume to the discussion.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Looking forward to movie night tonight! I have eggs if anyone needs some! Peggy Ann

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Summer Experiment

Dear Busy Gals Classic Reading Society Members,

Our next selection will be The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy. There is an audiobook version you can listen too if you want.
I thought as I was out walking that some of you might not want to be tied down by reading a long book over this summer. By listening this would give you the option of being outdoors, exercising, working around the house or listening while you commuted to work etc.
Let me know if you would like to download the audiobook. There is a free version to read on Kindle and probably other places on the internet to read also.
With those who attended the last discussion we came up with  August 8th to discuss this book. Watch for more information or if the dates change.

Sharon

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Location Change

Dear Busy Gals Classic Reading Society Members,

There is a location change, rather than meeting at Lorraine's home we will be meeting at Kris' at 6 pm.

Also, please bring any MP3 or WMA device you have. We will download the book on it and you can listen to it for this coming selection. It will be fun, you can listen to it while you exercise, do your yard or garden work or listen to it while you travel this next month.

Come and find out what our next book is. You can read along as you listen. This selection is free on Amazon Kindle download.

See you tomorrow night at Kris'.

Sharon

 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

On Schedule

Hey Gals!

We are on schedule for this Friday, June 20th at Lorriane's home starting at 6 pm.
The menu is open to interpretation or personal desire as to what you would like to bring. It should be a fun night. See you there.

Sharon

Friday, May 30, 2014

Mark Your Calendars

Dear Busy Gals Classic Reading Society members,

It has been decided to have our discussion on The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, on June 20th. Please mark your calendars for that evening to have our discussion.

This selection will be quick so there is plenty of time to finish before we discuss it.

Lorraine said you can bring what ever you would like for the meal.

Thanks,
Sharon

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Let's Go "Wilde" Again

Dear Busy Gals Classic Reading Society Members,

Our next selection is another Oscar Wilde classic The Importance of Being Earnest.

Lorraine will be hosting this one and since it is a short play she reminded me that there are abridged versions that you may happen upon but we are reading the unabridged version so keep that in mind when you are looking for your copy to read. This book can be found on the internet in many cost free ways. I believe there is a free version for the Kindle.

With summer coming on and vacations planned we are looking ahead right now to scheduling a discussion for this book. We have June 20th or June 27th as possible dates to have the book read by. Please let Lorraine know which date will work for you.

Thanks,
Sharon

Evening and Discussion of The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Dear Busy Gals Classic Reading Society Members,

We had a very enjoyable time with Joyce at the last book discussion of 'The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. We always have such wonderful food to eat.  There was teriyaki pot roast with vegetables, fried chicken tenders, Irish soda bread, finger sandwich wraps, gnocchi with pesto, tortellini with Alfredo sauce, fruit trees-a clever artistic fruit salad.

The discussion could have gone on all night. We did watch the movie, an old production of the book with only one actress that I recognized. Agnes Moorehead the mother of Samantha Stephens from 'Bewitched'. The movie makers really took liberties with the story and we hardly recognized the story when they finished with it.

Still, that is always fun to see what happens to a book when it is made into a film. Being such a long book it would have been a mini series if they had made it exactly like the book, I like them that way too. That is the way this book group is. We like to read the book then watch the movie, sometimes the movie is better than the book and sometimes it is the other way around.  At any rate most of us enjoyed the many facets of this story.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Dining With Joyce and Discussing the Book

This is Sharon, I am posting a comment that Joyce put on the blog. She has not been able to submit a post yet, only a comment. We will try and fix that so she can. So, here is her comment about what she is preparing and her suggestion for the book discussion May 16th at 6:00 pm at her home. 

Joyce: "I am preparing a traditional main dish of England or(the British) because of the setting of this book. It will be pot roast with carrots and potatoes. Please give me an idea of what you may be bringing.
Traditional English dishes have had competition from other dishes over the years. Despite this, if you visit England, you can still be served up the traditional foods we have been eating for years.
"Harry’s mouth fell open. The dishes in front of him were now piled with food. He had never seen so many things he liked to eat on one table: roast beef, roast chicken, pork chops and lamb chops, Yorkshire pudding, peas, carrots, gravy, ketchup and, for some strange reason, mint humbugs."
 


"Thank you so much for your patience.
I look forward seeing you all."


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Monday, May 5, 2014

Pinning Down a Discussion Date

Dear Busy Gals Classic Reading Society Members,

It is time to pin down a date for us to discuss our current book selection. So, finish up your reading and lets try to get together on May 16th at Joyce's for the discussion.  Please let us know if that date won't work for you. We really want our devoted readers to attend and contribute to the discussion. Call either me or Joyce and let us know what your schedule is like so we can get together.

Thanks,
Sharon

PS. Watch for another post on what Joyce wants us to bring for the dining portion of our book discussion evening.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

FW: Your Post for the Classic Book Blog


 

From: sharonandbart@netzero.net
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:18:18 +0000
To: nannyjojo1@msn.com
Subject: Your Post for the Classic Book Blog

I have really been struggling with getting this out to everyone. I am not very computer savyEmoji. I have been concerned about if every one has had sufficient tine to read the book, 'The Woman in White'. I have just finished it and truly enjoyed it. I am anxious to hear your thoughts and feelings. Please let me know if you need more time! I am preparing a traditional main dish of England or( the British) because of the setting of this book. It will be pot roast with carrots and potatoes. Please give me an idea of what you may be bringing. Traditional English dishes have had competition from other dishes over the years. Despite this, if you visit England, you can still be served up the traditional foods we have been eating for years. "Harry's mouth fell open. The dishes in front of him were now piled with food. He had never seen so many things he liked to eat on one table: roast beef, roast chicken, pork chops and lamb chops, Yorkshire pudding, peas, carrots, gravy, ketchup and, on


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Monday, March 31, 2014

Ladies of the Busy Gals Classic Reading Society,

We had a technical difficulty I think.  So, I am very sorry to have delayed you in reading the next book pick.

Our next book selection is 'The Woman in White' by Wilkie Collins. Our host for this book is Joyce. She is mindful of the length of time it will require to read this book.  And since many of you have just found out the selection she and I along with all of you who are reading will need to determine when we can finish it and have a discussion. Hopefully, we can get as many of you to the next book discussion as possible. 

We are very happy that you all are reading.
Sincerely,
Sharon

Thursday, February 27, 2014

We certainly know how to enjoy ourselves! Thanks Kris for the beautiful table settings, and thanks everyone for the savory food!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Date Change!

Hi Everyone,
I totally forgot that Sharon and I had talked about changing book group to this Thursday, the 27th as there is no school on Friday and Sharon already had plans because of it. Please let me know if that works for you. If not, we will try the first Friday in March.

Kris

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Book Club Night!

Hi Everyone!
Hope you are enjoying "The Screwtape Letters."  I've been marking and highlighting so many great passages that I'm looking forward to sharing with you!

I only heard from one person about what night to meet so unless several more of you have conflicts let's plan on this coming Friday, February 28th at 6:00pm at my house. Please let me know if are coming or not so I know you saw this post. If I don't hear from you I will send you a text so I know who to plan for.

Since the book takes place in England it might be fun to have food for tea time. I will get a couple different herb teas and make some hot apple cider.  Here's a link to a Pinterest page that looks yummy:

http://www.pinterest.com/kellylhardy/food-tea-time-recipes/

I found this also:

"The Afternoon tea traditionally starts with savoury finger-sized sandwiches filled with smoked salmon, cucumber, or egg and mustard cress. These are followed by scones with jam and cream (clotted cream in Devon and Cornwall), and finally, a selection of cakes served on tiered cake stands. Variations on the menu may include the serving of English Muffins , thinly sliced, hot buttered toast or crumpets. "

So be creative and have fun! Maybe let me know what you are planning on bringing so we have a well rounded teatime with sweets and savories. Please feel free to bring whatever you'd like - this is just a suggestion.

Hope to see you all Friday!

Kris






Friday, January 31, 2014

More on Why We Read the Classics

Gals,

I was reading on one of my favorite blogs called Middle-aged Mormon Man and what he wrote made me feel so good about what our book group has been doing for the last five years . This is titled 'Thou Shalt Not Be Clueless'
http://middleagedmormonman.com/home/2014/01/thou-shalt-not-be-clueless.html

I hope we are less clueless now than we were five years ago because we read.

Sharon

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

Hi Everyone!
Thanks for a great evening at Tammy's last weekend as we watched the remaining two hours of "North and South" and discussed the book.  I went reread the last couple of chapters of the book to see how it compared to the movie and it was somewhat different but just as abrupt!

Our next selection is by C.S. Lewis - "The Screwtape Letters".  Here's a short summary from Wikipedia:

The Screwtape Letters is a satirical Christian apologetic novel written in epistolary style by C. S. Lewis, first published in book form in February 1942. The story takes the form of a series of letters from a senior Demon Screwtape to his nephew Wormwood, a Junior Tempter. The uncle's mentorship pertains to the nephew's responsibility for securing the damnation of a British man known only as "the Patient".

 And here's a little information about C.S. Lewis:

"Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963), commonly called C. S. Lewis and known to his friends and family as "Jack", was a novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, and Christian apologist. Born in Belfast,Ireland, he held academic positions at both Oxford University (Magdalen College), 1925–1954, and Cambridge University (Magdalene College), 1954–1963. He is best known both for his fictional work, especially The Screwtape LettersThe Chronicles of Narnia, andThe Space Trilogy, and for his non-fiction Christian apologetics, such as Mere ChristianityMiracles, and The Problem of Pain.
Lewis and fellow novelist J. R. R. Tolkien were close friends. Both authors served on the English faculty at Oxford University, and both were active in the informal Oxford literary group known as the "Inklings". According to his memoir Surprised by Joy, Lewis had been baptized in the Church of Ireland (part of the Anglican Communion) at birth, but fell away from his faith during his adolescence. Owing to the influence of Tolkien and other friends, at the age of 32 Lewis returned to the Anglican Communion, becoming "a very ordinary layman of the Church of England".[1] His faith had a profound effect on his work, and his wartime radio broadcasts on the subject of Christianity brought him wide acclaim."

We often hear C.S. Lewis quoted in General Conference so I thought it would be well worth our time to become more familiar with him, as the General Authorities quote him so frequently. There is no movie of this book (although I did read about a stage play that was made from this it), but there is are a couple of excellent movies about C.S. Lewis and his life. One is called "Shadowlands" and stars Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger. I couldn't get a copy of this one. The other one is called "Through the Shadowlands" which won over a dozen presitigous awards including the International Emmy for Best Drama and two British Academy Awards.  I was able to get a copy of it.
I purchased a Kindle annotated copy of this book for about $13 on Amazon, but there are lots of used copies available for about $3.00. Here's a link:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=the+screwtape+letters

It's not a very long book, so would the end of February work for getting togther for a discussion? I'll be out of town for part of the month, but will be back by the 18th. We could get together either February 21st or 28th. Let me know how those dates work for all of you.

Happy Reading!
Kris