My agenda for today’s
meeting post is as follows:
Whatever Else I Think Of That Doesn’t Fit in Any Previously Mentioned Category
Hello! Hello! Happy SnowStorm up in my ol’ prior place of living!! (They got a storm if you didn’t hear) and I was not sad to miss it. I enjoyed all the Facebook posts and pics, I really did. We had sunshine and almost warm? It was 45 degrees so it was fine with me.
I finished Sister Carrie last week and I really enjoyed it. I can tell that Mr. Dreiser was an original thinker – at least compared to my grandparents, maybe? He was bold and he was moralistic but he was also a free-thinker about lots of stuff and I really enjoyed how the story played.
The “Oh Carrie! Oh Carrie!!” at the very end was TERRIFIC!! Am thinking some of that paragraph would make a good epitaph on my pink marble headstone some 40+ years hence. I loved that piece so much that I found the free audiobook online and zoomed forward just to hear the last few paragraphs of the book. This is MY kind of classic: historical, dramatic, bold. I was surprised. I think I say that a LOT. Why do we think this classics are going to be boring or dry?!?! Oh We Silly TwentyFirstCenturions….
More on this — I hope! If somebody wants to volunteer a post for a Sister Carrie #CarrieAlong Readalong Summation — even if in February!!, let me know and we will gather there and share, converse, chat, kibbitz, etc. Or we can set a date and tweet and/or do a watchalong of the movie. It’s on Amazon Prime, fyi…
I joined a book club. My local library has a book club and I crashed it for January. They were most surprised! Don’tcha love it? Of course, they were!! When I stopped by in December, the librarians thrust Invisible: in my hand and I read it and I really didn’t like it much. But — of course!! — I went to the library chat! That’s how I roll. I was the youngest person there but I am embarrassed* to say that I wasn’t the youngest by much. I’m getting old and I do NOT like it. I just might be the kind of person who boycotts my own surprise birthday party that I plan just in case no one thinks to surprise me with one. Actually one reason why I moved is because I both require and dread a surprise 50th birthday party in equal measure. I am SUCH a Gemini. (insert dramatic sigh here).
This book club had a moderator! We actually talked about the book!! Crazy. Good times. I loved it. We are going to read The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd for next time. The library provides the books! Again, shock and awe. AWESOME. Funny story: the library tried to give the group The Good Earth ** by Pearl S Buck but they insisted that the library had the list wrong or misunderstood. They are certain that the next book was to be The Good _(something I forget)_ by one of those ‘popler’*** authors that I can’t ever remember…
So far, Invention of Wings is really good!!!! I’m 20% in or so. Also , must say, I really like all the improvements that goodreads.com rolls out. They are working for me.
MORE. I have two more book clubs I am going to “sample” to see if I
like the ladies – OH! that sounds horrible! if I ‘click’ with the clubbers?! can I say that??!!?! I have to read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry before Feb 5 – yikes! And also, The Husband’s Secret before Feb 20. THAT I can do because it will be my next audiobook.
yes, yes, I still have to apply for teaching jobs. I’m ON it!!
Last Friday was PIE DAY. I do hope you all got some pie. I made a coffee pudding with meringue which unfortunately sounds better than it was (but the pudding part was orgasmic – yes I said that.) and I also made a Curry Vegetable Pie which was QUITE GOOD (please say that out loud with a Brit accent) but unfortunately was not photo worthy.
June 9 is Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day – you all should be aware of this.
I just finished Shakespeare’s The Winter Tale on audio. I like Shakespeare, I do. I love the flow and rhythm and language of Shakespeare. Remarkable on some many literary levels, it astounds me. I wish I could have cultivated an appreciation for Dear Bill while a teen. But, alas, I did not. (I blame that on the death of my Thespian ambitions in Junior High, oh well.)
First, I know NOTHING about this play. I had to look up what it all meant during listening. I do now want to see a live performance.
I am counting this as my
non review and for the Classics Challenge. I liked it and give it 4 stars. It’s only 3 hours if anyone also needs a good play classic!!! Actually, it really was well done. Did I mention -oops- Sir John Gielgud. yes~?~
I went to a Garden Information Night Event at the library. It was a North Carolina Extension presentation. They told me what plants I can plant when – very exciting! I’m excited! I want to grow beets and garlic and tomatoes and other yummies.
I’m also obsessed with house plants. I had to give most of mine away in the move because it was too much stress to move them. I deposited many with good friends. Hope they are adjusted and loved. I’m accumulating more and hope I can do well. I don’t have the best of a green thumb but I do love house plants. You are supposed to have a house plant for every 10 square feet of house, you know. Best for clean air.
I really thought I had more to say. Guess not. Anyone have any questions? Any motions to adjourn?
* Should be embarrassed to even to attempt bragging about being the youngest – what does this mean?!
** “There’s a life force to this book that a review can’t capture.” <– I said that in my review. Huh.
*** POPLER = popular. Something adorable my cute second cousin uttered when she was about 9 yo and telling her mother that everyone just seemed to like her….