Friday Free For All

Hello.   How long has it been since I treated you to a random spouting of whatever is on my mind?    I think I could yap for many words this morning AND still keep it about books.     Got LOTS to say, it seems, and of course, all my sentence/thoughts are TOO LONG for Twitter.  😛   Besides, sometimes yelling into the Twitter void is loneliness-inducing.    I’ll say something and no one reacts.   So I just fell silly.   Like I’m in a room full of people shouting something (not) profound; everyone keeps right on talking.    Even worse, is the feeling that everyone stops for just a silent second to glance at me and then resumes talking.   Twitter CAN be intimidating, admit it. (yes, I do know that I should just jump in and react to someone else’s tweet – gotta be a friend to have a friend…)

See?  I’ve already rambled on and have barely even started.

I am now reading Night by Elie Wiesel;  inspired by my finishing The Book Thief (and the fact that Night is less than 200 pages, who am I kidding?!)       I have a confession.   Of course, I knew this book was about his time in the Nazi concentration camps but I didn’t realize it was about his crisis of faith.    I don’t know why this gives me pause, but it is sobering and somber and quietly dread-full.       I think I might have to seek out Viktor Frankel’s Man’s Search for Meaning as a counterpoint/companion read next.   How did I get on a Holocaust themed book run?

On a lighter note, I decided I could very well pop in an audio book to help Jen celebrate her Audio Week Extravaganza!    So I’m halfway through listening to Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson and I am IN LOVE with the setting!    What a wonderful NYC book!   I’m fond of this book already; fond of the main character and her family.

Which brings me to a question that you may want to address in a comment if you so wish:     Does it intimidate you to see the HOURS of LISTENING on an audio book case as compared to a book’s page count?     It does me.      So, when I saw that Suite Scarlett is NINE hours, I thought “OK, quite do-able.”    and yet, I *know* that I can read about 50-60 pages an hour and could if I wanted to convert a book reading time to hours, but I never do.

On similar note (maybe), I downloaded the audio of The Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace and the key-card doesn’t tell me how many hours it is.   WHY do you think I assume it is many?   Many like is LOTS?    I’m scared to look up the page count…    I was about to write another sentence with a form of the word ‘intimidation’ in it and that’s just silly.   I have to get over what that word means!

Which reminds me of that quote by Eleanor Roosevelt:

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

I am hoping to put together a pre-discussion post of  questions for Franny & Zooey – I suppose, I should write a review, too – and just wanted to let you know that I ended up liking it very much.    Not what I was expecting to after the first 40 pages.   In fact, I may have to re-read the Franny section.    I didn’t do a good job of taking notes so I might have to re-read the whole thing…   oh well.

I’m also reminded that I need a button.  and a note in my sidebar.   And I want to thank Florinda for sharing the link to the kickoff in one of her announcement posts!

AND.     For August 10, I hereby announce the book will be Fingersmith by Sarah Waters.

Maree is hosting a discussion/readalong of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods on July 10th, too.   I got the book! I’ve been saying I need to read some NG for years now.

Jenny over at Jenny’s Books will be celebrating Diana Wynne Jones (an author I had never heard of until I started to read Jenny’s blog which you should read, too) – check out her announcement of that special week here.   I want to read Howl’s Moving Castle or Eight Days of Luke.

Have I also shared that we are planning on vacation for July 10th (the F&Z discussion) and it is extremely possible that I won’t have internet access on that date?!?!??!?!?     I’m sticking my head in the sand and refusing to acknowledge this possibility.   DRAT IT ALL.    I can’t go and tell the Hub to cancel vacation because I screwed up and scheduled an internet chat, now can I?     Well, I wish I could but he’ll just turn around and ask me how much money I’m making on this blog-thing and ha-ha…   I’ll see what I can do.   Maybe I can get that I-Pad thingy figured out by then?   It’s on my list of to-do’s before July 4th.

What else, what else?    I had a brain full of topics to address!  Where did they go?

I received Making the Rounds with Oscar by David Dosa, MD from my new-friend-from-BEA Esme at Chocolate & Croissants (thank you!) which she was so wonderfully generous to send me because I was complaining that I couldn’t find this book in LARGE PRINT.    (The one she sent isn’t in large print, either – I don’t think they printed an LP edition.)   My desire was that I wanted to get this for the library at the HOME FOR THE AGED where I volunteer and the residents prefer Large Print.     (It’s the largest Large Print library on the southcoast of Massachusetts!)

Finally, I leave you with a photo of a DOG named Oscar.


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The Inaugural Meeting of Care’s Online Book Club

Welcome, welcome!

I’m so glad you could all come to the kickoff meeting for my Online Book Club.     You’re all curious, aren’t you.   Yes, yes.  Me, too.   You see, I’ve been happily posting and yapping at books here for almost 3 years now and so when people who don’t know me asked me at the Book Blogger Convention*, “How does your Online Book Club work?   What are you reading now?”

I expect they were a bit taken aback by my the blank stare,   “Huh?”

Then, they might have been frightened by the smoke and grinding of wheels turning as I thought to myself, “Heck yea!   I should seriously give serious thought to what the heck I’m doing over here at MY Book Club!!”

Originally, I set this up for a place for my family to come together and discuss a book since we live scattered over the entire United States.   But no one else (related to me) quite ‘got’ it.   They would ‘forget’ to visit this blog.   I couldn’t seem to make it a scheduled event.   It turned into just one more blog that was bookish in theme.    (I do wonder why I love this so and what I’m doing this for….)

Well, I’m going to try it again.   The idea of a book club.  Online.   With strangers!   (YOU.)

Here’s my plan,  it’s all very tentative but I’m sure it’ll come together somehow.    On the TENTH of every month, I will ANNOUNCE a book.         Anyone who wants to read that book will come back one month later and we will discuss.       REVOLUTIONARY CONCEPT, wouldn’t you agree!?!    (Why have I never done this before?     Head slap.)

Oh, we’ve done the read-alongs and scheduled times to discuss but this here is truly the “Care’s Book of the Month” idea.      And if no one participates, that’s fine.   It will at least legitimize myself (to me) and people that I meet when I explain that

“my blog’s name is Care’s Online Book Club and this month we’re discussing __________.”

Golly, I feel like I’m creating my elevator speech!

Anyone want to work on a button?      Want me to get on with it already and pick a book?     Fine.     I just started Franny & Zooey by JD Salinger so that’s the July selection.       I’m going to need bigtime help with this one because it seems to be about intellectualism in the 50s; I’m so outside my world-of-reference.     I’m feeling a bit bored and annoyed with the smugness and the never-ending lighting of cigarettes — I’m only 30 pages in.     I worry I’ll give up.

OK, that’s it, then.   Meeting adjourned.

JULY 10 – Franny & Zooey by J.D. Salinger.      Be here or be square. Or be here and prove you ARE square.

The blurb at says:      

“The author writes: Franny came out in The New Yorker. [and something else that didn’t cut&paste right but basically, this is a short story and a novella and published in the magazine…] Both stories are early, critical entries in a narrative series I’m doing about a family of settlers in twentieth-century New York, the Glasses. It is a long-term project, patently an ambitious one, and there is a real-enough danger, I suppose, that sooner or later I’ll bog down, perhaps disappear entirely, in my own methods, locutions, and mannerisms. On the whole, though, I’m very hopeful. I love working on these Glass stories, I’ve been waiting for them most of my life, and I think I have fairly decent, monomaniacal plans to finish them with due care and all-available skill.”

Wiki has a page on this book that I’m debating if I should read or not.    ANYONE VOTE THAT I SHOULD?   and/or that I don’t give up on this?!

I don’t see that this won any awards;   it IS on the list of the 1000+ books to read before you die.   Would this be considered a classic?   I don’t quite know the definition of what is a true ‘classic’ but since that other book** by Mr. Salinger would seem to be a classic, I’m just wondering.   I’m reading it for my John Cusack Reading Challenge.

I hope you join me.    Or wait and see what next month’s book will be.   I’m not doing a Mr. Linky and there will be no prizes.   EXTREMELY informal.    When I get a button created (I can do my own buttons, I think, but I won’t deny anyone the pleasure.)  I can then have something official on my sidebar that I can point to and say, “See?!   I really DO have a book club.”

Do I hear crickets?    Suggestions?    Tiddlypom?!?

*  I had a GREAT time!
**  The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger


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