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rnmorg
Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Tue, 15th Jan '08 8:46 PM

SPLOOFUS BOOK CLUB: ARE YOU INTERESTED?

Erin0620 had a great idea to start a Sploofus book club. We can pick one book a month, then discuss. Perhaps we could even come up with quizzes on the book (Maybe a "Sploofus Book of the Month" Quiz Category??) when we finish. Just wondering who'all is interested and when you'd like to kick it off. Maybe after the Superbowl?

Robin

vdrake
Vdrake  (Level: 182.2 - Posts: 20)
Tue, 15th Jan '08 11:47 PM

Count me in - I'm interested!

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Wed, 16th Jan '08 2:08 AM

It sounds like an excellent idea. I don't have much time for pleasure reading - after proofreading our daily newspaper. But IF I ever retire, it's something I would definitely enjoy.

erin0620
Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Wed, 16th Jan '08 7:59 AM

Sign me up, great idea about the quizzes afterwards! Any ideas for the first book?

larefamiliaris
Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Wed, 16th Jan '08 8:56 AM

I'm up for that.

larefamiliaris
Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Wed, 16th Jan '08 8:58 AM

(psst! When is the Superbowl?)

rnmorg
Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Wed, 16th Jan '08 10:04 AM

LOL It's February 3rd. We can take the time between now and then to decide on which book we'll select, get our books, and begin reading. We can begin discussion on the book whenever and set a schedule to release quizzes if we decide to do so.

larefamiliaris
Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Wed, 16th Jan '08 12:29 PM

Cool.
(Now if someone would be so kind as to tell what a Superbowl is...)

rnmorg
Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Wed, 16th Jan '08 12:37 PM

Oh man, I am SO tempted to abuse your trusting nature, Martin LOL! Actually, the superbowl is the final playoff game of the season for American Football. It is generally played on a Sunday and enormous amounts of beer and buffalo wings and inappropriate body painting are associated with it.

spacecat
Spacecat  (Level: 159.0 - Posts: 667)
Wed, 16th Jan '08 12:46 PM

Martin
From the looks of it you are way up there. Top of the world. Superbowl on February 3rd 3PM EST. Being played at the University of Phoenix football (American football) Stadium. As for the book club ,it sounds like fun.

nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Wed, 16th Jan '08 1:06 PM

Robin .... Your buffalo fly????!!

lancaster
Lancaster  (Level: 228.1 - Posts: 176)
Wed, 16th Jan '08 1:27 PM

I'd like to join Sploofus book club.

frannie
Frannie  (Level: 96.2 - Posts: 68)
Wed, 16th Jan '08 2:05 PM

I'd love to join the book club. I'll be out of touch from Feb 5 through the 14th so please don't count me out if you don't hear from me. I'm in for sure. Frannie

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Wed, 16th Jan '08 2:56 PM

Depends on the book. I hate romance novels and the like.

papajensai
Papajensai  (Level: 193.5 - Posts: 1025)
Wed, 16th Jan '08 3:40 PM

What Lori said.

BTW, love that avatar.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Wed, 16th Jan '08 4:23 PM

Why Mr. Jenson, are you trying to seduce me?

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Wed, 16th Jan '08 4:24 PM

Sorry, I mean Dr. Jenson.



rnmorg
Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Wed, 16th Jan '08 4:38 PM

I don't really like romance novels myself. I am hoping that maybe we can get a nice alternating mix of classics and contemporaries; fiction and non-fiction alike. Maybe we should get an informal poll of our reading tastes (and distastes?)?

I read mostly non-fiction and some contemporary fiction. I like new, offbeat humorous types of books and I also listen to a lot of audiobooks. I was looking for a way to sort of categorize what I most read on some of the book sites I am on and this looked like the closest way; this is my "author cloud," weighted with the sort of authors I most read.

http://www.librarything.com/authorcloud.php?view=rnmorgan1

erin0620
Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Wed, 16th Jan '08 6:48 PM

I agree. Nothing with Fabio on the cover. We should probably try to make sure the books aren't too gender biased either way. I love classic lit. and contemporary fiction, but also enjoy nonfiction, as long as it's well written. Maybe everyone can make suggestions, and we can come up with a quick list to chose from or vote on. I just bought "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Anyone else have a good book lined up and waiting?

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Thu, 17th Jan '08 1:27 AM

Yes, count me in! I haven't read the thread yet but I don't care.

Brilliant idea! Wonder how come I never thought of it?

frannie
Frannie  (Level: 96.2 - Posts: 68)
Thu, 17th Jan '08 9:08 AM

Some of my favorites: 'Nicholas and Alexandra', Robert Massie. First read this years ago and have given it to so many people that I've had to buy it for myself several times. Would read it again. Steve Martin's autobio ready to read on plane to CA. Jon Katz writes stories about his life with various animals on Bedlam Farm. They are wonderful books. Also like lots of fiction: Harlan Coben is a favorite, especially his Myron Bolitar series. Carl Hiaasen is another 'offbeat and humorous author' I think you might like, Rnmorg. Both of these guys write mystery/humor genre. You probably already know them. For those of us who read to kids, 'The Diary of a Worm' and the others in that series are so much fun.

By the way, anybody who read 'The Glass Castle' by Jeannette Walls, she will be speaking in Findley, Ohio in April. Tickets only $5.00.

Started reading 'Rhett Butler's People', it's awful. Glad I bought it with a 46% off coupon. I'm looking forward to reading everyone's lists, Frannie

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Thu, 17th Jan '08 10:02 AM

I like nonfiction, humor and inspirational books. I won't read anything thick enough to use for a child's booster seat.

rnmorg
Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Thu, 17th Jan '08 11:37 AM

Frannie: All of those sound like EXCELLENT choices for a club with both men and women. Not so sure we could sell "The Deep End of Where the Heart in Ordinary Time Sparks Tara Road" to the guys all that easily

larefamiliaris
Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Thu, 17th Jan '08 12:14 PM

I'll read it - but only if we do Sun Tzu's 'The Art of War' next.
(Or failing that, "The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women", by John Knox - or 'Opportunity' as he's known here).

(emoticon-for-blowing-kisses)

And thanks for the heads up about your netball game in February.

zeedee
Zeedee  (Level: 224.7 - Posts: 1088)
Thu, 17th Jan '08 12:45 PM

I'm in.
I just started reading "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress." I like it so far. It's set during the Cultural Revolution in China.
Zeedee

larefamiliaris
Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Thu, 17th Jan '08 12:50 PM

Love that book Zeedee.

erin0620
Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Thu, 17th Jan '08 1:03 PM

Awesome! So, I'll post in Salty Dog that any other suggestions would be gladly accepted for the next week, then we can decide from the list, and it will give people a bit of time to go buy whatever is chosen. How about the 26th for cut off on suggestions? I'll compile a list and post it. People can vote on that thread for the "Book of the Month". Does this sound okay?

redwingchick
Redwingchick  (Level: 91.1 - Posts: 420)
Thu, 17th Jan '08 2:15 PM

Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende was phenomenal. It was on Oprah's Book List and I just finished it. Wonderful!

leeze83
Leeze83  (Level: 35.2 - Posts: 70)
Thu, 17th Jan '08 2:48 PM

Great idea! Would love to join in. Have just started "The Other Boleyn Girl" by Philippa Gregory, which is brilliant, and the movie comes out Feb 29th. Must finish it before watching the film!

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Thu, 17th Jan '08 2:51 PM

I want to read the hellbound heart by clive barker, that gets my vote.

leeze83
Leeze83  (Level: 35.2 - Posts: 70)
Thu, 17th Jan '08 2:51 PM

And martin, don't feel bad. I had no idea when the superbowl was either. for some reason i thought it was november (maybe thats some other american sport). I did, however know it was something to do with american football...

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.8 - Posts: 3302)
Thu, 17th Jan '08 6:08 PM

I'd like in, too, but I cannot promise to finish the book. I've never been part of a book club - and I've always felt like I'm missing something. But I am also missing a lot of time to read. So, I am definitely in if it is on audiobook (and my library has it).

Alice

missgeorge
Missgeorge  (Level: 63.0 - Posts: 388)
Thu, 17th Jan '08 6:23 PM

I think this is a great idea. Perhaps a book by James Patterson would be a fun place to start?

rnmorg
Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Thu, 17th Jan '08 8:53 PM

I went to the magic bookcase and chose 5 ideas to throw into the pot:

Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk (http://tinyurl.com/26lbbw)
Bimbos of the Death Sun by Sharyn McCrumb (http://tinyurl.com/2z2rke)
Coyote Blue by Christopher Moore (http://tinyurl.com/22rgv5)
2182 Kilohertz by David Masiel (http://tinyurl.com/2dbx4l)
The Wildest Dream: The Biography of George Mallory (http://tinyurl.com/2y75me)

I have not read these. I am the only person I know who has a library of over 200 unread books I tried to pick a mix of serious and non-serious, which was hard, because my tastes run to the oddball. Let me know what you all think.

Kathryn: You also proposed a James Patterson book; do you have one in mind?

Anyone else?

papajensai
Papajensai  (Level: 193.5 - Posts: 1025)
Thu, 17th Jan '08 9:16 PM

"...are you trying to seduce me?"

If you can seduce someone by getting them to think they're seducing you...well, this is art.



koota
Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Thu, 17th Jan '08 10:30 PM

Please count me in too!

I don't have a LOT of time to read, but I've found that books recommended by my friends from other book clubs have been excellent for the most part. I can't wait to see what we come up with.

I recently read "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" by Lisa See. It's probably a 'girl book', and may not be appropriate for a mixed gender group, but check it out if you're looking for something to read. It was educational, interesting, and thought-provoking.

vdrake
Vdrake  (Level: 182.2 - Posts: 20)
Thu, 17th Jan '08 10:53 PM

I've heard from an excellent source that the Memory Keepers Daughter and Water for Elephants is good. Also, a friend at work recently told me about the site Good Reads (http://www.goodreads.com/) a site you can use to keep track of books you are reading and want to read and books you want to recommend to friends. PM me if you are interested and I'll be glad to share my link with you. I've been working on Madeleine L'Engle's Wrinkle in Time series over the past week.

rnmorg
Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Thu, 17th Jan '08 11:21 PM

Whoa, thanks for giving me ANOTHER website to spend half my time at, Virginia! I'm signed up there as well; I'll send you a PM!

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 18th Jan '08 12:02 AM

Speaking of elephants, may I recommend The White Bone by Barbara Gowdy as a future read for the club? Anyone else read it?

http://www.amazon.com/White-Bone-Novel-Barbara-Gowdy/dp/0312264127

bravegator
Bravegator  (Level: 152.0 - Posts: 428)
Fri, 18th Jan '08 11:54 PM

Memory Keeper's Daughter was fabulous!!

Have we picked a book and a read by date/ I am in btw

rnmorg
Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Sat, 19th Jan '08 12:42 AM

Okay, well we may as well start, then! You've seen the choices up above, I'll nominate Smoke's book, The White Bone, which looks fascinating. Anyone second?

larefamiliaris
Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Sat, 19th Jan '08 5:41 PM

Seconded.

(er - does that mean I give up my job for a month & go and live in Florida?)

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sat, 19th Jan '08 6:23 PM

Just ordered it from Ebay for $4.13, including shipping.

phitzy1
Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Sat, 19th Jan '08 7:24 PM

I'm in! I'll pick it up at B&N (yeah, that's all I got)

When shall we discuss, how many chapters, all that?

I'm really looking forward to this...

erin0620
Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Sat, 19th Jan '08 9:12 PM

Awesome! So what our "read by" date?

joanneeberlin
Joanneeberlin  (Level: 184.5 - Posts: 686)
Sat, 19th Jan '08 10:20 PM

sounds good.

rnmorg
Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Sat, 19th Jan '08 11:29 PM

I'll tell you what. I haven't ordered it yet but why don't we all get it in our hands first, then we'll decide a good "read by" date. I'm thinking possibly by March 1st? Then we could get a batch of quizzes out. I don't want anyone to feel pressured ... this is part of the reason I have seen a lot of book clubs fail; people feel as though they are not keeping up and then just drop out. This should be fun! I read pretty quickly, but I'm usually not at a loss for words, so I'll blather on about the book as long as it takes! For those of you who do not have the book yet, http://www.addall.com is great for finding the lowest price on your books!

Robin

rnmorg
Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Sat, 19th Jan '08 11:39 PM

Woo hoo! I am psyched. I was able to get the book for free on http://www.paperbackswap.com. This is another good site for those of you who have a lot of books to trade. I've recommended it before. You post 9 books, and then they'll give you 2 free credits which you can use to select from books that are available. If they don't have the book you want, you can put it in your wishlist and as your turn comes up, it will be offered to you. If you have a book that someone requests, YOU send it out to them by media mail and you will get a credit for each book you mail. They have printable mailing labels and you can even purchase the postage online and just hand it to the mailman. The site is completely free, but there are different ways you can support the site by getting little extra services. If you go and sign up, I'd love it if you'd put my name down as the one who recommended you; I am 'Robinm' over there.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sun, 20th Jan '08 12:48 AM

Wow! That was so cool! Had no idea it would be snapped up that fast! Guess I better dig out my copy.

You'll all be glad to know it's an easy read that shouldn't put pressure on anyone.

Woohoo!

felix
Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Sun, 20th Jan '08 6:50 AM

"Print is dead."

----Egon Spengler

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.8 - Posts: 3302)
Sun, 20th Jan '08 7:09 AM

That book swap site looks amazing! Don't have time to do anything about it for a couple of weeks, but then I will amass all the stuff in the house.

My library has a great website, and they say they have it - so I will try for that copy.

Alice

larefamiliaris
Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Sun, 20th Jan '08 1:08 PM

Ordered it from Amazon.
And to illustrate how expensive the UK is...

I could've bought it for 50 pence (about 98 cents) from a US site, but spent $15 on postage. Bought for £2.75 ($5.50 ish) from a UK site, but charged more than $10 for postage. In my own damn country.
I should've just walked.

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Fri, 1st Feb '08 10:41 PM

I was given a copy of Paul Theroux's "The Elephanta Suite" for Christmas, but have not had a chance to start on it yet.

Has anybody read it, and what did you think of it?

~Bev

gpaulbailey
Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Sun, 3rd Feb '08 1:24 AM

The paperback book swap page looks interesting - but has the sender paying.

www.bookins.com has a system that costs more per book but includes hardback books and the person paying is the person receiving the book.

Here's my current list of things available
http://www.bookins.com/rssreader/trade/2MS8cN7cA/ (should be qty 40+)


rnmorg
Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Sun, 3rd Feb '08 3:49 AM

Hee hee! He has a book by "Hugh Johnson."

Paul,

You can actually send hardcover books through PBS as well, and I think it's a fairly balanced system whether paying for sending or otherwise. I would have been a lot more choosy of course if it were the other way around, considering I have sent 283 books, but received 382! (You can also purchase credits on PBS if you run out)

Robin

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Wed, 6th Feb '08 6:23 PM

Martin, I thought you worked at the library?!

I feel your pain, though. British postage is extortion.

Bev, I hadn't even heard of that one but I'm a Theroux fan from way back. I'll deffo be getting it.

rnmorg
Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Wed, 6th Feb '08 6:35 PM

I finished the White Bone and now am reading "Water for Elephants" (love to stick to those themes!)

larefamiliaris
Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Thu, 7th Feb '08 3:43 AM

Smokey - library doesn't have it.

And I'm still waiting on the damn thing arriving!


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