Better Late Than Never

While talking with my sister on the phone this moring, I realized that I had forgotten to post some discussion questions about last months book, “Like Water For Chocolate”by Laura Esquirel.   I had been ill with a terrible flu the week I was supposed to start posting questions so I do apologize for not getting these on sooner.

1)  First of all let me ask you if you believe that Tita is a strong female figure and a feminist character? 

2)  The three De La Garza sisters possess differing personalities.  By tracing their trajectories through the course of the novel, discuss the way each sister embodies a female stereotype.  What statement might the author be making through these types about options in the lives of women?

3)  What does the novel tell us about the domestic life of women?

4)  How is fire used as a symbol in the book? 

5)  Discuss the importance of the narrator. 

6)  What is the significance of the many physical illnesses that plague characters throughout the novel? 

My sister had a great idea of incorporating recipes into this part of the post.  If you have any recipes/dishes that turn you and/or your lover on then please share them here.  Maybe you will get inspired by another’s recipe and find that it works for you too!  This could be very interesting so please, as you leave a comment take a moment to tell us and share your favorite “love” recipe. 

(All the discussions questions came from http://www.sparknotes.com/ )

Eat Pray Love & O

This summer while I was in Singapore, I picked up Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and started reading it along with a million other people on this planet.  Well, if you have read it you know what all the hype is about but if you have not read it then check out  Oprah‘s web site because last Friday(it aired today, October 8th in Oki and will repeat tonight at 11pm on AFN Prime) Oprah had author Liz Gilbert on her show to discuss her experiences which she put down on paper and shared with us through her book. 

One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

My “real life” book club, Lit & the Island, will be reading this book in December.  It’s an easy read and the first section that takes place in Italy totally made me want to go to Italy and drink wine and eat, eat, eat till my clothes didn’t fit anymore too. 

Books are my second love…. Music is my first!

Many of you may know that my favorite thing in the whole world is MUSIC.  I was born with the gift of singing and have been doing so since I can remember.  I love to discover new and old bands/artists who move me with their music.  Sometimes I am lucky enough to see music played live by the bands/artists that make my world go round.  Though not since living here in Oki.  Karaoke is about it though I have a great friend who plays a killer acoustic guitar and who’s voice kicks major ass. 

Anyway, one of my favorite East Coast bands is TheVeltz Family (formally known as Cecilia, The Band).  I hope they will be playing in the D.C. area over Christmas this year so I can catch them while we are visiting the fam.  Another of my favorite bands, who reside from Richmond, VA and I have seen at least fifteen times from D.C. to Denver is The Pat McGee Band (PMB).  Both bands have a rich acoustic sound to their music but can totally rock it out and make your feet move and your heart sing.  The band that I love with all my heart is of course my beloved Dave Matthews Band  (DMB). 

If you have a favorite local band from where you are from and you would like to share them with us please do so.  I will try to make an effort to review albums as I fall in love with them and share my thoughts with you. 

If you haven’t gotten your copy yet…

… you can go to the NY Times Magazine article titled “After Life” by Joan Didion that is an excerpt from her book, “The Magical Year of Thinking”.  I am still finishing up my other book club selection, “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter”by Kim Edwards but I am really looking forward to reading TYOMT when I’m done. 

The Memory Keeper's Daughter

If you have thoughts on TYOMT as you are reading it, please feel free to share them with us.  I hope you are enjoying the new site here and find it easier to access.  I have been playing around and learning some of the bells and whistles that WordPress offers me as the administer.  I am really loving the tool that allows me to link to other web sites through the post.  I also like what I’m finding in other WordPress blogs. 

I hope your weekend is going well.  Check ya later!

And the October Book Is….

The Year of Magical Thinking

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion with 58% of the vote.  This is a true story written by a woman about the year following the death of her husband.  I have had a copy of this book on my shelf for a few months now and am looking forward to reading it with you. 

This book was recently made into a play that is playing on Broadway staring Vanessa Redgrave.  I would love to see this show but being that I live in Okinawa right now, I don’t see that happening.  I also came across an article in the New York Times about this book.  In it the columnist assures us that though the book is about tragic events that occurred in this woman’s family, it is an uplifting and inspiring read. 

I hope you enjoy it.  I also hope that for those of you who voted for one of the other selections this month, that you find the time to read that book too. 

So Much To Read… Sooo Much To Read

As many of you know (and are lucky enough to be in the same boat as me) I live in Okinawa.  I’ve been here with my hubby and doggie for the last twenty-eight months (HOLY CRAP!!) and have really loved every moment of it.  I have the time to delve into different groups, make a great amount of wonderful friends and work on things that I’ve always wanted to but didn’t have the time.  Reading is one of those things. 

When I lived in Maryland and commuted to work in D.C. for two years I found that I had at least two hours a day just for reading.  Riding the Metro bus and subway allowed me to devote time daily to reading and I read a lot.  Then I moved to Memphis to be with the hubby and I had to drive to work.  The only time that I seemed to have to read was before bed time but because I was tired I didn’t stay awake very long.  I slowly realized that I was not reading as much as I used to and it was taking forever to finish a book. 

Living here in Okinawa I find I have the same problem.  I have a ton of “To Be Read” books on my shelf but actually finding the time to read (I don’t count before bed because that only last for a few minutes before I drift off) is challenging.  Between reading stuff on the Internet, trying to read at least one article in The New Yorker that arrives weekly, reading my monthly subscription to Elle Magazine & O Magazine, flipping through the occasional quilting and stamping magazine and my two book club selections (I love my book clubs, don’t get me wrong) I just wish I had more time to devote to reading.  I love to read, but I also love to watch t.v., quilt, stamp, lunch with friends, play with the doggie, practice my singing and work on the newsletter that I have taken on this year for one of my groups. 

Being a fan of reading, learning and broadening my horizons can be very time consuming.  I wouldn’t change my life here, I just wish that I could manage my time better so I can get everything I want to do done.   

Get Your Vote READ!

Hey y’all!  I just checked the voting poll ( click the tan highlighted words to go to the poll and vote) and “Atonement” and “The Year of Magical Thinking” are tied right now.  We need some more votes so I’ll keep the poll open until Friday.  Please let your friends know about this book club and see if they can help us determine what October’s book will be. 

Welcome To The New Home Of PLANET BOOKS!!

Due to some technical difficulties over at Live Journal, Planet Books has moved to Word Press.  I hope you find it easier to post your comments and participate in our monthly book vote.  Vote for the October title HERE!!!

Our choices are “The Year of Magical Thinking”, “Snow Flower An The Secret Fan”, “Atonement: A Novel”, & “A Farewell To Arms”I will be closing the poll on October 3rd so get your votes in and check back on the 4th to see which title we will be reading this month.