Archive | January, 2013

March’s Book Poll

23 Jan

POLL is now closed. The Book Thief by Markus Zuska won! Thank you to everyone who voted.

The Boy Who Could See Demons by Carolyn Jesse-Cooke.

51TX9s4UOqL._SL500_AA300_Alex Broccoli is ten years old, likes onions on toast, and can balance on the back legs of his chair for fourteen minutes. His best friend is a 9000-year-old demon called Ruen. When his depressive mother attempts suicide yet again, Alex meets child psychiatrist Anya. Still bearing the scars of her own daughter’s battle with schizophrenia, Anya fears for Alex’s mental health and attempts to convince him that Ruen doesn’t exist. But as she runs out of medical proof for many of Alex’s claims, she is faced with a question: does Alex suffer from schizophrenia, or can he really see demons?

The Book Thief by Markus Zuska:

51nCBbL1uhL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU02_The Book Thief is a novel by Australian author Markus Zuska narrated by death, the book is set in Nazi Germany, a place and time when the narrator notes he was extremely busy. It describes a young girl’s relationship with her foster parents, the other residents of their neighborhood, and a Jewish fist-fighter who hides in her home during the escalation of World War II. Published in 2006, it has won numerous awards and has been listed on the New York Times Bestseller List for over 230 weeks.

Alone in Berlin by Geoff Wilkes, Hans Fallada & Michael Hofmann: 

41xdEGiy+jL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click-small,TopRight,12,-30_AA300_SH20_OU02_Inspired by a true story, Hans Fallada’s Alone in Berlin is the gripping tale of an ordinary man’s determination to defy the tyranny of Nazi rule. This Penguin Classics edition contains an afterword by Geoff Wilkes, as well as facsimiles of the original Gestapo file which inspired the novel.

Berlin, 1940, and the city is filled with fear. At the house on 55 Jablonski Strasse, its various occupants try to live under Nazi rule in their different ways: the bullying Hitler loyalists the Persickes, the retired judge Fromm and the unassuming couple Otto and Anna Quangel. Then the Quangels receive the news that their beloved son has been killed fighting in France. Shocked out of their quiet existence, they begin a silent campaign of defiance, and a deadly game of cat and mouse develops between the Quangels and the ambitious Gestapo inspector Escherich. When petty criminals Kluge and Borkhausen also become involved, deception, betrayal and murder ensue, tightening the noose around the Quangels’ necks .

Reinventing The Book Club

16 Jan

I can’t count how many times I’ve heard “but with sooooo many women, how does it all work”… my initial response to this is
always something like “well come check it out and see… ” Because work – I assure you it does. It more than works – and this isn’t just coming from the Founder who is trying to subliminally sell you on the idea.. I’ve got pages and pages of testimonials from women who have come and experienced the reinvented Book Club phenomenon and of course, if you happen to have a chuck of unplanned time – I am happy to share them with you.

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The problem, and I call it a problem very loosely – it’s not really a problem to those of us who are open minded, the “problem” is that when you hear the word book club -you may well envision a group of only women but there is likely only 8 -10 of them. It’s highly unlikely that you see over 100 women sat together discussing a book. So I think that us – here at the Girly Book Club are challenging you to let go of your pre-conceived idea of what a book club looks like – and instead take the best bits of it: The social aspect, the change the introduce the way you perceive a character or a story line, the fact that you’ll likely walk away with a few new friends, and of course the copious amounts of wine you’ll consume on the evening … and expect to be surprised by the fact that these common threads still exist – even when you do it on a BIG scale. Prepare to be pleasantly surprised

New Years – Resolutions?

10 Jan

When I goID-100114158 (2) to the gym in January it actually annoys me. The influx of people who weren’t there in December – who didn’t even consider going to the gym in December. The newbies – the new year resolutioners! They don’t belong at the gym as far as I am concerned – making me wait for my treadmill makes me scream “I was here in December”. When I think of it logically of course I do a complete 360 as I say to myself “wow, great for them, wanting to better themselves – having found the energy to ge to the gym”. But when I arrive at the gym in January I have to grit my teeth and take shallow breaths in and try not to scowl at those unfarmiliar faces.

But seriously – well done whatever the reason if you’re a New Year Resolution Gym Goer! I hope you make it the whole year through – don’t give up!

P.s This photo isn’t me – I wish it was!

The Great Gatsby Movie Casting

6 Jan

Hmmm, I am not convinced. Not sure if it’a making me want to see it more or less. I can almost buy Carey Mulligan as Daisy but I don’t know how I feel about Leonardo Di Caprio playing Gatsby. Don’t get me wrong I am a HUGE Di Caprio fan but perhaps it’s the unavoidable demise of Gatsby that has been humming and hawing or the sheer lack of any real depth of story from the book itself.. I am not sure.. I’ll believe when I believe it… leonardo-dicaprio-carey-mulligan-great-gatsby-posters

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Godless Boys Author Event

3 Jan

Godless Boys Author Event

Looking forward to meeting Naomi Wood author of Godless Boys at our Author event next week!