Friday, June 6, 2014

The Rosie Project (The Dropbox project)

If Jeni were to write a blog post for April—this is what it might say:

We met at Fire by the Monon to discuss The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.

We had pretty good attendance. Everyone was there except for Katie and Alissa. 

We liked the book overall.

It even received a handful of 'two thumbs up' which was quite a relief to me after selecting The Casual Vacancy as my last pick. (but everyone has one, right?...right!?)

We also discussed illegally sharing audio books via Dropbox because the Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is up in June and is nearly 800 pages long. I'm not really one for stealing, but I love it and I don't feel bad about it. At. All. 

We also noted what everyone is reading on the side:
Val: Bat Boy
Erin: The Interestings
Lindsay: Fan Girl
Stephanie: The Bridge to Terabithia 
         [pause for fake sobbing] 
Cris: Beautiful Ruins
Loran: The Knife of Never Letting Go
Jeni: Lean In
Jill: Divergent
Melissa: Eric Carle books 

Hot topic discussion involved TV shows about the Amish running away and FLDS (NOT Mormons!) running away. 

'Twas another great meeting.

On deck:
May: Tell The Wolves I'm Home (A.K.A. The Hound) by Carol Rifka Brunt
June: The Goldfinch (A.K.A The Mountain) Donna Tartt
July: The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
August: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Also, Bunk Bed Adventure has been scheduled for August 15-17. Start stretching now.

DISCLAIMER: This post does not, in any way, constitute a report of illegal activity, nor is it an admission of guilt by myself or any aforementioned parties or persons in this post.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Happy Birthday, Badasses!

This March 2014 meeting was a special one.

Alissa, Cris, Erin, Jeni, Jill, Katie, Lindsay, Melissa, Stephanie, and Val were all present for dinner and discussion at Delicia on College Ave.

The. Whole. Group. (Well, almost, but I’ll get to that in a bit).

We conferred about the Golem and The Jinni by Helene Wecker. A story of what it means to be human, what it means to be alive, and what it means to be bonded to others.

The story was beautiful; a journey to and through parts of the world we hadn't yet explored. This mystical tale inspired questions about how we truly see the world. We shared thoughts on the supernatural, reincarnation, the evolution of society, and how culture plays such a large role in our identities, the 5th anniversary of the Badass book club was a satisfying one.

BTW: We’ve met 56 times. And for our birthday, the best gift ever: the announcement that our remote member Loren would be returning to Indianapolis.  Hip, Hip, Hooray!

These women, who sat with me around this table, are a family. We share so much more than a love of reading. We share a love of life. The joys, frustrations, heartbreaks, and milestones. It’s a circle of friendship and understanding; built from many personalities and parts, molded, and given life by a magic cultivated over 5 years of fiction, poetry, YA, non-fiction, and memoirs.  Every month we meet, and then we go our separate ways till the next book brings us together again.

It’s a bond like no other.

“All of us are lonely at some point or another, no matter how many people surround us. And then, we meet someone who seems to understand. She smiles, and for a moment the loneliness disappears.”

Well put, Helene.

Till April, ladies...