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Friday, August 8th, 2008
2:09 am

I have never read TGG. Is it really good? I considered reading it next year in my AP English Lit. class, but I decided not to since another one of F. Scott Fitzgerald's stories left me with a bad impression. I know it's dumb to not read any more of an author's works because you didn't like one story, but it was boring and confusing. Someone please tell me TGG is GOOD because I really want to read it and have another back up in case one of the books I've chosen to read gets taken by someone else.

Current Mood: excited
Monday, April 7th, 2008
9:13 am
Time Traveller and Napoleon
Hello! I am math teacher  and ,actually I am writing books that help me to share my teachings: math + art + Science and history

It is a way to demystify those subjects
Mathematics is always present in the solution of enigmas, tactics and decision making in epic battles and during the investigation of a mystery.
I d like to invite you to read some page:

CAIUS ZIP, The Time Traveller, IN:
How some mathematical calculations can be crucial
for taking strategic decisions in this battle of empires


After the story, in a very original manner, Napoleon tells us his memories of that time.



Saturday, December 24th, 2005
12:04 pm
Chronicles of Narnia
I bought the Chronicles of Narnia collection yesterday at Barnes and Noble. They had the entire series in one large book on sale for $15.00, so it was well worth the investment. I'm right now 22 pages into The Magicians Nephew and I am blown away. I read, as most of us did, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. I also read The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. But now that I'm really getting into the entire series, it's so amazing. I'm also learning a bit about the relationship between CS Lewis and JRR Tolkein. I always realized that their writings were very similar, but I never knew that they were friends. The similarities between Middle Earth and Narnia...fascinating, really.

Anyway, I'm sorry that our little community has gone a bit dead. We're all so busy, and trying to find one book to read a month when all of us have so many commitments is very difficult. How about, for now, each of us discuss what we are reading and if anyone else has anything to say about it, we can discuss it? I think that'll help to get us going and more active for now as we all get ready for life to take us wherever it's planning.

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005
2:01 pm
Yes, we are terrible
As Michelle pointed out, we have been pretty lax these last couple months. A friend of mine loaned me some books that I've been wanting to read. I have "The Namesake" by Jhumpra Lahiri (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0618485228/104-8405829-3372743?v=glance&n=283155&n=507846&s=books&v=glance) and "The Bonesetter's Daughter" by Amy Tan (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0804114986/104-8405829-3372743?v=glance&n=283155&s=books&v=glance). If anyone has read them, I'd love to hear your opinion, or if you want to read them with me. I'm going to start with "The Namesake".

Anyone read anything good lately they want to talk about? Great Gatsby or other?
Monday, November 14th, 2005
4:28 pm
It's amazing that now that the school year has started again for some of our members, and others are just swamped with work and other things, that posting about books seems like such a secondary thought. I stopped reading, which saddens me. I wish we could find a way to liven up our community again. I'd appreciate any suggestions. :)
Sunday, October 16th, 2005
5:50 pm
The Great Gatsby, Chapter 1
Alright, I'll be the first to admit that I've let work, karate, etc., interfere with my desire to read. I have only read through Chapter 1 of TGG, and it's killing me! This book is absolutely amazing, and the obvious truth behind the satire completely blows me away...

A few thoughts behind the cut...Collapse )

I'm going to try to read a bit more tonight, at least get through Chapter 2. :) I did a bunch of research to see if I could find some discussion questions, but I couldn't find any!
Monday, September 5th, 2005
1:18 am
1:14 am
Oh Great Gatsby, where art thou???!!!
Remind me never to get rid of any book ever again. I hoard them and then once every three or four years I go through them and either make a library donation or sell them on Amazon. When I worked at the library I received a beautiful hardcopy of The Great Gatsby. I just searched my book boxes and can't find it anywhere. I can almost remember putting it in the donation bag when we first moved here and were clearing out space. I hate that! Grrrrrr. Never again! I will keep all my books! Oh it hurts. It truly, truly hurts. I love my books.

Looks like I'll be back at Borders tomorrow. I really wish there was a used book store near here.
12:42 am
Some starting questions for The Great Gatsby
I came across these from Sparknotes.com... I'm only picking out the ones that I personally am finding interesting. Feel free to do the same if you come across questions that you want answered!

Just a few...Collapse )

These are more essay topics, but they may spark more discussion! (Also from Sparknotes)

Might be interesting...Collapse )

Source: http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/gatsby/study.html
Sunday, September 4th, 2005
11:07 pm
Discussion Questions
I was trying to find some book club discussion questions for The Great Gatsby but I can't find any! I'm surprised that no book club (at least online) has done this book yet. I'll continue to search. Until then, I guess we can just post thoughts as we read?

I know I won't be getting the book until next weekend, as I am out of money until then and I want to make a trip to my favorite used book super store.
Tuesday, August 30th, 2005
9:54 am
September Book!
OK, we got 2 recommendations for the September book, so let's go ahead and vote on it and we'll go from there!

Poll #561664 September book!

What book should we read for the month of September?

The Great Gatsby
Anna Karenina

EDIT: well girls, looks like the three of us are the only ones to really be involved in this community. Howzabout we read TGG this month and then conquer AK afterward?
Sunday, August 28th, 2005
7:46 pm
September Book
OK, in order to hopefully get people to vote and hopefully get more activity going for the month of September, I'm going to change up the way we'll do the September book choice. I want everyone to please list the book that they would be interested in reading and we'll put them up for a vote. Hopefully we'll have people who are inspired by the list and will vote for a book, even if it's not the book they initially listed. Please do so in a comment to this entry.

Also, I'm going to finish the rest of TGE tonight and tomorrow and post my final thoughts as well. For anyone that was reading it, go ahead and post your thoughts so we can wrap it up! :)

Thank you!

~ Michelle
Monday, August 22nd, 2005
4:36 pm
Update: Book Recommendation List

Hi everyone! If you have not already done so, please list your favorite books on our book recommendation list post. We will be choosing our September book through a poll of a sample of books from this list, and I want to make sure everyone has a fair shot of listing their favorites on the list before I pull a selection for the poll. Please make sure to do this by 8/24, so I can post the poll by 8/25. Thanks a lot!

-- Michelle, co-mod

Thursday, August 18th, 2005
8:06 am
Tuesday, August 16th, 2005
6:30 pm
Reading Book Club
I picked up my books for spring semester today. One of the classes I'm taking is Reading Cognition and Comprehension. It's about teaching students how to comprehend what they read (well, duh). I read the first chapter and it said something that I found really interesting and pertained to this community. The author of the book had trouble with comprehension as a student, and admits that she never learned to really read until she joined a professional book club in her 30s. She said she realized as they went through the books that reading was about so much more than symbolism and answering literacy questions after reading a book. Talking to other people about what she was reading, asking questions, making inferences, and seeing connections made my other people all helped her to become a better reader. I realize more and more how lucky those of us that can read well really are. I've never struggled with reading and I can't imagine how difficult it must be for some people.

Anway, the book is written for middle and high school teachers. Michelle, if you are ever looking for a book that tells you how to teach reading in content area, let me know and I'll give you the name. This is a great book.
2:32 pm
Section 2 Responses - Oprah's Book Club Questions
My responses, the first few questionsCollapse )

These are my answers to the first few questions. I have some ideas as to how I feel about the next few questions, but I'll tackle them in a bit. My brain hurts. :)
11:49 am
8:34 am
8:32 am
The Good Earth -- Part Two Questions from Oprah's Book Club
I'm sorry I'm so late in posting these! I'm just now into chapter 14, and I know that these questions are applicable to that part of the book. For any of you that are past this part of the book, if you want to post your thoughts about these chapters, go for it! :)

QuestionsCollapse )

I'm going to post the section 3 questions, too, for those of you further along than me!
Monday, August 15th, 2005
8:47 pm
New books
Since I finished The Good Earth, I went to the library and checked out some Ernest Hemingway (going to the Keys was obviously the big motivator behind that!) The only Hemingway novel I've ever read is the Sun Also Rises and it was my favorite book before reading The Great Gatsby, which was my favorite before reading Love in the Time of Cholera, which is now tied with Poisonwood Bible. Anyway, I checked out some short stories (including The Snows of Kilamanjaro) and Farewell to Arms. If anyone has read these or wants to read them with me, let me know. I really wanted to read The Old Man and the Sea, but my local library branch didn't have it. I'll get that next.

Oh- and I put a request on the movie version of The Good Earth (made in 1937) so I'll let you guys know what I think of that and how it compares to the novel. I read they did some things to the character of O-lan that really changed the story so I'm interested to see how it goes. Hopefully it will come in. There's only one copy in the whole library cooperative and it's currently going to someone else, so I may never see it!
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