24 May
2016

Book Club Wrap-Up: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes!

Book Club was fun-tac­tic as usu­al, dear read­ers! We had some pret­ty great dis­cus­sion about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Adven­tures of Sher­lock Holmes. 

For instance, we all kind of thought it was inter­est­ing to read about a time and cul­ture where not hav­ing a job was like the cream of soci­ety and those WITH jobs were looked down upon with dis­tain. HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED. Also, it’s a lit­tle cray that peo­ple just like kept wild leop­ards and stuff on their estates for kicks. Like, look, here’s a leop­ard  own now!

We decid­ed that the­se aren’t the type of mys­ter­ies that you can try and solve along with the book… Sher­lock keeps a lot of things to him­self. But over all, the sto­ries are a VERY fun read. #wor­thit!

Next book is.…… (drum roll please)

THE SECRET HISTORY by DONNA TARTT 

Here’s what Goodreads has to say about it:Under the influ­ence of their charis­mat­ic clas­sics pro­fes­sor, a group of clev­er, eccen­tric mis­fits at an elite New Eng­land col­lege dis­cov­er a way of think­ing and liv­ing that is a world away from the hum­drum exis­tence of their con­tem­po­raries. But when they go beyond the bound­aries of nor­mal moral­i­ty they slip grad­u­al­ly from obses­sion to cor­rup­tion and betray­al, and at last — inex­orably — into evil. ” DUN DUN DUUUUNNNNNN.

We’ll be meet­ing on July 17th, 6pm, in the store to talk about it, so stop by for your copy today!
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11 Apr
2016

Book Club Wrap Up: The Once and Future King Part 2, 3 & 4

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Last night we host­ed our April Book Club and talked (again) about The Once and Future King by T.H. White! A big thank you to every­one who joined us. We’re still munch­ing on the left-over cook­ies.
(Yeah, we had cook­ies. Jeal­ous?) :D

Gen­er­al con­sen­sus was that we real­ly like this book, guys. I mean, it has some issues, like the lack of solid female char­ac­ters, but it is a tru­ely fan­tas­tic book to read if you want to famil­iar­ize your­self with the sto­ry of King Arthur.

If you missed book club and would like to gab about the book with some­one, tweet at us, yo! We’ll tell you all the feels.

Next up we’ll be read­ing The Adven­tures of Sher­lock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle! We’ll be meet­ing on May 22nd, so stop by soon to get your copy!

22 Feb
2016

February Book Club Wrap-up: Once and Future King Part 1

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Thanks bunch­es to all you book club­bers that sac­ri­ficed your beau­ti­ful Sun­day evening to come talk books with us!

For all you oth­er peo­ple that couldn’t make it, well. It’s okay! We’re going to keep talk­ing about this book for next book club as well!!!

That’s right, on April 10th, at 6pm, we will be get­ting togeth­er to talk about the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th sec­tions of The Once and Future King.

If you haven’t start­ed read­ing the book yet, let me tell you that one of the rea­sons we’re going to keep read­ing it was that EVERYONE LOVED IT! We were all real­ly excit­ed about con­tin­u­ing on to the next sec­tion of the book. In fact, one of our club­bers said that she’s been telling every­one she meets to read The Once and Future King. So we’re not kid­ding guys. This one is a gem.

Things we loved in par­tic­u­lar: 
Mer­lin.
Mer­lin, the skin­ny old man in run­ning shorts when every­one else is in tunics and leg­gings.
Mer­lin, pop­ping in and out of time. hilar­i­ous.
Robin Wood! (not hood. wood.)
Done. Done. Not done.
That quest­ing beast, guys. <3

Things that grossed us out:
The house made of Meat…??? What was that??? LOLZ

See yinz in April!!

16 Nov
2015

November Book Club Wrap-up: Lolita

bookclubipicDear­est Book Club­bers!
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for join­ing us for November’s Book Club & Piz­za Par­ty!

If you couldn’t make it, you missed out, guys. There was Piz­za. And there were cook­ies and cider. But most impor­tant­ly, we had a fan­tas­tic dis­cus­sion about November’s book, Loli­ta!

Peo­ple had a lot to say about Loli­ta. Good things, bad things, uncom­fort­able things, thought­ful things. Just a lot of things. With a book as con­tro­ver­sial as Loli­ta, we expect­ed as much, but it was real­ly fun to see it in action.

The over­all con­clud­ing opin­ion was gen­er­al­ly this: Those who fin­ished the book might have liked it or not liked it, but they were glad they had pushed through and read it. There are a mul­ti­tude of ref­er­ences made to the book in mod­ern media, and once you’ve read the book you get to feel smart and clev­er when you’re able to pick up on them. We like feel­ing clev­er.

pizzaIn addi­tion to reg­u­lar book club, we were hav­ing a piz­za par­ty to cel­e­brate the end of #KUBanned­Book­It! We had a num­ber of play­ers, and two play­ers in par­tic­u­lar were fight­ing hard for first place by read­ing as many books as pos­si­ble dur­ing the mon­th long con­test.
@Silversunlight almost had it by read­ing 13 banned books! But she was oust­ed by @AKMerti who read SEVENTEEN banned books!!!! In a lit­tle over a mon­th! Yeah, Gurl! @AKMerti won a $50 gift cer­tifi­cate to Kards for being the per­son who read the MOST books! The sec­ond $50 gift Cer­tifi­cate went to a ran­dom play­er, cho­sen by fate to win: Denise Williams! Con­grats guys!

winnersrealOur next book con­test will be start­ing up around Feb­ru­ary of March! We’ll be putting togeth­er a BOOK MARCH MADNESS! So stay tuned for your next chance to win mon­ey by read­ing books. :)
The next Book Club will be on Jan­u­ary 10th! We’ll be dis­cussing Swamp­lan­dia! by Karen Rus­sell. Make sure you fol­low KU’s Book Club on Face­book to get updates about book club and some super rad triv­ia about books!

In the mean­time, have a won­der­ful Hol­i­day!

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28 Sep
2015

September Book Club Wrap-Up: Something Wicked

BCSWWe had an amaz­ing turn out at book club this mon­th! No one is actu­al­ly sur­prised though, because that’s what hap­pens when you read Ray Brad­bury! Espe­cial­ly Some­thing Wicked This Way Comes.

So here’s a big thank you to every­one who stopped by and made it super fun! We talked a lot about the themes of the book, what we liked and didn’t like. Here are some thoughts we had:

-The scary car­ni­val thing has been used a lot, but it was real­ly impor­tant to remem­ber when read­ing this book that Ray Brad­bury was the orig­i­nal!

-There was a mixed opin­ion about the prose of the book. Some of us found it tru­ely beau­ti­ful and the best part of the book. Some of us felt like it dis­tract­ed from the sto­ry. Everyone’s opin­ions are valid, but we all know who is right and who is wrong.

- We talked a lot about Autumn peo­ple, dust peo­ple, and what caused peo­ple to be drawn to the dark.

-We dis­cussed the sto­ry­telling style of the writ­ing: was this book full of actu­al mag­ic, or did the boys just see things that weren’t there? Was the dark­ness in their imag­i­na­tion? In the end, it was clear­ly a real threat there, but for a min­ute you couldn’t real­ly be sure if Mr. Dark was actu­al­ly evil or just creep­i­ly excit­ed about his car­ni­val.

Over all, this book real­ly caused a heat­ed dis­cus­sion. Every­one had feel­ings and thoughts. And I would expect noth­ing less from Some­thing Wicked This Way Comes.

If you haven’t read the book yet, now is the time! Some­thing Wicked is the per­fect book for the begin­ning, mid­dle and end of fall. It is set in Octo­ber, and you can feel the begin­ning of cold air and long nights in the writ­ing. Read it now! Do it!bookcover_redo__lolita_alt__by_shawnywithay-d44cjrg

If you have more opin­ions, please tell us about them! We love talk­ing about books!!

 

 

Our next book club will be on Novem­ber 15th at 6pm! We will be read­ing Loli­ta in hon­or of Banned Book week. The book club for Novem­ber will also be the piz­za par­ty wrap up for #KUBanned­Book­It, our cur­rent read­ing con­test! For more infor­ma­tion about this con­test, click the ‘Play to Win’ tab above or click here!!

18 Aug
2015

August Book Club Review

 Thank you to every­one who came out to dis­cuss THE STRAIN with us at Book Club!
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On Sun­day, Book Club got togeth­er to talk about the book that is now an FX TV-show: The Strain by Guiller­mo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. The TV show based on the tril­o­gy of books is now in it’s sec­ond sea­son, and is pret­ty bloody and gross and pre­sum­ably won­der­ful. I have per­son­al­ly not watched it, but we’ve had a lot of peo­ple look­ing for the books because they enjoy the show.

So what did we think about this book? Well, as a whole, we were pret­ty under­whelmed. This book was suf­fi­cient­ly gross for those of us who want­ed some­thing bloody and full of bod­i­ly flu­ids, but oth­er­wise it wasn’t real­ly scary and some­times was a lit­tle too full of facts that hin­dered the plot move­ment.

One of our book club mem­bers did read the entire series before book club and was able to tell us what hap­pens in the lat­er books. Nor­mal­ly we try to be spoil­er free, but this time there was no one who read the books and cared so much about the sto­ry line that they didn’t want to be spoiled. And in fact the major­i­ty of us have agree that we aren’t inter­est­ed in read­ing the sequels.

Okay, so full dis­clo­sure though, the peo­ple who were most vocal about not car­ing for the book don’t real­ly care for hor­ror. So may­be if you’re real­ly into the gen­re it would be bet­ter or dif­fer­ent or some­thing.

something_wicked_this_way_comes_by_sharksden-d6w8ntcHow­ev­er, that being said, let me just say that as a per­son who hates read­ing scary things, I was not impressed by this book. I per­son­al­ly read the first cou­ple of chap­ters hes­i­tant­ly because I was afraid that I would get scared. but I nev­er did. Not once.

Pos­i­tive thoughts on the book were that we did like the new take on the clas­sic Vam­pire sto­ry. It was unique and inter­est­ing. It was not a virus though, despite the title and the book elud­ing to it as a virus. That was a bit mis­lead­ing.

Any­way. that’s what we thought about the book. If you have thoughts, we would love to hear them! Please tell us why you love/hate this book series!

Our next book con­tin­ues in the dark vein: We’re read­ing Ray Bradbury’s clas­sic, Some­thing Wicked This Way Comes. Join us on Sep­tem­ber 27th to talk about it!
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30 Jun
2015

Carry On, Jeeves” wrap up

Thanks to every­one who came out to book club on Sun­day! We had a rip-roar­ing old time, what?
Just look at all the­se smil­ing faces!

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The gen­er­al opin­ion of all in atten­dance was that every­one should read this book! Why? Well, because it’s hilar­i­ous! and charm­ing! And just gen­er­al fun! Quite a few peo­ple at book club had already picked up anoth­er Wode­house book to read. And let me tell you, once you’ve got the bug, you’re done for. All the Bertie Woost­er is not quite enough Bertie Woost­er! 11666160_1456754604624552_7810846338112262679_n

The next book club will be meet­ing on August 16th at 6pm in the store.
We’re switch­ing gears quite dras­ti­cal­ly with this book! On to the creepy tale of ter­ror: The Strain by Guiller­mo del Toro and Chuck Hogan! If you’ve been aching to get your thrill on, we got you.

See you in August! But also hope­ful­ly before then, because there is PLENTY of time to read a mil­lion oth­er books (and post them for #KUBook­Bin­go to win prizes) before the next meet­ing!!!

 

 

20 May
2015

KU Book Club Prep: A P.G. Wodehouse Primer!

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I can hear it from here!  All of you out there say­ing, “My good­ness, Adam, there are so many P.G. Wode­house books at KU, how did you pick just one to read for book club?!  And, more impor­tant­ly, how should I choose some of them to read this sum­mer, since they are great for sum­mer read­ing and are the fun­ni­est books ever?!”  First­ly, let me say that you are very ver­bose.

Sec­ond­ly, yes, it can be dif­fi­cult to know where to begin with Wode­house (that’s wood-house, p.s., not woad-house) but the truth is that you can start any­where you like.  Wodehouse’s books are usu­al­ly short sto­ry col­lec­tions and while there are over-arch­ing plot lines, he’s very good at fill­ing his read­ers in on what they need to know for the present moment.  Most of the Wode­house books we car­ry (he wrote over 100!) come from two main sto­ry­li­nes, Jeeves and Woost­er and Bland­ings Castle.

Jeeves and Woost­er is about wealthy and scat­ter­brained Bertie Woost­er, the unfor­tu­nate sit­u­a­tions he and his friends get into, and how his inge­nious valet, Jeeves, extri­cates him from them.  If you’re a stick­ler for chronol­o­gy, the first three books pub­lished were My Man Jeeves in 1919, The Inim­itable Jeeves in 1923, and Car­ry On, Jeeves in 1925.  Car­ry On, Jeeves con­tains the sto­ry Jeeves Takes Charge which is about how Jeeves came to work for Bertie in the first place, so from a nar­ra­tive per­spec­tive, it’s a good place to start and that’s why we chose it from the oth­ers for a book club selec­tion.  Oth­er great J&W books include Right Ho, Jeeves and Mat­ing Sea­son.

Bland­ings Castle is con­cerned with Lord Emsworth and the res­i­dents of Bland­ings Castle, who also get them­selves into unfor­tu­nate and hilar­i­ous sit­u­a­tions.  The first BC book is Some­thing Fresh (1915), but we rec­om­mend start­ing with Heavy Weath­er or Lord Emsworth and Oth­ers.  One of Wodehouse’s most beloved char­ac­ters is Psmith (the P is silent, as in pshrimp) and he is part of the BC series.  His first book is Psmith in the City, but we love Leave it to Psmith the best.

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