Kards Unlimited Book Club got together to talk about Stardust, by Neil Gaiman. We hit on a variety of topics: how the book compared to the movie, how it compared to Gaiman’s other works, how much we love Gaiman in general, and how much some of us can’t wait to read it to our little ones. Yeah, we know, there are swear words, but that’s what white-out is for.
Overall, this month’s book club was fun and DELICIOUS. One of our lovely staff members (her name is Peanut, and everyone shall call her Peanut) decided to get super creative and made a tres leches mango cake with a beautiful mango star design on it.
No, we didn’t take pictures. and no, we didn’t save you any.
We also had star cookies and, of course, cold cider and beer. What would book club be without refreshment?
Next month, KU book club will be reading P.G. Wodehouse’s Carry On, Jeeves. We’ll be meeting on June 28th at 6pm with cold cider and probably some sort of tea and crumpets. Scones perhaps. scones are nice.
Carry On, Jeeves is a collection of 10 short stories about Wooster and his butler, Jeeves. It is full of humor. The British sort. If you’ve ever seen Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry in Jeeves and Wooster, then you know what you’re in for. If you haven’t.… well, read the book first and then we’ll have a marathon.
Here’s a snippet for you:
“Don’t leave me, Bertie. I’m lost.”
“What do you mean, lost?”
“I came out for a walk and suddenly discovered after a mile or two that I didn’t know where on earth I was. I’ve been wandering round in circles for hours.”
“Why didn’t you ask the way?”
“I can’t speak a word of French.”
“Well, why didn’t you call a taxi?”
“I suddenly discovered I’d left all my money at my hotel.”
“You could have taken a cab and paid it when you got to the hotel.”
“Yes, but I suddenly discovered, dash it, that I’d forgotten its name.”
And there in a nutshell you have Charles Edward Biffen. As vague and woollen-headed a blighter as ever bit a sandwich.
P.S.!!!! We started a Facebook page JUST for our lovely book clubbers! Follow it for updates on books, times, and heated debates. And probably a lot of hilarity, generally.
P.P.S.!!! We gave our book club attendees an inside scoop on our upcoming SUMMER READING BINGO, which will be fantastic and fun and there will be prizes and competition and most importantly, BOOKS! keep checking your media outlets for the big announcement! We’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and in your e-mail!
P.P.S.!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE LOVE EXCLAMATION POINTS ALMOST AS MUCH AS WE LOVE BOOKS! also shouting. we love shouting.
See you all at Book Club!
KU Book Club meets again!
What? Neil Gaiman’s Stardust.
When? Sunday May 17, 6 PM.
Where? Here in the store, fools.
Why? WHY NOT?!
From Goodreads, “Hopelessly crossed in love, a boy of half-fairy parentage leaves his mundane Victorian-English village on a quest for a fallen star in the magical realm. The star proves to be an attractive woman with a hot temper, who plunges with our hero into adventures featuring witches, the lion and the unicorn, plotting elf-lords, ships that sail the sky, magical transformations, curses whose effects rebound, binding conditions with hidden loopholes and all the rest.”
Join us for lively conversation, snacks, booze, and did I mention how awesome we are? Yeah. See you there!
February’s Un-Book Club Tea Party was a smashing success! Check out how lovely and whimsical it was!
And now, the announcement you’ve been waiting for! Drumroll please! *Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr* *Drumming palms on thighs*
Our March KU Book Club Book is The Princess Bride by William Goldman! That’s right. The book your favorite movie is based on! (Sorry. OUR favorite movie.) Adventure, romance, and a classic tale await you in this delightful novel :)
Here’s Kristen’s review!
“I know you have seen the movie, and loved it, (who didn’t love it?) but I can’t stress enough that you should also read this book. Read it for the hilarious ‘asides’ where Goldman takes you on an up close and personal tour of both his child and adulthood. Read it for the introduction, a beautiful and touching piece of writing (and includes juicy tidbits about making the movie). Read it for the “Buttercups Baby” explanation. Especially the conversation Goldman has with Stephen King (they are friends and have a sort of mutual admiration society going, a fact that never fails to delight me). The first line of the original text reads “This is my favorite book in all the world” and I couldn’t agree more.”
So! We’ll be reconvening for book club on Sunday March 22 at 6 PM here are the store.Be there or be square.
Hey y’all. This month, we’re going ALL OUT in honor of our book club book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. What does that mean? It means a friggin tea party! A TEA PARTY! Tea, sugar, finger sandwiches, and BOOK CLUB all in one awesome place. When is this fantastic meeting? Sunday February 22 at 6PM. Please see the following official invitation for something fantastic to look at.
A lot! Yesterday’s meeting was very well attended and we had a ton of thoughts and feels about The Alchemist. Most of us liked the story, though there were some dissenting opinions. Here are some interesting highlights from the meeting!
The Alchemist is something of an inspirational piece and its main message is that everyone should follow his or her heart to personal fulfillment. There was plenty to say on that topic (including a fascinating discussion of privilege and opportunity and whether literally everyone has the chance to follow their dreams or if it’s just the people that can afford to do so…) but something that was coincidental and funny was that we read this book so close to the new year when a lot of people look at their lives and wonder if they’re on the right path.
We also learned that different translations of books can entirely change people’s interpretations of them! Seems obvious in retrospect, but I guess it never occurs to you until it happens to you directly. In one earlier translation of The Alchemist, the phrase “Personal Legend” is translated simply as “destiny.” Seems innocuous enough, right? But actually, it made a difference in how people interpreted the book, since destiny implies a certainty in events that Personal Legend avoids. I dunno, maybe you had to be there, but it made for good conversation.
Here’s a snap of (most of) our book clubbers all ready to talk it up! There actually ended up being so many people at the meeting that I couldn’t get them all in the frame of my phone! (Sorry friends!) OH! Also, it has come to my attention that even some of our loyal book clubbers didn’t know about KU’s Instagram feed! Sacrilege! Follow along on IG @kardsunlimited
The next book club meeting will be at 6 p.m. here at Kards Unlimited on February 22nd! We’re reading 2 (ish) books for that meeting, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass! Hope to see you all there!
Hi and welcome to 2015! We made it!
KU Book Club is back this month and better than ever (which I’m sure you weren’t sure was possible, I know.) The meeting is on Sunday January 18 at 6PM here in the store and all are welcome. As usual, booze (for the over 21 crowd) and snickey-snacks will be provided. Now! On to the book!
This month’s book is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
Here’s a tidbit about the book from GoodReads: “Paulo Coelho’s enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.”
Every customer that comments on the book here at the register has only had fantastic things to say about this book. We hope you will too! See you on the 18th!
We had a really great discussion about Aimee Bender’s “The Girl in the Flammable Skirt.” Even though the book left many of us feeling confused and slightly let down, there was a lot to love in Bender’s writing style and the book definitely made us ask a ton of questions about gender roles, the ways different people deal with difficult emotions, and what the heck was going on with the guy who lost his lips.
It was really cool to add such a staunchly post-modern short story collection to our Club’s repertoire, and I for one will certainly be pursuing a few more Bender books in the future, if for no other reason than to find out if she’s always so frickin’ weird. Some of the stories almost everyone liked were Marzipan, about a family dealing with the deaths of loved ones in very strange ways, The Healer, a tale of two mutant girls who grow up in a small town, and The Ring, about a woman, her lover/fiance/thief, and their quest for really great presents.
We decided uncharacteristically quickly that our next book will be Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, which is one that at least a few of us have been meaning to read for a long time. Its dystopian world will hopefully sate October’s appetite for the macabre and weird, and it’s definitely a classic, so we’ll be expecting a big turnout and a spirited discussion!
One last point of order: the lovely KU couch will be taking its winter vacation starting today, so our next meeting will be held on October 19th at 6 p.m. at the Shadyside Coffee Tree Roasters (right next door to KU!) and we’ll be sending out our usual email reminder with particulars closer to that date! Hope to see all our favorite book clubbers (that’s all of you!) then and there! <3!
Here’s what Katie has to say about The Girl In the Flammable Skirt:
A fantastic debut collection of short stories by one of my favorite authors, Aimee Bender. Stories like “Loser,” the tale of a boy who has the magical ability to find any lost object — except what he himself has lost — or “The Rememberer,” whose protagonist deals with the loss of a relationship when her boyfriend begins to experience “reverse evolution,” read like modern-day fairy tales, the absurd elements illuminating the complex, relatable emotions under the surface. This quick read made me want to search out and read everything that Aimee Bender has ever written. Weird in the best way possible, well written and completely original, The Girl in the Flammable Skirt stays with you long after it’s put away on the book shelf. Try it out and let us know what you think!
Book club meets at the store on Sunday, September 28th at 6pm!