- What book are you currently reading? I am doing this book challenge this year and I am currently reading "Accidentally On Purpose" by Mary F. Pols as a book with an antonym in the title and I am listening in my car to "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline as my book set in the future.
- Most memorable book from childhood? - I remember reading the entire "Little House on the Prarie" series by Laura Ingalls Wilder with my mom and my sister every night before bed.
- What are you favorite genres to read? - I like to read a lot of historical fiction, especially when mashed with romance and mystery.
- How do you read (i.e. library vs. purchase, electronic vs. physical book, audio)? - I read a lot on the metro so I own a lot of kindle books. When I do road trips I like to listen to audiobooks.
- Where is your favorite place to read? - I find it really easy to read while commuting, but I also like reading on my bed during the day.
- What book character would you most like to have dinner with? - I would love to have dinner with my bestie Danielle and invite Anne Shirley and her bestie Diana Barry from the Anne of Green Gables series.
- What do you read for guilty pleasure? - Veronica Mars fanfiction. Some of the fanfiction writers are so crazy good, possibly better than Rob Thomas (the creator of Veronica Mars) himself.
- Favorite thing to drink while reading? - Hot Chocolate.
- Favorite author? - I adore Elizabeth Gilbert who wrote "Eat, Pray, Love". I also really enjoy Lauren Willig who wrote the Pink Carnation mystery series.
- Favorite book club read? - With the LitChicks, my favorite book has been "Moloka'i" by Alan Brennert, but with book clubs in general, my favorites have been either "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri or "The Time Traveller's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger.
While we are waiting for some of our other members to answer these questions, I'll go ahead and give you my answers. My name is Emily and I have been in the NoVA LitChicks for almost 6 years and as Sara would tell you, I don't make whoopie pies enough for our meetings.
So last Wednesday we held our February meeting where we discussed the book "How To Be a Woman" by Caitlin Moran.
I think it would be safe to say that the club had trouble connecting to this book. When asked if anybody liked the book, I don't think anybody raised their hand. A few people even said that they gave up reading it after the first few chapters.
It's not that this book didn't have good points. Many of the topics Moran talks about led to some very interesting conversations (especially the chapters about deciding to have children), but most of those conversations were not really centered about what she specifically wrote. Overall, we felt that Moran's book really wasn't the guidebook to be a woman in general, but more of a guidebook to be a woman like her.
I wish I had a more eloquent review for the site, but there's really not that much to say. Most of us gave the book a one or a two stars on Goodreads. Hopefully we will have more to say on next month's book.
This week a couple of people in the Northern Virginia area reached out to the Lit Chicks to let us know of a couple literary related events happening in Northern Virginia. As we are a local book club, we like to promote local events*.
On Sunday, February 8th at 2 PM, meet Alexandria authors Adriana and George Sifakis at the Barnes & Nobles at Potomac Yards (3651 Jefferson Davis Highway, Alexandria, VA) for a book signing of their first book, "S.W.A.K.: A Novel of Ultimate Betrayal". Then on Thursday, February 12th you can help them raise money for the Hellenic Education Center of Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church through the Sealed With a Kiss shopping event in Old Town Alexandria. Participating shops include The Lucky Knot, Lucky Knot Mens, 3 Sisters, and Andrea's Boutique.
As Was Written
As Was Written is a semi-annual showcase for writers, musicians, and comedians. Their spring showcase will be on Saturday, March 7th at 8:30 PM at the Lyceum in Alexandria. Tickets are about $20 with part of the proceeds going to local charities. Intermission includes wine and desserts. You can check out the As Was Written website (www.aswaswritten.com) for their lineup, podcasts of past shows, and more information about the organization. As of today (2/4/15) there were only about 40 tickets left remaining before it sells out.
*General Disclaimer - The NoVA LitChicks are not being paid to promote any person, organization, or retailer. We are just spreading the word on local events.
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