- What book are you currently reading? - "The Fugitive" by Pittacus Lore (Part of the Lorien Legacies series)
- Most memorable book from childhood? - "The Face on the Milk Carton" by Caroline B. Clooney
- What are you favorite genres to read? - Fiction of all types (In particular, I love dystopian YA, mysteries, and historical fiction.)
- How do you read (i.e. library vs. purchase, electronic vs. physical book, audio)? - I purchase a lot of books from used book sales, buy new books for things I've been waiting on, and Kindle/Nook books when there's a good daily or monthly deal.
- Where is your favorite place to read? - On the move (traveling, commuting) or waiting because it makes me feel productive and makes boring time go faster.
- What book character would you most like to have dinner with? - Hans Hubermann from "The Book Thief"
- What do you read for guilty pleasure? - YA novels that are a little too much Y and not enough A. Or these series of Christian romance mystery novels I accidentally got into.
- Favorite thing to drink while reading? - Depends on the book. Hot beverages are great for mysteries, wine is great for a guilty pleasure.
- Favorite author? - That's too hard to pick. I guess the only author I've loved everything I've read (and read more than one or two books) is JK Rowling, but there are probably others and I just don't remember they're all the same author.
- Favorite book club read? - "Mornings in Jenin" (by Susan Abulhawa) or "The Gift of Rain" (by Tan Twan Eng). Bonus points for "The Gift of Rain " surprising me by how much I liked it and for having a map.
Rina has been with the Lit Chicks for about four years now, and during that time I have learned the following about her: 1) She is not ambivalent about books - she either really likes them (they get 5 stars) or she really doesn't (they get 1 star) and 2) Books with maps are the BEST. Here are 10 other things to know about Rina and books.
In our last "Get to Know Us" post, I mentioned that Amy was introduced to us through Jeanette, so I thought it would be a good idea for us to get to know her next. Jeanette has been with us for two years and is known for her mad cake baking skills. She had to take a brief hiatus in order to take a class, but we are so glad she (and her cake) is coming back this month.
Amy is one of our most recent new members. Amy recently moved to this area and was recommended to us by another of our members Jeanette. We are so pleased that Amy has chosen to join the Lit Chicks.
The second Lit Chick member we are highlighting is Lorene. Lorene has been with the club for a little bit over 2 years and is known for being a connoisseur of audiobooks, as well as being an excellent pet sitter. We asked our members 10 book related questions, here are the responses from Lorene:
Today's Throwback Thursday takes us to the very recent past: yesterday. Yesterday was the first Wednesday of the month which meant that it was book club night. Our November book "Glitter and Glue" by Kelly Corrigan, nominated by our member Alison.
In the middle of "Glitter and Glue" Corrigan recalls a lecture in college where her professor explained a theory: "More often than not, it's the readers - not the writers - who determine what a book means. The idea is that readers don't come blank to books. Consciously and not, we bring all the biases that come with our nationality, gender, race, class, age. Then you layer onto that the status of our health, employment, relationships, not to mention our particular relationship to each book - who gave it to us, where we read it, what books we've already read." (page 145 of Kindle version) This theory was very evident in our discussion last night, as we all reacted to the book by looking at our relationships with our own parents, as well as our status as parents, parents-to-be, or non-parents.
One of the most discussed questions was did parents have to choose between being the glitter or the glue; could parents be both or neither. It seemed like we all had our own different opinions that we based on our own experiences. It was truly an interesting discussion, and by the end of the meeting member Julia summed it up perfectly by saying, "Now I really wish I could meet everyone's parents."
Overall the club liked the book. On the goodreads 5 star scale, the book got mostly 4's and 5's. Emily described it as "both a love letter to your mother and your children". The one thing we all did agree on is that it will get you thinking about your mother.
November marked the 2 year anniversary for members Alison and Jeanette. On a sad note, this was the last meeting for members Stephanie and Debra. We wish them nothing but the best in their future endeavors.
The big news was that November marks the 10th Anniversary of the NoVA Lit Chicks. While none of our members today were at that first meeting, we continue to carry on the tradition of sharing literature and friendship. To all Lit Chicks past and present, thank you for helping to make the club what it is today, and here's to another 10 years of reading together.
A book club is not just about books, it's also about its members. Over our 10 year history, the Lit Chicks have been fortunate to count many awesome NoVA women on its roster. We're starting a feature here on the Lit Chicks Blog called, "Get to Know Us" where you can get to know the current members of the NoVA Lit Chicks.
The first member we are highlighting is Sara. Sara has been with the club for 7 years and has a rep of being one of our toughest book critics. We asked our members 10 book related questions, here are the responses from Sara:
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Emily - Lit Chick for 5 years