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Books 4 Hotties is Back!

Hotties hold on to your hats! Books 4 Hotties is back! Newer, better, prettier, and of course, hotter, than ever before. It turns out we all still really like books, and talking about books, and eating whilst talking about books. And some of us also like drawing and painting and taking pictures too, and other creative pursuits. See? Smart, Creative, and Hot!

I sent out an email asking peeps if they want to resume book club and received THUNDEROUS replies of “Yes!” and “WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG?!” And, “I can’t meet then, but I can then.” So, without further adieu: we’re resuming. But, with some differences!

It is my vision to make B4Hs more visual and crafty. What does this mean exactly? Well, we can read literature, sure, but wouldn’t it be awesome to get in touch with our arty sides and read books that are visual or about making art? And, then get inspired and make stuff like a visual journal? So, we shall go on photo shoots,  visit  museums, lectures, plays, places that are interesting, or new. We will learn about other artists, and make stuff.

WHAT? you say? Not me! I don’t draw and paint! Psshaw, I say to that. The blank page or canvas can be intimidating, for sure, and that’s where the books we’ll pick come in to gently guide us away from the savage beast of the inner critic. Also, you don’t really need to draw and paint, you can write and doodle, take pictures, sew, whatever you get inspired to do. The point is to do it, and to support each other, and create and strengthen the community of super hotties that you are!

Book 4 Hotties 2010-11 will being with reading

An Illustrated Life by Danny Gregory

An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers by Danny Gregory

Our first assignment is to begin reading this book, and to start a visual journal and bring it along to our meeting which will be the weekend of November 19. If you feel at a loss about what kind of things to create, or not sure what to do, just bring your blank book and some pens or paint and see what happens!


Story Time: Grimm Blogaround

Ooh, I just love the Grimm’s fairytales we’re reading for our book club! I love them because they are old and dark and about forests and trickery and they don’t patronize the reader just because the reader happens to be a child. I went poking around the internets on ye old Brothers Grimm, and it appears I am not the only one who loves  the Grimm Brothers. This is what I found:

National Geographic has an animated website that tells some Grimm’s tales

The University of Pennsylvania has a difficult (from an aesthetic p.o.v.) to look at website, with a lot of deets on the Grimms.

And of course there is the Grimm Wiki

There is the 2005 movie, The Brothers Grimm, starring Matt Damon and Heath Ledger. Meh.

An animated website with games and coloring pages for the kiddos. This seems somewhat anti-Grimm to me. But, The Kid likes it, so there you go.

There’s a Minnesota expert, Prof. Jack Zipes, who writes on the how the Grimms’ stories are relevant in today’s mixed up crazy modern world.

And, finally, Neil Gaiman (one of my all time favorite authors and bloggers) reviews the Annotated Brothers Grimm by Maria Tartar, the book we’re reading for book club. Gaiman writes, “The Annotated Brothers Grimm treats the stories as something important — not, in the end, because of what they tell us of the buried roots of Germanic myth, or because of the often contradictory and intermittently fashionable psychoanalytic interpretations, or for any other reason than that they are part of the way we see the world, because they should be told. That’s what I took from it, anyway. But fairy tales are magic mirrors: they show you what you wish to see.”

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: Now Showing

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Four members of Book Club 4 Hotties went to see the movie adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo yesterday. It did not disappoint! It’s intense and long! Go see it!


Reading is hot, but so is cover art! Send your favorite jpegs of book covers to by March 26 and we will post all that we get!!!  Also, check out the Resources for Hotties–I’ve added a bunch of cool new links, like TV Books and The Common Review

This Hottie Can’t Contain Herself!

Frank Dicksee: The Confession

Hi Hotties,

What books have you bought recently? I have a confession! I recently just bought A LOT of books. A. Lot. Wolverine and The Kid have both said, “Um, Mummy, we’re getting a lot of boxes from Amazon, and none of them are for us.” Which is not true. Not at all. Now, The Kid and Wolverine aren’t liars, per se, they just aren’t with me when I click ADD TO CART. Also, Wolverine, doesn’t call me Mummy. Just to clarify.

Wolverine recently got  Batman 100 graphic novel something or other as well as The Best American Comics of 2009, edited by Charles Burns, as well as From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweil by E.L. Konigsburg.

The Kid got Arthur’s Underwear, Arthur’s Christmas, and Arthur’s Homework all by the fantastic Marc Brown, in addition to the hilarious I Got Two Dogs by John Lithgow.

Now, before you go crazy and start thinking I am starting my own bookshop (which would be grand) I bought these books on the CHEAP. Used. Practically free. Some of them were $1.00.

In no particular order of when I will read them, some recent purchases include: (more…)

Hotties, Are You Avoiding A Certain Book or Author?

Hotties, the Internet is a worrisome place, in which anything you post and write and link to can basically be found FOREVER and used against you. But,  Don’t Worry!!!! I won’t tell a soul if you confess right here, under your hottie aliases,  if there are authors or books you actively avoid, and kind of feel guilty about. Inquiring hotties want to know.

Big hint to one of my particular avoidance’s, above. Old Papa Hemingway.

April 10 is our next book discussion, so go out and read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, immediately.

What are you Reading Right Now?

What are you reading, anyway?

The Book Club is reading The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson for March. I finished it in record time. It was that good. I was absolutely hooked on this book. I love the anti-heroine, Salander and her unlikely partner Blomkvist. I read the second book in Larsson’s Millennium series The Girl Who Played With Fire last weekend. Heart pounding suspense. Salander is up to her eyeballs, literally. If possible, it’s even better than the first book. The third book, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest is coming out in the U.S. in May!!! I have it pre-ordered from Amazon. Sadly, Larsson died before he could see the books published and before he could write more about Salander and Blomkvist!

Because these books got me hooked on the mystery/suspense/modern detective novel, I just picked up Tana French’s In The Woods, which is also a series and supposed to be excellent. I tried to dig in last night, but The Kid required a bath, and some stories, and some snuggles, and then I was out of it.

And, speaking of books I am personally reading… Remember, I decided to read 40 books this year, to mark this very special year of turning 40? I think I am doing OK in my endeavor, but I haven’t been writing about it. Stay tuned this week, for mini reviews on The Year of Reading 40 Books.

Book Club 4 Hotties Literary and Big A$$ French Silk Pie Society

That was some sugary pie! You know, this was my ulterior motive when suggesting we start a book club– PIE!!! And, oh, man, that was sugary pie extraordinaire. Thanks to Irene for bringing The Pie of All Pies and the rest of the  Hotties who keep Book/Food Club tasty, interesting, and intellectually stimulating! God, that was energizing and filling at the same time!

Well, we all seemed to concur that Michael Chabon’s Maps and Legends made us want to read more (shocking!) books, especially Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, but that we were a little underwhelmed by some aspects of the book such as the lack of women authors or authors who aren’t white guys in general–especially, in our humble opinions, writing and reading from the borderlands should especially include people who actually occupy the borderlands and margins. An essay on Caribbean authors or the Harlem Renaissance wouldn’t come amiss. We also, some of us, thought one essay on comics was probably enough, and Chabon’s LOVE of the run-on sentences got our collective editor backs up a bit. However, we decided that overall we liked his writing and clear and present enthusiasm for what he was writing about. And, despite his lack of punctuation, that a Pulitzer Prize winner can probably write wtf he wants. (more…)

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