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Hello Hot Pockets,

We have some serious business to attend to:

1) Irene is hosting the December 5 potluck in which some of will talk about our experience with Nick Flynn and others of us will stuff our faces. Please RSVP to the Books4hotties email. Please bring a dish to share. Please organize your carpool situation, and please come!

2) PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, pretty please, write a review of some book that you love. It doesn’t have to be long. In fact, it shouldn’t be too long as we web readers have short attention spans.

3) Also, I haven’t gotten to our Happenings About Town page. Or a revision of the Future Ideas page.  Does someone want to take this over? Should we ditch it? I want to make our website better and functional. I would also love to pull in some links and resources from other reviews, etc., but I don’t have all the time in the world to blog and blog and blog. If you do this, it would mean you’re forever in my heart, with gratitude and enduring love.

4) Tomorrow is December 1. Pick your art book Now! Mine is Rescuing Da Vinci by Robert Edsel about the recovery of art stolen and looted by the Nazi’s in WWII. That Hitler, he was a no good thief and a bad artist.

5) Tomorrow, December 1, is also Hot Stuff Jenny McRob’s, BIG BIRTHDAY. Jenny has been reading all the books, but due to her very demanding job, has not been able to attend the meetings until this upcoming meeting. So, yay, we’re happy to see you in person and HAPPY BIRTHDAY JENNY!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Abandon Shit!

Confession: Super Mon cannot get into Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. I keep trying! And, it’s not that it’s not interesting– I even like the prose-y style. It’s just DEPRESSING as all hell. I am not usually the type of reader who requires an upbeat story, or even an upbeat ending, but I am not feeling it for some reason. I read all these great reviews on it, we had a belabored, yet democratic, voting process, and it fits in our non-fiction category. But, every time I pick it up, I think about reading or doing something else. I don’t really want to analyze myself to death on this. We all know, as readers, if you’re not feeling it, it’s not going to happen.

I have options to offer: 1) You all go ahead and read the book and I will clean my bathtub as punishment and you will convince me that I should reconsider it with your praise of the book and astute observations about my general malaise. 2): Abandon all hope. Is anyone else in favor of abandoning this book for our Decmeber 5 meeting? If so, how many of you are with me? As a fall back, we could bring one book that we really, really love, and or a book that made us laugh to the meeting and talk about it.?!! (sheepishly shrugging shoulders)

I would be so relieved if you agreed with my betrayal–I am just not into this book right now!

Another Fun Night at Mon & Steve’s

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Hello Hotties,

So, you all know about the potluck on Satruday at the home of Steve and Moi, yes? If not, email books4hotties@gmail.com for the deets.  I think I successfully recruited a new MALE hottie!  My dear friend Matt! Hi Matt! Now, I have known Matt for years and years. In fact, I’ve known Matt longer than I’ve known Steve.  Whoa! Anyway, Matt wants to join our literary pursuit as the 3rd male hottie and as long as he brings food to the potlucks, he’s in. He may not be able to make this upcoming potluck but, he’s definitely in for later. Yay!

I got my Nick Flynn book from Amazon today. OK. So, does everyone feel like a kid at Christmas when they get a box from Amazon, or is it just me? I mean, I know it’s coming. I ordered it for pete’s sake. But, there is something so great about getting stuff in the mail that is not a bill! It’s something happy, like a book! Steve, who is the awesomest, always leaves the box for me to open if he gets it first because he knows.  However, today, he called me and told me it was there and like the two nerds we are he opened it while I was on the phone and read off the titles of the books. It was a little pornographic.

Lately, I never seem to order just one book, either. I have to get 4 or 5. So add the glee at getting an Amazon box + 4 or 5 books each time (book club recommendations)=potential problem. But, not one I am ready to deal with yet. We’re wallet poor, but book rich. Uh huh.

Anyway, I ordered:

David Gilmour’s, The Film Club

Michael Chabon’s, Maps and Legends

Flynn’s book

Nick Hornby’s, Housekeeping Vs. The Dirt

And Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire DVD (I didn’t have this one and it was only $6)

This is a very boy-centered list, which is slightly unusual for me. I’m sure I will make up for it soon. I’ve got a lot of ladies on my reading list too, especially–

The Lacuna by Barbra Kingsolver (which I hope we can read in BC4H)!

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

Anyway, as The Kid says, “let’s not get carried away, Mom.”

Hotties At The Museum! But, First: WHICH BOOK FOR NOVEMBER?

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Hello, Hotties! It’s awesome that everyone wants to go to the Museum for our December Book! But, we need to make up our minds about our November Book first. We’re kind of in a dead heat between Maps and Legends by Michael Chabon and Another Bullshit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn. Only 5 of us have voted for the one we would like to read this month. Andria proposed that we hold the second place title over for January which I think is a grand idea. That way we don’t have to go through this all over again (although it is kind of fun!). Once we decide what book we’re reading for November I will post more information about Hotties At The Museum after we choose the NOVEMBER BOOK (credit for this brilliant museum idea goes to Kara who has yet to join us in person, but will be at the Nov. 14th potluck so you can praise her up and down then. Plus, I have it on good authority that she has some new tattoo art on her arm, so she’s fun to look at too!)

 

We will choose the book today because we all need to get reading! So please, for those of you who haven’t done it–tell us, without delay, which book you pick. I ordered them both from Amazon (for CHEAP!) so I will be prepared.

Here’s our Month by Month Plan To February, if you all agree:

November Book: CHOOSE TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nov. 14th, Potluck at My House–may or may not discuss The Strain

November Book Discussion–Location: to be determined. Date: December 5th? (Can everyone do that day? This will get us back on track?)

December Book: PICK YOUR OWN book on an artist or work of art, associated with the works at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Steve and I were talking about this and it doesn’t have to be a work of art/artist connected with the Louvre & the Masterpiece exhibit, but there are a lot of rich ideas to choose from. Please do not pick the DaVinci Code (Shudder).  I will post some suggestions for books, but we’re all reading a different book and we will most likely have a very excellent discussion around art and books which makes me clap to myself and rock back and forth a little. This would be a good time to write a review since we’re not reading the same book!

December Book Discussion– Location: Minneapolis Institute of Art, with some eating somewhere afterward. Date: TBD (the Masterpiece exhibit closes Jan. 10 so it has to be before that).

January Book: The Second Place Non-Fiction Title From The Neverending November Vote Off.

January Book Discussion: Location and Date: TBD

February Book: Fiction based on L.O.V.E. (are you down with love, Hotties?)

The Rest: To Be Determined!

 

xoxo

Monica

Housekeeping for Hotties

Cleaning!Hello Hotties! You know what really blows? Besides my nose? Writing a whole post which I accidentally delete because my laptop keyboard is so sensitive. And, I was typing while lying down. Anyway, a bit of business: 1) We need to choose our November book. I have posted the sent in suggestions so far, below, and I think we should vote via blog or email since we’re not meeting until the 14th. 2) During our first meeting we agreed to alternate between fiction and non-fiction, which means since we read The Strain this month, we should technically be choosing a non-fiction title for November. However, the newest hotties didn’t know about this because we didn’t blog it and forgot to tell them. I told Steve, but he lives with me, and I made him submit non-fiction titles.  If the new hotties are cool with this rule, please save your fiction pieces until our December reading! and 3) Another rule we came up with is that we are only reading books that none of have read before. We all love books, and maybe we should pick a month or two where we share books that we have already read. However, that is what Good Reads is for, and I hope you’re all planning on getting on there because it is a book nerd’s dream come true, including cover art.

There are a lot of books here. I didn’t include every book we’ve already talked about. Some are included in the comments on the Future Ideas page, but some are ones that we all thought sounded interesting last time like Glass Castles by Jeanette Walls. Anyway, feel free to add in the comments other titles and go to bat for the book you really, really want to read:

Amy
Maps and Legends by Michael Chabon
How to Live with a Huge Penis by Richard Jacob (just wanted to see if you’re paying attention)
Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman

Andria
Poplorica by Martin Smith
Who Is Mark Twain by Mark Twain
Shakespeare Wrote For Money by Nick Hornby
The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines by Mike Madrid
Maps and Legends by Michael Chabon

Steve
The Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks by Jack Keroac & William S. Burroughs
Epileptic by David B. (graphic novel)
Andy Warhol, Prince of Pop by Jan Greenberg

Elizabeth
Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon
Thirst by Ken Kalfus (This would be Elizabeth’s stronger vote!)

Karaann
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (fiction)
The Film Club: A True Story of Father and Son by David Gilmour

Monica
An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England by Brock Clarke (oops I think that’s fiction)
Another Bullshit Night in Suck City: A Memoir by Nick Flynn

Rosie
7 Deadly Wonders – Matthew Reilly (fiction)

Heather
The Glass Castle by Jeannette-Walls

 

On another wonderful note: Steve has received training on the new  Louvre & the Masterpiece exhibit at the MIA. Karaann has suggested that we tie in a book club with a visit to the museum and ask Steve be our tourguide. Although, they have the headphones you can rent too. The exhibit goes until January 10, 2010 and is worth the visit.  It costs a fee to enter on every day but Thursday evening. However, I think this is such a brilliant idea that perhaps our December book idea could be free floating as in we each pick a book ( fiction or non) having to do with art, preferably about a piece or an artist connected to the museum and we have our January meeting/December book discussion at the museum.

Whoa!  Brilliant!

 

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