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Kool & The Gang




Kool & The Gang

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Is It A Girl Or A Boy?

Wolverine and I had an interesting and good-natured discussion today about gendered books and/or genres.  This is a continuation of a discussion that started way back when we met 10+ years ago. Wolverine loves graphic novels and wants to share that love and passion with me and everyone else he encounters. That’s sweet, isn’t it? He’s such a schmoopie! And, there have been some great graphic novels that have crossed my path, but according to Wolverine, I still don’t read enough of them.

This topic came up today and when Wolverine pitched a title to me (Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman series, which is totally on my list, btw). I agreed that I really want to read them.Some day.  But, I also posited that maybe I haven’t been as hot to jump more graphic novels because the majority of them still fall into the category of  sometimes-mostly-kind-of-seemingly-looks-like-they’re-prone-towards being a male-centric (both author and subject) superhero saturated/oriented genre. Whew. (that was fun).

Wolverine suggested that this wasn’t true anymore and that I just may be assuming this genre is still overly male-dominated, when, in fact, it might be reaching toward, or already at, an equal number subjects and authors that go beyond Batman saving and reviving Gotham, yet again.

My assumptions may be based in the 50s and 60s. Not 2010. That’s a real problem: 1) I wasn’t even alive in the 50s or 60s so what am I talking about? and 2) I’ve been close-minded. Ouch. Well, I’m not above admitting he’s right, and he is.  All those testosterone-filled male-oriented superhero comics and graphic novels still exist, no doubt. Read the rest of this entry »

Hi ho! Since our beloved Andria made the blog look pretty and all, I feel motivated to write more. Two times in one 24-hour period, in fact! What I wanted to write about is my 40 books for my 40th year challenge– from January 1, 2010-December 31, 2010.  It’s not working. That’s because it’s June and I have read just about 40 books  since January 1. I under-challenged myself. However, I stumbled across Home Girl’s Book Blog 100 Books in a year challenge! Perfect!

Please join me in the challenge, or start your own. Please write about it.  I owe you tons of 2-second reviews. I won’t let you down!

Here’s my list, sans reviews.

1. The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

2. A Happy Marriage: A Novel by Rafael Yglesias

3. Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderland by Michael Chabon

4. La’s Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith

5. The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

6. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson.

7. The Girl Who Played With Fire by Steig Larsson

8. The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest by Steig Larsson

9. City of Thieves by David Benioff

10. The Sweetness at the Bottom of The Pie by Alan Bradley Read the rest of this entry »

The Hotties around these parts have impressive Summer reading lists ! I sent an email around asking for titles of books they’re planning to read, or books they recommend, and they came through with flying colors. You know why? Reading is hot! That’s why. I put my list in there too. Right now, I am on book #10 of the Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries (True Blood) and they are PERFECT for Summer. I realized that I was kind of a literature snooty pants, which is not conducive to the Hottie Creed of open-mindedness and egalitarianism for all, and I am also kind of anti-vampire genre. But I do love Sookie and her little Southern fairy self. And, the vampires are FOXY, unlike the vamps and their disgusting white goo (seriously)  in The Strain. In general, I have two issues with these books. One) I don’t care about the werewolves of Shreveport, and I wish they would go away and leave Sookie alone, and two) they are super fast reads, and I basically read the 10 books in the series since May and now there aren’t any more. 😦

In any case, find out what some of the hotties are planning on reading between now and September after the jump (we’ll save the recommendations for another day):

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Whoa. We haven’t had many updates lately. Sorry folks. I , for one have been having SUMMER. And reading the Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest (which kicks ass, BTW) and a bunch of Sookie Stackhouse mysteries (which are 100% cheesy, but totally fun) and Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang for our next book club meeting (which is Friday, June 11).

I have so many book updates for my 40 books in one year project to tell you about. I totally underestimated myself. 40 books= Piece. Of. Cake. I am a kick-ass reader, even though I do need glasses!

We’re Going Grimm!

Brothers Grimm

Tomorrow is our book club on the Brother’s Grimm! For all Book Club Members, you should have the details. If you don’t email books4hotties@gmail.com ASAP!!

And for something completely different, we are reading Chelsea Handler’s book Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang next! I think Chelsea Handler is the perfect book for a book club called Book Club 4 Hotties, don’t you? We can’t be taking ourselves too seriously, and reading is HOT, after all. See you soon!!

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.”

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