Introducing the She Reads Blogger Network…

She Reads- a great online book club- decided to begin a blog network. Over the last few months, the plans have been in motion to debut a group of bloggers to read and review the book of the month. Officially, September 4th, the She Reads Blog Network is live and reviewing books.

I am beyond tickled pink to announce that I am a member of this network- a great group of ladies who love to read and discuss books. While the blogger network is just beginning- I predict great things for the future.

To see  the members of the She Reads Blogger Network, click HERE!

To see the September She Reads Book Pick, click HERE! (Hint: if you like Meryl Streep movies, this is probably a great book to pick!)

 

 

She Reads September Book Club Pick: The Meryl Streep Movie Club by Mia March

September- while summer is still not completely over (living where I do, we still have a little more time for fun and sun because of the weather) but officially, summer is over. Labor Day weekend is like my last hurrah, I make sure to soak up as much fun and sun as possible over Labor Day weekend. Then slowly begin preparing for fall (pumpkins, state fair, leaves falling, etc..)

So it’s kind of fitting that She Reads picked The Meryl Streep Movie Club by Mia March as their September book club pick. It’s like a farewell to summer in a book. I love this book- I really can’t say enough good things about this book.  It’s light, refreshing, easy reading. Great type of a book for a book club to debate and discuss because there will probably be at least 1 person in the book that members can identify with.

For a more detailed review, click HERE for my earlier review!

To see what She Reads is saying about this great book (plus to win prizes!) click HERE!

Literary Friday ya’ll…..

Friday- TGIF. Katy Perry Songs. #DAYSASTER (if you are a fan of Days of Our Lives). Oh yeah, and tonight- Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics- I love the Olympics!

So since this is a special Literary Friday (because of the Olympics) I’m going to change some things up- I’ll be raving and providing information on Literary things, but will tie it in with the Olympics by breaking categories down in Gold, Silver and Bronze worthy sections.

Gold Medal:

1. Deep South Magazine and their Literary Friday- a weekly what’s what in the world of literary gems. Always insightful!

2. Mia March The Meryl Streep Movie Club– I’m def giving it a Gold Medal. I enjoyed it that much.

Silver Medal:

1. Melinda Mcguire is still looking for people to guest-blog for her #STHRN idea. She’s had some interesting people (and my guest-blog on Rowan Oak, Faulkner, books will be posted in August!) so if you have ideas, please check her page out!

2. Francine Pascal- The Sweet Life– the stories of Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield at 30. Part soap-opera, part nostalgia- and all together a delicious little e-serial. It’s  really the only reason I look forward to Sunday now, so that I can read the latest installment.

3. The blog Man VS Books Club (@MVBClub) and the staff- they post reviews of books that are current and getting quite a buzz, committed to exposing readers to books that they might not know of , and always up for a literary chat on Twitter. Great work, ya’ll!

Bronze Medal:

1. Emily Giffin and the latest book- The book is great, actually, but there is a teensy spoiler to another couple in one of her books. I hadn’t read that book yet, so now I know basically how things work out. I’ll still read the other book, but I wish I’d known that she’d have these characters in her new book Where We Belong.

Other Literary Friday Tidbits:

1. Kimberly Brock, Anna Kline and the Grits and Soul Band will be making their way across the South to different bookstores. Kim will be signing The River Witch and Anna/Grits and Soul will be singing/playing. Don’t miss out!

2. My #fridayreads are as follows: Where We Belong by Emily Giffin (almost finished), Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald.

Happy Reading!

The Meryl Streep Movie Club….

I just finished reading The Meryl Streep Movie Club by Mia March. Cannot not say enough good things about the book. Some people are drawing similarities to books such as Jane Austen Book Club and Friday Night Knitting Club, but since I’ve never read those- I’m not sure if books are similar.

I love how the movie of the week for the club helped open a discussion amongst the ladies (and helped shed some light on personal problems). I also liked how each of them did not view the movie the same way- some felt empathy with Meryl Streep’s character, while others did not approve of the choices made in that role.
But no matter agreeing or not, each movie lead to a discussion that was thoughtful and frank.

A movie or a book can lead to wonderful discussions- but sometimes the movie is easier to discuss because it’s a visual experience. Are there any movies or books that have lead to a discussion amongst friends and family?

WWW Wednesdays (Should be Reading) July 25

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

 

What are you currently reading?

Currently reading The Meryl Streep Movie Club by Mia March and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. TMSMC is really good- good characters, interesting situations- I have a theory about how part of this book will play out- very eager to see how it ends!

P&P is also good- it’s just so different than my normal reads, a bit harder for me to get into for long reading spells.

What did you recently finish reading?

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, The Sweet Life #3 by Francine Pascal, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Jinxed by Carol Higgins Clark.

Sharp Objects is great- dark and a bit disturbing. The Sweet Life- if you were a fan of Sweet Valley High/Twins/University- check that out. Ready Player One- total nerd-ish/gamer book (and I loved it!), Jinxed- CHC writes books that are quick reads, light mystery- a perfect book to sit and read in an afternoon.
What do you think you’ll read next?

Falling Home by Karen White, Where We Belong by Emily Giffin, and the 4th installment of The Sweet Life is on my to read list. Also A Teeny Bit of Trouble by Michael Lee West.

WWW Wednesdays (Should Be Reading) July 18

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

 

1. What are you currently reading?

Currently reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and The Sweet Life #1 by Francine Pascal.

 

2. What did you recently finish reading?

Finished Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks on Monday.

3.What do you think you’ll read next?

I’ll read the 2nd part in the Francine Pascal 6 part e-serial next. I also have Where We Belong by Emily Giffin and The Meryl Streep Movie Club by Mia March.

 

Literary Friday ya’ll….

Friday is HERE! A round of all things literary happening for Friday:

1. Karen White will be signing and reading at Lemuria Books today. I will be there. I hear Sea Change is supposed to be great. I’ll be live-tweeting from the book signing using #karenwhite.

2. Deep South Magazine teased us avid readers earlier in the week with a picture of books (most notably Mary Kay Andrews newest book- Spring Fever!) Perhaps that book will be given away to a lucky person today! Deep South Summer Reading List

3. Chick Lit Central is giving away a copy of Stacey Ballis Off the Menu– for the links and how to enter, see previous blog post or Google Chick Lit Central.

4. Judy Blume is on Twitter and since I’m a #booknerd that makes me happy!

5. I’m 6 or  so chapters in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice– enjoying it.

6. Melinda Mcquire (@melindamcquire) has an interesting idea for writers, photographers, etc of Southern ways. If you are interested in hearing more about her idea- follow her or use the hashtag #STHRN to get more info.

7. Mia March, Mia March- I may have to add you to my list of writers who are using social media to their advantage- thanks for the follow!

Since it’s been raining all week- it’s been a great week to cozy up with books. Also, I’d missed the 2 previous weeks of Drop Dead Diva- watched the first episode yesterday that I missed- Owen and Jane- engaged- so cute!

Happy Reading!