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Friday, January 30, 2009

Truck: A Love Story Discussion

Here we go guys.

I'm copping to you first. Heh. No, it's your turn to start us off. So, chime in, let us know what your thoughts were. For those of you still reading this, or waiting to read this, no worries, the discussion is posted to the discussion link in the right bar of the home page. Join in whenever!

Um. I'm waiting.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Oh I am a Dork

I completely spaced discussing Truck.

I've updated the schedule a bit to wit.

Book opening on Thursday and Truck discussion same day. We can handle it.

I hope you guys have dug into In Defense of Food too. We'll schedule that discussion later when we get an idea where we are. But only after the upcoming Thursday marathon. Heh.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The First Annual Brown Book Blog Love It Hate It List

It is still January, so this post could be considered legit. Besides, for any book blog, it seems it is mandatory. Otherwise, we might find ourselves the outcasts of the book blogging world. Maybe we already are?

Favorite books read in 2008.

I think only sharing books published in 2008 is too limiting. So, let's dig in to anything we read in the last year and as we swap titles, our respective To Be Read lists will bloat up, which is the only kind of bloating that is actually cool.

Here are mine:

There were three that jut out in my mind.

Sharp Teeth. This book absolutely amazed me. Mr. Barlow took a big risk writing an epic poem, especially in this era when poetry is not the most appreciated writing form. He more than excelled in my opinion. It had a lovely rhythm without making you constantly aware you were reading poetry. The story itself had me riveted, even the gory scenes which didn't seem to throw me into fits of nightmares like some would. I hope to see more by this talented author.

The Last Lecture. As inspirational books go, this one tops them all, if only for the reason it is not full of itself or flowery. Mr. Pausch had an astounding take on life and he certainly lived it fully. This book inspired me to reach harder for my goals and touched me deeply. I loved the way he could write with such tenderness then shift into comedy and all throughout he doesn't sugar coat things. I like writers who don't sugar coat. I think we need more of those.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. Point of view. This book takes you into the mind of a young (I believe he was about 15) autistic boy. And it is done extraordinarily well. Mr. Haddon dealt with family relationships, the frailty of being human and how love and trust do not automatically go hand in hand. But you never felt like you were being preached to, in fact I never realized those subjects were being dealt with truly till I finished the book. The story itself is so engaging that you get the points without realizing it. I do have one confession about this book. I didn't actually 'read' it, I listened to it on my iPod. Does that count?

Books I loathed:

Dear American Airlines. Maybe loathe is harsh, but reading 192 pages of vitriol just got to me. I can't sustain that much anger for that long. And frankly, even if I could, I just wouldn't want to. It's not that I think Mr. Miles is a bad writer. On the contrary I found the writing itself excellent. But the overall emotion of it just killed it for me.

The Sister. This book took me forever to finish. And I had to force my way there. It was riddled with long long long long passages about moth collecting. Yawn. I apologize to Ms. Adams, but after slogging through really slow and frankly boring segments, the end was a disappointment to me.

Your turn. Tell me your best loved books of 2008 and your garbage bin books too!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Truckin and Movin On

All right all my four-eyed, booknook friends. Where are you in Truck? I had hoped to have the discussion tomorrow (the 20th) but if that is too early, we can push it back a day or two or more.

Once we start that discussion, we'll green light reading In Defense of Food. I'm so excited to read this. I heard Mr. Pollan interviewed when he released his book The Omnivore's Dilemma and again when this one was first released. He is a very engaging speaker and therefore I have high hopes for his book. I hope lots of you out there join in! Please. The more the merrier!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Reading to the Kids

We just received this book

which captured my interest some time ago. The author Munro Leaf, originally wrote this book in 1946 and it has since been re-released in 2002. He is also the author of the much loved Ferdinand.

The illustrations in How to Behave and Why are wonderful and the advice in them is easy to understand with good logical sense. And it doesn't pull punches, like when it says, "Only a dope will tell a lie" or "Of course, you can argue with people who know better than you, but it's stupid".
Perhaps not politically correct but definitely language a child can comprehend. Other wonderful passages stress good behavior makes a person happy and fun to be around. In fact, this book is a good review in politeness for my older son too. And now I think about it, there are a lot of adults in this world who could use these lessons.

I just love this book, and so do the kids. offers a little free reading

If you go visit Amazon's New Year Treats Page, they have free article downloads from many magazines including Oprah's Best Life, Vegetarian Time, Country Living, Redbook and so on.

Monday, January 12, 2009

And the Winner Is!

The random winner for the book eight opening drawing is:

Nancy Dancehall!

Can you hear the crowd roar?

Friday, January 9, 2009

Book Eight Opening

We're opening book eight today!

Leave a comment to put your name in for the drawing (one entry per person). Thanks!

And now the Brown Book Blog gives you, the book geek in her natural habitat, sans makeup as is often the case.

And here she confirms that it is in fact, brown paper wrapped book number eight.

She is halfway there...

And the next Brown Books Project book to read is:

And that book title not backwards:

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Tomorrow - Opening and Drawing!

I'm reinstituting the drawing for the book opening this week! Yay.

So don't forget to stop back by tomorrow to check out the next book, have a lively discussion about anything bookie (not the illegal kind), and put your name in for the drawing. I will announce the drawing winner on Monday!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

It's Official - Start Reading Truck: a Love Story by Michael Perry

We are officially dropping War and Peace. I commend everyone's valiant efforts. A book that long has got to be worth our time, and obviously it just wasn't making the cut. I do plan to finish it on my own, but have no qualms dropping it from the itinerary. Besides, I'm antsy to move on!

With that behind us, let's dig in to Truck by Michael Perry.

On Friday I will open book number 8, and we can start preparing to read that one too. I'll get the calendar updated later today, so check in for that and we'll get some momentum going and a new discussion planned for book 7.


Monday, January 5, 2009

Where are you?

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. My husband was home for two weeks which made a great vacation for both of us. But now that he is back at work, and I can get back to my 'normal' (ha ha) routine, I'll be giving this blog more attention. We're going to be doing some give-aways again so keep your attention peeled here!

For now though,

...ever forward, War and Peace continues.

Where are you guys?

I am just about to finish Volume 2 - which is at about page 600. Patches, the passage quote at the end of Volume 2 for me is: "It seemed to Pierre that this star answered fully to what was in his softened and encouraged soul, now blossoming into new life."

If you guys are near this or past it, let's plan to discuss that section tomorrow. If not, we'll figure out a target date.

Let's keep pushing and reading.