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January 2017

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Hi Ladies,

      In Sunday’s meeting at El Adobe, the group decided to have a 2-book option for this month’s read.  (It was also established that Andrea’s New Year’s resolution was to finish the book! ….no pressure, Andrea! 😉 So, without further ado- the next book options are:

The Lifeboat: Charlotte Rogan  Buy it here

“Grace Winter – new bride, new widow, apparently unscathed after 21 days drifting at sea in an overcrowded lifeboat – is a survivor. And survivors, as we all know, can be the most dangerous people of all. Charlotte Rogan’s terrific debut novel opens with a bang, when the ship carrying newlyweds Grace and Henry back to New York after the outbreak of war in Europe suffers an explosion and sinks. Somehow, Grace is squeezed into a departing lifeboat, captained by ship’s officer Mr Hardie, and along with a motley crew of passengers, mostly female, they push away from the wreckage, beating off drowning men and beseeching infants as they go.”

 

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The Chemist:  The Chemist is the second adult novel by American author, Stephenie Meyer Buy it here

Dr Juliana Fortis has been on the run from her department for three years, ever since they murdered her friend and mentor, Dr Joseph Barnaby. She had a very specialised job, and was very good at it. But she escaped before they could kill her (not that they haven’t tried since then) and she has become very good at staying alive and staying well under the radar. It’s exhausting, being a fugitive, changing her name, her vehicle, her home more often than some people change their socks, but it’s still better than being dead.
But now there’s contact from her former boss, Lowell Carston. An email “Tired of running? Policy has changed. We need you. Would an unofficial apology help? Can we meet? I wouldn’t ask, but lives are on the line. Many, many lives”. The smart thing would be to delete the email, and yet she replies. Maybe she is tired of running. What they’re asking her to do is right up her alley, and she prepares all her safeguards and makes sure she’s in complete control. But something’s just not right with her subject, and she begins to wonder if it is a trap after all. Meyer dedicates her story to Jason Bourne and Aaron Cross, and from the first page, it is easy to see why. Her heroine is extremely resourceful, smart, very inventive and prepared to the point of paranoia. Except paranoia is when you think they’re out to get you: in her case they really are. There is lots of action and quite a bit of violence, but also plenty of laugh-out-loud dialogue and a bit of romance. Meyer sets up her big exciting climax with a delicious irony in place, and a clever twist. This is definitely Meyer’s best yet: a brilliant read.

The game plan will be to meet in March to discuss the books.(location, date and time TBD)  If some of you are feeling very ambitious, maybe you’ll read both! No promises, but I would like to 🙂

Lastly, Lara has offered to host a girls get together on February 19th, to watch HBO’s Big Little Lies (in homage of our very first book club book!). We are thinking about doing a pot luck… so, if you plan on attending let’s determine who would like to bring what! More info by email soon.

Looking forward to the new year and good reads yet to come!

-Leslie

 

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Boys in Babeland

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Book Club Brunch on the beautiful Bluff brought Book Babes together with boys, babies, beaus, and bubbles! Admittedly, we probably did a disservice to a wonderful read, The House Girl, but we had an awesome day celebrating summer with friends. Most people did not read or finish but hey, between new houses, new work, new babies, and lots of travelers, we’ve had a busy month! We’ll crack the whip again eventually, but for now, I think we all just enjoyed the hang out. Thanks Jan & Jim for hosting such a rowdy bunch!

CaptureThings were a little chaotic so we didn’t have much time to make plans for August, so we figured out our plans via email. The next book we chose isn’t really a book at all, but inspired by the “Choose Your Own Adventure” series (the one pictured is in honor of Leslie, who suggested a book free-for-all). We are going to wrap up the summer reading by all choosing a title from our own personal reading lists and report back to one another in August. That way we’ll all get a little taste of lots of different titles and pick something manageable for our own summer schedules. Make sure you come ready with a summary that doesn’t give away the ending, in case you persuade anyone to read your title on their own. This will also give us time to chat over Jan’s suggestion of a friendly no read penalty – think swear jar, or mimosa fund!

We will get back to our traditional brunching, though, and meet at Pub Thirty Two (23962 Alicia Parkway, Mission Viejo, CA 92691) for our next Book Club session, Sunday August 21, 2016 at 10:30 am. In addition to your summary, bring a new title to vote on for September! Let’s stick with the “Summer Read” theme we were going to choose from this time! See you ladies in August! Meanwhile, enjoy the not-super-awesome photos below…. note Jan’s impressive frisbee jumps in one of them! We need to get the paparazzi to follow us around next time for better pics  🙂

 

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Luckiest Girls Alive

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Yes, yes, yes, we all loved Paul Kalanithi’s thoughtful and moving memoir. We needed ZERO glasses of wine to get through this read. (Which is good, because there were a lot of pregnant bellies present at this brunch!) From his writing, to his humanity, we all fell in love with some aspect of this book, be it the writing style, the insight, the author, etc. If you haven’t read it/finished it, please do! You’ll be glad you did.

 

What a Dish was probably one of our favorite brunch spots to date. No one can believe we hadn’t been there yet as only a couple of us even knew it existed, nestled back behind the main building. We will definitely be back…. possibly just for those unbelievable cupcakes! And the Bloody Mary’s? Not pictured is Andrea’s Virgin Mary, which was about half the size, so we know what’s filling up that big ole’ jar! Great spot! Next time we need to remember to take a pic before people start splitting.

 

Next meeting will be Sunday 5/22/16 at 11:00 am at The Blind Pig in Rancho Santa Margarita ( 31431 Santa Margarita Pkwy, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688 next to Carmelita’s). I think we said 10:30 originally, but they don’t open until 11. It’s not really a Sunday brunch, more like early Sunday lunch on the lake. Plus, there may be 2 new arrivals in-tow! We’ll play it by ear and see how the new moms are feeling before we try to get a head count. Our book of the month is kind of the Susan Lucci or Leo DiCaprio title of book club. Nominated often, but finally won the big award! Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll is our next read, and you can buy it here.

 

All this PLUS, we’re getting ready for a group movie date! Or at least we THOUGHT so! Turn’s out Big Little Lies (one of our first group reads) is being turned into a mini-series on HBO! Sounds like a wine & yoga pants kind of event to me 🙂 That’s a ways off yet, but we’ll mark our calendars once the launch date is announced. And, BTW, the cast looks AMAZING…. Reese & Nicole, PLUS Adam Scott, Alexander Skarsgård (swoon), and Laura Derns? Yes, please!

Tear Jerkers

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Hi Ladies!

PhotoGrid_1457906044387FIRST of all… I cannot thank you all enough for the Baby Book Shower at the last meeting… what a total surprise! I am so honored to know beautiful and brilliant women like you, and I can’t wait to share the world of books with baby soon!
Orient was a success! I think everyone actually read it, ha! We were most impressed with the authors descriptive writing, which managed not to veer off into the realm of self indulgent, though we had a hard time caring about the fate of most of his characters. Most… not all.
We are so excited to do brunch on 4/3 at 10:30 am at What a Dish in Dana Point, 24921 Dana Point Harbor Dr b100, Dana Point, CA 92629 (behind Mahe) RSVP so we can make a reservation! This month is Lara’s choice (and formerly Liz‘s!), a tearjerker we hear!

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (Buy it here)

Because we’re overachievers (or at least like to think we are), here are some extra readings found by Liz that she thought we’d like after we wrap up this next read! She says:
“So excited to discuss this incredibly moving book. I’m adding to the reading list and suggesting these essays in addition to the book. One was written by the author before his book was released and right before he died. I recommend NOT wearing any mascara.
“I wish I could write half as beautifully as these two.” ~Liz
It’s relatively short, but that’s good because we will meet in only 2 more weeks! Sorry for the delayed notice, but hope to see as many of you there as possible!
Happy reading,
❤ Diana

Holly Jolly Holidays

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B9okclubFirst and foremost, thank you to our fabulous hostess with the most-est, Andrea, for having us all over for our Holiday Book Party! Our cookie exchange was delicious and our White Elephant Book Swap was surprisingly successful! Can’t wait to do that again next year! We didn’t have enough people finish In the Heart of the Sea to make a movie date (but those who finished it loved it! All thumbs up!), but I know some people made movie dates of their own so hopefully those who want can make it out to watch.

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b08f3387827c43e391d91009bc9b9c8eWhen it came time to pick our next title Holly offered up Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus (buy it here) and I may, or may not (definitely may), have gotten super excited because it is my all-time favorite read. Hopefully I didn’t oversell it because I think my reaction hijacked the book vote! It did end up sparking an interesting conversation about everyone’s favorite titles, which are listed below for future reference! I think we also forgot to pick a theme for the next read so let’s just call it Anything Goes!

 

 

 

 

 

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This is what our next meeting would look like with an unlimited budget 🙂

Next book club meet up is scheduled for Sunday January 31st at 11:00 am, at my (Diana’s) house. I will email the address. Just remember to bring a title/summary for the next read and a drink or brunch item (fruit salad, cheese & crackers, etc.). I will prepare a warm egg dish and some snacks as well so I’m sure there will be plenty of food… I’m pretty sure having enough food has never been a struggle for us!

 

 

 

Also, dress code is black and white! Start reading soon and you’ll understand 🙂 Until next time, gals, happy reading, happy holidays, and a happy happy happy new year!

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b3f18e421aef02f8d0b8f7a501edadfeOther Favorite Titles:

Celestine Prophecy – James Redfield

The Power of One – Bruce Courtenay

Written on the Body – Jeanette Winterson

Let the Right One In – John Ajvide Lindqvist

 

Dissing the Dolls

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a7677dcbf7fd0a9d9f9557ce660b38caOur quiet Sunday brunch (for a change) at Salt Creek Grille was full of tasty cocktails, “creative” beignets, and beautiful weather in the cabana. The overall response to our scandalous smut, Valley of the Dolls, was basically… where was the scandal? Maybe it was dicey in it’s day, but not to this crowd. Maybe that says more about us, but we’ll leave that open to interpretation

We are VERY excited about our next meeting, though! Hosted by the lovely Andrea at her place (Address to be emailed in reminder email blast) at 4:30 on Saturday October 24th! We’re going to celebrate an early Halloween with a little RESURRECTION! We will be picking our next book from the list of other suggested, but not chosen, titles from past club meetings. Consider it a night of the undead unread! Wear a little costume, and bring a plate of tapas and a bottle to share! Everyone’s welcome! …Yes, btw, that is a picture of my book costume 😉

But I’m getting ahead of myself… our next read, in the autobiographies and memoirs category, will be Andrea’s pick: Decoded by Jay Z. Looks like a very interesting mix of memoir, autobiography and some of his lyrics “decoded” by the writer himself! Other suggested titles at this meeting were: Wild by Cheryl Strayed & Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham.

Jay-Z-DecodedALSO… BOOK CLUB EXTRA! We need to pick a date for our movie trip to see the Martian! Please leave your availability in the comments section below. I think we’d like to go as a group and see the movie at Cinepolis in Dana Point sometime soon!

Books, Babes & Beaus on the Bluff

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PhotoGrid_1439230147302What a wonderful Sunday! What an awesome book! What fabulous people! Thanks to Jan for inviting us down to the Bluff overlooking the beach this Sunday for a Picnic Brunch! We had such a picturesque day and had so much fun bringing along some husbands and babies, and out of town guests! The Martian was an overall hit, not just with the clubbers but with EVERYONE who read! We gave it our highest rating yet… only 1/2 a glass of wine to get through this story! PhotoGrid_1439231018362We shared many belly laughs laughs reliving our favorite parts and lines from the book while sipping our bubbles and bloodies! Matt Damon may be the “King of Mars”, but Jan is the Queen of Bloodies!!! Thanks to everyone for bringing goodies and games. We will need to book our trip to the movies at the next book club…. Cinepolis anyone???

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What’s Up Next?

The category for our next pick was “Guilty Pleasure.” Our filthy next title, based on our smutty voting, is Jan’s nomination: Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann, buy it here. We are pumped for this cult-classic and tried to find some ideas for an appropriate brunch to accompany our reading… our first idea is to take a limo up to Santa Ana for the Drag Brunch at Velvet Lounge, but more on that later. If we’re feeling like saving some dough, people were hoping for another themed brunch. We’ll see…. I have a feeling that a themed brunch for this book would be mostly booze and pills…. not much in the way of brunch! Brunch plans TBD, so post your preferences or ideas!

Whatever we do, it will be Sunday September 20th around 10:30 am, so mark your calendars, and grab some pink lipstick! And remember to bring a new title, either an autobiography or a memoir!

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Until next time, ladies! Cheers!