July Book Club Review

July 31, 2013 at 12:20 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

The night before my last day of work before our vacation, the girls and I met up for our monthly book club happenings.  We went to a place we’ve been before but it’s one of my favorites so I didn’t mind and it was close enough to home that I didn’t feel guilty knowing how much packing and preparing I still had left to do.  We met at Bad Apple which I know I’ve reviewed before, and it was just as good this time around.  I had a few summer cocktails in honor of the nice weather and the fact that I was already in vacation mode, and all my drinks were all delicious.  And strong.  Bad Apple also had a substantial beer menu which a few other girls enjoyed.  I ordered a veggie burger with goat cheese, spinach and a sage marmalade sauce and it was amazing.  Their fries are also really tasty and they make their own awesome ketchup in house.  I was able to save half my meal for lunch the next day and it made for a great second meal.

Stories are like spiderwebs.

As for books, we read Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman.  His books are usually have a touch of sci-fi and there are often ghosts, goblins, ghouls and spirits that appear as everyday creatures in the worlds he creates.  This book told the story of an unremarkable man who, after his father passes away, realizes he’s got quite the remarkable family.  It took me a little bit to really get into it as the beginning started off slowly but once I got about a third in, I was all in.  It was definitely entertaining and unlike anything I’ve read before though the ending tied together almost a little too predictably.  The story itself had so many original elements that it was easy to lose myself in and most of the other girls in our group had to agree.  This is the third book of his I’ve read in a relatively small amount of time (The Graveyard Book and American Gods were the others) and I can’t say I’m complaining.  So if you’re up for something a little different and out there, pick this novel up.  And if you’re hungry, head to Bad Apple!

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October Book Club

November 2, 2011 at 10:33 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

The ladies and I managed to gather again last week for an evening of wine, books and chatter.  We had two new girls join the group so it was nice to see our numbers swell a little and I’m pretty sure they’ll both be back!  Five of us met at Calo Ristorante, an Italian place not too far from my apartment.  I’d never been and the decor was a little fancier than what I was used to for our book club shenanigans but the prices were reasonable and the wine was cheap so my worries were for nothing.  I ordered the vegetable pasta in marinara sauce and it was quite good.

Not exactly what I was expecting but interesting nonetheless

There was asparagus, zucchini, squash, tomatoes and a bunch of other delicious veggies that I can’t seem to recall right now and they were perfect in the sauce.  There were two kinds of house bread served, one with garlic and one with cheese, and while I probably had too much of each of them it was totally worth it.  Pairing it all with a nice red wine made for quite a hearty meal.

The book we read was Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.  I’d been wanting to read some of his stuff for a while and actually suggested the book myself.

Which was why I was a little confused when I picked it up from the library and saw it was a graphic novel.  I’m flexible so I rolled with it and then lent it to a friend who was one of the new club additions.  After we both finished it, we realized that it is actually a novel novel and the graphic novel was just an adaptation.  Which made a lot of sense because while what we read was entertaining, it felt like it was lacking significant depth.  Well, duh.  So we missed out on the novel but were able to have a new perspective on the book from the drawings in the graphic novel.  I’d actually like to go back and read the entire book now to make some sense of everything but I’ve got such a to-do reading list that I’m not sure I’ll get around to it anytime soon.

As always, the conversation was lively and just what I needed to round out a Thursday night.  We typically chat about what’s been going on in our own lives for a while and then (of course) talk about the book.  It’s a good time every month and something I always look forward to.  Our next meeting is also at a place near my apartment (read: within stumbling distance) and the book isn’t available in graphic novel form so I should be on the same page (oh how I hate this saying) as everyone else.

We make reading look cool!

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