* friday night book club …

Posted on April 3rd, 2009 by melinda in Another day in the life of me.


I know I know, it’s awfully late to be posting but give me a break, I’ve been gone all day and most of the evening. I don’t have one single thing of importance to post about tonight … so we are going to revamp the “tag you’re it” game! So all aboard the comment train … I desperately need to know the answer to the following question. I may not be able to sleep or eat if you don’t answer. Ok, that’s a lie, unless the world comes to a sudden halt, I will sleep and eat just fine but I’m nosey and want to know all about your business! Ok? Ok!

What is the best book you’ve read in the last year? (please tell me you’ve read at least one book this past year)!


I’ll start: As ashamed as I am to admit it, my favorite book I’ve read this year is Twilight. I’ll pause here for your hysterical fit of laughter to subside. To be honest, I liked the enitre Twilight Series, so there! so what! I fantasize about vampires! what’s it to you, huh? And don’t act like at least half of you haven’t read it like a bunch a vampire/werewolf lovin’ crack junkies either … cause I know better. Don’t make me start calling names … fess up now!

Now, it’s your turn!


14 Comments on “* friday night book club …”

  1. chrisi

    you should be proud of me for a few things a. reading a book b. enjoying it. so, after that has been said, my favorite book this past year has been the book theif by markus zusak. love you!

  2. Mom Anita

    After reading this at 5:oo am, I have tried to determine my favorite book of the past year. I just can’t! I love books and really don’t understand folks who don’t like to read! I guess I would have to say my all time favorite book is Little Women because I read it yearly and have since I was 8 or 9. Now, Little Women is a far cry from what I would choose today. My favorite reading material is fantasy and I almost cringe to admit I have not read Twilight and I have certainly not seen the movie. Vampires and love stories don’t do much for me, but since I have heard so many good things about it, I may borrow the book and read it. After I read it, I will decide if I want to invest in a copy for myself. After fantasy, I like psychological thrillers followed by adventure. Favorite authors are R. A. Salvatore, Margaret Weiss, Tracy Hickman, Terry Brooks (all fantasy authors), Dean Koontz, Patricia Cornwell, Dan Brown, Michael Crichton. The Red Tent was excellent and I think I have Melinda to thank for that one as it was not a book I would have bought for myself. I just finished The Betrayal, a fictionalized novel about Jesus, which I found interesting. Melinda, you might enjoy The Dream Thief and The Smoke Thief – well as I remember, those are about dragons, but I remember I enjoyed the books!

  3. Mom Anita

    Forgot to ask if you have read the Avalon series by Marion Zimmer Bradley – they were fantastic!

  4. Frannie....

    Although I said I would never read another book by Nicholas Sparks,I am reading Nights in Rodanthe because the book has got to be better than the movie. Mel and Anna persuaded me to read Twight and I enjoyed it very much. Ended up reading all four books and can’t wait for the next one.

  5. melinda

    Let me start by saying … I am not a fan of the Nicholas Sparks. Why on earth y’all want to read stuff that makes you feel like driving off a cliff when you finish it is beyond me. My bff Cat probably just cringed as she read that cause she loves his books. I don’t watch movies about his books either for the same reason. If I need to wale like a slobbering sobbing crazy person, I’ll just watch Steele Magnolias for the millionth time. However, the Nights of Rodanthe book my mother in law is reading came from my house. In desperation I read it while camping last summer because it was the only book in the camper that I hadn’t already read. I’m not even sure where it came from but I can promise you I didn’t buy it!

    Mom Anita, I haven’t read the Avalon series, are those some of the books that Tony likes with the elves, trolls & gods? He tells me about his books at lunch sometimes and I’m afraid I can’t keep everything straight but maybe I need to check them out. As for The Red Tent, as much as I would like to take credit for him picking that one out for you, he actually bought it for you before I read it. But I loved loved loved it. It has to be near the top of my all time favorite book list. I would not recommend it for anyone who cannot distinguish between fiction and truth simply because I get frustrated when people say “well that isn’t really how it happened in the Bible” I want to say, “you idiot, that’s why it’s called FICTION”! Although, I did learn a lot of Biblical stuff from reading it AND it encouraged me to go to my Bible and research Dinah. I actually taught one of my Wednesday night Bible Studies on her.

    Have you read A Thousand Splendid Suns yet? If not, it would be my first suggestion to anyone reading this. It had just been more than a year since I read it but it is one of my all time favorites also. Let me know, I’d be anxious for your opinion on it and anyone elses opinion too! This is fun, I love talking about books.

  6. melinda

    ps: mom anita … go read Twilight, it’s entrancing in a weird sort of way I can’t explain. I feel like a shallow mud puddle for liking it so much but I really did like it. And I’m not typically a vampire kinda girl.

  7. Mom Anita

    Haven’t read A Thousand Splendid Suns. What’s it about? Tony is not interested in the Avalon series – not his kind of book. If you saw Mists of Avalon (a made for TV movie) a couple of years ago, that’s what it’s about. The movie was ok – the books are so much better. Tony and I could go on and on about the elves, dwarves, gods, mages, knights and orcs. Drizzit (I know Tony must have talked about the dark elf) is one of my favorite characters. There are several trilogies about Caramon, Raistlin, Kit, Tika and they are all fantastic. You should give some of them a try!!

  8. melinda

    A Thousand Splendid Suns is about 2 women in the middle east & their struggles to become free from oppression. It’s well worth the time, besides you can read it in like 2 days. I will definately try the Avalon series, it would be something good to take camping with us this week. Library here I come! thanks for the suggestions. And one day I’m going to work up the courage to read the trilogies you and Tony love so much.

  9. courtney

    I feel kind of dirty saying this, but I read the Twilight series and liked it.

    But my favorite book of the past year would have to be Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. I’ve read it a few times and it’s amazing every time. I also enjoyed Inside Delta Force by Eric Haney. If you can’t tell by the titles, the two books are vastly different and just shows that I have no particular genre that I stick to.

  10. anna(thefavorite)

    i love the fact that you used to make fun of me for reading vampire books and forcing marcus and bradley to take me to walmart at 1230am at the campground just to get the next book and keeping you up for hours upon hours reading with all the lights on. i mean screw being a princess…i wanna be a vampire:) even though you were and still remain a jacob fan, edward is the man…the lamb fell in love with the lion…sound familiar?? 😉 but i am also reading the host by stephanie meyer…and it is pretty amazing….although i do miss the vampires and werewolves…i am becoming very fond of aliens:)

  11. melinda

    Anna my dear child you worry me! I mean Jacob is warm and cuddly, Edward is cold and rocky … and I’m glad you are enjoying The Host, I am going to steal it back from you sometime soon so you’d best hurry up!

  12. melinda

    And I must add … I am soooo proud of Chrisi for actually reading a real book … a real grown up people book! Maybe one day she will enjoy reading for the fun of it. But she has so many other talents that her mommy doesn’t, she might choose to keep on doing one of them for entertainment instead of reading.

  13. Joy

    Melinda, Thought I’d drop by to see what’s happening in the big city tonight.I have to disagree with you about the Twilight books. I read all of them and have to say they were better than the movie but I’m glad I borrowed them and didn’t buy them. I did think Jacob was the man(wolf) she should of chose but ended up liking the way it ended..My favorite books I read this year was the Vendetta series by Fern Michaels those women are tough.Sorry to say I haven’t read any of Anita’s choices.

    • melinda

      Hi Joy … first I just have to say, I love when you leave comments, I just love seeing your name, it always makes me smile! I haven’t read your favorite series either but I am making myself a list. I plan to swing by the library tomorrow before we go camping & pick up a few things to read over the long weekend. Thanks again for stopping by and thanks for leaving a comment.

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