I have to admit that I have been very anxious to read our book selection this month. The people I know that read it really loved it. I am now finding out that the Jr. addition may be the one they were talking about. Anyway, my first reaction from reading the first chapter was - I don't think I have ever read such long, long sentences before. Sometimes I had to go back and reread it several times. Once in a while I checked to see if they were run-on sentences. I can't help myself - it is the teacher in me. They didn't appear to be run-ons, but boy were they long. Someone referred to it today as laborious. That is a good way to express it. I am hoping that it picks up a little. I'm not saying that it isn't good - I haven't read enough of it yet. I do have a few comments that I will want to add about the first chapter at our discussion. It will be interesting to hear what you have to say!
Since we are only doing a book club meeting in November (our blankets will be delivered on November 16), and this is our last meeting of 2010, I thought we would try something different this month. Below is an attachment that includes an introduction and discussion questions for Three Cups of Tea. I am proposing that after you finish reading the book, review the questions before coming to the meeting, and have a 2-3 minute answer prepared for each one (or most of them). If there are a couple of questions that don't interest you, feel free to skip them. Of course, you don't have to participate, but this gives each member an opportunity to express their opinions about the questions that are most important or relevant to them, and we get to hear from everyone that wants to talk about that particular topic. I don't think that we necessarily have to have a timer available :), but please try to limit your answer to 2-3 minutes. If we agree as a group that the question needs more discussion, then we can always add to it. You might want to mark some passages in your book with Post-It notes or jot down notes on your question sheet. What do you think?
This is the first time I have had to wait so long for books from Amazon, but they finally arrived yesterday. I can't wait to start reading our November selection (see below for details). I know some of you have friends that have read it already, and talked about how good it is. I love reading true stories, especially about someone that is doing something good and positive in the world. Please try to make it to our November meeting - Thursday, November 18 at 6:30. This will be our last meeting of the year and will be strictly a book club/social meeting. If you know of someone that has read the book and would like to come share their views about it, please invite them. We are going to try to change the way we do the questions this month and see how it works. It is always good to "shake" things up a little. More details later.
Also, please come to the meeting with some ideas about if you want to meet in December for a luncheon, dinner, social hour, etc. What days or evenings work best or do you even want to try for it? Thanks so much for all of your participation.
This one sounds terrific and it is a true story!! I can't wait to get started on it.
Book Website -One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time
Here's a book recommendation from a member of our club. It sounds great.
I like to think that I can't be described in a short paragraph. Some adjectives: curious, caring, kind, generous, excitable, motivated, emotional, fun, organized. What do you think? Claire