Books, Booze & Bajingos: My Life As A White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland

Last night was the monthly meet-up (via Ventrillo) of my book club, Books, Booze & Bajingos. Here is the run down.

This month’s book was My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland.

Laura and Jessie didn’t make it, and I was the only drinker last night. Everyone, including myself, was surprised that I would pick a zombie book. I hate zombies. I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned that before, but I do. They scare me. A lot.

However, this seems to have been a huge hit with the book club. All those who were there really loved it.

One of my favorite quotes from last night: “I’m so glad she got a boyfriend with a steady source of brains, because every time she would get low on brains it would stress me out so bad.” -Annie

The character growth and development of Angel (the main character) was phenomenal. We loved how real she is, flawed and relatable. We all found her self deprecation very relatable. Also, this is a unique, intriguing and very clever way to present the zombie monster genre. Also, the mystery through out the novel was very on point. No figuring it out before Angel, and I really liked that; sometimes I find it a little annoying when the dramatic irony is just laid on too thick, ya know?


For October, it is Maile’s turn to pick.

Her pick is:

 

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What Else am I reading? [October 2014]

I’m not really reading anything at the moment. I’d love to continue the White Trash Zombie series, but I don’t have the finances to spend on more books at the moment. I am, however, listening to an audio books, here and there, as I work on the book I’m illustrating.

The first book I listened to was:

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

This is the second book in The Lunar Chronicles, the first being Cinder (July’s pick). I’ve had it in my audio book library for a little while now, and I finally got to “read” it. Now I need Cress (book three).

Currently, I’m listening to:

The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories by R.A. Salvatore

This was a free audio book on Audible (unfortunately, it is not for “sale” any more). It is narrated by a great cast which includes Sean Astin, Ice-T, “Weird Al” Yankovic, David Duchovny, Wil Wheaton, Melissa Rauch, Dan Harmon, Felicia Day, Greg Grunberg, Tom Felton, Michael Chiklis, and Danny Pudi (they each narrate a story on their own). It’s fun.

Progress Report: September

Just checking in to share my progress with the book clubs’ picks for this month.

BOOKS, BOOZE & BAJINGOS:


PROGRESS: Done

THOUGHTS SO FAR: I really liked this book. I need to get more from this series. I started it right after BB&B night and finished it the following Saturday morning. I think the other ladies in book club like it too.

VAGINAL FANTASY BOOK CLUB:

PROGRESS: Done

THOUGHTS SO FAR: After I finished White Trash Zombie, I started this one…and finished it the same day. I might pick up the alt book.


Are you reading along with either of these book clubs this month? If so, how far are you?

 

Book Club Reads, round-up for October

Last week I went over the monthly get together for Books, Booze and Bajingos. If you haven’t read that yet, you should check it out.

Felicia Day’s Vaginal Fantasy book club also holds its meet-up at the end of the month, you can click here to watch their video.

The books for the Vaginal Fantasy book club, for the month of October, are:

 

The theme this month is “supernatural gumbo.”


Also, just a quick reminder, the pick for BB&B this month is:

Chosen by:

BBB-Lyn

 


Let me know if you are reading along with us, or Vaginal Fantasy!

 

Books, Booze & Bajingos: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Last  night was the monthly meet-up (via Ventrillo) of my book club, Books, Booze & Bajingos. Here is the run down.

This month’s book was Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.

Laura wasn’t able to join us for book club last night and Jessie, while present, hadn’t read the book; so, Maile, Annie, and I talked about this book. I had found some book club questions on Kate Atkinson’s website, but we never really used them. We all talked very in depth about Life After Life. Originally, I only gave this book 3 stars, but I listened to it as an audio book and I cannot stress enough how this book is not made for the audio format. After talking with Maile and Annie, I like the book a lot more and I love all the little details that I missed and they were able to point out.

Both Maile and Annie declared this book to be their favorite book so far (in terms of book club picks). After last night, I am inclined to also say that of the books we’ve read in Books, Booze & Bajingos, this one is my favorite.

PROS: This book is a real thinker. The protagonist, Ursula, lives her life again and again and again. When I talk about this book with people their first response is “oh, like Groundhog’s Day.” No. Not like the Bill Murray movie. Ursula, sometimes aware sometimes just acting on a gut feeling, makes minute (and sometimes, huge) changes in her life each time. It’s a wonderfully written book and very clever. I’m still thinking and realizing things even after book club!

CONS: Some of her lives are horrible. This isn’t really a “con” because I never felt that Kate Atkinson was throwing in the horrible lives gratuitously, by any means. I just want to warn you that there are parts of this book that will make you depressed. Lastly, I will say again, this book is hard to follow as an audio book. This is one that you really need to be able to flip back and re-read parts.


For October, it is my turn to pick.

My pick is:


Also, Vaginal Fantasy had it’s meet-up last week. Here is their main pick for October:

Reading is Sexy is moving!

When my friends and I started our book club, I knew that our monthly meetings were not always going to be on a Monday night. That night worked for awhile, but no longer.

Starting next week, I’m moving Read is Sexy to Thursdays and Link Love to Tuesdays. So, no worries! Both of these segments are still going to be here on the blog, just on different days.

For now, Books, Booze & Bajingos will be meeting on Wednesdays at the end of the month, due to the other members’ schedules.

Today’s post was going to originally be about what else I’m ready this month, but honestly, I’m still working on Life After Life and haven’t read anything else. So, I thought I’d make this announcement today so it isn’t too much of a shock next week.

Progress Report: September

Just checking in to share my progress with the book clubs’ picks for this month.

BOOKS, BOOZE & BAJINGOS:


PROGRESS: Just reached chapter 15

THOUGHTS SO FAR: I’m doing this month’s pick via Audible and I have to say, it isn’t the easiest choice to follow in that format. I really wish I would have just purchased the book (or checked it out from the library, it they had it) instead. I like it though, it’s not what I was expecting and I’m interested to see how it turns out.

VAGINAL FANTASY BOOK CLUB:

PROGRESS: —

THOUGHTS SO FAR: I really do want to read this book, I just haven’t sat down and found it yet.


Are you reading along with either of these book clubs this month? If so, how far are you?