Category: Susan Knight Book Club

Book Review Times Two!

April 22, 2014

It took me FOREVER to finish this book.

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It’s embarrassing because most people just LOVED it! People I consider “well read” declared it brilliant and people who rarely pick up a book found it fascinating! At first brush I loved the concept:

The critically acclaimed author of The Radleys shares a clever, heartwarming, and darkly insightful novel  about an alien who comes to Earth to save humans from themselves.  

Basically a mathematician discovers a formula that is the answer to everything. Aliens determine that we are not ready for the responsibility this knowledge holds and  send someone to make sure no one finds out about it. I thought this would open the door to a thoughtful book that would also contain wit and adventure. It did have it moments, but for the most part;  I was bored silly.

Based on the reviews you will enjoy this book… everyone else did.

Here is a book I finished in an afternoon!

The Memory Child - SHolmes

 

I read this book because it was on a kindle “best of” list, it wasn’t expensive and after a quick read of the what it was about I thought it was going to be somewhat a scify/fantasy” read or at least have a few of those elements. Truthfully I obviously didn’t read the overview well at all, because it wasn’t like that AT ALL.  Here is what it said:

When Brian finds out that his wife, Diane, is pregnant, he is elated. He’s been patiently waiting for twelve years to become a father. But Diane has always been nervous about having children because of her family’s dark past. The timing of the pregnancy also isn’t ideal—Diane has just been promoted, and Brian is being called away to open a new London office for his company.

Fast-forward one year: being a mother has brought Diane a sense of joy that she’d never imagined and she’s head over heels for her new baby, Grace. But things are far from perfect: Brian has still not returned from London, and Diane fears leaving the baby for even a moment. As unsettling changes in those around Diane began to emerge, it becomes clear that all is not as it seems.

A woman’s dark past collides head-on with her mysterious present in this surreal and gripping family drama.

Turns out this book was an excellent page turner that explored postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis. I had figured out what was happening by about the half way point of this book, but I was enjoying the twists and turns so much that it was still a joy to read just to discover how in the world the author was going to bring it all together. Steena Holmes didn’t disappoint!  

As a bonus: Steena Holmes is a Calgary author! Always nice to support someone local 🙂

Add The Memory Child to your summer reading list for sure!

 

The day I almost shoved someone’s phone up there well defined ass.

October 26, 2013

So I do cardio in the mornings at my little gym at the condo. I walk up a hill and read a book on my iPad, it keeps me focused, moving and helps pass the time without me going crazy. (Currently I am reading ” The Interestings” by Meg Wolitzer.)

It can be a fascinating space. No music piped in, people come and go at different levels of fitness and dedication. Usually people keep to themselves and respect each others personal space. It almost has a meditative feel to it. It’s a great way to start my day.

NOT TODAY.

I am treading away on the mill when this woman arrives, I vaguely hear her arrive; you almost sense more then see another person joining you in that space. I am aware it’s a woman and she is doing bicep curls. (At this point I always want to shout, “I’m not just fat, I am a powerlifter, I can squat a million pounds” but that is a blog on insecurities for another time.) Suddenly I become very aware of her.

THE MUSIC

At first I think she is just getting her earbuds organized and my meditative silence space will return.

NOPE.

She is listening to music on her phone. She has that horrible tinny sound cranked as much as she can while she stares in the mirror with a fierce look on her face. I have 20 minutes to go on my uphill climb and try to refocus on my book.

THAT ISN”T HAPPENING.

The music isn’t bad, but the disrespectfulness of it just infuriates me. She didn’t even say, “hey, do you mind if I turn on some tunes?” To which I probable would of said, “sure go right ahead.” It isn’t the sound that is blocking my focus, it is the rudeness. I could of ask her to turn down the music or turn it off, but honesty I don’t think that would of helped my focus.

I ended up cutting my walk short and perhaps mumbled something under my breath as I left (which she wouldn’t of heard over the tinny iphone beat) I spent the elevator ride back up thinking about a weight dropping on her foot.

Really this is on me. I let someone else’s behaviour effect what I needed to do.

Someday’s that is just how it goes..

Figuring out basic gym etiquette is pretty straight forward, just ask yourself; how will what I am doing effect everyone else, and care about the answer.

Perhaps I should of just tried this:

 

This is a solid list to take a look at if you need more info. #20 is a big one. If you can pick up the weight you can put it down. A little control is a good thing! –> Gym Etiquette

 

 

Drive for 45

March 28, 2013

The Susan Knight Book Club met tonight! The book we disscussed was The 13th Tale by Dianne Setterfield. Over all postive reviews, with some people finding it too confusing and others finding it took too long to “get” into it. The majority agreed that they would recommend it to a friend! It is a complex read with a variety of interesting themes.

Our next book is; The Red Tent by  Anita Diamant.  I have a hunch the next meeting will be a hot bed of discussion! For more info on how to get involved with the Book Club — > Go HERE! 

Great bunch of ladies!

Great bunch of ladies!

 

Tomorrow’s a big day… I meet with Michele Helmeczi at The Athlete Factory to lay out the plan to take me to the 2014 National Powerlifting Championships.

 

Susan Knight Book Club

November 15, 2012

The Susan Knight Book Club continues to grow and we are having fun! We are hitting on a variety of genres and getting some people out of their reading comfort zones, and some people picking up a book again for the first time in years! Once a month (usually) we get together and are treating to wine, appies, prizes and great conversation!

Here are the books we have done this far:

50 Shades of Grey – EL James

Some people loved it, others not so much but everyone agreed it was the hottest topic in town!

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand – Helen Simonsom

Generally everyone liked it and was happy they had read it, but only a few LOVED the book.

The Casual Vacancy – JK Rowling

Only one person in the group really enjoyed it, and the majority of people couldn’t even finish it! Most of us agreed that there were just too many main characters to keep track of!

The next book is: Room – Emma Donoghue. This is one of my all time favourite books! It will be interesting hear what everyone thinks. The tentative date for our next gathering is January 15th at Halo steak and seafood grill and wine bar. Keep an eye out at Up! 97.7 for more info and to RSVP!

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