Thursday, August 27, 2009

Surf into a Good Book Wrap Up!

Oh, when the sun beats down and burns the tar up on the roof...
And your shoes get so hot you wish your feet were fire-proof...
Under the boardwalk, down by the sea...
On a blanket with my where I'll be....

We wrapped up Surf into a Good Book with an Iced Tea Social. We spent a great time discussing what books we read, what we liked and what we didn't. Raffle prizes were given out, and the reader with the most books won a grand prize. Thank you Martha Clara Vineyard for donating our prize, a private wine tasting for ten. The winner was Roberta Kalous, who read 22 books over the summer. Congratulations Roberta!

The other raffle winners were:
Frank McNultry
Elizabeth Grohoski
Beth Dumblis
Pam Davis
Phyllis Markopoulos

They won baskets filled with mugs, summer songs CD tea, coffee, cookies and (of course) books.

Congratulations to all of you and thank you for your support of our reading club.

We had sixty readers sign up for Surf into a Good Book and received back fifty Readers Cards with lists of books that were read.

The top ten books read this summer by the book club were:
Dewey: the Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron

Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik

The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen

Sunday's at Tiffany's by James Patterson

Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich

Fire and Ice (Joanna Brady Series #15) by J.A. Jance

Knockout by Catherine Coulter

Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clarke

Swimsuit by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Savannah Blues by Mary Kay Andrews

We talked about what books we liked the most that we read, among those discussed were:

Columbine by Dave Cullen

As the title says, this is about the Columbine school shooting. Hard to believe it's been ten years since that horrible event. The main point stated that what you may believe what you read and think you understand what happened that day, you would be surprised to discover what two normal, popular, very good students were planning for their classmates...and nobody picked up on it.

Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
The Resistance by Anita Shreve

Both books are set during World War II. Sarah's Key is about the Vel' d'Hiv roundup of Jewish families by the French police. On the sixtieth anniversary, reporter Julia Jarmond is surprised at what she discovers and connection she has to the event.

The Resistance is about a Belgium couple who shelter refugees from the Nazi's on their farm. Things change when an American B-17 bomber is shoot down and the pilot is found severely wounded. You never know when your past might come back and collides with your present.

The Quickie by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

It's James Patterson doing what is known for. What happens when revenge goes horribly wrong--a lie always takes on a life of it's own as Lauren Stillman finds out. You would think that as a NYPD detective Stillman would know that better then anyone....

One of Patterson's many (many) co-authored books he puts out every year....sigh.

I, of course, took some vacation time, and I have been lazy, reading trashy beach books, sinking my teeth into a new vampire series (I know, I hear the groans) re-reading some old favorites, making cool music CD's and checking out what's coming in the fall..........

I will be blogging about what I have been reading...trash and all!

Happy Reading!!

One of Patterson's (many) new ones....

Columbine is strongly recommended!

Good read about World War II and the resistance in Belguim.

Continuing saga in her Brady series....

Read a good book!


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good time for everyone!!

The book I'm reading now is Gone In A Heartbeat by David & Marie Works, about a family who lived near the Columbine school and gave support to the community. Not long after, two of the daughters where shot and killed outside their church. I haven't read Columbine yet but it's on my Wish List.

Bev said...

Thanks for popping by Vicki! I will keep that book in mind that you're reading. I think the thing that hit all of the most about Columbine was that these two boys were normal in every way, not outcasts, not oddballs...they were popular, honor students..and one was...well I let you read the book:-)
We did have a good time. Is there anything better then sharing books?
Thanks again!