Book Club Nuts and Bolts

We will be reading one book a month. We will have weekly group discussions if you are interested with a final discussion at the end of the month. The new book choice for the following month will be posted at least two weeks before the beginning of the new month. You can pick and choose if you want to participate. We will have at least one giveaway each month for our readers! If you have any book suggestions, please email either Jessica or MiMi. We are in new territory, so we might have to work out some kinks as we go along. We hope you make new friends and have fun!

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Interview With A Girlfriend Wednesday

It's MiMi's turn!

Tell us what is your favorite genre of books: I guess it depends on the mood I’m in. If I’m really happy, I might want to read a sad book. If I’m feeling down, the last thing I need is a book that’s gonna bring me down more.

I think I can safely say that I love most books. The only ones I don’t like are ones that are romance only. I mean, if you’re gonna give me a romance, it’s gotta have something else going on. Like a thriller, or a historical type thing.

Who is your favorite author:

Ya know? This is sort of a dorky question, huh? I mean, I probably came up with it, so I’m the dork, but really, if you like to read, it’s hard to pin down one favorite author.

I have 3 or 4 authors who I love and always buy their books.
If I wanna good Thriller or Suspense? Karin Slaughter. She’s not afraid to pull the rug out from under you. Usually you can tell where a book is going, but you never can with hers. I mean, she’ll kill off a main character, even if it’s someone you are sure can’t die. And it works!
If I want good Chick Lit? Definitely Sophie Kinsella and Jennifer Weiner. (and it’s pronounced whine-er, so ya know. Every time I see it I actually pronounce it weeeener/whine-er, just so I have all the bases covered.)
If I want something totally fluffy, that will make me laugh? Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, hands down.
I also like John Irving and I have fallen head over heals for Elizabeth Flock, who wrote a book called Me and Emma. If you have the time, definitely pick that one up. It blew me away.

What do you think of the movies that are based on books:

I love when they make movies outta books. Most of the time they chop it up and it ends up being a mess, but they’re still enjoyable. I never have high expectations.

What gets me is when they make films like Twilight. It matched the book pretty well, but what comes across on the page, looked really cheesy on film. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I still LOVED the dang movie and it makes me laugh whenever I watch it, even though it’s not supposed to be funny, and for that alone, I will keep it forever in my collection. And, I can’t wait for New Moon. I’m a Twilight Junkie.
What really bugged me was Shopaholic. That was SO different then the book. I mean, for instance, a huge part of the book? She’s English. Lives in Britain. Not New York. Sheesh. But it was still funny and I liked it a lot.

What book have you read that has stuck with you the most:

Me and Emma by Elizabeth Flock. It’s about a girl and her sister and the pain they go through growing up. I’m not gonna tell you more, cuz I think you should go pick it up and read it. It’s fantastic. Although, if you pick it up and you don’t end up liking it? I never mentioned it.

I also read a thriller by Jack Ketchum once, called The Lost. I don’t remember a lot about that book, but I remember it scared the crap outta me and I still think about it.

Now, tell us about your blog.What do you think might set it apart from others and why should we love you:

You should love me because I’m shameless and will do anything to get you to.

Uh, I don’t know. I’m funny (sometimes), I don’t get embarrassed, I will, at times, tell way too much information about myself, which it’s always fun to hear about other peoples’ weirdness, right?
I don’t know! It’s hard to brag yourself up, you try! Oh wait, you will, cuz we’re coming after all of our Girlfriends to do this same thing!

Oh! I thought of another. I also LOVE The Bell Jar. Sylvia Plath was messed up but a great writer. Her character’s transition from normal to crazy was seamless. I didn’t even catch it. How crazy does that make me?? Don't.answer.that.


Jessica says: MiMi's blog has caused me to: crack up so hard that my husband runs over to the computer to see what's up, gasp so hard the hubs does the same thing, squeal with gross delight about the weird things she reveals about herself, and even some sentimental crying. I count MiMi a friend and I hope you will too! Now go visit her blog--Living In France!!! (I wonder, does she actually live in France? Hmm)....

*** We need new Girlfriend Interviews! Please email them to either MiMi or me.
*** Also, we need you all to start sending us your addresses so we can send your bookmarks out in August!


  1. I am not familiar with many of the authtors Mimi mentioned but I also love The Bell Jar. Guess that makes me crazy, too!

  2. we totally have the same styles. i agree about the shopaholic movie because it's in london - hello!

  3. I read Me and Emma, too. There are some scenes that are so vivid in my memory. Have you read her other books?

  4. I read "But inside I'm Screaming." Loved it. Does she have others??
    In case you read my other blog, remember how I said that I chopped my bangs in the middle of my forehead? Well, that's the picture. Now I'm thinking maybe they weren't as short as I thought.
    However, notice how CROOKED they are. :)

  5. MiMi, there's another book by Elizabeth Flock that was published this year, "Sleepwalking in Daylight" and an older one (a couple of years ago, I think) "Everything Must Go."

    I got Sleepwalking from the library but it was one of those times that I had five or six books and the return date came faster than my reading time.

  6. Thank you Maggie! I didn't know that she had any besides the 2 I've read! I'll be checking them out for sure! :)

  7. I am going to have to check out Me and Emma now! So many books to read! Love MiMi and all her hilariousness!

  8. Macey equals awesome.
    I think the first post I read on her blog was about someone being rude/mean in her comments. I got steamed in her defense.
    (I know; like, she NEEDS my help.)

    I [heart] Macey.

  9. It was great reading about you! I am going to have to read Me & Emma since everyone else here seems to have read it and enjoyed it.

  10. i love me some macey!! mmmmhhhmmm!! and you forgot nora know she's your favorite!! i'm gonna check out me and've got me all curious...

  11. Hello ladies. Just found the blog, and I am totally going to go get the August book. What a neat concept. Can wait to join in.

  12. Love MiMi, and yes she does live in France she told me LOL!!! She is one of the funniest bloggers ever!:-)

  13. I love me some MiMi! I will definately pick up those two books you mentioned. And did you ever see the movie Sylvia, about Plath's life? It was really good - Gwyneth Paltrow plays her.

    I'm so glad you and Jessica started this blog! I feel like I'm sitting at the cool table at lunch! OH and the Spoiler Alert Tuesday Giveaways are BRILLZ! Great motivation to read!
    Peace Love & Lunchroom Coolness

  14. I will have to give some of your suggested reads a look-see.

  15. I totally HEART of the most hilarious, adorable blog friends I've met. Plus we're related...just ask her. And we have hot cousins.

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