Sunday, December 22, 2013

A Christmas Carol - Chat TODAY

Chat today at 3PM EST (12PM PST) in the usual spot, our chatroom.

Reminder we are discussing A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

"Before our chat, we will watch An American Christmas Carol (1978), in which Henry Winkler is Benedict Slade, "a heartless finance company president in Depression era New England."

Then, during our chat, we will concurrently watch Scrooge (1935), which is the first sound version of the film adaptation, starring Seymour Hicks, who played the title role many times on stage and in an earlier silent film version."

We will also decide our next book, so stay tuned.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Bah Humbug

Thanks to everyone who was able to participate in our Ender's Game chat!  As always, a transcript is available in our chatroom.

To get into the holiday spirit, our next book/movie combination will be A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  It's more of a novella, really, so it should be a pretty fast read.  In addition to reading the book, we will be watching not one, but two movie adaptations!  There were simply too many from which to choose.

Before our chat, we will watch An American Christmas Carol (1978), in which Henry Winkler is Benedict Slade, "a heartless finance company president in Depression era New England."

Then, during our chat, we will concurrently watch Scrooge (1935), which is the first sound version of the film adaptation, starring Seymour Hicks, who played the title role many times on stage and in an earlier silent film version.

We'll check in next week to figure out a time to schedule our chat, but we're tentatively looking at the weekend of December 20 - 22.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Ender's Game Chat Saturday

We're all set for a chat on Saturday, at 9 am Pacific, 12 pm Eastern. Should be interesting to compare the book to the recently released movie! Talk to you all tomorrow and remember, the enemy's gate is down.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Ender's Game

Thanks to those who made it to the Emma/Clueless chat yesterday. We had a lot of fun comparing/contrasting the early 19th century British text with the late 20th century teen film.

Next up in our queue is Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.

The book is about 350 pages of young adult text, so it will read much faster than the lovely, verbose, Jane Austen.

If we want time to wrap up the year with a Christmas themed text, for example A Christmas Carol, it is important that we get this book wrapped up in the month of November. This means just about three weeks to read the book and watch the movie (which is now in wide release at theaters nationwide).

This will have to be a single book/movie chat, following our viewing the movie independently at the theatre.

When are we available this month to chat? The last weekend of November is Thanksgiving, so that might be tricky planning, but I know I will be in town and easily available to squeeze in a 1-1.5 hour chat.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Emma Chat: Nov. 9th, 4 pm

Alright, gang, we're going to forge ahead with our Emma chat:

Saturday, November 9th
4 - 6 pm

The plan is to chat about the book (in our lovely chatroom) while watching the movie Clueless, which is available on Netflix.

Thanks to everyone for filling out the Doodle poll!  And, it's never too soon to start thinking about what our next book/movie should be...  Feel free to leave ideas in the comments.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Scheduling Chat for Emma / Clueless

“It's such a happiness when good people get together.” 
Hey, gang!  Looks like folks are interested in a long chat while watching the movie, which means we need to pick a date and time.

Let's use a Doodle poll.  If you're unfamiliar, it's a website that allows you to fill in when you're available for an event that needs to be scheduled.  If you log in with Gmail, it'll sync your calendars and autofill the poll based on your availability.  Yes means you're available, (Yes) means "if need be," and No means you can't make it then.  Also, I created the poll in Pacific time, but there should be an option to switch time zones in the upper right.

So, fill out this poll as soon as possible, and we'll see when we're all free.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Clueless Emma Chat Approaches

Fall has started, which means September is almost over and our early October chat is just around the corner.

How are we doing? Finished? Almost finished? Almost started?

Is everyone able to secure a copy of the film so we can watch it as a group?

Let us know where you are at in the book, when you are available to chat, and whether you prefer to participate in
a) 1 "long" movie watching / book discussing chat
b) 2 separate chats: first about the book (before watching the movie), and a second about the movie (after watching the movie) - these chats can be on different days, over different weekends.
c) 1 "short" chat where we discuss the movie and book together, after both are complete.

So many choices, pick the one that works the best for you schedule. But please be as flexible as possible since we are working with many different schedules, and different time zones.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Emma by Jane Austen

We had a fun discussion on Hans Christian Andersen'sThe Little Mermaid today, and have decided on our next book/movie combo. Next up, we will read Jane Austen's Emma (which is available for free in the Kindle store, and here for those who don't want to go through Amazon) and we will follow it up with the mid-90's film, loosely based on the text, Clueless. Clueless is available for free to Amazon Prime subscribers.

I'm super excited to combine two of my favorite things, Jane Austen and 90's nostalgia, and hopefully you are too.

Since August is now over half finished, this will be an August/September read, and we are currently planning for an early October chat. Mark your calendars, and talk to you then!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen, Take Two

If you missed the chat for Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen (ahem, everyone but Amanda), good news for you is that we are rescheduling.

Options for chat + movie watching:

1) August 11 - propose time that works for you
2) August 12 - propose time that works for you
3) August 17 - propose time that works for you
4) August 18 - propose time that works for you

Options for chat (no shared movie experience)

5) Evening, some day soon - propose time that works for you.

Choose wisely!

I would prefer to have the chat sooner than later, but I realize this weekend might be a bit short notice.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

We have our next book to tackle, Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen. This includes a lot of stories we are familiar with (at least the G-rated Disney versions), including The Little Mermaid.

You don't have to read all the stories, but everyone should read The Little Mermaid and get ready to watch the film together. Chat is tentatively scheduled for July 27 at 4PM PST. If you have a suggestion on a better time, please leave it in the comments.

See you soon!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Help Book Chat And Our Next Book Is...?

Last minute reminder, our book chat for The Help will be this evening at 6 PM PST. I have added a link to our chat room on the right hand toolbar for easy access.

The Help movie chat is tentatively set for next weekend. Let me know when people are available.

***UPDATE: Movie chat is scheduled to begin at 4PM PST, Sunday May 5th (aka Cinco de Mayo). The movie is about 2.5 hours, so we are starting promptly at 4PM. Make sure you get your hands on a copy in time to join the party!

NEXT BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT: Based on some discussion with others, and because I really want to read this next book and see the new movie, I have decided to pick our next book rather than have us vote. Our next book is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The new movie comes out May 10, 2013, but I am anticipating a Memorial Day weekend-ish chat (late May). Due to our varied locations, a chat while we view the film is not feasible (although those near each other should definitely arrange a movie date), so I think we will probably just have one chat. Let me know how your late May looks in the comments and we can arrange a date to chat about the book and new film adaptation.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

An overdue update on scheduling our chat for The Help.

Is everyone/anyone free for a chat next weekend (April 27-29) to wrap up this book and get started on our next book/movie combo?

it sounds like Sunday and Monday are generally preferred, so let me know your availability.

It doesn't matter if you have finished the book, or haven't even started it, we'd love to have you join our chat.

Friday, March 8, 2013

March: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The votes are in and The Help by Kathryn Stockett is your pick for our March book/movie combo.

Please remember you can always add new suggestions to our book list by submitting requests here. There is no limit and for now I have no plans to close this form, so feel free to send as many requests as you want and whenever you want.

As for our March chat, it has been suggested that we consider having a longer chat or perhaps having two separate chats, the first chat discussing the book and then a follow up chat discussing the movie.

A Longer Chat? 2-3 hours (depending on if we decide to watch the film as part of the chat)
Since we are discussing two things, it might be better if we allowed more time to fully examine the two pieces. We could also have this as an option to watch the movie together and discuss as we watch.

Two Separate Chats? Each chat about 1 hour
With the separate chats, I imagine the first chat happening after reading the book, before watching the movie, and discussing initial thoughts of the book, maybe even discuss what we want to see in the movie. The follow-up chat would be post movie viewing and we can examine how the movie differed (good or bad) from the book and what we liked/disliked about the film compared to the book.

Which do you prefer for March: a longer chat or two separate chats? Let us know in the comments.

Available dates for chat: March 21-25 or March 28-April 1

Monday, March 4, 2013

Chat: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Sorry for the late confirmation, but chat is scheduled for today at 7PM PST. Chat will be held in our chatango chatroom, here and Susan will be leading it since I will be unable to attend.

My version of the book has a reading group guide in the back with some questions to start the conversation. Rather than type them up here, this is a link to a site with similar questions.

Vote for the March read on the new google form, here.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Chat coming soon!

Is everyone available for Sunday, 530PST?

Book chat and movie viewing?

If Monday is preferred we can schedule for Monday.

Let me know ASAP what you can do.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Reminder: Book Form

Please remember that the form for book suggestions is always open, so feel free to add new recommendations anytime.

Monday, February 4, 2013

February: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Thanks to everyone who joined our chat for The Hobbit this evening.

The votes are in, and our February book is The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Note: the movie is not available for rent/purchase until February 12. At 103 minute run-time, do we want to watch the movie together, or separately?

Dates to meet, chat, watch movie together:
Saturday February 23 at 4:00 PM PST,
Sunday February 24 at 4:00 PM PST,
Monday February 25 at 7:30 PM PST

Saturday March 2 at 4:00 PM PST,
Sunday March 3 at 4:00 PM PST,
Monday March 4 at 7:30 PM PST

Let me know what dates and times you prefer and if you want to watch the movie together, or separate and meet up to discuss.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

February 2013

Suggestions have been submitted, and now we must vote on our next read.

Please visit our February Book Form to submit your vote for the next book/movie combo we explore.

Voting ends Sunday, February 3rd, and new book will be announced Monday at our chat.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

February 2013

First, just a reminder to let me know if you will be able to stop by for some or all of our first chat of 2013, The Hobbit chat scheduled for Monday February 4 at 7:30pm (PST).

Next, let us discuss what we want to read for February. I have heard a lot of great recommendations (many of which have not been shared online yet *cough*SUSAN*cough*) and really there are many options to choose from.

For February, please fill out this Google form by Wednesday, January 30, at noon for each recommendation. Please limit your recommendations to 1-2. Check back here on Thursday for details on voting.

After February, we will maintain a list of recommendations and each month narrow the list down to a handful of options, and we then will vote. The Google form will continue to be open, and recommendations can be made at any time. The list will look something like this Google docs page. For the month of February, please submit your recommendation even if it already appears on this list, this list is just an example.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks and happy reading!

The Hobbit

It is already the end of January, when did that happen?

Is anyone interested and available for a February 4, 7:30 pm PST discussion?

We will focus on just the first third of the book, since that is what is covered in the first movie. We we discuss anything from casting choices, to the visual representation of the book, to just about anything you liked, disliked, or had no feelings about.

Let me know if you are interested. We will be using a new chat this time around, I have set up a chatango room for the club, check it out at

Thursday, January 10, 2013

2013 - Books and Movies

Since we had a lot of fun last year reading The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and then watching the film together, this year I am proposing we do a books with movies theme.

It can be new movies releasing this year, or books that have long had a film adaptation. This will allow us to pick from a variety of genres, and will give us more to discuss as we will have a film and book to critique/analyze. We might not be able to watch together all the movies, as we did with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, since we are all geographically spread, we will set a date ahead of time to either watch the film together, or watch the movie by so that we can discuss.

I know it is already into January, but this month I am reading The Hobbit. Finally. Anyone interested is welcome to join me. Even if you haven't read it, if you have seen the movie, you will have much to contribute to the discussion later this month.

Let me know if you are interested. We can also start throwing around ideas now as to February's book/film choice.