Monday, November 22, 2010

Don't Forget December #ReadPawty is Coming Up!!!

Our next meeting will be December 13, 2010. That is the 2nd Monday of the month. I have created a tweetup so that we all can be reminded. Here is the url:

Please check out Garth Stein's website. We will be using his Reader's Resources for discussing "Art of Racing in the Rain."

Books Chosen for February 2011 #ReadPawty

We have 2 choices for the deep winter months. A great mystery, "Dog on It" by Spencer Quinn, and "Dewey's Nine Lives" by vivki Myron. I have reviewed them for the Anipal Times. Excertps from my reviews are below:

“Dog on It”
Let’s get this straight upfront. I am a cat who doesn’t care for dogs. Mom brought home “Dog on It” by Spencer Quinn from Barkworld 2010, and all I could do was glare. A DOG book. I read the first page, and didn’t put it down. The book is told from the point of view of Chet, the dog, who brings a new meaning to hard-boiled detective lingo. He’s seems to be well trained, but didn’t pass the police dog exam due to some squirrel. Chet is absolutely loveable, his narration witty, and exhibits dog qualities such as not realizing he is barking until called on it. His human, Bernie, is a private investigator with a cash-flow problem, but a big heart and strong ethics.

"Dewey's Nive Lives"
When a best-selling author writes another book in the same genre, one never knows what to expect. In this case, Vicki Myron's second offering, "Dewey's Nine Lives" (D9L), is every bit as wonderful as "Dewey". "D9L" is a set of nine short stories that show the strength of the cat/human bond, the healing of each other.

There should be copies of "Dog on It" available to borrow from Barkworld 2010 attendees. I was able to "D9L" in our library.

Hope to see you for the February meeting, 2nd Monday, 2011 when we discuss these books!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Remembering @Ryker_Tyker

One of our founding members of the #ReadPawty was called unexpectedly to cross the Rainbow Bridge, @Ryker_Tyker. Ryker always made sure there was nip, nip tea, nip cookies, and maybe some more nip for us while we discussed books. He opened my eyes to the genre of science fiction, something this mystery lover never thought to try. Ryker's comments and thoughts about the books we read were always insightful and thought provoking. We will miss Ryker's earthly presence tremendously. However, I feel that he will continue to share his wisdom from OTRB.

All of us who participate in #ReadPawty will miss our friend very much. Our lives have been much richer because of you, dear friend. Thank you of the opportunity to get to know you.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

December #ReadPawty

Our next meeting will be December 13, 2010. That is the 2nd Monday of the month. I have created a tweetup so that we all can be reminded. Here is the url:

I have arranged for us to meet at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The welcome building is decorated to the nines with poinsettias, holiday train show, and they will let us tour the Linnea House which has tropical plants and flowers. It is spectacular, and I thought you might enjoy that.

Hope to see you all there!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

October #ReadPawty Is Tonight!!!!!

We have 3 stellar books for tonight's discussion, "Julie and Julia", "Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter", and "Homer's Odyssey". I feel that tonight is much anticipated since Homer and his human Gwen Cooper have been featured in a recent Animal Planet episode. I have contacted Gwen, but she is traveling today and is not sure that she will be able to participate. MizzBassie has reviewed "Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter" for the Anipal times, and please give that a read because she is an excellent writer.

It has been suggested that we consider the questions on Gwen's website as a basis for our discussion. The link is:

Tonight our meeting is at 8 pm EDT, the hashtag #Readpawty.

Our next meeting in December will be on the 2nd Monday at 8 pm EST. The books are "Murder Past Due" (Cat in the Stacks Mystery) by Miranda James and "The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel" by Garth Stein. More details on the books can be seen on this blog. "Murder Past Due" has been reviewed in the Anipal Times.

I hope to see everyone at #ReadPawty!

Maggie and Committee

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Can we change #readpawty date?

Our blog and files mistress, Pumpkinpaddy, has a conflict with Tuesday nights She has been able to attend since she has the summer off. Do you think that we could change the date to the first Monday at 8pm ET?

Comment her, or better yet, dm me.


Readpawty Books - October/November

I have chosen 2 books for #readpawty. As usual. you will chose one and we will discuss at the next meeting. I will be doing reviews of the books in the Anipal Times. I am rolling over the 3 previous books in case someone didn't get time to read them.

The first is a new novel, Murder Past Due (Cat in the Stacks Mystery) by Miranda James. A librarian has this really cool Maine Coon cat who walks on a leash. The librarian solves the murder of a well known author, Godfrey Priest. The book had 2 things that mom loves - libraries and MC's! This is so new it probably is not available available in libraries. However, Amazon has reduced priced new and used copies. Mom's copy is available for loan.

The second novel is one of the best I have ever read for facing life's trials and joys. The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel by Garth Stein.
If you've ever wondered what your dog is thinking, Enzo is a lab terrier mix plucked from a farm rides shotgun with race car driver Denny Swift. Denny marries Eve, has a daughter, Zoë, and risks his savings and his life to make it on the professional racing circuit. Enzo, frustrated by his inability to speak and his lack of opposable thumbs, watches Denny's old racing videos, coins aphorisms that apply to both driving and life, and hopes for the day when his life as a dog will be over and he can be reborn a man.

See you at #readpawty Tues October 5th at 8 pm EDT.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Welcome to the #readpawty blog!

Always trying to improve, several of us have come up with ideas for swapping books and to dedicate a blog to #readpawty. The next time you tweet with @pumpkinpuddy tell her what a marvelous job she has done - she is the brains and hands behind the blog and google docs. I would also like to thank @MizzBassie and @Mariodacat for all their suggestions and patient proofreading.

I am doing a re-post of the books for the August/September choices. I will eventually do an archive of previous books.

I also want to thank everyone who has stayed with #readpawty. We have evolved into a great group and are attracting new readers every month.

So, here are the 3 books. Choose ONE book to read. If you have time, you can read another. ONE book is all that you need to read. All are available from Amazon, used copies as well. You may be able to find them in your library.

Julie Powell Julie and Julia
Julie & Julia is the story of Julie Powell's attempt to revitalize her marriage, restore her ambition, and save her soul by cooking all 524 recipes in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I, in a period of 365 days.

Blaize Clement Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter (Dixie Hemingway Mysteries, No. 1)
Clement's assured cozy debut introduces an appealing heroine, 32-year-old Dixie Hemingway, who's given up her stressful job as a sheriff's deputy in Sarasota, Fla., to become a professional pet sitter. When Dixie calls early one morning on her latest client, a silver-blue Abyssinian named Ghost, she finds a dead man face down in the cat bowl.

Gwen Cooper Homer's Odyssey

Once in nine lives, something extraordinary happens...
The last thing Gwen Cooper wanted was another cat. She already had two, not to mention a phenomenally underpaying job and a recently broken heart. Then Gwen’s veterinarian called with a story about a three-week-old eyeless kitten who’d been abandoned. It was love at first sight.

Hope to see you all October 5 at 8 pm EDT.