24/8 Book Club

More support for writing and underlining in books
August 16, 2007, 9:54 pm
Filed under: 24/8 Musings

JoAnne had previously posted about Studs Turkel and the thought of books looking like they have been read with creases and underlined and dog eared pages and all.  Not only did I cringe when I saw a book that JoAnne was reading in just this condition but when I read the post.  

Today, while on the air with Job Talk Radio which I do every Thursday one of the co-hosts Joy was talking about just this topic.  Let me take one step back and tell you that we had Julie Jansen, www.juliejansen.net, on the show as our guest, Julie is a coach, speaker, facilitator, business consultant, trainer and lets not forget author of two phenomenal books: I Don’t Know What I Want, But I Know it is Not This and You Want me to Work with Who? Joy had stated one of the things she really like about her books was that you get to write in them and hearing that made me cringe all over again.   Joy further said she always reads a book with a highlighter in hand and I could only guess what the meant. 

So the message I took away from the day is that not only do we all have different tastes in what we read but we all have different tastes in how we read and what make the experience meaningful.   So to all of you out there who crease, underline and dog ear the pages I will try my best not to cringe or judge. 



Follow up to post about J. Evanovich’s Hard Eight
August 15, 2007, 6:09 pm
Filed under: Book Notes

I stated in my previous post on August 4th that I was having a hard time getting into the eighth Stephanie Plum book.  I am happy to report that I did finish it and while it is not my favorite, I did enjoy many parts of this one and definitely laughed out loud at several spots in the book.

In the end one of the things I like about the Stephanie Plum series is the action, as she is a bounty hunter, but it is like a Clint Eastwood film.  Alot of shooting and while that might be violent on its face they are not really that violent.  This one was violent and I did not like those images in my head. 

I am looking forward to fitting number 9 in the series into my reading rotation but I have alot of 24/8 books awaiting.  Till then I would still highly recommend the series.


Independent Bookstores Alive and Well in One U.S. City
August 13, 2007, 2:22 am
Filed under: News

I just returned from an annual trip to NY with my niece and sister in law, it was fantastic just in case you would like to know.  I love NY and I love the theater in NY and I am so thrilled to share this with my niece and sister in law for our fifth annual trip.  At least we think it is our fifth.

Back to the post at hand. This was our first trip together since 24/8 has debuted and so I had bookstores on my list of things to do, see or visit.  I was stunned to find out from guide books, the concierge, and other sources just how many there are.  It was terrific to see those in New York City support so many bookstores.  Keep up the good work, may this spread to other places like a contagious disease. 

Just in case you are going to NY anytime soon and want to visit one of these shops this seems like a pretty good list to get you started,



Dog Days of August
August 11, 2007, 10:24 pm
Filed under: Book Notes

When the hot humid days of August are enveloping you, and the idea of planning for fall events is too exhausting. The only way to cool off is to read radically.  Like the new book by by Duane Chapman,  You Can Run but You Can’t Hide: The Life and Times of Dog the Bounty Hunter.  Run to www.borders.com to see the fun events around this August Dog.  Those cool breezes are on their way.

August 10, 2007, 1:34 am
Filed under: Events

Our love of reading always starts with the imagination, and storytelling is the best to ignite  it.  With the kids  getting ready for school, there are some wonderful  reading ready events.

August 15–Oak Park
FIREBIRD — a Story Experience
Megan Wells with Fiddler Jeff Teppema

Wednesday Evening at 8 PM

A family tale of a young prince and a magical bird. Add trolls, giants, a golden horse, a princess and wicked Loki. Through the use of storytelling, music and masks, Wells brings the Austin Gardens stage to life with an epic tale of loss, loyalty, wisdom and wonder.

Tickets $15

Austin Gardens, 100 block of Forest Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302. Park entrance is across from the Oak Park Visitor’s Center, 158 Forest, free parking adjacent to park in Village parking garage. Bring a blanket, have a picnic. Chairs and Concessions available. Accessible parking and restrooms.


But, my idea of a  true double header is storytelling at the Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor.  Ice cream and stories, what could  be better in August.  Starting august 21st.

7314 Madison Ave., Forest Park, Illinois ,708 366 7970 www.browncowicecream.com


Cara Lockwood Blogs about the Judy Blume Anthology
August 6, 2007, 10:43 pm
Filed under: Posts at Other Sites

We are having three guest authors at our next 24/8 event.  One of the authors is Cara Lockwood and she is a contributor to Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume.  Tonight I was alittle nosey and poked around Cara’s site.  Low and behold I found her post about this very anthology,  http://caralockwood.blogspot.com/2007/06/everythings-in-judy-blume.html.

 So mark your calendars for Thursday, August 23rd from 7 – 9 pm and join us at Team Blonde in Forest Park.  There will be dishing with authors, beading and nail changes too. It is centrally located no matter which direction you live. 

Answers to Three Questions from Editor Jennifer O’Connell
August 5, 2007, 10:49 am
Filed under: Author Talk

It occurred to us that being in the dark about the books and authors we feature might fill some with curiosity and others with ambivalance.  Not everyone is comfortable being outside of their reading zones and genres. 

So when we came across editor Jennifer O’Connell’s three answers to three questions posted at Publisher’s Weekly it seemed like a good place to start, http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6439691.html?nid=2286. Jennifer was the brainchild behind the idea to pay tribute to Judy Blume through Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume.  It was Jennifer that went out and recruited the writers and sold the idea to the publisher and we are glad that she did, check out Jen’s posting about this book in her website, 


The co-proprietors of 24/8 did not grow up with Judy Blume books but we certainly know who she is and are familar with many of the books.  So our journey with this book will be different then someone else’s but that is the beauty and the magic of reading.  It was so interesting to see the Judy Blume stories crafted and woven through the author’s essays and it definitely makes you want to go back and read each Judy Blume book again or for the first time. 

So we hope you will come to the event on August 23rd to dish with  three of the authors: Stacey Ballis, Laura Caldwell and Cara Lockwood that contributed to this Judy Blume tribute, we think you will enjoy it.  And if it still is not your thing you can find out what else these talented authors have published, they have a wealth of good books out there, and of course bead or design jewelry or treat yourself to a $6.00 nail change which can’t be beat.   

Look forward to welcoming you to our 24/8 community. 

Janet Evanovich’s Hard Eight
August 4, 2007, 9:38 am
Filed under: Book Notes

I just finished reading the second Melanie Hauser Super Mom book that I thoroughly enjoyed. Once I finish a book it is always hard for me to pick up a new book.  I don’t know if anyone has that feeling when they finish a book but I feel so attached to the characters and storyline and in this case sad there is not a third one to read next.  So picking up a new book and starting all over is something new is very hard for me.  If I do not pick up a book I can count on it can take me weeks to actually decide on a book to read and start it.  I decided to read the next Stephanie Plum book, Hard Eight which is next in the series for me.  I have really enjoyed reading the prior seven books, infact they appeared on a Take Out List previously.  Don’t forget to check out the 24/8 Take Out Lists they are always changing. 

Since I am a fairly slow reader and the Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum books are actually a quick read for me I was excited to see what was next for Stephanie.  I also think it helps to know there are more to come.  I should note that my sister in law and I pass around our books when we share the same interest in a book or series and the Janet Evanovich books are in that category.  However, my sister in law has purchased all of them and comes from a huge family that would like to read them but she lovingly passes them to me which is her first mistake.  But, if she doesn’t pass them to me next there might be some whinning.    

So with enthusiasm that is ususally absent from starting a new book I was immediately greated by old friends and places, Stephanie of course, Lulu, Connie, Grandma and the nerve center of  the Burg Stiva’s funeral home.   But so far this storyline has taken a turn and I am not comfortable with and so the reading pace has slowed.  But I am seeing my sister in law next week who lives in Michigan so I am trying to stay focused so I can leave Hard Eight behind for someone else to get the next fix. 


A wonderful post about starting a book club
August 4, 2007, 8:46 am
Filed under: Posts at Other Sites

When we launched 24/8 a virtual destination book club we considered many things but not those we would have considered with a physical location.  Thus when I found this post on Boomer Girl, www.boomergirl.com I was amused and moved to share this with everyone.  

The post cover topics from decorating to drinks, http://www.boomergirl.com/stories/2007/feb/10/plan_great_party_book/#comment-form and you should definitely read it. Even if you already have launched a book club what a great way to spice things up that you might not have thought of before.   

For Her Information Magazine Goes Digital
August 3, 2007, 1:03 am
Filed under: News

We learned from our guests at the first 24/8 live event that reading and book clubs can be comprised of many types of materials.  They can be magazines, cookbooks, novels and it all counts as reading. 

The wonderful editors at Daily Candy, www.dailycandy.com, Editor at Large Dannielle Romano and local Chicago editor Emily Fiffer had covered this in their first book Daily Candy from A – Z, the Insider’s Guide to the Sweet Life.  If you look under B for Brain Candy, you will find book clubs and they had some really eye opening notions which made the gals at 24/8 re think reading and what our virtual destination is all about. 

So speaking of reading on line and magazines our friends at For Her Information have just launched the inaugural edition of the FHI magazine at their website, www.forherinformation.com.  24/8 is particularly thrilled to be a part of this wonderful endeavor and you can read our postings in the Good Reads section at,


To Beth and Daisy and everyone over at For Her Information, congrats.  Won’t you join us for a peek at this new on line publication, we know you will like it.