24/8 Book Club

Our friends at HarperCollins have put together a holiday guide
December 7, 2008, 10:42 pm
Filed under: 24/8 Musings, Book Notes | Tags: , ,

Harper has made gift giving of books easy this holiday season. They have this handy website with all of the gifts organized by category. There are: Books for: The Romantic, Spiritual/Inspirational,The Woman Who Has Everything and more.

Another nice feature at this site are authors talking about memories of the holidays.  You can watch videos of authors discussing their holiday traditions, memories, and favorite gifts at HarperHolidays.com.


Jane Porter’s FLIRTING WITH FORTY premieres
December 5, 2008, 1:16 pm
Filed under: 24/8 Musings, Author Talk, News | Tags: , ,

this weekend on Lifetime.  If you have a chance to watch or record this adaptation of her book with the same title please do. The great news about cable is that it will be on again and again for your viewing pleasure. 

We are looking forward to giving away FLIRTING WITH FORTY next week at 24/8 to celebrate Jane’s great succcess as well as featuring Jane on the site. 


The Washington Post has some holiday ideas for book picks

It is that time of the year that we are all on the look out for the perfect gift for the family and friends in our lives. This year for most of us is going to be challenging but books should rise to the top of your list this year because there are treasures that give long past the holidays and have excellent price points along with a vast array of subjects sure to please everyone on your list. 

To that end, The Washington Post has put together a comprehensive list of coffee table books that spark their interest this season.  If you are looking for book ideas be sure to check out this link, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/artsandliving/features/2008/holiday-guide/gifts/gift-books/gallery.html.

We are thankful for the Benjamin Button Preview
November 28, 2008, 4:13 pm
Filed under: 24/8 Musings, Events, Posts at Other Sites | Tags:

It was a cold night in the city of the Chicago but a full house came out to see the advanced screening of THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON.  On its face you knew this was something special from the trailers and itsstars Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt.   

This movie is a must for an Oscar nomination and if you are like me, and like to see those nominated films come Oscar night this is a must see.  I would not surprised to also see many nominations for those starring and appearing in supporting roles. 

It is interesting to me that someone selected this story for the big screen,  it is definitely a bit unusual.  The result was a beautiful movie, with a mesmorizing soundtrack but with a very slow pace.  There are no surprises which contributes to the long feel but is was lovingly crafted and certainly one of the best films this year.  We will all have to go back and pick up a copy of the short story written by F. Scott Fitzgerald to see how this was adapted for the big screen.   

24/8 would love to hear from you if you were present at the screening.  If you did not have the chance to see a trailer or the movie, you can visit the office website,  www.bejaminbutton.com.

We are so thankful to be part of this experience and look forward to the next one. 


A nationwide chat with the author of LACE READER on November 5th

The beauty of this event is that you can attend in your pjs and favorite bunny slippers too. The choice is yours via the phone or Webcast as well.  On Wednesday, November 5th at 8:00 pm EST join author Brunonia Barry as she holds a book club chat with friends and fans. 

To learn more about this event and find out how to participate, visit http://instantTeleseminar.com/?eventid=4864134.  It is a good idea to print off the instructions so you will be ready to go on Thursday.  You can even suggest a question prior to the event or during the event. 

What a great concept and a fun way to spend an hour with this author.  But if you can’t schedule this time into your day you can still listen to the event anytime after by following the directions for the webcast at the link above.

THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES is our book give away
October 14, 2008, 11:53 pm
Filed under: 24/8 Musings | Tags: ,

but hurry as this give away goes away this weekend with the opening of the movie.  Simply make sure you are signed up for the 24/8 mailing list and then answer the three questions in our Blue Plate Specials section by sending an email to falise@248bookclub.com.

Be sure to catch the opening weekend of this much anticipated movie that was adapted for the big screen from Sue Monk Kidd’s book of the same name.  With the all star cast and amazing soundtrack it is sure to have Oscar buzz.  To learn more about the movie visit the official movie site, The Secret Life of Bees.

Yeah for Book Give Aways in these Challenging Times

24/8 just completed its book give away of three copies of THE DUCHESS, thank you so much to Random House for making that possible.  We hope you have gone out to see this film that is receiving Oscar buzz.

We are thrilled to announce a new book give away with details to be post at Blue Plate Specials on the site any day.  This time it is THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES by Sue Monk Kidd and our thanks go to Fox SearchLight for making this possible. 

But we would be remiss without mentioning that our 24/8 friend, Julie,  the Booking Mama that is featuring four, yes four book give aways going on right now.  They are for: I Like You, by Amy Sedaris, http://bookingmama.blogspot.com/2008/10/review-i-like-you-giveaway.html; Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay,  http://bookingmama.blogspot.com/2008/10/review-sarahs-key-giveaway.html; The Uncommon Reader, by Alan Bennett, http://bookingmama.blogspot.com/2008/10/uncommon-reader-giveaway.html; and Hannah’s Dream, by Diane Hammond, http://bookingmama.blogspot.com/2008/10/guest-post-diane-hammond-giveaway.html

Don’t forget that reading a great book can take you to a new place or introduce you to new characters or provide education on something you have been wanting to learn. And here we are offering you some opportunities to receive books with no strings attached.

Harper Colins has a fabulous handbag giveaway that includes books
September 29, 2008, 10:49 am
Filed under: 24/8 Musings | Tags: ,

You might ask what we are talking about.  If you go to this website,  http://harpercollins.com/features/bookinabag/?WT.mc_id=REFL_HC_SAK_042308 you can register to win a The Sak handbag and three fabulous fashion books for the September celebration of Fashion Week.  You just need to fill out the entry form on line and you are entered. 

Next month’s giveaway is featured and you will want to remind yourself to come back to the site and register for that giveaway too. So don’t delay cause there are only two days left before October.

THE DUCHESS open today so don’t forget to add that to your weekend plans
September 19, 2008, 5:48 pm
Filed under: 24/8 Musings, Book Notes | Tags: , , ,

24/8 is proud to partner in celebrating the premiere of the THE DUCHESS movie in theaters today with a book giveaway. If you go to the movie this weekend and love Keira Knightly’s performance you will want to pick up a copy of this book to learn more about this character be sure to play the 24/8 trivia game for a chance to win a free copy of the book.  Visit, Blue Plate Specials,  http://www.248bookclub.com/blue_plate_specials/blue_plate_specials.asp on our menu and submit your answers to the questions today to win.

Still time to join us for the free movie screening this Thursday

Yes 24/8 is thrilled to have been selected by Warner Brother’s to offer this fun night out to all of those in the 24/8 community and their friends and our new friends.  Please join us on Thursday, September 18th at the AMC Loews Theater located at 600 N. Michigan Avenue at 7:00pm for a screening of the movie NIGHTS IN RODANTHE. 

To attend the screening following the instructions at our September 10th post, simply go to the website,  www.gofobo.com and then enter BOOK5888 as your RSVP code when prompted and the rest of the instructions are easy to follow.  You can not only get one pass but you can get one for a friend as well.  You must register with gotobofo to be able to print your passes. 

Richard Gere and Diane Lane star in this adaptation of the book written by Nicholas Sparks.  I think it goes without saying that Richard just gets better and better as the years go on.  So print some passes and grab and friend and join us at the free screening.