Bootleg Bookclub 2013 Reading List & Poll

book w heart paper bootleg 2013
Books we digested this year (along with a lot of yummy food):

Jan       Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple (Shelley’s Nov 2012 pick)
Feb      Bat Mitzvah Girl by Beverly East (Karen S’s pick)
March  Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James (Hege’s swan song pick)
April    The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff (Kitty’s pick)
May      Crescent by Diana Abu-Jaber (Marie’s pick)
June     Runner’s World magazine (Katie’s pick; an experiment!)
July      The Roundhouse by  (Angelika’s pick)
Aug     Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks (Karen C’s pick)
Sept     Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Mary’s pick)
Oct      The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett (Sue’s pick)
Nov     The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (Shelley’s 2013 pick)
Dec      no book/party (Liz’s pick got skipped; she’s still  hostess extraordinaire)
If you missed any of them, check the months/titles elsewhere in this blog.

Complete the poll to choose your favorite book (emphasis on book; the successful experiment in June does not qualify for ranking per rule 23-rt1

Top 3 to be announced at our December Fete!

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One response to “Bootleg Bookclub 2013 Reading List & Poll

  1. Hello Katie,

    Didn’t actually read the part about recipes…must have read from the most recent and not read the earlier one.

    As for channeling Carmen Miranda and fruit salads…

    I select for variety in color/shape/texture for fruits. When picking for salad,  I like to have at least three colors and two shapes for the pieces (ie: not all red fruits, and not all cut up rectangle pieces. Nice variations are roundish grapes, whole or halved strawberries, one melon in cubes, whole blueberries. You get the ideas.

    Easy to tell the overall quality of grapes/strawberries/raspberries/blueberries/blackberries by appearance (looking fresh, not squishy, no moldy parts or weird spots). 

    When selecting melons: I sort of do that “smell the melon” thing…where it was attached to the vine. If it smells really strongly of that melon: i usually think that’s too ripe. With cantalopes: not too soft or green. With honeydews: not too soft or green. With watermelon: good color of rind (not lots of whitish less ripe areas). Pineapples: same smell thing and ripe look, but not too ripe.

    Prepare salad as close to book club time as you can. I avoid bananas as they get squishy. Oranges add a nice different flavor, and they keep apples from getting brown. 

    And a beautiful bowl for it all. 

    mary

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