Fall Book Club…


I was so incredibly excited about today’s discussion of The Scorpio Races, a novel by Maggie Stiefvater and the third book selected for Fall Book Club, brainchild of the lovely Tracey Neithercott. But, unfortunately I’ve committed a big ol’ Book Club FAIL and neglected to actually FINISH the The Scorpio Races. You have no idea how sad and ashamed I am to admit this, especially since I’ve started the book and am loving it so far. But in my (pitiful) defense, my parents have been in town all week and I’ve been pretty busy.

*Cue dramatic violin music.*

That said, I am half way through The Scorpio Races and, as I mentioned, I’m absolutely smitten. I’ll be recommending the novel for my Bookanistas post this Thursday. If you’re so inclined, please check back then to read all about why I’m head over heels for this book.

If you’re interested in checking out my take on previous Book Club selections, you can find my thoughts on Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children HERE, and Daughter of Smoke and Bone HERE. Also, please do take a moment to check out the posts from more contentious Book Clubbers who’ve finished The Scorpio Races and posted links to their thoughts HERE.

In an effort to make up for my Book Club fail and prove that I really was a busy girl over the last several days, a few gratuitous pictures of my cutie pie and me. 🙂

Decorating the tree on Thanksgiving…

Getting our Coug on for Apple Cup 2011…

Settling in to watch Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Fifth Avenue Theater in Seattle… Highly recommend!

How was your Thanksgiving (assuming you celebrated)? Do anything fun over the long weekend?


18 thoughts on “Fall Book Club…

  1. Jaime says:

    Beautiful pics, Katy. I too have a confession to make: I didn’t finish Scorpio Races either. Between a multitude of distractions (my husband was home from work for a week), not quite being in the right mood for the book, and feeling like the book was taking forever to get going, I just couldn’t do it. I will finish it, but obviously not in time for the discussion. Glad you’re enjoying it, though! 🙂

    • katyupperman says:

      Glad I’m not along in my Book Club fail, Jaime. You’re right about SCORPIO starting a little slow, but that’s never a deal breaker for me–slow doesn’t bother me as long as the writing is beautiful and I care about the characters. Which is exactly the case with this book so far. 🙂

      Glad you got to spend time with your hubby… hope you two had tons of fun!

  2. Erin Bowman says:

    SHAME ON YOU! (But in all seriousness, this is completely understandable. It’s been a crazy month. I’m so glad I jumped on SR first thing in November, or might not have finished myself)

    And you’ve certainly made up for things with pics of your and your girl. You guys both look great!!

    Can’t wait for when you finally finish this one. Send me an email so we can gush. Please? 🙂

    • katyupperman says:

      Oh, I will absolutely be emailing you about this one, Erin! If things continue the way they have been, it will most definitely be a gush-fest! Loving it so far!

  3. Rebecca B says:

    Great pics!
    So I was basically speed reading this on Sunday morning to finish in time–thus I can sympathize with this crazy month taking away reading time. Hope you enjoy the rest of the book!

    • katyupperman says:

      I suspect I will love the rest of the book as much as I am now, Rebecca. It would have to take a pretty major turn for my feelings to change, but hey… you never know, I suppose. 🙂 Oh, and I tried the speed reading thing, but it just wasn’t happening. I wanted to savor each word!

  4. Rida says:

    Lovely pictures! Your daughter is incredibly cute!

    I totally get it- these days, what with all this fall workload and holidays, I feel lucky if I finish one or two books every once in a while. Gah.

    • katyupperman says:

      Thanks, Rida! Yes, my reading has definitely slowed over the last two weeks, and I suspect that’ll be the trend until after the holidays. Such a bummer because I have DOZENS of awesome books in my To-Read pile!

    • katyupperman says:

      Eh… three books is nothing to hang your head about, especially since you’re a mama, a wife, and a full time teacher, as well as reader/writer/blogger. I don’t know how you do it, lady! I hope you get to SCORPIO eventually… it’s amazing so far!

  5. Yahong says:

    Wow, that Cinderella production sounds amazing! (I don’t think I’ve actually ever watched Cinderella, either the movie or as a play. :P) And it also sounds like an awesome mom-daughter bonding time. 🙂

    As for The Scorpio Races — you gotta tell us how you end up liking it. I’ve heard the pacing is slow, but the horses are AMAZING. 😛

    • katyupperman says:

      Oh, Cinderella is SO good! You must check out either the Rodgers and Hammerstein version or the Disney version… classics!

      Yes, SCORPIO is slow, but it’s also beautifully written and I genuinely care about the characters. Those things weigh more heavily than pace for me. I’ll definitely let you know what I think when I finish. 🙂

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