Thursday, September 10, 2009

Cafe Chaos--Books

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Welcome to Café Chaos. Grab a cup of coffee or tea (we prefer coffee) and join us for a chat. Every Thursday we’ll offer recommendations for book lovers. Feel free to comment on our picks or to throw in a few of your own. We’re listening!


SIS Brandy says...
So, I have a big confession... I never read!! How horrible is that? I am subbing on a blog that focuses a lot on books, and I don't read! When I was younger, I read all the time. Somewhere along the way, I let my life get too busy and hectic to sit down with a good book. That being said, I was surprisingly able to come up with a book recommendation.

My Pick of the Week: The Secret
"You hold in your hands a great secret... As you learn The Secret, you will come to know how you can have, be, or do anything you want. You will come to know who you really are. You will come to know the true magnificence that awaits you in life." - from the introduction.

Um, I have another confession. I didn't even read this book! Omar would read it to me before bed. We now go back and refresh a little if things are tough or if we are in need of an attitude adjustment.The Secret is about the law of attraction. It teaches us that positive thoughts attract positive reactions. We must focus on what we want, not what we don't want.

Author: Rhonda Byrne

"Whether you think you can or think you can't, either way you are right." - Henry Ford



SIS B.J. says...
In the Arthurian legends, many think the women in the tales are evil enchantresses, scheming seductresses and shameful adulteresses. But in the book Ladies of the Lake by Caitlin and John Matthews nine women from the Arthurian mythos are examined to see who they truly are. Strong , courageous, and loving women who help and challenge their men.

These nine women are: Ingraine, Morgan and Guinevere; The Kindred of Arthur.
Argante, Nimue and Enid; The Sovereign Sisterhood.
Kundry, Dindraine and Ragnell; The Grail Maidens.

My pick of the week: Ladies of the Lake

Authors: Caitlin and John Matthews
SIS Bren says...
I love mysteries. I've probably made that abundantly clear. I'll read any book that allows me to play who-dun-it and keeps me in suspense. Even though I saw the movie before I read the book, I still thoroughly enjoyed it!
My Pick of the Week: Presumed Innocent
From the back cover: Presumed Innocent brings to life our worst nightmare: that of an ordinary citizen facing conviction for the most terrible of all crimes. It's the stunning portrayal of one man's all-too-human, all-consuming fatal attraction for a passionate woman, who is not his wife, and the story of how his obsession puts everything he loves and values on trial--including his own life. It's a book that lays bare a shocking world of betrayal and murder, as well as the hidden depths of the human heart. And it will hold you and haunt you...long after you have reached it's shattering conclusion.
Author: Scott Turow

22 comments:

B.J. said...

Brandy, I haven't read The Secret, but I have heard many good things about it. I will have to give it a try.

B.J. said...

Brenda, Presumed Innocent sounds very interesting. I'm not sure if I have seen the movie. It sounds like something I would like to watch.

Sisters-in-Sync said...

B.J.

The movie was very good. It stars Harrison Ford. I think you would like it.

SIS Bren

Brandy said...

Brenda,
In the past, I was hooked on Patricia Cornwell books. They are mysteries also. If you haven't read any of them maybe give it a try. You'd probably like her.
Presumed Innocent sounds good. Maybe I'll have to get the movie since I never read now!!

Brandy said...

B.J.

Ladies of the Lake sounds very interesting. You think they have it in movie form? :)

B.J. said...

Brandy, It's not in movie form but you could try Mists of Avalon. It is a book that Hallmark made into a mini series. I have the movie if you want to borrow it. The book is by the wonderful Marion Zimmer Bradley.

Sisters-in-Sync said...

Brandy,

You are soooo fired!!!! I can't believe you don't read. Just kidding, girl. I actually knew that about you.

However, your recommendation sounds like something I need to read. Or perhaps I can get Omar to read it to me. LOL

BJ,
Does your recommendation actually short stories or is it more of an examination of their lives. Either way it sounds very interesting.

Bren,
I think I need to visit so I can borrow books from your library! You have recommended some great mysteries and I have far too few of those in my library.

*****on a side note, I think we should all encourage Brandy to share the story of the time her daughter finished reading a book while Beth and I were visiting******* Do tell, Brandy!!

SIS Barb

Brandy said...

We were sitting in the kitchen when my 13 year old daughter comes in absolutely bawling! She looked horrible - didn't even look like herself. Her nose was terribly swollen and her eyes looked really bad.

All of us were asking her what was wrong. She tells us that the story she just finished was so sad! (she's still crying) I say "Whoa you look awful! How long have you been crying?" Her response : "The last fifty pages!!"

I'll let you know later the name of the book. She's at school and I can't remember which one it was.

Barb,
I think you should have Omar read it to you!! His voice is very soothing!!!

SIS Brandy

B.J. said...

Barb,It is an examination of their lives compared with goddesses and myths in the Celtic traditions. There are guided meditations and the end of each chapter that reads like a short story. They poeticaly written.

Sisters-in-Sync said...

Brandy, I'm shocked! You don't read? How could I not know this about you? Then again when I think about how crazy busy your life is, where would you find the time? I love that Omar read to you and that you both re-visit a book for inspiration. I've heard many great things about THE SECRET. Any book that motivates you in a positive way is a good book as far as I'm concerned.

BJ, I'm FASCINATED by the Arthurian legend. If I could time trsvel, I'd be so there! I haven't read LADIES OF THE LAKE yet. Sounds like an interesting spin. Thanks for the rec!

Brenda, I haven't read PRESUMED INNOCENT, but I did see the movie. Great story! On another note, I came across another author who writes about coded mysteries. Have you read anything by Steve Berry? I think he may be right up your ally!

SIS Beth

Sisters-in-Sync said...

By the way, Wyoming is vast and beautiful, folks. I've never seen anything quite like it. Unfortunately I have a touch of altitude sickness, but aspirin and lots-o-water is helping. My cell phone isn't getting reception here in the mountains, but we do have wi-fi. So glad I got to peek in. I loved my SISters book recs!

SIS Beth

Tori Lennox said...

I haven't read The Secret but I've just recently started learning about the whole Law of Attraction thing. I'll have to see if our library has it.

Brandy said...

Tori,

Your library should definately have it. You can also find it any bookstore imaginable. It may be one that you'd want to buy and keep.

flchen1 said...

Hi, Brandy, BJ, and Bren! When I started reading your description, BJ, I initially thought of Mists of Avalon--that was a pretty gripping read! I'll have to check out Ladies of the Lake! And I remember reading Presumed Innocent! I also enjoyed the movie (ah, Harrison...) ;)

Sisters-in-Sync said...

Brandy,

I'll have to make sure to pick up The Secret. I am a huge believer in positive thinking. But sometimes life does get you down and it's hard to keep those thoughts coming, so like you said, I probably could use an attitude adjustment too.
Thanks for the rec!

SIS Bren

Sisters-in-Sync said...

B.J. and Brandy,

I just wanted to thank you both for being guests here at SIS. Of course, I don't really think of you as guests, you are welcome any time. Feel free to send me any thing you would like to post!

Love you both and miss you!
SIS Bren

Sisters-in-Sync said...

Barb and Beth,

Hope you are having a wonderful time! Love you and miss you too!

SIS Bren

Brandy said...

Brenda,

I miss you and love you too. Hope to see you soon.

B.J. said...

Brenda, Thankyou for having us. Love and miss you too.

Olga said...

I've never read Secret either, but I've read an awesome book (several, actually) on positive thinking. It's amazing!

Sisters-in-Sync said...

Hi Olga,

Sometimes I think we forget just how powerful our minds can be. Wouldn't it be wonderful if all the people of the world thought nothing but positive thoughts! The energy would be incredible!

SIS Bren

karim said...

Very thoughtfull post on positivethinking. It should be very much helpfull.

Thanks,
Karim - Positive thinking

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