Boy, do we have news today!
Or should I say boy AND girl?
That’s right – two more book club babies were born since our last post!
On April 6th, Kristy gave birth to Mila Vivian Conners, who was 11 days overdue and a whopping 9 lbs 11 oz! Which is pretty crazy since Kristy is basically 5-foot-nothing. And, on April 10th (six days early), Laura gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, Cooper Scott Kelly, who was 9 lbs 7 oz, which is actually not that big considering her husband Ryan is a real-life giant!
Anyway, congratulations to the two latest UBC mommas! We’re overjoyed for you. Coupled with Erin’s baby James, we REALLY think it’s high-time for another UBC photoshoot, but like this (as we’ve said before):
Soo, what happened in the UBC’s world in March? Other than babies, that is?
Well, first and foremost, we heard about this crazy app that’s coming out that will allow us to read faster. Like, WAY faster. For slowpokes like me, this is great news. Reading faster = reading more books. Can’t wait.
Then, later in the month, we had a profound realization. It was triggered by Brigitte’s mother Gisele, who sent an email that spoke to all of us:
I just thought I would share something that I came across recently.
Carl Sagan, on a television show from a series he had in the 80s about the universe, was in a library, saying that if he were to read a book a week for his whole adulthood, assuming a normal life span, he could only read a few thousand. He showed how small a proportion of all the books in that room that was on just a section of the shelves. Now, imagine how many are out in the world. So naturally we can’t read everything.
So, be very very picky about what you spend your time reading. If you don’t enjoy a book, quit it. If you aren’t enthusiastic or absorbed, or astonished; abandon it. There isn’t enough time, so don’t waste it.
Happy reading, my dears.
And that’s the moral of the story.
Many of us are overwhelmed by the books out there (particularly those we want to read). I suffer from some serious FOMO (fear of missing out) when it comes to novels. So why waste time on novels we’re not enjoying? Gisele makes a great point – just don’t!
Now, I can’t tell you who will be reviewing Laura’s pick, Where’d You Go Bernadette (which we found out was chosen for Lauren Conrad’s book club too), because well… she just got home from the hospital and probably has her hands full with baby Coop. But we promise to get it up (with discussion questions! We know how everyone loves discussion questions) before our next meeting, as always.
On to this month’s book…
Alex chose her father’s very favourite book, Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins! Most of the girls had never heard of it, surprisingly enough. It’s an epic, written in 1984, with four story lines, one set in 8th century Bohemia and the others in modern day New Orleans, Seattle and Paris. Go figure.
Otherwise, we don’t know much about the plot. The book jacket talks about a janitor and a missing blue bottle, which apparently constitutes a saga. To me, it sounds a little Kurt Vonnegut-esque… but we’ll see!
Did YOU read Jitterbug Perfume? What did you think?