“My idea of good company… is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation.” ~ Jane Austen ~
Gigglemug Book Club was begun by four relatively antisocial women who do happen to read quite a bit but were probably just looking for an excuse to throw lavish tea parties.
The Gigglemug book-ranking summary is easy to understand: the more full cups of tea a book has, the more the reader / reviewer liked it. So:
: “I hate everything about this book!”
: “I don’t care for it, but it isn’t horrid.”
: “It’s okay.”
: “I like this book.”
: “This book is great, but…”
: “I love everything about this book!”
Lady Esbe has very little time to herself, but what few moments she can spare for leisure she typically fills with books, cooking, or travel. She enjoys various genres; however, she does try to abstain from reading too many books of a fanciful romantic nature. Being a self-declared “dog person,” Lady Esbe is quite shocked to find that she enjoys being the adoptive mother to two highly-adventurous – and appallingly naughty – cats. When not working, reading, or chasing those wild boys down from every tree in the neighborhood, Mlle. Esbe can be found watching true-crime documentaries, sipping coffee in her local cafe, going to the cinema, perusing the newest offerings at IKEA, or attending concerts.
Elle purchased an Amazon Kindle solely because it permitted her to carry thousands of books upon her person all at once, and, prior to the invention of e-readers, her attempts to do this very thing had resulted in an assortment of ripped bags and one very sore back. She is a tea snob and hugger of trees who prefers the company of animal-people over that of most human-people, with the exceptions of her fellow Ladies and the exceedingly patient Manimal who finds her odd nature amusing and endearing rather than worrisome and frightening. Her home has been described as being “a bit like Dumbledore’s, Snape’s, and Trelawnye’s offices,” and this eclectic mishmash of incense-filled space is presided over by an extremely chatty and extraordinarily bossy furbaby who is roughly the same size as, and only marginally heavier than, a loaf of bread. While Elle has many hippy-dippy artsy-fartsy hobbies and interests with which she fills her time, one of her favorites is reading – and though she likes most genres of books, she prefers to avoid those wherein romance is the sole objective.
Bill doesn’t like the idea of online biographies, as she is afraid of stalkers, identity thieves, and serial killers using her information to do her terrible and possibly irreparable harm. This is what we can tell you about her: she probably does not live in Hawaii, it is unlikely she has ever been to Ireland, she will more than likely never go to Russia, she does or does not have a secret fondness for television shows specializing in makeovers, she cautions against believing the rumor that she was raised by wolves, she might or might not have once challenged a law enforcement officer to a duel, it is rumored that she has a nearly pathological terror of batteries and light bulbs, and she may or may not live in a pond of hand sanitizer located within a plastic bubble that has been erected within a heavily-fortified home defended by trebuchets and rooftop snipers. Also, she is quite happily married and is proud to be at the beck and call of a cossetted collie. When left to her own devices, Bill prefers to read Young Adult novels and avoids like the plague poetry, Shakespeare, non-fiction, and memoirs.
As of March 2016, the Divine Ms. Em is no longer an active member of Gigglemug Book Club – but she’ll always be a founder, and no one can change that! Her biography for GBC was as follows: The Divine Ms. Em is a very busy and career-minded lady. When not playing the role of nanny for groups of alleged adults, she enjoys reading, drawing, tatting, gaming (PC and mobile apps), watching Downton Abbey and House of Cards, perusing fine stoneware, and spending time with Dammitjeff and their three spoiled LCNs (Ladies of a Canine Nature): Mystic, Maddy, and Tara. In an ironic twist, Ms. Em suffers from TLDRS (Too-Long-Didn’t-Read Syndrome), which makes it impossible for her to read video game walk-throughs or e-mail messages consisting of more than three sentences; however, she will read – at least once – just about any book you place before her. Unless that book is from the horror genre, in which case she will create a circle of salt around it and light it on fire, and then spend an hour reading something sweet and light-hearted in order to scrub from her brain all of the blood and gore to which you attempted to subject her.
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