July Book Selection

July 2, 2011

And the winner is…

The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness by Brianna Karp!

Come back for the book discussion on Saturday, July 30th!

Bloggy Book Club Updates:

  • Would you participate in a bloggy book club “chat” on Twitter? If so, what day/evening works best for you?
  • What will make this book discussion more interesting for you? I’m looking for feedback!
  • Have a suggestion for August? Post it here!

June Book Selection

May 30, 2011

And the winner is…


The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton


The June book club discussion will be July 2!  Happy reading!

June Book Poll

May 22, 2011

May’s book club discussion is scheduled for next Saturday, May 28th. We are reading Shanghai Girls by Lisa See.

Vote for the book you want to read in June:

Have a suggestion for July? Post it here!

April Book Discussion

April 30, 2011

Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins

What did you think of The Hunger Games?
Share your opinions in the comments section and answer any of the discussion questions that you want to answer. Check back for more comments, and join the conversation!

Book Club Discussion Questions:

1. This book portrays an oppressive government that controls the people and their sustenance.  How did this oppression make you feel? Where else have you seen this kind of oppression in the world? In our history?

2. While portraying oppression in many ways, this book also portrays equality in other ways. What examples of equality did you see?

3. During the games, Katniss realized that the only way Haymitch could have won was to outsmart the others, and we definitely see the games filled with various strategies.  How does this mentality surface in our own culture?

4.  The “power play” of the games came when Katniss and Peeta realized the Capitol could be left without a victor, yet after outsmarting the Capitol, we see them once again being controlled by the government. Do you think Katniss and Peeta really won the games? State your case.

5. The Hunger Games is the first book in a series. What are you most looking forward to in the books that follow?

Find  other book club posts here:
Bloggy Book Club
Bloggy Book Reviews

Happy reading!

May Book Poll

April 13, 2011

Vote for the book you want to read in May:

The books listed in this poll were recommended by readers. Have a suggestion for June? Post it here!

Book Title: Water for Elephants
Author: Sara Gruen

Book Review:

This book introduces you to Jacob, an elderly man, with an exciting past. Through Jacob’s eyes, we see the glamour and the hardships of life in the circus.

Gruen seamlessly switches from young Jacob to elderly Jacob and back again. Each chapter I was left wanting to know more, to read more. How does young Jacob’s experience affect elderly Jacob’s thoughts? How do elderly Jacob’s actions reflect young Jacob’s past? The flow of the book was incredible.

Parts of the book were incredibly graphic, but they painted a vivid picture of the circus as Jacob knew it. The peep shows and parties were part of Jacob’s life, and they obviously left him conflicted and confused – as we see in his apparent shame and repentance.

Mixed in with the explicit exploits of the circus is a beautiful love story that overcomes some overwhelming odds, including an abusive past, an absent family, and a nomadic lifestyle.

In addition, Gruen takes the reader on a touching journey as she presents elderly Jacob’s failing memory, evident anger, and never-fading loyalty to the circus.

If you have thought about reading this book and just haven’t found the time, pick it up. You may just join the rest of us who rave over Gruen’s work in Water for Elephants.

*This book was chosen as the February read for the Bloggy Book Club. I was not paid for this review.

**Find out more about the Bloggy Book Club here. The March read is The Help by Kathryn Stockett.