The Girls Who Read August Wrap-Up And Twitter Party

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Today’s book chat is all about wrapping up LIVING DEAD IN DALLAS. By now you should have finished the book so we can discuss it without worrying about spoilers. I would love to know whether you liked the books or not because I’m hoping to continue the series for at least 2 more books, but we can always switch it up. Let me know in the comments or via email if you have any book suggestions.

 


Part of the reason I love these books is the simplicity of them, but another reason is how Charlaine Harris seems to take me away from my busy life and sets me somewhere else for a moment; somewhere with dwarves and maenads and vampires. This week I was reading LIVING DEAD IN DALLAS while soaking away in a bubble bath and really, it was the most perfect afternoon a girl could ask for.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS (AND SPOILERS)

By now you’ve read through LIVING DEAD IN DALLAS. The following are a few questions for discussion. Feel free to answer these OR use your own commentary for discussion. (Answers can be posted here on the blog or saved for the Twitter Party.)

  1. What do you think about the new characters Harris introduces in this book? Particularly the supernatural ones? I like that she introduced more than just vampires in this book. To me it makes the setting a little more magical and strange. I love it.
  2. What did you think about Lafayette’s death? I loved Lafayette and was sad to see him go. What about you?
  3. Given the chance, would you date a vampire? I’m down for anything, but I don’t know if I could handle the near-anemic aspect of dating a blood sucker. Ha!
  4. Comment on anything else you loved (or hated).

JOIN US FOR A LIVE TWITTER PARTY (AND ON THE BLOG)!

Using the hashtag #TheGirlsWhoRead, find us on Twitter on August 21st for our second official Twitter Party to talk about the book. We’ll also be chatting here on the blog.
When: August 21st, 6 PM (PST) until 7:00 PM (but I will check in all day)
Host: @thereallisakerr on Twitter
What: Discuss LIVING DEAD IN DALLAS and anything Sookie Stackhouse related.
Hashtag: #TheGirlsWhoRead
Additional Info: Find all our book club members on Twitter using this list and Tweet to me if you’d like to be added to the book club list on Twitter.

If you missed out last month, it’s not too late to get involved. If you want to join, here are the details:

How to Get Involved

  • Read the monthly book.
  • Leave a comment on the blog post which starts a discussion about the book and a comment on the final discussion on Thursday, August 21.
  • Once a month we will host a  Book Club Twitter Chat, be sure to follow #TheGirlsWhoRead, and @thereallisakerr on Twitter.
  • Share this with your friends.

Full details and instructions of the book club can be found here. Follow “The Girls Who Read” board on Pinterest.

NEXT READING ASSIGNMENT

Our next book will be Club Dead, book 3 ‘in the Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Mysteries! Make sure you finish reading the book within one month and check back on the blog on September 18th. We’ll just be meeting once a month and we’ll also be hosting a Twitter Party. Details below.

If you missed any of the book club posts, read them here.

The Girls Who Read Book Club July Wrap Up and Twitter Party

Today’s book chat is all about wrapping up DEAD UNTIL DARK. By now you should have finished the first book (and maybe you’ve moved on to the next one). I would love to know whether you liked the books or not because I’m hoping to continue the series for at least 2 more books, but we can always switch it up.

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TODAY: LIVE TWITTER PARTY (AND ON THE BLOG)!

Using the hashtag #TheGirlsWhoRead, find us on Twitter today (July 24th) for our first official Twitter Party to talk about the book at 6 PM (PST) until 7:00 PM! See you there. (Find all our book club members on Twitter using this list and Tweet to me if you’d like to be added to the book club list on Twitter.)

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS (AND SPOILERS)

By now you’ve read through DEAD UNTIL DARK. And by now you’ve been introduced to the author’s style of finishing the book up with action, which is part of what I love about her writing. The following are a few questions for discussion. Feel free to answer these OR use your own commentary for discussion. (Answers can be posted here on the blog or saved for the Twitter Party.)

  1. Before reading DEAD UNTIL DARK, were you a fan of mystery? I hadn’t read much of it and to be honest, I can’t handle a lot of murder mysteries, but since this one involves so many vampires, I didn’t get too scared.
  2. How did you like the mystery in this book? I personally loved it because it felt like it was a page turner, especially toward the end.
  3. I’m a big fan of some romance in a novel, so I loved Sookie and Bill. What do you think? Is romance a necessary element for you to get into a story?
  4. Comment on anything else you noticed and loved (or hated).

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NEXT READING ASSIGNMENT

We’re wrapping up July and heading into August! For our next book, we’ll be reading LIVING DEAD IN DALLAS (Book 2). We’re going to change things up a bit and only meet once a month. Make sure you finish reading the book within one month and check back here on August 21st.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

  • Read the monthly book.
  • Leave a comment on the blog post which starts a discussion about the book each Thursday and a comment on the final discussion on July 24th.
  • Once a month we will host a  Book Club Twitter Party, be sure to follow #TheGirlsWhoRead, and @thereallisakerr on Twitter.
  • Share this with your friends.
  • If you’re blogging about the book club, you’ll have a chance to link up your post. Check below.

HOW TO BUY THE BOOKS:

Book 1 (Kindle/Paperback): Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 1) The Girls Who Read Book Club July Wrap Up and Twitter Party

Book 2 (Kindle/Paperback): Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 2) The Girls Who Read Book Club July Wrap Up and Twitter Party

Book 3: Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 3) The Girls Who Read Book Club July Wrap Up and Twitter Party

Book 4: Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood) The Girls Who Read Book Club July Wrap Up and Twitter Party

This is part of a series called “The Girls Who Read” featuring entertaining and interesting books we love. I know most of you love to read. Hope you like it and email me any ideas on what we should read next! Join me for our monthly Twitter Party and book chat using the hashtag #TheGirlsWhoRead. Subscribe to our list on Twitter and Tweet to me if you’d like to be added to the book club list on Twitter. New books will be discussed every three weeks. 

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Week 2: The Girls Who Read Book Club

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Welcome! It’s been two weeks since you signed up for or expressed interest in The Girls Who Read book club. We’re off to a great start with so many of you joining the Twitter Party (using the hashtag #TheGirlsWhoRead). I’m so happy to have all of you along for the ride. To get involved, simply read the post below and leave a comment about the book or the discussion questions. Try not to leave too many spoilers if you’ve already read the whole book! Save those for our final chat on July 24th.

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Discussion Questions (And Spoilers)

By now you’ve read through chapter 8 in DEAD UNTIL DARK. And by now you’ve been introduced to all the action and mystery, which is part of what I love so much about these books. The following are a few questions for discussion. Feel free to answer these OR use your own commentary for discussion:

  1. What do you think of Sookie and Sam? Is there any potential for future romance?
  2. How sad were you about Gran?
  3. What do you think of Eric? Do you prefer him to Bill?
  4. Who’s your favorite minor character?
  5. Comment on anything else you noticed and loved (or hated).

It’s not too late to get involved. If you want to join, here are the details:

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How to Get Involved

  • Read the monthly book.
  • Leave a comment on the blog post which starts a discussion about the book each Thursday and a comment on the final discussion on July 24th.
  • Once a month we will host a  Book Club Twitter Chat, be sure to follow #TheGirlsWhoRead, and @thereallisakerr on Twitter.
  • Share this with your friends.
  • If you’re blogging about the book club, you’ll have a chance to link up your post after July 24th.

Reading Assignment

Finish the book by July 24th!

LIVE Chat on July 24th

Using the hashtag #TheGirlsWhoRead, find us on Twitter on July 24th to talk about the book! See you there! (Find all our book club members on Twitter using this list and Tweet to me if you’d like to be added to the book club list on Twitter.)

This post is part of my new book club,”The Girls Who Read“, featuring entertaining and interesting books we love. I know most of you love to read. Join me for our ongoing book chat on Twitter (or any other social media) using the hashtag #TheGirlsWhoRead and mark your calendars for our first Twitter party on July 24th. You can also use the hashtag #dontreadalone to emphasize the importance of making reading a group thing.

Full details and instructions of the book club can be found here. Follow “The Girls Who Read” board on Pinterest.


BOOK LIST

This book list is tentative and may change at any time without prior notification.

Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 1) Week 2: The Girls Who Read Book Club  (Kindle/Paperback version)

Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 2) (Kindle/Paperback version) Week 2: The Girls Who Read Book Club

Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 3) (Kindle/Paperback version) Week 2: The Girls Who Read Book Club

These titles may also be available at your local library.

An updated calendar can be found here.

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Week 1: The Girls Who Read Book Club Member Meet Up

Week 1 Week 1: The Girls Who Read Book Club Member Meet Up

Welcome! It’s been a week since you signed up for or expressed interest in The Girls Who Read book club. We’re off to a good start, with quite a few people tagging along. I’m so happy to have all of you along for the ride. To get involved, simply read the post below and leave a comment about the book or the discussion questions. Try not to leave too many spoilers if you’ve already read the whole book! Most members have probably only read a few chapters at this point.

Discussion Questions

By now you’ve either bought or checked out at the library DEAD UNTIL DARK, book 1 in the Sookie Stackhouse series. And by now you’ve been introduced to Sookie and her “disability”, some Cajun country, the seedy characters who frequent Merlotte’s, and even Bill the vampire. I’m dying to know: how do you like them?

  1. What do you think of Sookie’s “disability”? Would you want to be able to read minds?
  2. Is Bill what you expected of a vampire when you were first introduced to him?
  3. The Cajun setting isn’t entirely unique for a vampire book, but what do you think of it? Do you think this book could have succeeded if it had been set anywhere else?
  4. Have you ever been to Louisiana?

I will say this: last weekend my boyfriend may or may not have read DEAD UNTIL DARK cover to cover in one day. Did he like it? He’ll never fess up to it and I’m okay with that. I argued that he wouldn’t have spent all day reading it unless he loved the book but he said he’s gotten sucked into all kinds of books.

He’s a boy. Whatever.

What really matters is you. Because I don’t know about you, but I hate reading alone. There’s nothing worse than having a really fabulous story that you’ve finished and suddenly you’ve got no one to talk to about it. #DontReadAlone

If you need a reminder for how to get involved, here are the details:

dead until dark 1 Week 1: The Girls Who Read Book Club Member Meet Up How to Get Involved

  • Read the monthly book.
  • Leave a few comments on the blog post which starts a discussion about the book each Thursday and a few comments on the final discussion on July 24th.
  • Once a month we will host a  Book Club Twitter Chat, be sure to follow #TheGirlsWhoRead, and @thereallisakerr on Twitter.
  • Share this with your friends.
  • If you’re blogging about the book club, you’ll have a chance to link up your post after July 24th.

Reading Assignment

This part is new, but I figured I should give a guideline on how many chapters to read per week. We’ll read roughly 4 chapters per week. Read the next 4 chapters (through chapter 7) and come back on Thursday, July 17th for our next weekly discussion!

Member Meet Up

While we’re here, I thought we should take some time to get to know each other. After all, book club members should talk to each other, right? Absolutely. So, because of that, we’re going to be linking our Twitter accounts below (or another PUBLIC social media account of yours) and getting to know each other there, too. This is a great way to build your tribe and ensure you #DontReadAlone ever again!


This post is part of my new book club,”The Girls Who Read“, featuring entertaining and interesting books we love. I know most of you love to read. Join me for our ongoing book chat on Twitter (or any other social media) using the hashtag #TheGirlsWhoRead and mark your calendars for our first Twitter party on July 24th. You can also use the hashtag #dontreadalone to emphasize the importance of making reading a group thing.

Find all our book club members on Twitter using this list and Tweet to me if you’d like to be added to the book club list on Twitter. New books will be discussed every three weeks, but feel free to go at your own pace!

Full details and instructions of the book club can be found here. Follow “The Girls Who Read” board on Pinterest.



BOOK LIST

This book list is tentative and may change at any time without prior notification.

Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 1) Week 1: The Girls Who Read Book Club Member Meet Up (Kindle/Paperback version)

Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 2) (Kindle/Paperback version) Week 1: The Girls Who Read Book Club Member Meet Up

Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 3) (Kindle/Paperback version) Week 1: The Girls Who Read Book Club Member Meet Up

These titles may also be available at your local library.

An updated calendar can be found here.

What is a Twitter Party?

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With all the talk of our upcoming Twitter Party for The Girls Who Read book club, I thought I would take a few minutes to explain what a Twitter Party is and how you can participate.

What is a Twitter Party/Twitter Chat?

First of all, a Twitter Party and Twitter Chat are two interchangeable terms. There’s no official “chat” feature on Twitter. You simply follow a hashtag using the search bar and reply to users directly (also mentioning the hashtag, which identifies you as part of the conversation).

HASHTAGS

In our case, the hashtags we are using are:

#TheGirlsWhoRead 

And for fun:

#DontReadAlone

Other hashtags you can use:

#BookClub #Sookie #DeadUntilDark #SookieStackhouse

Next Party Details

  • Where: On Twitter, using the hashtag #TheGirlsWhoRead
  • Hosts: @thereallisakerr
  • When: July 24, 2014, ALL DAY
  • What: A book club discussion about the first book in the Sookie Stackhouse series: DEAD UNTIL DARK.

How to connect with other members

Leave your twitter url in the comments below and make a list of The Girls Who Read so you can follow everyone during our next party. You can also “subscribe” to my list here, which makes it super easy to find other members. To be added to the list, just tweet me @thereallisakerr and ask to be added.

Is there a shortcut to all of this?

Yes! The simplest way to find the hashtag is just to follow the hashtag through the Search feature on Twitter. You can also use a program specifically set up for this, some of which include:

  • TweetChat (Come chat with me on #tweetchat http://qub.me/SoPNTq)
  • HootSuite (Make sure to add the hashtag on the end of your tweets on these programs!)
  • SproutSocial
  • TweetDeck

The Girls Who Read: Sookie Stackhouse Series

Introducing my new book club,”The Girls Who Read“, featuring entertaining and interesting books we love. I know most of you love to read. I hope email me any ideas on what we should read next! Join me for our ongoing book chat on Twitter using the hashtag #TheGirlsWhoRead and mark your calendars for our first Twitter party on July 24th. Subscribe to our list on Twitter and Tweet to me if you’d like to be added to the book club list on Twitter. New books will be discussed every three weeks, but feel free to go at your own pace!

Full details and instructions can be found hereFollow “The Girls Who Read” board on Pinterest.

I have a confession. I’m one of the world’s slowest readers. Regardless, I’m also a published writer (working on a novel as we speak!) and adore reading. I have since I was a little girl. And I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I read a lot of books for pure entertainment. Don’t tell my professors. They wouldn’t approve. I do read a little of everything, though, so this book club will take us through everything from chick-lit to classics to mysteries. I love it all.

Because I’m working on writing a novel that I hope will be entertaining, I’m reading a lot of books that are high on entertainment value. On my list:
The Stephanie Plum Novels The Girls Who Read: Sookie Stackhouse Series
The Dresden Files The Girls Who Read: Sookie Stackhouse Series
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Yes, I read quite a few books at once.

Since this is the inaugural post for the book club, we’re going to cover where you can buy the Sookie Stackhouse books and a bit about them. The first post about book 1 (Dead Until Dark) will go live in three weeks (July 24th), which means you need to buy or borrow the first book and start on it now. You don’t have to finish the book by then, but there will be spoilers. Check out the links below if you need to purchase it for your Kindle or in the paperback version. Feel free to reach out to us on Twitter if you finish before then!

About the Southern Vampire Mysteries

Normally, I’m not a fan of vampire books. I don’t watch vampire movies or TV shows. It’s just not my thing. However, I love the Sookie Stackhouse books. They remind me of why I first loved reading as a kid: the ability an author has to transport the reader into a fictional world. For me, reading as a child was a fun escape. Learning about new people, places and events. Reading for entertainment is almost like taking a vacation.

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Sookie is this really great, strong female lead. She kicks ass. Literally. Even vampire ass. This series also has a great cast of characters, a pretty accurate Cajun setting, and a great romance to keep you hooked. These books are a quick read, full of adventure, and they’re perfect for summer!

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The first book in the series is Dead Until Dark. I won’t spoil it, but you get to meet Sookie and see why she’s so extraordinary. What happens in this book sets up the events for the rest of the series. In the next post, on July 24th, I’ll discuss what I loved about this book and I hope you’ll join in on Twitter and in the blog comments. Feel free to share links about the author, interviews, and anything else you think we might like.

I hope you’ll join us as we read Dead Until Dark on July 24th.



For Bloggers

If you’re a fellow blogger, please feel free to post your own blog post about the book we are discussing on or after the main post goes live (every three weeks, starting with July 24th; see calendar below) and link your blog post in the comments below the main post so we can visit. You can also send me a tweet letting me know you’ve posted about the book.

Grab a button for your blog:

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Just copy and paste this code into the text portion of a new blog post: photo12 The Girls Who Read: Sookie Stackhouse Series

How to buy Sookie Stackhouse books:

Book 1 (Kindle/Paperback): Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 1) The Girls Who Read: Sookie Stackhouse Series

Book 2 (Kindle/Paperback): Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 2) The Girls Who Read: Sookie Stackhouse Series

Book 3: Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 3) The Girls Who Read: Sookie Stackhouse Series

(The following titles are included in this list as a courtesy. We may not read the entire series together.)

Book 4: Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood) The Girls Who Read: Sookie Stackhouse Series

Book 5: Dead as a Doornail (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 5) The Girls Who Read: Sookie Stackhouse Series

Book 6: Definitely Dead (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 6) The Girls Who Read: Sookie Stackhouse Series

Book 7: All Together Dead (TV Tie-In) (Sookie Stackhouse) The Girls Who Read: Sookie Stackhouse Series

Book 8: From Dead to Worse: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood) The Girls Who Read: Sookie Stackhouse Series

Book 9: Dead And Gone (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 9) The Girls Who Read: Sookie Stackhouse Series

Book 10: Dead in the Family: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood) The Girls Who Read: Sookie Stackhouse Series

Book 11: Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 11) The Girls Who Read: Sookie Stackhouse Series

Book 12: Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 12) The Girls Who Read: Sookie Stackhouse Series

Book 13: Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood) The Girls Who Read: Sookie Stackhouse Series

Complete Set: Sookie Stackhouse Series Complete 12 Book Set Mass Market Paperback The Girls Who Read: Sookie Stackhouse Series

A complete list of FAQs and instructions can be found here

FAQ:

How do you choose books to read? We read anything and everything. I majored in English literature and spent my entire life reading classics, but right now I’m reading for pleasure. My favorite types of books right now are chick-lit, romance, mystery and anything with a strong girl character. If you have a book you think might be a good fit for me, email me or tweet me your suggestions. If it’s a good fit, we’ll read your book when there’s a free spot on the calendar. (Disclaimer: Because we read new books every 3 weeks and because we already have a full calendar, seeing your book on the schedule may take awhile.)

What if I already read the novels you suggest but still want to chat? Of course you’re welcome to join us! The more the merrier. Just jump right in!

Do I have to be a girl to join in? Absolutely not! Men follow this blog, too. Just use the hashtag #TheGirlsWhoRead in your tweets and you’ll find our discussions online.

How often do you read new books? We start a new book every 3 weeks. Feel free to read them at your own pace. (I’m a slow reader myself!)

What is your Twitter name? @thereallisakerr

Where can I find the hashtag on Twitter? Right here.

What is a Twitter Party? Everything you need to know is here.

Where can I find the list of other book club members? Right here. 

How can I get added to the girls who read list on Twitter? Simply send me a tweet and ask! Once I see your tweet, you’ll be scheduled to get added to the list.