Book Club News And New Reading Assignments Released

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In the summer of 2014, I started an online book club called “The Girls Who Read” featuring entertaining and interesting books we love. I know most of you love to read, so feel free to jump into the club at any time. The following is some book club news and our next reading assignments.

We’re coming to a close on our final Sookie Stackhouse novel. We’ve committed to three and everyone seems to have really enjoyed them. I’m so glad!

Next, we’re going to jump into Jennifer Weiner books and we’ll be reading three of them.

A little background on my relationship with her books: I encountered Jennifer Weiner’s books in college, based on a friend’s recommendation. I read Good in Bed and loved it. Weiner’s writing was funny and her character was a chubby girl who’d just been dumped and humiliated. The book was enchanting and I devoured everything else she wrote.

I’ve decided to add some of her books into the mix because I know you’ll love her novels. If you’re all loving her books as much as I do, I’ll ask her to stop by!

So now, what you’ve all been waiting for, the book club news! Here are the new reading assignments:

SEPTEMBER 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.

NEXT READING ASSIGNMENTS

In October we’re going to stop reading the Sookie Stackhouse novels and read one of my favorite novelists of all time, Jennifer Weiner. I started with Good In Bed and then In Her Shoes, so we’re going to jump into those for October, November and in December we will finish with her newest novel All Fall Down, which I haven’t read yet and am dying to start!

October 16-Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner

November 20-In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner

December 18-All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

The Girls Who Read August Wrap-Up And Twitter Party

phonto The Girls Who Read August Wrap Up And Twitter Party

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 above.

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