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 20In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner

December 18-All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

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 above.

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.

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

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).

Final Week of The Girls Who Read Book Club: DEAD UNTIL DARK

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)

Book 2 (Kindle/Paperback): Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 2)

Book 3: Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 3)

Book 4: Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood)

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) (Kindle/Paperback version)

Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 2) (Kindle/Paperback version)

Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 3) (Kindle/Paperback version)

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

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 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) (Kindle/Paperback version)

Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 2) (Kindle/Paperback version)

Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 3) (Kindle/Paperback version)

These titles may also be available at your local library.

An updated calendar can be found here.

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