Saturday, April 30, 2011

End of Week 2--Discussion [The Book Thief]

Week 2 has come to a close. Are you loving the book? Feeling "meh" about it? Hating it? 

This week's reading selection was pages 138--276. In case you have a different edition of the book where page numbers might not be accurate, the chapter titles that correspond are Enter the Struggler--The Losers.

If you were unable to make the reading goal in time for last week's discussion, HERE is a link to our Week 1 discussion. Feel free to jump in at any time. Discussion for any week is ongoing, just be sure to keep your comments according to the reading assignment so as not to give spoilers for anyone just starting.

The questions for our discussions are numbered so you can answer by number in the comments.

Please be clear about which question you are answering . Also, with our comment setup, other participants can reply directly to your comment, as well as subscribe to all comments given so everyone can keep up with the discussion!

Don't feel like you have to answer every question, and if you would like to present a question that is not on the list, feel free to do so. To have your question included in the discussion for the week, please e-mail us by the Friday before Discussion day so we can be sure to get it in there.

Let the discussion begin! (Don't be shy!)

1. What were your favorite quotes/moments/passages from the week's reading?


2. What did you/didn't you like about what you read this week, and why?

3. Do you feel there is any difference in Liesel's stealing books vs. what she & Rudy get into? Why/why not?

4. How do you feel about the introduction of the new character, Max Vandenberg?

Monday, April 25, 2011

Week 2--The Book Thief

Week 2 begins today!

The discussion post for Week 1 can be found here. Don't forget to participate! You don't have to answer every question, just the ones you are interested in answering. Without participation we have no book club! :)

The reading schedule for this week, Week 2 is: 



Week Two: pages 138--276
Enter the Struggler--The Losers

At the end of the week (Saturday) we will have a discussion post.


Remember to send your discussion questions for Saturday's post (if you want to do so) by email to us:


Alisha
alisha.wordshakers@gmail.com


Candace
candace.wordshakers@gmail.com

If you have already read the book and you would like to join the discussion, we would love to have you (just be careful about posting anything that would spoil it for the rest of us).


Have questions? Leave a comment and we will get back to you right away.
Also, don't forget to submit suggestions for future selections!

Thank you for joining us! 

Saturday, April 23, 2011

End of week 1 - Discussion

We hope you enjoyed the first week!
I know I did.
Like we stated previously, the page numbers given may vary according to print edition. 

We have put together a list of questions from the following reading:
Pages 1-137
Prologue - The Mayor's Library

The questions are numbered so you can answer by number in the comments.
Please be clear about which question you are answering . Also, with our comment setup, other participants can reply directly to your comment, as well as subscribe to all comments given so everyone can keep up with the discussion! 
Don't feel like you have to answer every question, and if you would like to present a question that is not on the list, feel free to do so.



Let the discussion begin!


1. What were your favorite quotes/moments/passages from the week's reading?

2. What did you/didn't you like about what you read this week, and why?


3. How do you feel about Death's description of himself & how he does his job? (Prologue)


4. What do you feel is the significance of Rudy & the Jesse Owens Incident? (p 56)


5. How do you feel about The Contradictory Politics of Alex Steiner? (p 57)


6. What are your answers to Hans Hubermann's questions about cowardice...is there cowardice in acknowledging fear or in being glad you lived? (p 107)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Week 1 - The Book Thief

Week one starts today!
Our reading schedule for the week is as follows:

Pages 1-137
Prologue - The Mayor's Library

At the end of the week (Saturday) we will have a discussion post.
Remember to send your discussion questions for Saturday's post (if you want to do so) by email to us:

Alisha
alisha.wordshakers@gmail.com

Candace
candace.wordshakers@gmail.com

If you have already read the book and you would like to join the discussion, we would love to have you (just be careful about posting anything that would spoil it for the rest of us).

Have questions? Leave a comment and we will get back to you right away.
Also, don't forget to submit suggestions for future selections!

Thank you for joining us! 


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

SYNOPSIS
It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.
--from the Random House website


READING SCHEDULE


Chapter titles are provided as well as page numbers due to the possibility of different page numbering in varying editions of the book. 


Week One: pages 1--137
Prologue--The Mayor's Library

Week Two: pages 138--276
Enter the Struggler--The Losers

Week Three: pages 277--415
Sketches--The Thought of Rudy Naked

Week Four: pages 416--550
Punishment--The Handover Man

An Introduction to The Word Shakers Online Book Club

The Word Shakers is an online book club that has been sprouted out of a passion for reading and a desire to discuss the words that move us. 

Our inaugural book is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I read it a while back and Alisha recently picked it up. We started discussing it over text messaging and I became so excited that I decided I needed to read it again. That text discussion led to the formation of this book club, and we hope to create a place where anyone can read together and discuss no matter where you live or what your schedules are like, which can be a challenge for in-real-life book clubs.

As we are just getting started, things may change and/or evolve as we figure things out. To get started, here is how things will work
  • Our aim is to read 1 book in a four week period. A reading schedule is set up in the side bar.
  • On Saturdays a post will be made to facilitate discussion. Discussion will take place in the comments. If you have a question you would like included, please e-mail it to an administrator by the Friday before for inclusion (contact info on the "Contact" page).
  • Please express your opinions but do not attack others! 
  • Feel free to read ahead if you can't put the book down but please be mindful not to spoil for others when commenting. 
  • The fifth week a post will be created to discuss the book as a whole and the next book selection reading will begin.
  • A poll is set up in the side bar for choosing the next selection. Please e-mail one of the administrators to have your suggestion added.

We hope that through this online book club we can have great discussions, learn new things, find inspiration, and make new friends. Please invite other book lovers you know to join us in reading and discussing our latest selection.