Monday, May 30, 2011

Matched--Week 2

This week we're starting on Week 2 of our latest selection, Matched by Ally Condie.

We are reading Chapters 9--16.

Discussion for Week 1 of Matched can be found here.

Speaking of Week 1 Discussion...we're still hoping for some participation! It's not too late--jump in whenever you get the chance, even if we've moved on to a new week of discussion. Only answer the questions you want to answer, and don't worry if someone else has answered the same way you would. We want to know what y'all think!

Don't forget that we are always taking suggestions for our poll for the next selection. Just e-mail one of us and we'll add it to the poll. Don't forget to vote as well!

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Let us know!

Happy reading!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

End of Week 1 - Matched

This book is a really easy read so it's taking me no time at all to get through the required reading. 
This week we read chapters 1-8.

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 does the very first paragraph tell us about Cassia's character?

2. With so much controlled by the Society, what do you think are the roles parents play, besides the creation of offspring?


3. On p 9 Cassia mentions surprise at seeing Lea at the Match ceremony, thinking she would have been a Single. What kind of qualities do you think the Society looks for in determining matching/singledom, and do you think it's fair?

4. Do you think Xander & Cassia would have developed feelings for each other had they not been Matched?

Friday, May 27, 2011

Reminder!

Tomorrow is our first week of discussion for Matched!
We would love for all of you participating to send us questions you would like to discuss (otherwise, we have to come up with them all on our own). 
You can send us an email or comment on this post if that is easier for you.

We can't wait to hear from you!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Week 1 - Matched

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

Chapters 1 - 8

At the end of the week (Saturday) we will have a discussion post.
Remember to send any discussion questions you would like to add 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 those of us who have not).

If you have any questions, leave a comment and we will get back to you right away.
Also, don't forget to submit book suggestions for future selections!

Thank you for joining us!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Book Selection 2

Our next book club selection, as voted by book club members, is Matched by Ally Condie.

Our reading will start on Monday, May 23 and a post will be made on Monday outlining the reading schedule. The schedule will also be found in the sidebar on the right.

As always, please be sure to submit a question or few for our discussion post. You can do so by e-mailing Alisha and Candace by Friday night before the discussion post is posted (Discussions take place on Saturdays). You can find our e-mail addresses by clicking on the Contact page above. Also, be sure to invite your friends to join us!

Now that our next book has been chosen, please also consider e-mailing us your suggestions for our third book club selection, as we will be starting a new poll. All book club selections are going to be selected by member voting.

Happy Reading!

(The final discussions for The Book Thief by Markus Zusak can be found here).

End of Week 4 & Final Discussion--The Book Thief

This week concludes our first book club reading selection, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. We will discuss Week 4 specifically (because I forgot to post last week) as well as the book in its entirety.

If you are just joining us, please be aware that the discussion in the comments section below will likely contain spoilers for the entire book. You can find our previous discussions by clicking on the following links:
Week 1 Discussion--The Book Thief
Week 2 Discussion--The Book Thief
Week 3 Discussion--The Book Thief

Our Week 4 reading was as follows:


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

The  page numbers provided may vary by edition. 

Feel free to answer any question of your choosing (you don't need to answer all of them unless you want to!) Questions below are numbered to keep discussion easy to follow. Please refer to the question number you are answering in your response. Questions for the book in its entirety come from the Reader's Guide at the back of the First Knopf trade paperback edition September 2007, prepared by Pag Scales, retired director of library services, South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities (p. 5, Reader's Guide). All other questions are member submitted questions.

WEEK 4 DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. In Punishment, Hans Hubermann receives his acceptance into the NSDAP and is then drafted into the German Army.  Do you feel there were ulterior motives? Was Hans being punished for helping the Jew or was he being drafted because they needed more people? How is this like/unlike Alex Steiner's drafting?

2. On p. 428-429, Liesel observes Rosa Hubermann hugging Hans' accordion. What does this tell Liesel about Rosa? Did it give you a new perspective on the character you didn't have before?

3. On p. 440, Rudy & Liesel place bread on the road knowing the Jews being marched to Dachau will find it. Do you think Rudy would have always done something like this or do you think his defiance was borne of a specific incident in the book? 

4. Also on p. 440, it says:

In the tree shadows, Liesel watched the boy. How things had changed, from fruit stealer to bread giver. His blond hair, although darkening, was like a candle. She heard his stomach grow--and he was giving people bread.
Was this Germany?
Was this Nazi Germany?

How would you answer those last two questions?

5. What was the significance of Max's sketch book? Did you enjoy The Word Shaker?

6. What do you think happens after the book? Did Liesel stay with the Hermanns or does she live with Alex Steiner? Do you think Liesel eventually marries Max?

7. What did you like/didn't you like about the Week 4 reading selection? How did you feel at the end of the book? Is there anything not covered in the above discussion questions that you would like to discuss?

THE BOOK THIEF--ENTIRE BOOK SELECTION QUESTIONS

8. Discuss the symbolism of Death as the omnicsient narrator of the novel. What are Death's feelings for each victim? Describe Death's attempt to resist Liesel. Death states, "I'm always finding humans at their best and worst. I see their ugly and their beauty, and I wonder how the same thing can be both" (page 491). What is ugly and beautiful about Liesel, Rosa and Hans Hubermann, Max Vandenburg, Rudy Steiner, and Mrs. Hermann? Why is Death haunted by humans? (Question 1 in Reader's Guide)

9. Compare and contrast the lives of Liesel and Max Vandenbrug. How does Max's life give Liesel purpose? At what point to Liesel and Max become friends? Max gives Liesel a story called "The Standover Man" for her birthday. What is the significance of this story? (Question 7 in Reader's Guide)

10. Describe Liesel's friendship with Rudy. How does their friendship change and grow throughout the novel? Death says that Rudy doesn't offer his friendship "for free" (page 51). What does Rudy want from Liesel? Discuss Death's statement, "The only thing worse than a boy who hates you [is] a boy who loves you" (page 52). Why is it difficult for Liesel to love Rudy? Discuss why Liesel tells Mr. Steiner that she kissed Rudy's dead body. (Question10 in Reader's Guide)

11. How does Zusak use the literary device of foreshadowing to pull the reader into the story? (Question 11 in Reader's Guide)

*12. Death gives a lot away about the ending of the book in his narration. Death explains (p. 497):
Again, I offer you a glimpse of the end. perhaps it's to soften the blow for later, or to better prepare myself for the telling.
Now that you've finished the entire book, how did that effect how you felt about the ending? 
*Question 12 was member submitted.


Monday, May 16, 2011

Week 4 & Final--The Book Thief

I am so sorry! I completely missed posting for Week 4! To make up for it, we will combine the Week 4 and final discussion of the book in its entirety on Saturday. 

The final reading schedule for The Book Thief is as follows:
(page numbers provided may vary according to book editions)


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

Discussion for previous weeks are ongoing. Click below for those discussions:

Also, don't forget to vote in our poll for our next selection. We will begin next Monday, so you have 4 days left to vote. The poll can be found on the top left of the blog. Click on the book titles below for information about each selection. We will announce our next selection as soon as the poll has closed. Feel free to submit book suggestions for the poll; all selections from now on will be decided by Word Shakers voting.


As always, if you have any questions, be sure to e-mail us! Our e-mail addresses can be found above at the "Contact" page above.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

End of Week 3 - Discussion

This week's reading selection was pages 277--415 or sections Sketches -- The Thought of Rudy Naked (depending on the type of text you are reading).

If you were unable to make the reading goal in time for last week's discussion, HERE is a link to our Week 2 discussion and if you're just starting HERE for Week 1. 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. What do you think of Max and Liesel's relationship and similarities?

4. Do you like or dislike the fact that Death gives away key parts of the story before they happen?

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Week 3 - The Book Thief

Week 3 began Monday!
(it was my week to post and I got behind...)

The discussion post for Week 2 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.  We would love your input! 

The reading schedule for this week, Week 3 is:

Pages 277--415
Sketches--The Thought of Rudy Naked

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). Also, if you haven't started and want to join in, just start at week one and post your thoughts. We will continue to discuss each week if new comments are posted.

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