Saturday, July 30, 2011

Discussion: Week 2--Bossypants

Here are our discussion questions for our second week of reading Bossypants!


This week we read chapters:
Climbing Old Rag Mountain--Remembrances of Being a Little Bit Fat

Questions are numbered to make it easier to reference the other responses. Be aware that the questions themselves may contain spoilers--read at your own risk!

Let the discussion begin!


Friday, July 29, 2011

Reminder!

Tomorrow we will post our discussion for Bossypants--Week 2 (Climbing Old Rag Mountain--Remembrances of Being a Little Bit Fat). 

You can earn entries for a free book (or e-reader book, if that is your preference) by submitting questions for the discussion. E-mail those to us by midnight tonight (Alisha alisha.wordshakers@gmail.com or Candace candace.wordshakers@gmail.com)!

Don't forget you can also earn entries for each discussion question you answer until the end of Week 3 of Bossypants. Next week will be your last chance for this round. But no fear--you can still earn them by participating in the discussions for Week 1 of Bossypants, and our Week 4 & Final discussion for The Help

There are 8 days left to vote  in the poll to choose our post-Bossypants book! (Poll is to the left over there).

Happy reading/question writing/discussing/choosing!


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Week 2--Bossypants

This week we begin Week 2 of Bossypants. How much are you laughing so far?

This week's reading is:
Climbing Old Rag Mountain--Remembrances of Being a Little Bit Fat

Discussion for Week 1--Bossypants can be found HERE

In our previous poll, popular vote demanded that we continue the Free Book Giveaway! Here are the rules for being entered:


  • For every discussion question you answer starting with the Week 4 Discussion for The Help until the end of Week 3 of Bossypants, you will receive an entry.
  • For every discussion question you SUBMIT (including the discussion for Week 3 of Bossypants), you will receive an entry.
  • For every friend you get to join us AND participate, you will receive an entry (have your friend comment on being sent by you).

You might have also noticed that we have a button (left sidebar, 3rd down)! Get an entry by posting it to your blog. You can post it in an entry or place it in your side bar. Don't have a blog? Link to this site on your Facebook & comment on this post to let us know.

We are ending the giveaway at the end of Week 3 because that is when we will be announcing our next selection, to give everyone a chance to get the book. The winner of the giveaway can use their win to get the next book club selection for free, or hang on to get the selection of their choice for free later. Either way, you get a free book!

(Your free book can be a physical copy or an e-copy!)

Don't forget to vote for your choice for our next selection! The poll is on the left sidebar; a link to a post of descriptions of each book is below the poll. You have 11 days left to vote!

To submit questions for discussion (due by midnight Friday night), book suggestions for the poll, or to get help posting your button, e-mail us! Alisha (alisha.wordshakers@gmail.com) or Candace (candace.wordshakers@gmail.com).

As always, discussions for any of the books are ongoing. Feel free to jump in at any time, especially if you're just joining us!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Discussion: Week 1 -- Bossypants

This is our first discussion post for our new book Bossypants. If you have just joined up, don't worry, you can easily catch up.

This week we read chapters:
Introduction--That's Don Fey


Questions are numbered to make it easier to reference the other responses. Be aware that the questions themselves may contain spoilers--read at your own risk!

Let the discussion begin!


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Week 1 - Bossypants

We are officially in the first week of our new book Bossypants, by Tina Fey.

This week we will be reading chapters:
Introduction--That's Don Fey


Our discussion post will be on Saturday.


If you would like to join the last week of discussion for our previous book, The Help, go HERE.


Don't forget to submit questions you'd like to be added to the discussion post.


We hope you enjoy your week!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

For Your Consideration (To Become Our Book 5)


The following are the choices for the poll to select our selection once we finish Bossypants. Each synopsis has been copied from Google Books, which is where you will be taken if you click on the titles for the books. The poll will be closing at midnight on August 6. Looks like it's going to be a tough choice (for me, at least!).

Summer Secrets by Barbara Freethy (Fiction)
With Summer Secrets, bestselling author Barbara Freethy presents her most powerful contemporary novel-the story of three unique sisters...the secrets that bind them for life...and the summer that will set them free... Eight years ago, the three McKenna sisters-Kate, Ashley, and Caroline-had their fifteen minutes of fame. Driven by their ambitious father, they won an around-the-world sailing race as teenagers. But, something happened out on the turbulent sea-during a fierce storm they could never forget... Now reporter Tyler Jamison has come to Castleton, a picturesque island off the coast of Washington State, asking questions about the famous McKennas. But even as the sisters close ranks against the tenacious reporter, the past threatens to drown them in its wake.







The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky (Fiction)
Standing on the fringes of life...
offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.
This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion marks the stunning debut of a provocative new voice in contemporary fiction: The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

This is the story of what it's like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.
Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.


Everyone's favorite Idiot Girl, Laurie Notaro, is just trying to find the right fit, whether it's in the adorable blouse that looks charming on the mannequin but leaves her in a literal bind or in her neighborhood after she's shamefully exposed at a holiday party by delivering a low-quality rendition of "Jingle Bells." Notaro makes misstep after riotous misstep as she tries (and catastrophically fails) to gain some ground--delightfully whipping up butter-laden cupcakes for the local vegan kids, finding herself banned from the post office for wanting too many two-cent stamps ("The post-office lady looked at me like I had just asked her if she wanted to buy my sex tape"), and discovering what appears to be a corpse on her front lawn seconds before her sister is due to visit ("I had approximately three to four minutes to move the carcass from my yard into my neighbors' yard so my sister would think it was "their" dead person"). She shares tales of marriage and family, including stories about the dog-bark translator that deciphers Notaro's and her husband's own "woofs" a little too accurately, the emails from her mother with "FWD" in the subject line ("which in email code means Forecasting World Destruction"), and the dead-of-night shopping sprees and Devil Dog-devouring monkeyshines of a creature known as "Ambien Laurie." 
                                                                                                                                                                                       At every turn, Notaro's pluck and irresistible candor sets the "New York Times" bestselling author on a journey that's laugh-out-loud funny and utterly unforgettable.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Discussion: Week 4 & Final--The Help

This week's discussion will bring to close our reading of The Help by Kathryn Stockett. We hope you've enjoyed the book as much as we have.

This week we read chapters 27--34.

Questions are numbered to make it easier to reference the other responses. Be aware that the questions themselves may contain spoilers--read at your own risk!

Let the discussion begin!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Reminder!

Tomorrow we will be posting the final questions for our discussion of The Help. Please remember to submit any questions for discussion by midnight tonight to alisha.wordshakers@gmail.com or candace.wordshakers@gmail.com. Questions can be for the Week 4 Discussion or for the book in its entirety. 

Tonight is also the deadline for submitting titles for our poll to select our book after Bossypants. We've had two suggestions so far and would love a few more. The poll will begin on Monday and will end at the end of Week 3--Bossypants.

Judging by the poll we have up currently, it looks like we'll be continuing with the free book giveaway for participation. Let us know--do you want us to count just by participation of answering discussion questions & submitting questions or do you want to earn extra entries by getting friends to participate and also by spreading the word about the book club? Do you have any other ideas for getting extra entries?

We are definitely going to count submitting discussion questions, so if you want to earn entries for a free book, you can start by submitting questions for our Week 4 & Final discussion for The Help--get them to us by midnight tonight!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Week 4--The Help

This week will bring to close our reading for The Help by Kathryn Stockett. We hope you are enjoying the book as much as we are!

This week's chapters are Chapter 27--34.

We'd like to announce that Theresa is the winner of our book giveaway! Theresa, please e-mail one of us to let us know if you'd like a free copy of Bossypants by Tina Fey (our next selection) or if you'd like to hang on to your freebie for a future book club selection!

The drawing took place the old-fashioned way. I wrote the initials for each entry on a tiny slip of paper, folded them in half, stuck them in a plastic onion holder (unused, by the way...it was the closest thing nearby!), shook it up, and had my dad draw the winner's name. Desiree and Sbaney had 12 entries each, Samantha had 8, and Theresa had 7. 

What did y'all think of the giveaway idea? Do you think we should do it again? The poll can be found on the top left sidebar and we'll keep this poll open until Friday at midnight. Please let us know if you'd like to continue trying to win free books!

When you're e-mailing us your discussion questions for our final week of The Help, don't forget to e-mail us (alisha.wordshakers@gmail.com or candace.wordshakers@gmail.com) your suggestions for our next book selection  poll, to be voted on during our time reading Bossypants by Tina Fey. The deadline for submitting your suggestions is Friday night at midnight. The poll will begin with Bossypants Week 1 and then we will have it available for voting until the end of Week 3 of Bossypants. We've already received a couple of suggestions so keep them coming!


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Discussion Week 3 -- The Help

Here we are at the end of week three! One more week till the end of the book and that also means that the poll for our next selection is closed. 


Our next book will be Bossypants by Tina Fey (I'm really excited!).  So go get it now! We will start reading next week.
If there is a book that you would like to read, please send us an email and we will add it to our poll for the next selection!


This week we read chapters 18-26


Questions are numbered to make it easier to reference the other responses. Be aware that the questions themselves may contain spoilers--read at your own risk!


Let the discussion begin!



Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Week 3 -- The Help

Here we are at week three! I must say, I am really enjoying this book. And, to think, if it weren't for this book club, I probably would have never read it. Needless to say, I am really glad we started this! It's definitely broadening my horizons!

This week we are reading chapters 18--26.

If you are catching up, you can still comment on past weeks discussions.

Week One can be found HERE.

Week Two can be found HERE.

We are really excited about the participation we've received so far.

Thank you for joining us!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Discussion: Week 2--The Help

How is everyone enjoying this book? I accidentally read ahead too far and I'm trying to hold myself back because I started to answer with spoilers for the Week 1 Discussion last week! OOPS! I think I caught it all, though.

We're ready for our Week 2 Discussion of The Help, covering Chapters 10--17.

Questions are numbered to make it easier to reference the other responses. Be aware that the questions themselves may contain spoilers--read at your own risk!

We had great participation last week, let's keep it going. Don't forget that each time you comment you get an entry for a free book. We only have 7 days left to vote for our next selection, which will be announced next weekend. So far Bossypants by Tina Fey is in the lead! Next week we'll have some summaries about each book and links to read excerpts.

Let the discussion begin!