Monday, October 4, 2010

The book for October is...

The Room by Emma Donoghue is the pick for bookclub!

Let's aim to finish reading and comment about this book by the 29 November.

Happy reading everyone! :)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Check these ones out...

Hi book lovers!

Here are some suggestions for bookclub.

Please have a look and vote on which one you would prefer to read.

A mixed bunch...feel free to suggest others if you like!

The Room, by Emma Donoghue

Wildflower Hill, by Kimberley Freeman

Island beneath the Sea, by Isabel Allende

The Passage, by Justin Cronin

The Book of Tomorrow, by Cecelia  Ahern

Wicked Appetite, by Janet Evanovich

The Calligrapher’s Daughter, by Eugenia Kim

Please make your vote by Monday 27th September.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Finished the book?

Thanks to those who have commented so far about the book - please continue to if you are still reading and want to share your thoughts. I will however be off to the bookstores soon to check out some new titles. I have already had some fantastic suggestions from a book lover and will definitely add those to the mix. Until then, happy reading and commenting...

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

So much for that...

So much for that, by Lionel Shriver is the chosen one!

So start reading and commenting about the book as soon as you would like. You have until the 30th August to read and review the book.

Happy reading!

Monday, June 28, 2010

New books to choose from...

Hi Book Lovers, 

I have been to the bookstores and have a few titles to tempt you with.

Check out:

Lovers and Newcomers, by Rosie Thomas (it isn’t $55.00! You can get it at Borders, or Big W, Target etc for $25ish)

The Map of True Places , by Brunonia Barry

Indelible Ink , by Fiona McGregor

Trust , by Kate Veitch

So much for that , by Lionel Shriver

Please vote for the one you would prefer to read – you have until Monday 5th July.

AND...with all the Penguin Classics hitting the shelves – what about finally reading that ‘classic’ you have always wanted to. Then write us a little blurb letting us know if it lived up to your expectations.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Looks like it is Slaughterhouse Five!

Hi fellow booklovers,

Slaughterhouse Five wins the vote!

So, you have until the 18th of June (just over 6 weeks) to read and comment on this title.

Happy reading!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Hello booklovers,

Well I hit the bookstores on the weekend and have a few titles to entice you with.

One of our readers also suggested a classic title to consider: Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut

And the rest are:

The Second-last woman in England, by Maggie Joel

The Children's Book , by A S Byatt

The Bed I Made, by Lucie Whitehouse

Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver

The Book of Love, by Phillipa Fioretti

So please, check them out and vote for the one that you would like to read - voting will finish by EOB 30th April.


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Nearly at the end...

Well my fellow booklovers, we are coming to the end of this book's discussion time - time to say goodbye to 'Her Fearful Symmetry' and hello to another!

I will give you all the coming week (so from the 12th  - 19th) to think of and, if you would like, perhaps make some suggestions as to the book you might want to read next.

Just comment with the title and author and maybe a link to a blurb and we can all check it out.

If not, I will be heading to the bookstores and will gather a few titles to tempt you all with. So please stay tunned and check the blog in a week or so.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Some questions to consider...

Hi everyone,

Hope you are all busy reading! Here are some questions you might like to consider whilst you read and if you have finished reading maybe you would like to make a comment on one of these discussion points.

I have finished the book and did enjoy it. It pushed my imagination, which I welcomed because so many 'adult' books don't do this. It also forced me to question the characters and their motives and I did appreciate their realistic 'flaws'. The end completely took me by surprise and I actually had to read the last few chapters again to understand all the characters' situations better.

I look forward to discussing it further with you all - it is a little hard however to discuss until you all have finished, as I wouldn't want to give anything away...

Monday, February 22, 2010

And the winning book is:

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffeneger. So let the reading begin...

I will give you until Monday the 12th of April to read and comment about the book - then it will be time to pick the next one.

You can share your thoughts about the book at any time while you are reading - just click on "comments" at the bottom of this post. And of course make sure you check out the blog every now and again to see if others have commented.

Until then, happy reading! :)

Monday, February 15, 2010

I have been on a "book" hunt and found several interesting tales that I think might be good reads for us all.

So here they are:
You or Someone Like You by Chandler Burr

Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
The Legacy by Kirsten Turner
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Graham-Smith

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

Have a look and see what you think.

I will give you until Monday 22nd February to make a decision and choose which one you would like to read. Feel free to vote for 2 if you like, but no more – would be a bit hard if you all voted for ALL of them! :) I think we should allow ourselves 2 months to read the book/s? What do you think?

Enjoy checking them out and please vote using the poll on the right hand side.

Monday, February 1, 2010

And so the story begins...

Eight years ago I started a Bookclub, which was easy enough because I worked in a bookstore and could get a bunch of book nerds all together in amongst the plethora of reading material in store. I met some wonderful people who have become close friends.

However, I did eventually leave the bookstore and while I still did travel the long way into the store after work and even continued to organise get-togethers at different places - unfortunately over time these avid readers did begin to disperse.

But I understood that it was really hard to pin-point a time when we could can all get together. Everyone lived all over the place and everyone worked different hours/jobs and sometimes the effort was just too great.

But you know what - why can't my Bookclub work virtually?

I have created this blog, not for me to blab on and on about all the books I am reading and just give MY comments and reviews on them (well... actually I do intend to do this as well) but the blog's primary function is to act as a Bookclub so I can hopefully rejoin with all my old book-loving friends and meet new ones.

So here is what I propose. Each month I will (initially until others want to give it a go too) gather together a collection of new novels and give you all the information about the books, which you can investigate further if you need. I will then ask for a vote of "which book would you rather read" and whatever book wins the most votes will be the book we read for the month/two months – whatever goes really. In the past we have sometimes chosen 2 books because we couldn’t decide!!! But you can choose to read just one or both.

What I will then ask for are your comments ONLINE - that is the beauty of it, you don't have to leave the comfort of your couch to join this Bookclub! You can read the books and comment and read other's comments via this blog all from your very own "reading area".

So now I just need to email all my book buddies and get this ball rolling. I hope to have a list of books together soon, for us to read during March. So please stay tunned!!

I invite ANYONE, letting you know though that we will be reading all sorts of genres, because sometimes you need a Bookclub to force you to tackle a different style of writing/story line – and this is really part of the reading joy.

So I welcome you all to...A Book lover’s Dream Bookclub!