Saturday, November 28, 2009

Barney's Online Book Club -- November 2009 Discussion

Welcome to the fourth discussion post of Barney's Online Book Club! This month we are discussing The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Below are some questions to help start the discussion, please feel free to raise your own questions in the comments section. Please note that the questions and the comments may include spoilers. So if you haven't read the book, then read at your own risk!

Let the discussion begin!

1. The Help is written from multiple points of view. Did you enjoy the different points of view? Was there one character you enjoyed reading about over the others?

2. Hilly is definitely the villian of this piece yet the author paints her as a good mother. Was it hard for you to reconcile these two opposite pieces of her personality? What do you think drove Hilly to treat the help (and eventually Skeeter) in such terrible ways?

3. Miss Skeeter has some rough relationships throughout the novel. What are your impressions of her relationship with her mother? What about Stuart?

4. What do you think was the eventual motivation or reason that the maids stepped forward to help with the book?

5. What are your overall thoughts on the novel?

So get typing and don't forget to come back throughout the day and reply to other members' comments!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Review -- Stolen

Stolen: A Letter to My Captor
Lucy Christopher
**I bought this book in England while on vacation and did not realize that it hasn't been published in the U.S. yet. There was no publisher or page numbers available on the Internet. (Sorry!)

Summary: Gemma is kidnapped while on vacation with her parents. Her captor, Ty, takes her into the rugged Australia outback where she must fight for her life.

Review: Stolen is an interesting read. The story is written completely from Gemma point of view as she relays her side of the story to her captor and tries to make sense of what has happened to her. A young adult novel, it was an easy read and had some very intense moments. My only concern with the novel is that Ty's character is still a mystery at the end. I would have loved rotating chapters by both Gemma and Ty so the reader could understand both characters motivations for their actions. Well written and entertaining, I would recommend this book. Rating: *** out of 5.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Review -- Testimony

by Anita Shreve
Little, Brown, and Company, 2009
352 pages

Summary: Testimony is the story of a sex scandal that breaks out at a small New England private school and shows the repercussions through the eyes of the students and their parents.

Review: An intense novel that tackles a difficult subject through multiple characters, Testimony is a fantastic read. It is hard to feel sympathy towards many of the characters whose actions are met with the deepest consequences, but the author delves deep into each character so the reader can feel their emotion and understand their intent. At times a slow read, the book leaves the reader to contemplate how one act can change so many lives. Rating: ***1/2 out of 5.

Barney's Online Book Club -- Discussion Reminder!

Just a quick reminder that Barney's Online Book Club will be discussing The Help by Kathryn Stockett this Sunday, November 29th! All are welcome to join the discussion. Please email me if you have any questions and I will 'see' you on Sunday!

Monday, November 9, 2009

It's Monday! What are you reading? -- 11/9

This week I am reading Sarah's Key by Tatiana DeRosnay for the library book club that I belong to. Barney's Online Book Club has selected The Help by Kathryn Stockett for the November book. The discussion post will be Sunday, November 29th and all are welcome. If you have any questions about the online book club, please email me at Next month, the library book club will be choosing books for the next six months, so if you have any suggestions please feel free to leave them in the comments section and I will recommend them at the meeting. Thanks!

What are you reading this week? This meme is hosted by J.Kaye's Book Blog.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Barney's Online Book Club -- November 2009 Selection

The Barney's Online Book Club selection for November 2009 is The Help by Kathryn Stockett! Thanks to everyone who voted. Please note that this month's discussion will take place on Sunday, November 29, 2009. If you have any questions, please email me at Happy Reading!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Barney's Online Book Club -- Vote for the November Book!

Time to vote for the November book! Below are the 5 choices suggested by members (each title is linked to its Barnes and Noble page so you can read a plot description). Please leave your first and second choices in the comments section. Voting will end on Friday, November 6th at 8pm EST. The discussion post will take place on Sunday, November 29th. If you would like to join the email list, please leave your email address in the comments section as well. Let the voting begin!

1. The Widow's Season by Laura Brodie
2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
3. The Condition by Jennifer Haigh
4. Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell
5. Playing House by Fredrica Wagman

Monday, November 2, 2009

Barney's Online Book Club -- Call for Suggestions!

Can you believe it is already November 2nd? Time has gotten away from me, so over the next two days leave your suggestions for November's book club selection in the comments section. I will take suggestions until November 4th at 8pm EST and then post the voting, so (hopefully) by the weekend we will have chosen a new book!