Commonwealth Book Club Discussion Questions

Here’s Ann Patchett talking about her writing process in Commonwealth.

Discussion Questions:

1. The kiss at the beginning of the book is pivotal in setting in motion the fate and lives of the families involve. Do you believe that it was fate, like Bert Cousins, or choice?

2. How are the children affected by the divorce (of Fix and Beverly Keating, and Bert and Teresa Cousins) and re-marriage of Bert and Beverly?

3. What does the title of the book mean? And what does the title of the book suggest you about Patchett’s concept of family? Continue reading “Commonwealth Book Club Discussion Questions”

The Woman in Cabin 10 Book Review

4.5 stars

Synopsis:

In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. Continue reading “The Woman in Cabin 10 Book Review”

Liebster Award 2017

What is the Liebster Award?

For those that are not familiar with the Liebster Award, it is an online award that bloggers give to other bloggers. The award is to recognize the blogger’s work. From what I can gather in my research, it started in 2011 and continues to spread in the online blogging community, recognizing up and coming blogs online.

Once you get nominated, you are to answer the 11 questions the blogger has asked and then you nominate up to 11 new blogs that you like and ask them 11 questions. Continue reading “Liebster Award 2017”

Q & A with Mark Sullivan, Author of Beneath a Scarlet Sky.

Conversation with Mark Sullivan, author of Beneath a Scarlet Sky, released May 1st, 2017, published by Lake Union Publishing, 524 pages in paperback.

Beneath A Scarlet Sky

Nearly half a million people were killed in the Nazi occupation of Italy during World War II. But among those staggering losses, an incredible number of the most persecuted—some 40,000 Italian Jews—made it out of the war alive. Some survived the death camps. Others evaded arrest. Still others fled, some of them aided by the efforts of everyday Italians who risked their lives to save their fellow countrymen. So many lives and so much sacrifice—and still, so little has been written about what happened in Italy that historians now call it “The Forgotten Front” of WWII. But all that is about to change.Based on the true story of the unlikeliest of heroes, BENEATH A SCARLET SKY is #1 New York Times bestselling author Mark Sullivan’s riveting new tale of extraordinary courage and tragic star-crossed love during the Nazi occupation of Italy. Continue reading “Q & A with Mark Sullivan, Author of Beneath a Scarlet Sky.”

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Please join us in reading Commonwealth by Anne Patchett for our monthly pick.

We will be reviewing Commonwealth along with our book club discussion questions for June 30th, 2017.

One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families. Continue reading “Commonwealth by Ann Patchett”

Lilac Girls Book Review

Lilac Girls: Book Review by Dinh.

4 stars

Summary:

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate but on the eve of a fateful war, her world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France.

An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences. Continue reading “Lilac Girls Book Review”

Lilac Girls Book Club Discussion Questions

Please put your comments for Lilac Girls book club discussion questions in the comments area below.

Here’s a video of Martha Hall Kelly introducing Lilac Girls.

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Discussion Questions for Lilac Girls

1. Lilac Girls was based on real people and real events that happened during Hitler’s reign, were you aware of the Ravensbruck “Rabbits” before you read the book?

2. There were many gruesome events that happened in the book. Kelly’s focus on the harrowing experiments in Ravensbruck was very memorable. What message was Kelly trying to say by including heavy details of the women’s experiences? Did you find these parts hard to read? Continue reading “Lilac Girls Book Club Discussion Questions”

Armada Book Review

Armada: Book Review by Dinh.

2.5 stars

Synopsis:

Zack Lightman has never much cared for reality. He vastly prefers the countless science-fiction movies, book, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming- and too often he catches himself wishing that some fantastic, impossible, world-altering event could arrive to whisk him off on a grand spacefaring adventure.

So when he sees the flying saucer, he’s sure his years of escapism have finally tipped over to psychosis. Continue reading “Armada Book Review”

Top 5 Tips On How To Read More!

Many of my busy mom friends have asked me how I have managed to read as much as I do so I decided it would be good idea to share my tips on how to read more!

If you are like me, you love to read but find that you have limited time. Be it kids, chores, work or other commitments that are holding you back, don’t worry, you’ll still be able to read more than you think. I will share with you how you can read more, and how to read more often. Continue reading “Top 5 Tips On How To Read More!”