Announcing: Reading Circles Goes LIVE!!

I should probably have built up to my big announcement, but I’m too excited! Do you remember when we read The Giver together to analyze just how Lowry created her magic? I want to do that again – but in real time. So I have a list of suggested reads, including bestsellers, award winners, and/or books being made into a movie. Vote on the read that looks most intriguing, and then, via Google hangout, we will meet and have a virtual Reading Circle. Like a Book Club meeting, but online. I’d say I’ll bring cookies, but then you’ll just have to watch me eat them. Nevertheless, bring your cookies and PJs and make yourself comfortable…we’re gonna’ talk BOOKS and WORDS and…how it all happens.

Here is the list of contenders: 


Hold Love Strong
by Matthew Aaron Goodman

Here’s the book description from Amazon: “Born to a thirteen-year-old in the bathroom of his family’s small apartment, Abraham Sing leton enters a world laden with the obstacles inherent in an impoverished community. In spite of the crack epidemic and the HIV crisis that ravage their neighborhood, the Singleton family — cousins, an uncle, an aunt, Abraham, and his mother — is held together by Abraham’s heroic grandmother, whose deep faith and stoic nature have always given them a sense of wholeness and hope. But when the family goes through several harrowing losses, not even his grandmother may be strong enough to lead them through.

At the center of this story is Abraham, the youngest of the Singletons. Deeply intuitive and cerebral, he is determined to thrive in a place that has destroyed the dreams of those around him. College means opportunity, yet it also means leaving behind those he loves. Abraham’s journey into adulthood will break his heart but ultimately offer the possibility of redemption.

In this haunting, lyrical, and evocative novel, Matthew Goodman composes a paean to the power of family and belonging in the African-American community. Hold Love Strong is a spellbinding coming-of-age tale about love, hope, and the will to survive, and a stunning universal story about the incredible capacity of the human spirit.”

Click HERE to purchase Hold Love Strong.

Room
Emma Donoghue

Here’s the description from Amazon:
“To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.”

Click HERE to purchase Room.

The Tenth Circle
Jodi Picoult

Here’s the description from Amazon:
“Trixie Stone is fourteen years old and in love for the first time. She’s also the light of her father’s life — a straight-A student; a freshman in high school who is pretty and popular; a girl who’s always looked up to Daniel Stone as a hero. Until, that is, her world is turned upside down with a single act of violence…and suddenly everything Trixie has believed about her family — and herself — seems to be a lie.

For fifteen years, Daniel Stone has been an even-tempered, mild-mannered man: a stay-at-home dad to Trixie and a husband who has put his own career as a comic book artist behind that of his wife, Laura, who teaches Dante’s Inferno at a local college. But years ago, he was completely different: growing up as the only white boy in an Eskimo village, he was teased mercilessly for the color of his skin. He learned to fight back: stealing, drinking, robbing, and cheating his way out of the Alaskan bush. To become part of a family, he reinvented himself, channeling his rage onto the page and burying his past completely…until now. Could the young boy who once made Trixie’s face fill with light when he came to the door have been the one to end her childhood forever? She says that he is, and that is all it takes to make Daniel, a man with a history he has hidden even from his family, venture to hell and back in order to protect his daughter.

The Tenth Circle looks at that delicate moment when a child learns that her parents don’t know all of the answers and when being a good parent means letting go of your child. It asks whether you can reinvent yourself in the course of a lifetime or if your mistakes are carried forever — if life is, as in any good comic book, a struggle to control good and evil, or if good and evil control you.”

Click HERE to purchase The Tenth Circle.

The Red Tent
Anita Diamant

Here’s the description from Amazon:
“Her name is Dinah. In the Bible, her life is only hinted at in a brief and violent detour within the more familiar chapters of the Book of Genesis that are about her father, Jacob, and his dozen sons. Told in Dinah’s voice, this novel reveals the traditions and turmoils of ancient womanhood–the world of the red tent. It begins with the story of her mothers–Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah–the four wives of Jacob. They love Dinah and give her gifts that sustain her through a hard-working youth, a calling to midwifery, and a new home in a foreign land. Dinah’s story reaches out from a remarkable period of early history and creates an intimate connection with the past. Deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable achievement in modern fiction: a new view of biblical women’s society.”

Click HERE to purchase The Red Tent.

Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn

Here’s the description from Amazon: “Marriage can be a real killer.
One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.”

Click HERE to purchase Gone Girl.

Epic Fail
Claire LaZebnik

Here’s the description from Amazon:
“Will Elise’s love life be an epic win or an epic fail?

At Coral Tree Prep in Los Angeles, who your parents are can make or break you. Case in point:

As the son of Hollywood royalty, Derek Edwards is pretty much prince of the school—not that he deigns to acknowledge many of his loyal subjects.

As the daughter of the new principal, Elise Benton isn’t exactly on everyone’s must-sit-next-to-at-lunch list.

When Elise’s beautiful sister catches the eye of the prince’s best friend, Elise gets to spend a lot of time with Derek, making her the envy of every girl on campus. Except she refuses to fall for any of his rare smiles and instead warms up to his enemy, the surprisingly charming social outcast Webster Grant. But in this hilarious tale of fitting in and flirting, not all snubs are undeserved, not all celebrity brats are bratty, and pride and prejudice can get in the way of true love for only so long.”

My two cents: Think Pride & Prejudice – but in high school.

Click HERE to purchase Epic Fail.

READING CIRCLES GOES LIVE!! Details:

When: November 13, 8:00 p.m. CST

Where: In the comfort of your own home, via Google+ hangout

Who: Me and a group of 4-6 other book lovers

Why: Because reading is awesome

How: R.S.V.P by emailing me at jade.celene.keller@gmail.com. Put “Cool Kids Read” in the subject line. (Just kidding. You don’t have to do that. You do have to email me though.) Reservations are open until the Reading Circle date, or until we get too full.

HERE’S WHERE YOU GET TO VOTE:

Determine the crowd favorite here. Pick the read you think is best and I’ll announce the winner next Friday. (I’ll also announce the next Reading Circles read then too.)

CLICK HERE TO VOTE!!!

See you all here next week!

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2 responses to “Announcing: Reading Circles Goes LIVE!!

  1. OH my goodness. I cannot pick one! Room sounds really good, but I love Jodi Picoult and I’ve been wanting to read Gone Girl….

    What to do, what to do?!

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