Happy New Year!! (And ohmigod is it really Friday? I don’t believe it.)
We’re ringing in the New Year with another LIVE Reading Circle! Here are the details:
Who: A group of 4-5 lovers of the written word
What: Read a book of our choice & Discuss it online – like a virtual book club
Where: In the comfort of your own home, via Google Hangout
When: January 31, 2013, 8 p.m. CST
Why: Because reading is awesome
How: R.S.V.P no later than January 9 by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Cool Kids Read” in the subject line and tell me which TWO books you’d most like to read. The book with the most votes wins.
I will announce the read next Friday!
Are you ready to see the choices? Here they are:
The Fault In Our Stars
A soulful YA novel about Hazel, a sixteen-year-old with terminal cancer, who meets Augustus at a cancer support group. The two are kindred spirits with a shared sense of humor. They fall in love and must confront some of life’s most difficult, and yet universal questions.
High school teacher Caelum Quirk and his wife, Maureen, a school nurse, move to Littleton, Colorado, where they both get jobs at Columbine High School. In April 1999, Caelum is away and Maureen is witness to the horrific school massacre. She survives, but cannot recover from the trauma. Caelum and Maureen try to find safety on the Quirk family’s Connecticut farm, but come to find the difficulty of life after trauma.
Sarah Nickerson is a Harvard graduate turned career-driven supermom, masterfully balancing a jam-packed family schedule – until one day and accident leaves her with a traumatic brain injury and she is forced to relinquish control to those around her while she, who cannot even floss her teeth on her own anymore, is stuck trying to put back the pieces of her life.
Post WWII, Jack Rosenblum, his wife Sadie, and their baby daughter escape Berlin and move to London, where they are greeted with pamphlets instructing them on how to behave like the English. Jack follows the instructions to the letter, but finds he cannot achieve that one last hallmark of Britishness: membership in a golf club. So he decides to create his own – much to Sadie’s distress. Hijincks ensue, presumably with much of that famed dry British wit.
Dr. Jennifer White, a brilliant surgeon, is accused of murdering her best friend, Amanda. The trouble is Dr. White can’t remember whether she did it or not. As the police try to investigate the murder, the reader follows Dr. White’s progression into Alzheimer’s, seeing with first-person clarity the terror as an aging woman begins to lose her mind and her adult children can only stand by and watch in a futile attempt to protect her from herself.
Those are our picks! Be sure to vote on your favorite and RSVP ASAP. Happy Friday everyone!