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BIC book club!

Some of us here have expressed an interest in a book club, myself, @mermadelove, @LCResz, @ZombieMetroAnt, @Mcakes. If you'd be interested in joining, reply below. My initial thought was to mail the books around but if it means that some people can't participate, then I'm all for dropping that requirement. I'd love this to be a place where we nominate our favorite book and others can read it and comment. Something fun for the new year!  ETA: the booklist:

1. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (16)
1. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (16)
3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (13)
4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (11)
4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (11)
4. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie (11)
7. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (10)
7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (10)
7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (10) Discussion begins 8-13.
7. The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck (10) Discussion begin 9-2.
11. The Fault in our Stars by John Green (9) Time to discuss 9-26
11. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (9) Now discussing below.
11. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (9)
11. What Happened by Hilary Clinton (9) Now discussing below.
11. Fall of Giants by Ken Follett (9) Start reading now.
11. The Woman on the Orient Express by Lindsay Ashford (9)
11. milk and honey by Rupi Kaur (9)
18. A Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (8)
18. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (8)
18. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (8)
18. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (8)
18. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence (8)
18. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (8)
18. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (8)
18. The Paper Magician by Charlie Holmberg (8)
18. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (8)
18. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (8)
18. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (8)
18. The White Queen by Phillipa Gregory (8)

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The book was good. I purposely opted for another read in...

The book was good. I purposely opted for another read in high school. After reading for the book club I understand why it's a classic. The racial undertone continues after 30 plus years. I had to push through chapters 20 and forward. Beyond the undertone, I love the main character's inquisitiveness. She had spunk and laughed out loud plenty of times. Some of her questions made the adults pause. That remains true to present day with kids as well. I love that Scout met Boo (Arthur) at the end and think he defended the kids. Not the final version Mr. Tate decided.

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I think it really is the Great American Novel®️. The story is so touching, and touches on complex themes of morality, race, mental illness, and gender without trying to oversimplify or talk down to the audience. I remember loving it in school, but was pleasantly surprised at how well the themes hold up today. Fun fact: Harper Lee worked for Truman Capote as his research assistant during his writing of In Cold Blood while she waited for TKAM to be published. Sounds like their friendship was an inspiration for both of them:

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@prettyinpa @tsavorite - This book was awesome!  I can't believe I never read it in high school.  I could really identify with the setting and the characters.  My grandparents lived in a northern version of this town.  Thanks for the info about the follow-up book.  I was contemplating reading it, but I'm not going to bother now.  

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I loved To Kill A Mockingbird!  I'm so glad that I read it again now as an adult. 


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@tsavorite-  I'm glad I reread it too. I vaguely remember it from high school and saw the movie a couple of years ago (movie only slightly resembles the book) and it's all new to me. I love that the book is from the perspective of Scout rather than some adult. And being taught by "The Dewey Decimal System", OMG, I was dying laughing. Smiley Very Happy

ETA: Remember "New Math"? That was such a failure, too.

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I think that I may have read Mockingbird in Jr. High.  It was new to me when I reread it now also. I remembered a little bit from the movie, as I read.

Is this a safe place to mention how much I did not like Harper's other book, Go Set A Watchman.  I am practicing amnesia about Go Set A Watchman.  It never happened.

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@tsavorite-  Fine place to mention your dislike of Go Set a Watchman, I read bad reviews of it and never bothered. A sequel could have been so good, but I heard that the book felt sloppy and hurried.

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I finished To Kill a Mockingbird, but won't be ready to discuss until sometime next week, so take your time, ladies. If you need more time than that, just let me know, I understand it's summer and you all have better (or beachier) things to do.

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@prettyinpa - I'm finished with To Kill a Mockingbird as well.  Waiting until next week is fine with me.

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I thought I would let all you book lovers know that Penguin Random House has a sweepstakes in which you could win all 100 books from PBS’s the Great American Read show. My two favorite books The Grapes of Wrath and 100 Years of Solitude are on that list. I see 100 Years of Solitude is also on your reading list so yay! I’m not sure if I am allowed to post the link here?...C7ACC5E8-A0CC-4DBE-9829-CED377154B80.jpeg


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I will be late to the party with To Kill a Mockingbird - I haven't read it in years, so I definitely want to read it before sharing.  I'm still working on Unqualified by Anna Faris - love her! 


what a beautiful view to read by!!! where do you live

what a beautiful view to read by!!! where do you live

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@Tamara76- I got my copy of To Kill a Mockingbird but haven't started it yet. I got the latest John Connolly book and have to finish it because I can't renew, someone has a hold on it after me.

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@prettyinpa  Yay - Now I don't feel so bad about being late to the party! <3

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So are we ready to discuss Exit West? @IndyQT317- did you finish?


So sorry @prettyinpa. I started looking for the book than...

So sorry @prettyinpa. I started looking for the book than picked up Taraji P. Henson's memoir. I'll start reading the next book after Exit West this week.

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I'm waaaaay behind - just finished Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - lol!


Maybe I can jump in on the next one and read this one later?  <3   @prettyinpa @Titian06 @IndyQT317 @fatimamummy


ETA:  I also missed Death on the Nile, but I have the book already! My life is so crazy, there is little down time so I mainly read late at night when everyone else is asleep - It's my me-time! <3 


Also, I see Ken Follett coming up - I love him, but it took me months to finish The Pillars of the Earth, so I know I'll get way behind again when y'all get to him and will probably have to pass on that one.


And if we're still doing book club in November, I'll have to drop everything for Fire and Blood (assuming it drops on time) - love me some Targaryens! <3  Just so ya know and don't think I'm just a really bad book club member!  xoxoxoxoxo

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We <3 you @Tamara76!  Read whatever fits in your schedule and/or skip the ones you know you won't be interested in.  This is for fun--don't get stressed out!  I'll be skipping a few later on.


Exit West reads fast; at least it did for me.  It's around 230 pp, so it's not that long either.  Death on the Nile is almost 300 pp and took a lot longer to read.  Just to give you an idea.

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Thank you, @Titian06! <3 


I went ahead and ordered the next few books plus Exit West.  While I'm waiting for them to come in, I'll probably start Unqualified by Anna Faris - It's been on my nightstand for months! <3

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Hey BIC! I'm interested in dropping in, but had a quick question. What is the timetable on reading the book then discussion? A week? For example, if I pick up the Exit West and start to read it would it be too late?

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Hi, @IndyQT317!  Welcome to the book club!  I've been done with the book for a while, but @prettyinpa just got her copy from the library earlier this week.  You're definitely not too late.  Enjoy!