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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)

Participants in spoiler

 

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Participants:

PrettyinPA

AlexaSteph

Beadshopgirl

LCResz

Kim888

SoBeautiful

Fatimamummy

ZombieMetroAnt

PalomaFoster

k617

bakeamuffin
Susubee
Skcfan
Lazybeautybeast
SpaceLlama
greeneyedgirl107

Mermadelove
Mcakes
Aaliaa
Serenely
Myinsidevoice
MissPuff
juliehnguyen
lmi82
Knowledgebeauty
Titian06
quspork
darlyndar
KellW
misscg
EuniceO
Elles117
ClassicallyFab
ShiraBT
melanito
Heylady14
ChicagoEngineer
Imightneedthis
PrettyPaint
rachface2921


 

 

  

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@greeneyedgirl107  Now that I think about it, I last read The Handmaid’s Tale in college, and that was 30ish years ago. I liked the book, and Margaret Atwood’s a great writer. But this novel was too disturbing for me to reread, mostly because the things described in the story were (and still are) actually happening in various countries around the globe, and also happened routinely to enslaved African women. (I did a study of Handmaid vs. the history of slavery for one of my college classes.) That’s something Atwood herself has said about her book. I should pick Handmaid up again this year. (Note to self.) 

 

For anyone wondering: the current TV series isn’t a fully faithful telling of the novel (psh, name me a live action series that’s 100% faithful to its book source). Neither was the 1990 movie, which was terrible. I can’t even MST3K my way through the movie. 🤦‍♀️ Hulu’s TV series is better, but that’s not saying much considering how bad the movie is. 

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@WinglessOne @greeneyedgirl107 my local library has both books. I haven’t yet watched the movie nor the series. But the way @WinglessOne describe my might just read the books and skip the series. I don’t have Hulu so less tempting there 😘 I just checked out the Handmaid’s Tales and reserve The Testament. Oh I have so many good books to catch up. 🌹

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@blackkitty2014  The TV series isn’t so bad, really. Margaret Atwood has a cameo appearance in the one episode, and I think she consulted with the show writers on some of the parts that differ quite a bit from the book. The show tries to fill in the gap between the end of The Handmaid’s Tail and the start of The Testaments, to explore what happened to June/Offred and other main characters. Some of that new story writing doesn’t sit well with me because it kinda misses the point of Gilead as a totalitarian theologist nation. I don’t wanna say more than that, lest I spoil things for you. I’ll just say the show’s first season mostly conveys the book, and the following seasons get into that “where are they now” new story between Handmaid and Testament. I do think reading the book first is the way to go, if you decide to watch the series. 

 

The movie is something no one should watch. It messed too much with the original story, and the acting was surprisingly bad. I’m not even sure the movie’s still available anywhere. I hope not. 😂

 

I should swing by my closest library and check out The Testaments. (I have The Handmaid’s Tale at home.) Barnes & Noble is making a comeback here, opening/reopening new physical stores. So I’m tempted to buy The Testaments instead, because I typically read more than one book at once (unless a book’s so good I can’t put it down, and I end up reading the whole thing in one day or night). It sometimes takes me a while to get through books, despite being a fast reader, because I always have several books in play. Anyway, I hope you enjoy these 2 Atwood novels! 

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@WinglessOne very insightful!  Your college sounds very interesting!  

 

Atwood is a very good writer.   Her writing inspired me to think about describing things more poetically.   I think there is a documentary about her called "A word after a word."  

 

Have you read, "The Testaments?"

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@greeneyedgirl107  You certainly have a great source of inspiration! 

 

I haven’t read The Testaments yet, but it’s on my list. I originally planned to reread The Handmaid’s Tale first… guess I should do that soon. Hulu plans to release The Testaments after their Handmaid series ends, though from what little I know of Testaments, they’ve already sprinkled a bit of the sequel’s story into their current TV series. Not sure how they’ll deal with Aunt Lydia’s Testaments character in their sequel series, considering how they’ve portrayed her in the current series. But anyway, you’ve reminded me to pick up The Testaments soon. 👍

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@WinglessOne I'm looking forward to watching the next season, the new series, and reading the sequel as well!

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My dear friend who passed away from cancer loved this. I miss her. I will bookmark this series @greeneyedgirl107 🌹

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@blackkitty2014 you have my condolences.   💐 

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Thx you @greeneyedgirl107 🌹

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Me!🖐🏻Right here!👋🏻 Very interested. Give me the details please. In what order are we going through the list? Are we able to submit a title? This is my summer of Health & Mental Wealth 💕 

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@DesiraeMB, love that you are focusing on your health and mental wellness this summer! Welcome! The books listed on the original post were from years back, probably 6+ years ago. You're more than welcome to read any of the books on the list in any order, but there's no need to read any or all of them to participate here. If there's a book you're reading or have finished and you want to share about it (being careful with spoilers), feel free to just jump right on it, whether or not the book is on the list above.

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Ok, so where it’s in bold and written  “Fall of Giants by Ken Follett (9) Start reading now.” that’s old? And no one is reading the same books? I’m trying to understand. 

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@DesiraeMB - @itsfi is correct.  I have been involved in the book club from the beginning (2017).  We mostly followed the list, but made changes here and there.  We also stopped before making it to the end of the list.  A few of us started posting books we had or were reading and then others started posting their books as well.  So now the book club is about posting the books you've read, want to read, or asking for recommendations.  We no longer pick a book, read it, then discuss it.

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@DesiraeMB, that is correct. At the time this thread was first started, many worked through the list in the original thread, though not always at the same time as everyone has different schedules and availability of the book varies. Since that time, the thread has been used as a place to share about books BIC members have been reading. As you scroll through some posts on this thread, you'll see that books vary and each person who posts has a different way of talking about the book(s) they've read. "book club" is more of a group of us on BIC who like to read, sharing about the books we've been reading or have finished reading, and less of what would the traditional "book club" set up where there's one book being read by all and then a discussion on that book. 

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Interested! I love reading so much and my personal favorites are Glory Be, The Summer I Turned Pretty, and A Walk to Remember!

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I will look these up @KileyRhys . Thx you 

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@KileyRhys, those are some good books. We love reading here, too, and are happy to have you join us. Welcome! Have you read the other books in The Summer I Turned Pretty series?

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My Current Read

I read a lot of books pertaining to my profession and incorporate them 😊

 

I especially love the crayon detailing on this cover it speaks volumes. It’s a great read so far lots of interesting ideas and perspectives 

 

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Bookmark it so I can look it up later @peculiarzmakeup 😘

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It’s such a neat read! So many things I’m learning 🫶❤️ @blackkitty2014 

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I love the crayon detailing of the cover too @peculiarzmakeup😍

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