January's book choices

Monday, December 15, 2008

I'm putting up the poll for January early, because I know things get crazy around Christmas time, and I want everyone to have a chance to vote. So here are Corinna's three choices:

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

The Last Lecture
by Randy Pausch

by Annemarie Selinko

Discussion for Extremely loud and Incredibly Close has started in the forum. Don't forget to tell us your thoughts about the book.


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Having never read this months book before, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I am almost finished with the book right now, and I know there are a few parts that might be a little offensive to some of you. So, just thought I'd warn those of you that aren't to page 192 yet... you might want to skip the 3rd paragraph. You wouldn't be missing much, as it isn't important info. I hope no one is offended by some of the content.

I hope the few "explicit details" in the book haven't stopped anyone from continuing reading it.

Top 10

Time Magazine just came out with it's Top 10 Everything of 2008 list.
The list of their top 10 fiction book picks is Here.
Have you read any of them? If you have, do you agree or disagree with their choices?

December's Pick

Saturday, December 6, 2008

The poll winner for December is Jonathon Foer's Extremely loud and Incredibly Close.

Some information about the book, from the pub
In Brief
Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11. This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhilarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey.

Jonathan Safran Foer emerged as one of the most original writers of his generation with his best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated. Now, with humor, tenderness, and awe, he confronts the traumas of our recent history.

And from Wikipedia:
In his second novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, published in 2005, Foer uses 9/11 as a backdrop for the story of 9-year-old Oskar Schell learning to deal with the death of his father in the World Trade Center. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close utilizes many nontraditional writing techniques. It follows multiple but interconnected storylines, is peppered with photographs of doorknobs and other such oddities, and ends with a 12-page flipbook.

The book sounds very interesting, and I'm excited to read it!

I would also like to thank everyone that participated in the forum discussion for last month's book, The Memory Keeper's Daughter. We hope that more of you will join us at the end of this month to discuss December's book.

Tie Breaker Please

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

It looks like we have a tie between Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and The Giver. We need a tie breaker so if anyone hasn't voted please do it soon!