Swagbucks Book Club – A Lighter Side of Lit

Welcome to the Swagbucks Book Club.

As a reminder, we will be discussing our latest selection, Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay next Friday, March 2nd.  Today we have two pieces of business – choosing our next reading selection and discussing BIRTHDAYS!  (In case you haven’t heard, Swagbucks is turning 4 on Monday!  It is going to be a day filled with fun activities you won’t want to miss! Click here to learn more.)

For our next choice I thought we would lighten things up; we’ve had some pretty heavy topics of late.  I hope you are in the mood for some chick lit! I’ve pulled together four choices, included brief descriptions and a poll below.  The poll is open until Sunday evening.

For discussion today I want to know your thoughts on any of the following topics:

  • – What book would you recommend to someone on their 4th, 13th, 30th, or 50th birthday and why?
  • – The best book I’ve received as a gift is_____, because________.
  • – The best book I’ve given as a gift is _______, because________.

I can’t wait to see your responses!  Now on to the possibilities for next month:

Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella –  “Things are suddenly starting to look up for the hapless but optimistic Emma Corrigan. She has kept her job at Panther Cola for nearly a year, has the perfect boyfriend and hopes for a promotion to marketing executive should her first opportunity to strut her stuff and land a business deal be successful. Unfortunately, things don’t go quite as planned, and on her unusually turbulent return flight from a disappointing client meeting, in a terrified state, she confesses her innermost secrets to the good-looking stranger sitting beside her. When she shows up at work the next morning, she is horrified to discover that her mystery man is none other than the revered and brilliant Jack Harper, American CEO of Panther Cola, on a weeklong visit to the company’s U.K. branch. Thus begins a series of chaotic, emotionally exhausting and funny episodes that thrust Emma, with her workaholic best friend, Lissy, and their awful flatmate Jemima, into a world of fairy tales, secrets and deceit.”

Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin – “Rachel White is the consummate good girl. A hard-working attorney at a large Manhattan law firm and a diligent maid of honor to her charmed best friend Darcy, Rachel has always played by all the rules. Since grade school, she has watched Darcy shine, quietly accepting the sidekick role in their lopsided friendship.  But that suddenly changes the night of her thirtieth birthday when Rachel finally confesses her feelings to Darcy’s fiance, and is both horrified and thrilled to discover that he feels the same way. As the wedding date draws near, events spiral out of control, and Rachel knows she must make a choice between her heart and conscience. In so doing, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren’t always neat, and sometimes you have to risk everything to be true to yourself.”

Good In Bed by Jennifer Weiner –  “Cannie Shapiro is in her late twenties, funny, independent, and a talented reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer. After a “temporary” break-up with her boyfriend of three years, she reads his debut column, “Good in Bed,” in the women’s magazine Moxie. Titled “Loving a Larger Woman,” this very personal piece triggers events that completely transform her and those around her. Cannie’s adventures will strike a chord with all young women struggling to find their place in the world, especially those larger than a size eight.”


Bossypants by Tina Fey – “From her humble roots growing up in Pennsylvania to her days doing amateur improv in Chicago to her early sketches on Saturday Night Live, Fey gives us a fascinating glimpse behind the curtain of modern comedy with equal doses of wit, candor, and self-deprecation. Some of the funniest chapters feature the differences between male and female comedy writers (“men urinate in cups”), her cruise ship honeymoon (“it’s very Poseidon Adventure“), and advice about breastfeeding (“I had an obligation to my child to pretend to try”). But the chaos of Fey’s life is best detailed when she’s dividing her efforts equally between rehearsing her Sarah Palin impression, trying to get Oprah to appear on 30 Rock, and planning her daughter’s Peter Pan-themed birthday. Bossypants gets to the heart of why Tina Fey remains universally adored: she embodies the hectic, too-many-things-to-juggle lifestyle we all have, but instead of complaining about it, she can just laugh it off.”