Swagbucks Book Club – By Popular Demand
Welcome to the weekly meeting of the Swagbucks Book Club. Thank you to everyone who contributed to last week’s discussion on travel literature while I was away on a hiking vacation.
As a reminder, next week (8/31/12) we will be discussion three short stories.
- The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
- A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor
- The Body by Stephen King
The Lottery & Other Short Stories by Shirley Jackson is available in Kindle version in the Swag Store. You can also put those Amazon Gift Cards and Barnes and Noble Gift Cards to good use or visit your local library. Also, some search savvy Swaggernauts have found these select stories online. (Maybe you’ll win some Swag Bucks in the process)
For September I thought we would focus on popular fiction titles currently on the New York Times Bestseller List. I’ve pulled together a list of 6 options which you can vote on below. The poll will be open until midnight PT Sunday 8/26/12.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: Amy disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary, and while Nick has not been a model husband, could he really have killed her? It’s soon evident that if Amy is dead, that’s the least of the reader’s worries.
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman: Tom Sherbourne is a lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, a tiny island a half day’s boat journey from the coast of Western Australia. When a baby washes up in a rowboat, he and his young wife Isabel decide to raise the child as their own. The baby seems like a gift from God, and the couple’s reasoning for keeping her seduces the reader into entering the waters of treacherous morality even as Tom–whose moral code withstood the horrors of World War I–begins to waver.
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach: This work explores relationships–between friends, family, and lovers–and the unpredictable forces that complicate them. There’s an unintended affair, a post-graduate plan derailed by rejection letters, a marriage dissolved by honesty, and at the center of the book, the single baseball error that sets all of these events into motion.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson: Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch–and there’s always a catch–is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues.
Where We Belong by Emily Griffin: An unforgettable story of two women, the families that make them who they are, and the longing, loyalty and love that binds them together.
The Art of Racing In The Rain by Garth Stein: A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope–a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.