Swagbucks Book Club – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Discussion
Welcome to the Swagbucks Book Club! Today is a busy day, not only are we discussing the September reading selection, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, but we are also voting on the October book club title.
If you are new to the Swagbucks Book Club here is how it works: Each Friday at 10am Pacific Time there is a blog post that relates to books in way way or another. Once a month we vote on what the next reading selection should be (such as today) and then we discuss that book on the last Friday of the month. That’s all there is to it! There are several ways to earn Swag Bucks, too. On discussion days like today, everyone is encouraged to participate by responding to questions or adding your own in the comments section below. Don’t worry if you cannot be here exactly at 10am Friday, the discussion continues throughout the weekend. On Monday I choose 10 insightful comments and hook the Swaggernauts up with 25 Swag Bucks. Another way to be awarded Swag Bucks is by submitting a 3-5 paragraph book review of any book you think fellow Book Club members would enjoy. Send your review to firstname.lastname@example.org. If your review is featured in a future Book Club post you will get 250 Swag Bucks.
Thank you to everyone who contributed suggestions for October book club selections. If you want to see the full list check out last week’s post here. Below are 7 titles to choose from that were suggested by Book Club members last week. If your suggestion is included in the poll below you will find 25 extra Swag Bucks in your account today. Voting is open through Sunday night. I’m pretty wimpy when it comes to reading horror stories, even just researching the suggestions has my hair on end. Pick wisely and we will discuss the winner on October 26th.
Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris – A young FBI trainee. An evil genius locked away for unspeakable crimes. A plunge into the darkest chambers of a psychopath’s mind–in the deadly search for a serial killer…
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – Celebrated novel traces the moral degeneration of a handsome young Londoner from an innocent fop into a cruel and reckless pursuer of pleasure and, ultimately, a murderer. As Dorian Gray sinks into depravity, his body retains perfect youth and vigor while his recently painted portrait reflects the ravages of crime and sensuality.
Salem’s Lot by Stephen King – Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem’s Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive, Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty – The deceptively simple story focuses on Regan, the 11-year-old daughter of a movie actress residing in Washington, D.C.; the child apparently is possessed by an ancient demon. It’s up to a small group of overwhelmed yet determined humans to somehow rescue Regan from this unspeakable fate.
Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill – Aging death-metal rock legend Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre: a cookbook for cannibals…a used hangman’s noose…a snuff film. But nothing he possesses is as unique or as dreadful as his latest purchase off the Internet: a one-of-a-kind curiosity that arrives at his door in a black heart-shaped box…a musty dead man’s suit still inhabited by the spirit of its late owner. And now everywhere Judas Coyne goes, the old man is there—watching, waiting, dangling a razor blade on a chain from his bony hand.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
Lightning by Dean Koontz – In the midst of a raging blizzard, lightning struck on the night Laura Shane was born. And a mysterious blond-haired stranger showed up just in time to save her from dying. Years later, in the wake of another storm, Laura will be saved again. For someone is watching over her. But just as lightning illuminates, darkness always follows close behind.
Let me put on some coffee and prepare for today’s discussion of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Don’t forget that I will be randomly awarding contributing members with 25 Swag Bucks on Monday so don’t be shy.