Swagbucks Book Club – Second Chances
Welcome Swagbucks Book Club fans. Thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s discussion of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (if you missed it you can check it out here).
I can’t believe it is November already. We have had a great year of book club reading selections this year. As the year winds down I thought we could take a look back at the selections that did not make the grade. Many fine books came in second place. I would hate to miss an opportunity at a great read so I thought we would choose from those selection throughout the year that were runners-up in the monthly polls. Voting is open until midnight Sunday, November 4th and we will discuss the winning choice on Friday, November 30th. Check back anytime after Sunday and see the results.
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.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen — In a remote Hertfordshire village, far off the good coach roads of George III’s England, Mr. and Mrs. Bennet — a country squire of no great means and his scatterbrained wife — must marry off their five vivacious daughters. At the heart of this all-consuming enterprise are the headstrong second daughter Elizabeth and her aristocratic suitor Fitzwilliam Darcy, two lovers in whom pride and prejudice must be overcome before love can bring the novel to its magnificent conclusion.
One For The Money by Janet Evanovich — The gutsy heroine introduced here is Stephanie Plum of Trenton, N.J., a recently laid-off lingerie buyer who has no job, no car and no furniture. She does have a hamster, a deranged grandmother, two caring parents and several pairs of biking shorts and sports bras. Finding work with her cousin Vinnie, she becomes a bond hunter and scrounges money enough to buy a gun, a Chevy Nova and some Mace. Her first assignment is to locate a cop accused of murder.
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.
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley — It is the summer of 1950–and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath.
An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny by Laura Schroff & Alex Tresniowski. – It is the heartwarming story of a friendship that has spanned thirty years, that brought life to an over-scheduled professional who had lost sight of family and happiness and hope to a hungry and desperate boy whose family background in drugs and crime and squalor seemed an inescapable fate.