Swagbucks Book Club – I Heart Books
Thank you to everyone who contributed to last week’s discussion of Agatha Christie’s classic And Then There Were None. If you missed any of the discussion you can catch up on it here. Congratulations to the 10 winners of the online game Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile courtesy of Big Fish Games. Those winners are: Tuggersmama, trolycar,DarthVader007, loulouchops, Mountie2015, jbolsahck, Teresaq14, melindamomo, houschoolmom67 and jendar617. Each of the winners should have received an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with redemption instructions.
Today we choose the reading selection for February. It only seems appropriate that the genre for this month is romance. I’ve selected 7 titles to choose from so hopefully there is something that piques your interest. Vote using the poll below the descriptions. Voting is open through the end of day Sunday.
- The Next Always by Nora Roberts – The historic hotel in BoonsBoro, Maryland, has endured war and peace, changing hands, even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major facelift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect of the family, Beckett’s social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on: the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was fifteen…
- Love In The Time Of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez – In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs–yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again.
- The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Neffenegger — The story of Clare and Henry, who is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing. The Time Traveler’s Wife depicts the effects of time travel on Henry and Clare’s marriage and their passionate love for each other as the story unfolds from both points of view. Clare and Henry attempt to live normal lives, pursuing familiar goals–steady jobs, good friends, children of their own. All of this is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control, making their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.
- Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak — The story of the life and loves of a poet/physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. Taking his family from Moscow to what he hopes will be shelter in the Ural Mountains, Zhivago finds himself instead embroiled in the battle between the Whites and the Reds. Set against this backdrop of cruelty and strife is Zhivago’s love for the tender and beautiful Lara, the very embodiment of the pain and chaos of those cataclysmic times.
- Safe Haven by Nicolas Sparks — The story of romance lost and rediscovered-and the wrenching decision one woman must make between loyalty and love. Renee’s journey begins when she is a carefree college student, studying in Italy with her best friend, Audrey. During that idyllic summer abroad, Renee meets a handsome local, and falls deeply in love. But like all summer romances, the affair comes to an end when she returns to North Carolina. Back home, Renee fulfills everyone’s expectations – including her own – by marrying her longtime college boyfriend. Over the next two decades, she raises a family and lives a predictable, if in some ways unfulfilling life. When Audrey announces that she’s dying of cancer, Renee drops everything to spend Audrey’s last days by her side, unaware that her unconventional best friend still has a few surprises up her sleeve . . . surprises that will turn Renee’s world upside down, and offer her a chance to re-live the choices of her past in a way she never dreamed possible.
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier — The second Mrs. Maxim de Winter recalls the chilling events that transpired as she began her new life as the young bride of a husband she barely knew. For in every corner of every room were phantoms of a time dead but not forgotten, a past devotedly preserved by the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers: a suite immaculate and untouched, clothing laid out and ready to be worn, but not by any of the great house’s current occupants. With an eerie presentiment of evil tightening her heart, the second Mrs. de Winter walked in the shadow of her mysterious predecessor, determined to uncover the darkest secrets and shattering truths about Maxim’s first wife, the late and hauntingly beautiful Rebecca.
- The Princess Bride by S Morgenstern (William Goldman) – S. Morgenstern’s timeless tale—discovered and wonderfully abridged by William Goldman—pits country against country, good against evil, love against hate. From the Cliffs of Insanity through the Fire Swamp and down into the Zoo of Death, this incredible journey and brilliant tale is peppered with strange beasties monstrous and gentle, and memorable surprises both terrible and sublime.
Come back next week to see if your favorite wins.
Today’s discussion question: What famous book title describes your romantic life?
I will choose 10 contributors and hook them up with 25 Swag Bucks each on Monday.