Swagbucks Book Club – Welcome Back

Welcome Back, Swagbucks Book Club members!  Let’s jump right into it with a refresher course of how the Swagbucks Book Club works.  Each Friday at 10am PT I post a blog about books, once a month we vote on a selection and the winner becomes the topic for that month’s reading.  We discuss that book on the last Friday of the month.  That is pretty much the basics.  There are other fun topics we discuss and each week you have the opportunity to win 25 Swag Bucks for contributing to the discussion.  There is no need to “sign up” for the Swagbucks Book Club, everyone is welcome, just show up and participate! If you are new here take a minute to introduce yourself in the comments and you will find many friendly faces.

Now I have some exciting news but I can’t tell you just yet.  All I can say at this point is come back on Tuesday, September 10th to learn how you can get a copy of September’s Book Club selection for free!  What is the September Book Club Selection?  Well that is up to you.  I’ve pulled together 5 of the hottest titles out there.  Vote for your choice in the poll below and then come back on Tuesday to find out the winner and how you can get a free copy of the winning choice (okay I’ll make it 2 free books but that is all I can say for now – zip go the lips!) Below are some synopses pulled from amazon.com.

Inferno – Dan Brown–In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.  Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.

And The Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini–The #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.

Cutting For Stone – Abraham Verghese–Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution.  Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, Cutting for Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles—and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined.

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane – Neil Gaiman–Neil Gaiman’s intent was simple: to write a short story. What he ended up with instead was The Ocean at the of the Lane–his first adult novel since Anansi Boys came out in 2005, and a narrative so thoughtful and thrilling that it’s as difficult to stop reading as it was for Gaiman to stop writing. Forty years ago, our narrator, who was then a seven-year-old boy, unwittingly discovered a neighboring family’s supernatural secret. What happens next is an imaginative romp through otherwordly adventure that could only come from Gaiman’s magical mind. Childhood innocence is tested and transcended as we see what getting between ancient, mystic forces can cost, as well as what can be gained from the power of true friendship. The result is a captivating tale that is equal parts sweet, sad, and spooky.

Love In The Time Of Cholera – 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.



Voting will be open until midnight Sunday, September 8th.  Don’t forget to check back here in the blog on Tuesday, September 10th for the announcement of the winner.

Today’s Discussion Topic:  What did you read over the summer? Would you recommend it to others? 

Leave your remarks in the comments below and on Monday I will hook up 5 random contributors with 25 Swag Bucks each.

Feels good to be back!