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Swagbucks Book Club – Eat Read Discuss

Posted by on Fri, January 27th, 2012 at 10:00 am


Welcome to the weekly gathering of the Swagbucks Book Club.  Today we will be discussing Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert but as usual we have a little bit of business first.




Thank you to all 2,292 people who voted last week to choose our next selection.  The winner was Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay.  Here’s a quick synopsis from Publisher’s Weekly:

De Rosnay’s U.S. debut fictionalizes the 1942 Paris roundups and deportations, in which thousands of Jewish families were arrested, held at the Vélodrome d’Hiver outside the city, then transported to Auschwitz. Forty-five-year-old Julia Jarmond, American by birth, moved to Paris when she was 20 and is married to the arrogant, unfaithful Bertrand Tézac, with whom she has an 11-year-old daughter. Julia writes for an American magazine and her editor assigns her to cover the 60th anniversary of the Vél’ d’Hiv’ roundups. Julia soon learns that the apartment she and Bertrand plan to move into was acquired by Bertrand’s family when its Jewish occupants were dispossessed and deported 60 years before. She resolves to find out what happened to the former occupants: Wladyslaw and Rywka Starzynski, parents of 10-year-old Sarah and four-year-old Michel. The more Julia discovers—especially about Sarah, the only member of the Starzynski family to survive—the more she uncovers about Bertrand’s family, about France and, finally, herself.

I hope you will join us in reading Sarah’s Key which author Risa Miller sums up with, “Sarah’s Key unlocks the star crossed, heart thumping story of an American journalist in Paris and the 60-year-old secret that could destroy her marriage.  This book will stay on your mind long after it’s back on the shelf.”  We will meet the first or second Friday in March for that discussion.

Today we are discussing Eat Pray Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia.  Before we begin I have to be honest and say that I have not finished this book, I’m still stuck in India.  It is not for lack of interest but sometimes life (and Spirit Week) get in the way and reading takes a backseat.  I will begin the discussion but feel free to post your own questions if there are revelations from the last half of the book not being represented.  I humbly apologize for not completing my task but feel confident that you guys can help pick up my slack.  Every month I’m blown away by the insightful comments you contribute.  And if you see a comment you particularly appreciate, don’t forget to “like” it.  The two users whose comments receive the most “likes” will receive a free copy of next month’s selection, Sarah’s Key.  I will also be hooking up about 50  users who contribute most to the discussion with 25 Swag Bucks.  Okay, enough out of me, let’s get this party started.  It is Fun At Work Day after all!

Update: Congratulations to ShellyAnnSings, meekahdoo and redhead6362 for each snagging a physical copy of next month’s selection, Sarah’s Key!  Originally we had planned to give away 2 copies but meekahdoo and redhead6362 tied for second place in the number of “likes” this week so we expanded the giveaway to three.  Thanks to everyone for participating!


Swagbucks Book Club – Choose Our Next Book

Posted by on Fri, January 20th, 2012 at 10:00 am

Hello Swagbucks Book Club! Can you believe we are nearly ready to discuss our January selection? We will be discussing Eat Pray Love next Friday at 10am PT here in the blog; join the exchange and you just might get 25 Swag Bucks. It’s time to look forward and choose our next read. One of […]

Swagbucks Book Club – Sarah’s Key review for you

Posted by on Fri, January 13th, 2012 at 10:00 am

Happy Friday, Swagbucks Book Club! Today I want to spotlight a user-submitted book review, which if featured in the blog, can earn the Swaggernaut a cool 250 Swag Bucks!  Simply write a 3-5 paragraph review of a book you think other Swaggers might find interesting and email it to  Please include your swagname and […]

Swagbucks Book Club – Mangia! Mangia!

Posted by on Fri, January 6th, 2012 at 10:00 am

Happy New Year and Happy New Book!  I will admit that I was not completely on board with this month’s selection, Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, but that was before I started reading it.  It was probably all the hype surrounding the book and subsequent movie plus my own assumptions about someone who can […]

Swagbucks Book Club – 2011 in Review

Posted by on Fri, December 30th, 2011 at 10:00 am

Today marks the last Swagbucks Book Club meeting for the year.  I wanted to take a moment to review some of the books we discussed since we launched the Book Club in April and ask if there are any changes you would like to see for 2012.  If you are just joining us or missed […]