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Swagbucks Book Club – By Popular Demand

Posted by on Fri, August 24th, 2012 at 10:00 am

Welcome to the weekly meeting of the Swagbucks Book Club. Thank you to everyone who contributed to last week’s discussion on travel literature while I was away on a hiking vacation.

As a reminder, next week (8/31/12) we will be discussion three short stories.

The Lottery & Other Short Stories by Shirley Jackson is available in Kindle version in the Swag Store.  You can also put those Amazon Gift Cards and Barnes and Noble Gift Cards to good use or visit your local library.  Also, some search savvy Swaggernauts have found these select stories online.  (Maybe you’ll win some Swag Bucks in the process)

For September I thought we would focus on popular fiction titles currently on the New York Times Bestseller List. I’ve pulled together a list of 6 options which you can vote on below.  The poll will be open until midnight PT Sunday 8/26/12.

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.

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman: Tom Sherbourne is a lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, a tiny island a half day’s boat journey from the coast of Western Australia. When a baby washes up in a rowboat, he and his young wife Isabel decide to raise the child as their own. The baby seems like a gift from God, and the couple’s reasoning for keeping her seduces the reader into entering the waters of treacherous morality even as Tom–whose moral code withstood the horrors of World War I–begins to waver.

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach: This work explores relationships–between friends, family, and lovers–and the unpredictable forces that complicate them. There’s an unintended affair, a post-graduate plan derailed by rejection letters, a marriage dissolved by honesty, and at the center of the book, the single baseball error that sets all of these events into motion.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson: Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch–and there’s always a catch–is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues.

Where We Belong by Emily Griffin: An unforgettable story of two women, the families that make them who they are, and the longing, loyalty and love that binds them together.

The Art of Racing In The Rain by Garth Stein: A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope–a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.

 

Swagbucks Book Club – Let’s Go!

Posted by on Fri, August 17th, 2012 at 10:00 am
Welcome to the Swagbucks Book Club. By the time you read this I will be high up in the Sierras hiking along with a backpack filled with books.  Of course I’m bringing along the three short stories you voted on for the August discussion.  As a reminder those are: The Lottery by Shirley Jackson A ... Read More »

Swagbucks Book Club – 50 Shades of Phenomena

Posted by on Fri, August 10th, 2012 at 10:00 am
Welcome to the Swagbucks Book Club. A big thank you to everyone who voted last week to help choose our next group selection.  The top three vote-getters were The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor and The Body by Stephen King. The Lottery & Other Short Stories ... Read More »

Swagbucks Book Club Loves National Book Lover’s Day

Posted by on Thu, August 9th, 2012 at 12:00 pm
Today, August 9th, is National Book Lover’s Day – the perfect opportunity to curl up with a good book. Also, the perfect time to invite everyone to the Swagbucks Book Club. The Swagbucks Book Club is an online book club that takes suggestions from users and discusses various things reading-related. There is no special sign-up ... Read More »

Swagbucks Book Club – Short and Sweet

Posted by on Fri, August 3rd, 2012 at 10:00 am
Welcome reading enthusiasts to the weekly gathering of the Swagbucks Book Club.  Thanks to everyone who joined in the discussion last week of Can You Keep a Secret?, hopefully you were one of the lucky contributors who found 25 extra Swag Bucks in  your account on Monday.  Today we are choosing our reading selection for ... Read More »

Swagbucks Book Club – “Secret” Discussion

Posted by on Fri, July 27th, 2012 at 10:00 am
Welcome Swagbucks Book Club members.  If you are reading this, you are a member, that is all it takes! Every Friday at 10am Pacific Time I post a reading-related blog and once a month we discuss that month’s reading selection.  July’s selection was Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella and today is discussion ... Read More »

Swagbucks Book Club – A Winning Suggestion

Posted by on Fri, July 20th, 2012 at 10:00 am
The summer heat hit the West coast this week so I made significant progress on our reading selection for the month of July – Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella.  Hopefully  you are enjoying this light-hearted read and can join us when we discuss it next Friday, July 27th. The Kindle version is ... Read More »

Swagbucks Book Club – This post is coming from inside the house!

Posted by on Fri, July 13th, 2012 at 10:00 am
Happy Friday the 13th!  In honor of this day (the third iteration for 2012 and the next doesn’t happen until September 2013) the Swagbucks Book Club is getting spooky.  Sure, it may be 10am here on the West coast, with bright and sunny skies, but I think it is time to share some ghost stories!  ... Read More »

Swagbucks Book Club – It’s Getting Hot in Here

Posted by on Fri, July 6th, 2012 at 10:00 am
As the summer heats up across the country our brains begin to melt.  Okay, maybe that is a little dramatic but I know that as the thermometer rises my desire to tax my brain wanes.  I suppose this is where the term Beach Read developed.  I like this description by about.com, “A good beach book ... Read More »

Swagbucks Book Club – Meet the Author: Final Chapter

Posted by on Fri, June 29th, 2012 at 10:00 am
Today is our final installment of our month-long spotlight series of Swaggernaut Authors with R. K. Finnell (swag name: roxan) who will join us to discuss Kickshaw Candies.  I hope you have enjoyed this special month as much as I have.  It has been great to be able to hear first-hand from the authors themselves.  ... Read More »