Weekly Meeting: Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married

Book: Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married Challenges: Book Lust What you should know: This is chick lit. It was made into a TV series only available in the UK and it didn’t do very well. Discussion: I was seriously going to use discussion questions and then I realized I was neck deep in three chick litRead more

Weekly Meeting- A25: Stories From Lowell’s First Arson Squad

Title: A25: Stories From Lowell’s First Arson Squad Challenges: None What you should know:  This book is self-published by the author. If you live in Massachusetts and only know bad things about Lowell, this book may help explain some of those reasons. There are some difficult stories about death and children. Discussion: As a writer, IRead more

Weekly Meeting: The Witches: Salem, 1692

This week: The Witches: Salem, 1692 Challenges:  The Conference Read Down What You Should Know: This is a micro-history of what happened in New England.  This means Schiff is looking beyond the actual accusations and trials.  She puts it all in context of time, place and people. I love this book and was so excited asRead more

Weekly Meeting: Library of Souls

Challenges: Technically none, but I did get a sample of this What You Should Know: This is the final in a trilogy. It was inspired by those classic photos of levitating children and other tricks of photography from when the medium was new. I am giving away a poster of this book to the firstRead more

Weekly Meeting: Lumberjanes vol. 1

Challenges: None, this was an exciting birthday gift from Emily. What You Should Know: This is a graphic novel.  In this case a 4 volume collection of the comicbook.  It is not a complete story. It is a fast read, but you need to look at the illustrations to understand the story. It won 2Read more

Weekly Meeting:The Tsar of Love and Techno

Part of Which Challenges: Conference Read Down What You Should Know: This book is a series of interconnected short stories. It takes place in the USSR/Russia Discussion: There were no discussion questions for this book, it was just released.  Discussion guides are typically released with the book when it is expected that Book Clubs willRead more

Weekly Meeting: The Secret Chord

Part of Which Challenges: The Conference Read Down – got this at Book Expo What You Should Know: This is not David the hero/king.  David is not often beloved. In fact, his flaws are often highlighted. Trigger warning for Tamar’s rape.  It was brutal. There is also an acknowledgement of Bathsheba’s rape There is aRead more

Weekly Meeting: Outlander

Part of Which Challenges: Book Lust Book Riot Read Harder What You Should Know: This is not really a romance book.  Sex scenes are understated and rare in the first 1/2 of the book.  It fits into many different genres The TV is pretty faithful to the book given the different methods of storytelling. ThereRead more

Weekly Meeting: Boy Meets Boy

This book is part of the following challenges: Book Lust Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge I am trying something different.  I am playing with ideas on how to change things around for 2016.  Like with most book clubs, I get distracted when talking about the book of the week.  I will talk more about theRead more

Weekly Meeting: Killing Mr. Griffin

Part of Which Challenges Technically, part of the Book Lust challenge, but listed in Book Crush. What you should know: This is a YA suspense novel It was originally published in 1978 If you read a current edition you may notice a few changes October is officially over.  Here in Lowell, things are moving quickly.  CedricRead more