Our book club is a monthly book club in conjunction with our online discussion forum. If interested in joining my book club, email me at cardinspired@gmail.com for more information.

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Discussions for the book of the month starts on the 15th of each month. Join in the discussion!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

September's Book Suggestions - Voting 08-05-09 to 08-08-09

Below are the September book suggestions that were chosen by club members.

September book genre is "Mystery" or "Thriller"

For September book suggestion, please review the books below.

Members, please vote on the book you would like to read for August's Book of the Month. Every member should vote including those who suggested a book.

For those who suggested a book, you may vote for you own book or vote for a book suggested by the other members.I provided a video interview by the author or a video related to the book. The ones that don't have a video, I could not find a video for the suggested book.

To vote, members please comment on this blog post and not on the forum. Voting will begin August 5th to August 8th. Voting will close at 11:00 pm PST August 8th. If there's a tie, I will make the final decision. I will post the selected book for August Book on August 9th. Thank you for voting!!

Heather's Suggestion:

Miss Julia Delivers the Goods
by Ann B. Ross

Published: April, 2009
Pages: 352

Synopsis

Get ready for double the trouble and twice the fun in Ann B. Ross's tenth Miss Julia adventure. If there's no rest for the weary, Miss Julia must be absolutely exhausted. She's just learned a secret—Hazel Marie is pregnant with twins and the prospective father has cleared out of town. But good things come in unexpected packages. Abbotsville finds itself the scene of a heist; and Miss Julia knows there's only one man who can solve the crime.

It's J. D. Pickens, P.I., renowned investigator and Hazel Marie's wayward love. When he's summoned, one thing becomes clear: Miss Julia must help set things right between them or find herself the only one who can, quite literally, deliver the goods.Ann B. Ross consistently draws crowds at bookstores, not only to purchase her books, but also to meet her in person. Her tenth Miss Julia novel will bring the goods to her tried-and-true fans and new readers alike.

Reviews:

Amazon
Barnes and Nobles

Mary's Suggestion:

Relentless by Dean Koontz

Published: June, 2009
Pages: 368

Synopsis

#1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense Dean Koontz delivers a mesmerizing new thriller that explores the razor-thin line between the best and worst of human nature—and the anarchy simmering just beneath society’s surface—as a likeable, successful family man is drawn into a confrontation with a foe of unimaginable malice….Bestselling novelist Cullen “Cubby” Greenwich is a lucky man and he knows it.

He makes a handsome living doing what he enjoys. His wife, Penny, a children’s book author and illustrator, is the love of his life. Together they have a brilliant six-year-old, Milo, affectionately dubbed “Spooky,” and a non-collie named Lassie, who’s all but part of the family.So Cubby knows he shouldn’t let one bad review of his otherwise triumphant new book get to him—even if it does appear in the nation’s premier newspaper and is penned by the much-feared, seldom-seen critic, Shearman Waxx. Cubby knows the best thing to do is ignore the gratuitously vicious, insulting, and inaccurate comments. Penny knows it, even little Milo knows it. If Lassie could talk, she’d tell Cubby to ignore them, too.

Ignore Shearman Waxx and his poison pen is just what Cubby intends to do. Until he happens to learn where the great man is taking his lunch. Cubby just wants to get a look at the mysterious recluse whose mere opinion can make or break a career—or a life.But Shearman Waxx isn’t what Cubby expects; and neither is the escalating terror that follows what seemed to be an innocent encounter. For Waxx gives criticism; he doesn’t take it. He has ways of dealing with those who cross him that Cubby is only beginning to fathom. Soon Cubby finds himself in a desperate struggle with a relentless sociopath, facing an inexorable assault on far more than his life. Fearless, funny, utterly compelling, Relentless is Dean Koontz at his riveting best, an unforgettable tale of the fragile bonds that hold together all that we most cherish—and of those who would tear those bonds asunder.


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Theresa's suggestion:

Fresh Kills by Bill Loehfelm

Published: July, 2009
Pages: 336

Synopsis:

When John Sanders, Jr., learns that his father has been murdered, his only regret is that he didn't pull the trigger himself. Yet despite his rage at his father for a lifetime of abuse, he becomes obsessed with finding the killer.But as a string of dead ends and violent encounters leave Junior no closer to any answers, his relationship with his beloved sister crumbles, while his affair with an old high school sweetheart wreaks havoc on his fracturing psyche. Only when a chance for revenge finally arrives must Junior decide whether he will continue the chain of violence or accept the challenge of a new beginning.

Review:

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

September Book Suggestions - July 29 to August 1st

Members. . . please comment on this post with your "book title", "author", and a link to a website that provides a synopsis of the book and a review if available.It's that time again. It's book selection time.

For the month of August. . .the book genre will be "Thriller/Mystery". This is a very broad genre so it's up to you on what you define as a "Thriller" or "Mystery. To help you out a bit. . .you should visit the Barnes and Noble or Amazon website and search under "Thriller" or "Mystery" and if you want to focus on best sellers, narrow down your search to that category.

You may also search the Internet for book lists or book guide specially in the genre that is chosen for the month. Here are a few book guide sites that you may want to look at. Keep in mind, there's many of them so what I list below are a few I found online to help you out:

Amazon
Book Browse - Thriller
Book Browse - Mystery

You may also find book guides and book list at the library or at the book store.When choosing a book, choose a book that "you" want to read, not what you think others may want to read. The reason for this is well, we all don't know one another personally.

Although your book may not be chosen, I want you to be excited about reading the book. If your book isn't chosen, well obviously you can read it on your own or suggest it at another time.Please do a little bit of research before suggesting a book. Sometimes availability may be a problem. Choose a book that is widely available. For example, don't choose a book that is so old that it may no longer be in circulation!! Can't wait to see what you all come up with!!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Day #2 Discussions - Elizabeth Edwards Resilience

Click Here for Day #2 Discussion

For new members, you will need to register to post your discussion.

The discussions are open to the public. If you read the book, stop by the forum and discuss the book with us .

The discussion format will be a in a one to two questions per day format. There will be a total of 3 days starting from July 15 to July 22.

Each member or participant, answers the question and it's recommended that members start an active discussion with other members or participants.Each day two new questions will be posted, i.e., Day #1 Discussion, Day #2 Discusion, etc. for a series of 7 days.

Here are a few suggestions to get the discussions going:

Do you agree or disagree with the member's analysis?

Elaborate further with your own views in regards to a member's post.

Compare and contrast with a member's analysis of the question.Ask additional questions of the member to explain her/his answers further.Please note. . .the discussion will be active in the "discussion section" of this forum (see side bar - click on either the "Home" or "Discussion" tabs")

You may answer one or both questions. For members or participants, please respond to any of the other members answers so we can get an active discussion going.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Day #1 Discussions - Elizabeth Edwards Resilience

Click Here to enter the discussion forum.

For new members, you will need to register to post your discussion.

The discussions are open to the public but non-members will be moderated. Stop by and join in the discussion if you've read the book.

The discussion format will be a in a one to two questions per day format. There will be a total of 3 days starting from July 15 to July 22.

Each member or participant, answers the question and it's recommended that members start an active discussion with other members or participants.Each day two new questions will be posted, i.e., Day #1 Discussion, Day #2 Discusion, etc. for a series of 7 days.

Here are a few suggestions to get the discussions going:

Do you agree or disagree with the member's analysis?

Elaborate further with your own views in regards to a member's post.

Compare and contrast with a member's analysis of the question.Ask additional questions of the member to explain her/his answers further.Please note. . .the discussion will be active in the "discussion section" of this forum (see side bar - click on either the "Home" or "Discussion" tabs")

You may answer one or both questions. For members or participants, please respond to any of the other members answers so we can get an active discussion going.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

August Book of the Month - Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson

Margie's Selection:

Sundays at Tiffany's
by James Patterson

Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Vision (June 1, 2009)

Jane Margaux is a lonely little girl. Her mother, a powerful Broadway producer, makes time for her only once a week, for their Sunday trip to admire jewelry at Tiffany's. Jane has only one friend: a handsome, comforting, funny man named Michael. He's perfect. But only she can see him. Michael can't stay forever, though. On Jane's ninth birthday he leaves, promising her that she'll soon forget him.

AN UNEXPECTED LOVE Years later, in her thirties, Jane is just as alone as she was as a child. And despite her own success as a playwright, she is even more trapped by her overbearing mother. Then she meets someone–a handsome, comforting, funny man. He's perfect. His name is Michael...

AND AN UNFORGETTABLE TWIST This is a heartrending story that surpasses all expectations of why these people have been brought together. With the breath taking momentum and gripping emotional twists that have made James Patterson a bestselling author all over the world, SUNDAYS AT TIFFANY'S takes an altogether fresh look at the timeless and transforming power of love

Source: James Patterson Website

Reviews:

Amazon
Barnes and Noble