Thursday, November 23, 2017

Read With Us: AMERICAN BORN CHINESE by Gene Luen Yang


November's selection for #12mos12rals is AMERICAN BORN CHINESE by Gene Luen Yang, and what better time to read it than the Thankfully Reading Weekend.  I will be live chatting as I read it this weekend over in our Goodreads group, and I would love it if you joined me.  If you can't read it with me this weekend, no worries!  You can join in when you finish right here on the blog or within the Goodreads group.  I will be checking both!

AMERICAN BORN CHINESE is a re-read for me. I originally read this book in March 2015, and have not been able to get this book out of my head since.  I felt it was a great time to revisit the story that has stayed with me for so long! So, let's do this!!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Join us for THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE Readalong #12mos12rals

the haunting of hill house shirley jackson

Welcome to October, the spookiest month of the year! We thought it would be appropriate to read something scary this month, both in honor of Halloween and for all of you joining the RIP XII Challenge. The book we settled on? Shirley Jackson's modern horror classic, The Haunting of Hill House.

Here's the summary from Goodreads:

The classic supernatural thriller by an author who helped define the genre
First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a "haunting"; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

You can probably find this book at your library or on streaming services like Hoopla.

Tasha will be hosting The Haunting of Hill House discussion over on Goodreads. Join our #12mos12rals discussion group any time this month and jump in!


Saturday, September 30, 2017

QUIET: Question Seven #Quietalong @12mos12rals

Today is our final day of discussion for QUIET by Susan Cain.  Thank you all so much for joining in the conversation, even despite the delay in some of the questions.  Be sure to check back next month for our next selection for our year of readalongs!  Now, the final question . . .

How would you rate this book on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest, 5 the highest)?  Would you recommend it to others?  What would be your elevator pitch for the book?

Friday, September 29, 2017

QUIET: Question Six #Quietalong #12mos12rals

Two days, two more questions!

What did you learn from reading QUIET?  Did certain parts of the book intrigue you more than others? 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

QUIET: Question Five #Quietalong #12mos12rals

The month has flown by, and we only have three days left.  That means three questions left.  Let's get to today's!

What are the advantages of being an introvert?  What are the advantages of an extrovert?  What about the disadvantages to both?

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

QUIET: Question Four #Quietalong #12mos12rals

I'm so sorry for being away again.  My family has recently experienced another death of a loved one that is near and dear to our hearts.  I have not had the chance to do much reading and I got a bit behind in the reading.  But, I'm back and I'm hoping to post new questions throughout the rest of the week/month, and wrap up this conversation.  Let's do it!

The author shared her own example of using the power of introversion to work through a negotiation.  Though many of those in this field tend to be extroverted, she discovered that she too had much to contribute.  Have you ever seen your own personal power of introversion win, whether it be at home or at work?  Share your own example, and what you learned from the experience.  

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

QUIET: Question Three #Quietalong #12mos12rals

I'm back and ready to really get to chatting with you about QUIET by Susan Cain!  I'm done organizing the big event that has swallowed up my life the last couple of months, and I'm ready to get back into the books, especially this one!

We have previously talked about if we are introverted or extroverted, as well as those around us.  Now, let's take a look at a bit larger circle in our lives.  Do you remember any introverted role models that have been in your life?  What about them do you remember or inspired you?