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Take the Survey -- 2009 Favorite Discussible Book!

What's your group's favorite discussible book of 2009? Every year, we take a survey to find out -- maybe the one that ignited some differences of opinion and made your group think outside the box.

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Violence, Pain, Suffering -- Necessary in Meaningful Books?

Books speak the truth and truth can sometimes be awful, terrifying, violent. We, as readers, come to the "table" willingly to grow and learn in the painful truth of books. When does it get too much?

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Waiting on Wednesday -- Solar by Ian McEwan

Waiting on Wednesday"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I'm jazzed about Solar by Ian McEwan (March 30, 2010).

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Musing Monday, Apples and Oranges

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about a random book.Go to your bookshelf and pick a random book. No cheating now, just reach out and pick one.

Now tell us about it – where did you get it? Why? Was it a gift? Does it hold any special memories? Did someone recommend it to you?

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How a Reading Group Can Help a Writer

Love BookYou love a book, relate to the characters, and the book discussion was lively! You tell your friends, family, and sometimes, strangers in the grocery line -- a word-of-mouth campaign!

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Put Your British On!

There are lots of book challenges hosted by book bloggers. I read for work or I work to read or my work is to read -- whatever. So, I can't participate in very many of them, though I wish I could do all.

But I have to do this one --Typically British Challenge hosted by Book Chick City! Besides my immediate family, all of my relatives live in England -- my parents came across the pond in the 50s.

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Teaser Tuesday 1/12 Cutting for Stone

Here's my teaser for Tuesday. Cutting for Stone is our book club choice for January. great themes for reading groups -- culture issues, betrayal, exile, love, family dynamics, healing. Halfway through the book and the meeting is Monday. Read, read, read!

"Perhaps the adults believed the Shiva, my busy, industrious brother, was naturally parsimonious with his words.

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