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Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books [Feb. 8th, 2008|09:07 am]
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m_jeanette
Has anyone else read Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi? If so what did you think? I'm having a hard time getting into it and was wondering if it was worth finishing.
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To Kill a Mockingbird [Jan. 13th, 2008|05:46 pm]
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 

Dearly beloved we are gathered here today to dicuss the lovely book that is the diminished persih and love of To Kill a Mocking Bird, is any of that true? Who knows! Let's get cracking with the dicussing! 

Summary: Atticus Finch is a lawyer in a racially divided Alabama town in the 1930s. He agrees to defend a young black man who is accused of raping a white woman. Many of the townspeople try to get Atticus to pull out of the trial, but he decides to go ahead. How will the trial turn out - and will it change any of the racial tension in the town ?

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Also a reminder, you MAY post your own book recs and such to get more books into a discussion! This "GROUP WEEKLY DISCUSSION" is more so that the members can all read a book together, and discuss it! But you guys can post your own mini discussions as well! ;)

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Reminder for week 3 [Jan. 11th, 2008|05:14 pm]
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I hope you've all been reading To Kill a Mockingbird! I'm attempting to get through it but I'm so busy. Remember, discussion tomorrow! 
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Book #2 [Jan. 10th, 2008|08:42 pm]
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Book #2
Book Title: The Subtle Knife
Author: Philip Pullman
Category: fiction; fantasy; YA fiction
# of pages: 288
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: A
Short description/summary of the book: (taken from amazon.com):With The Golden Compass Philip Pullman garnered every accolade under the sun. Critics lobbed around such superlatives as "elegant," "awe-inspiring," "grand," and "glittering," and used "magnificent" with gay abandon. Each reader had a favorite chapter--or, more likely, several--from the opening tour de force to Lyra's close call at Bolvangar to the great armored-bear battle. And Pullman was no less profligate when it came to intellectual firepower or singular characters. The dæmons alone grant him a place in world literature. Could the second installment of his trilogy keep up this pitch, or had his heroine and her too, too sullied parents consumed him? And what of the belief system that pervaded his alternate universe, not to mention the mystery of Dust? More revelations and an equal number of wonders and new players were definitely in order.
The Subtle Knife offers everything we could have wished for, and more. For a start, there's a young hero--from our world--who is a match for Lyra Silvertongue and whose destiny is every bit as shattering. Like Lyra, Will Parry has spent his childhood playing games. Unlike hers, though, his have been deadly serious. This 12-year-old long ago learned the art of invisibility: if he could erase himself, no one would discover his mother's increasing instability and separate them.

As the novel opens, Will's enemies will do anything for information about his missing father, a soldier and Arctic explorer who has been very much airbrushed from the official picture. Now Will must get his mother into safe seclusion and make his way toward Oxford, which may hold the key to John Parry's disappearance. But en route and on the lam from both the police and his family's tormentors, he comes upon a cat with more than a mouse on her mind: "She reached out a paw to pat something in the air in front of her, something quite invisible to Will." What seems to him a patch of everyday Oxford conceals far more: "The cat stepped forward and vanished." Will, too, scrambles through and into another oddly deserted landscape--one in which children rule and adults (and felines) are very much at risk. Here in this deathly silent city by the sea, he will soon have a dustup with a fierce, flinty little girl: "Her expression was a mixture of the very young--when she first tasted the cola--and a kind of deep, sad wariness." Soon Will and Lyra (and, of course, her dæmon, Pantalaimon) uneasily embark on a great adventure and head into greater tragedy.

As Pullman moves between his young warriors and the witch Serafina Pekkala, the magnetic, ever-manipulative Mrs. Coulter, and Lee Scoresby and his hare dæmon, Hester, there are clear signs of approaching war and earthly chaos. There are new faces as well. The author introduces Oxford dark-matter researcher Mary Malone; the Latvian witch queen Ruta Skadi, who "had trafficked with spirits, and it showed"; Stanislaus Grumman, a shaman in search of a weapon crucial to the cause of Lord Asriel, Lyra's father; and a serpentine old man whom Lyra and Pan can't quite place. Also on hand are the Specters, beings that make cliff-ghasts look like rank amateurs.

Throughout, Pullman is in absolute control of his several worlds, his plot and pace equal to his inspiration. Any number of astonishing scenes--small- and large-scale--will have readers on edge, and many are cause for tears. "You think things have to be possible," Will demands. "Things have to be true!" It is Philip Pullman's gift to turn what quotidian minds would term the impossible into a reality that is both heartbreaking and beautiful.


My Thoughts: This was a great sequel to Golden Compass. There are so many adventures that happened in this one book that it was really difficult to put this book down. I really enjoy Pullman's writing style and I cannot wait to see what happens to Lyra once I read The Amber Spyglass. I am not sure how this series will end but I am sure if it is as good as the rest of the series that I will be reading these books every year.

Books read this year: 2/50. I'm 4% done!!!


Next read(s): I am not sure what I am going to read yet.

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Intro [Jan. 5th, 2008|08:19 pm]
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Name: Emily (Everyone calls me Emma)

Age: 18

Location: suburban Massachusetts

Favorite Books: The Sight & Fell by David Clement-Davies, Ophelia by Lisa Klein, Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan, Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, anything and everything by Sarah Dessen, Odd Girl Out by Rachel Simmons, and many many more.

Favorite Author(s): Sarah Dessen, Gregory Maguire, Edward Eager, David Clement-Davies, Sara Ryan, J.K. Rowling, plus more I'm forgetting right now.
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Weekly Discussion 2- Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen [Jan. 6th, 2008|11:59 am]
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The Truth About Forever -Sarah Dessen 

Yes, I'm late, don't kill me! Put down the pitchforks!

Anywhoo, we are gathered here today, (lol) to discuss in depth the book of The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen! It's my favorite Dessen book, and for those of you who read it for the first time, I hope you enjoyed it! ;D

Summary: Macy strives for perfection. When everything is perfect, everything is under her control. But when she takes a summer job with Wish caterers, she starts to see everything in a new way. Especially when she meets Wes, artistic and intelligent, who opens her eyes to a different perspective.

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Also a reminder, you MAY post your own book recs and such to get more books into a discussion! This "GROUP WEEKLY DISCUSSION" is more so that the members can all read a book together, and discuss it! But you guys can post your own mini discussions as well! ;)

Lets get talking!

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Truth About Forever Reminder [Jan. 4th, 2008|09:36 pm]
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I hope you've all be reading or re-reading The Truth About Forever for tomorrow's discussion! I haven't yet (oops) but I'm definitely doing it tonight! So be sure to think of some deep questions that will spark the mind tomorrow!

I have a suggested book for next week for everyone to read, so comment and tell me what you think of it for next week as well. Should we read To Kill A Mockingbird and discuss it next week? 
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(no subject) [Dec. 31st, 2007|05:12 pm]
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I hope this is ok...
honeylungs
is a new discussion community that (as well as books) discusses a lot of stuff. Seriously.
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Hello! [Dec. 30th, 2007|10:37 am]
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Name: Colleen

Age: 18

Location: Massachusetts, USA

Favorite Books: Oh so many. Pride and Prejudice, the Harry Potter Series, The Truth About Forever, The Guardian, Wuthering Heights, and most anything by my favorite authors.

Favorite Authors: Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Meg Cabot, JK Rowling, Sarah Dessen, Nicholas Sparks, and a lot of others.
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pending? [Dec. 30th, 2007|05:49 am]
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sashka23
What does it mean if a book is pending for discussion? I was just looking at The Truth About Forever and wondering . . . because it was my suggestion. :) Does it just mean that once you're done discussing the current book, that's the one we'll start? I'm confused. Or maybe just not intuitive.
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