Book Club Nuts and Bolts

We will be reading one book a month. We will have weekly group discussions if you are interested with a final discussion at the end of the month. The new book choice for the following month will be posted at least two weeks before the beginning of the new month. You can pick and choose if you want to participate. We will have at least one giveaway each month for our readers! If you have any book suggestions, please email either Jessica or MiMi. We are in new territory, so we might have to work out some kinks as we go along. We hope you make new friends and have fun!

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Spoiler Alert Tuesday/Winner

Winner!! picked number 1 for our winner this week!
Spoiler Alerts Below!!
So do you think that there are still elements of racism in employer/employee relations are concerned where black people work for white people? What about the other way around?
Do you think that the recent election of the first black president had anything to do with atonement? This question is one that I (MiMi, blame me) have been pondering because I've heard it discussed on TV and in the news. Leaving your political stance (if that's possible?) to the side, can you say whether you think it was based on atonement or qualifications alone?

Sunday is the first day to start our new book, so next week's Spoiler Alert will be wrapping up discussion on The Help.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Spoiler Alert Tuesday/Giveaway

This week's giveaway is a novel by Ann Brashares.

Click the picture to read what the novel is about.

Spoiler Alerts Below!!
Do you think Minny's distrust of white people is justified?
Is this possibly where "reverse" racism came from?
What do you think of people like Skeeter's mom; she's clearly an antagonist, yet she's also a sympathetic character.

***Everyone who joined in July and has sent us their addresses will be receiving a Read With Girlfriends bookmark this week.***

Monday, October 19, 2009


Ladies, I am so sorry that I'm late on posting our choice for November. Can you believe November is only a couple weeks away??
I'm excited about this pick because this is one of my favorite authors! I hope it's a good one, but she's never let me down, so I'm thinking it will be!

Without further ado...
From the author's website:
To those on the outside, the Powells are a happy family, but then a devastating accident destroys their fragile facade. When seven-year-old Henry is blamed for the tragedy, he tries desperately to make his parents happy again.As Henry grows up, he is full of potential—a talented sportsman with an academic mind and a thirst for adventure—but soon he questions if the guilt his parents have burdened him with has left him unable to escape his anguished family or their painful past.With a delicate touch and masterful attention to detail, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Flock invites us to meet a man both ordinary and extraordinary, and to experience a life that has yet to be lived.On the show Sunday Papers, WGN-Radio's Rick Kogan called the main character "one of the most interesting characters in contemporary fiction."
Click on the image of the book to go to Amazon to check it out.

I thought maybe I'd put another Extra Credit book up since we're reading Elizabeth Flock in November. One of her best books is a book called Me and Emma. I absolutely loved that book. So if you want, have time, etc; pick this one up too and let me know what you think!

Click on the image to go to Amazon.
Come back tomorrow for Spoiler Alert Tuesday and another giveaway!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Spoiler Alert Tuesday/Winner

Whaaaat....? So it's not Tuesday. Fine. Spoiler Alert Wednesday, then.
I have to apologize for not getting this up yesterday. If you read my other blog you know I've been sick, so I've not posted anything.
And Jessica? Well, let me tell ya about Jessica. She is going to school to be a nurse!
We will never see her again, friends. Okay, so that's not exactly true, I'll see her on Friday, (yay!) but do you know how grueling nursing school is?? Do you?? Huh?? neither.
But I know it's intense. Just imagine the nurses that you deal with when you go to the doctor. Doesn't it seem like they know more then the doctors half the time? So, yay! for the medical community, she's gonna make a great nurse! I'm very excited that I'll have someone who I can call and harass about make believe medical problems that I talk myself into having that will be there for me and my family and friends in the community who might end up at the hospital needing her care.
Let's get to the winner of last weeks awesome giveaway. Remember? How could you forget! It's got some Tootsie Roll chapstick in there, baby!
Okay,, what number are you going to give me....? 8. Haha! Jessica can't win this! She's number eight and she's disqualified! Okay, let's do it again....1.
Okay, people. We need more comments or something because I'm number one. I can't win either! One more time. 3. Melinda! That's my momma, yo. This cracks me up. I guess she's not disqualified cuz she's related to me. Although, I bet she really wishes she could be disqualified from certain things for being related to me.
Seriously, ladies, you know you're gonna win one of these times. Such great odds with such few entries!
Spoilers Below!!!
What do you think motivates people like Hilly? Are they taught racism and if they are; is it something that is a conscious thing being passed on, or something learned through behavior?

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Spoiler Alert Tuesday/Giveaway

Alright, ladies! How do you like the book so far?
I'm loving it, the farther I read the more I get to where I don't want to put it down.
Stay organized with a purse sized journal (around 5x7), funky paperclips and of course: doesn't everyone need a little Tootsie Roll chapstick?
Spoilers Below!!
There are so many questions and topics that we could discuss about this book and I want to do it justice. But right now there is only one question that I have burning in my brain that I want to ask you.

If the white ladies think that the help is so dirty and disease ridden that they need to have their own toilets, plates, etc.; then why do they leave the help to raise their kids?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

New Month, New Book!

Can you believe it's already October 1st?

That means it's time for the new book you all selected for this month.

Click on the book to go to Amazon if you want to purchase it there.
You can read the post with the synopsis of the book here.
I'm so excited about this book, because I've started reading it and I'm already hooked.
I hope you all will join in this month!

You can scroll down if you want to leave comments with your thoughts on last month's read. Let us know what you thought about it!