An informal group of writers who enjoy reading books & sharing feedback
RISING STARS BOOK CLUB, 2016-2020
The Book Club is now open!
Three books will be featured, read, reviewed, and discussed.
You can earn a badge for reading and reviewing each of the three selected books!
That's up to three badges!
This is an informal gathering of Rising Stars, Super Stars, and anyone else who is interested in having fun, sharing the experience of reading, and responding to books we read as a group.
If you are interested in joining us, jump on board! I will post the books with the start and deadline dates for each.
All you have to do is pick up a copy of the book and read. The amount of time we allow for reading is approximately 8 weeks,
plenty of time to accommodate our busy schedules and other commitments.
This book club is designed to encourage all members who are interested in spending time together and sharing their views of the book. Each reader is asked to write a review of the book and POST IT HERE in the forum. Book reviewing is a great way to stretch your writing skills. Reviews completed and posted by the deadlines mentioned below will receive a Merit Badge!
BOOK SHARING VIA OUR BOOK EXCHANGE:
We encourage readers who have purchased the book of the month, and read it quickly, to post a notice if you're willing to mail your book to another member to read in time to meet the deadline. This way, we can spread the opportunity to share our book club with more members.
Be sure to check your local library for our Book Club selections. Many libraries these days also offer electronic copies so that you can read them from your computer or tablet and never have to leave the house!
The Teacher's Piano
by IceSkating SugarCube
A troubled family man, an aging grandfather, an old ghost, and a love reunited. A powerful tale of fate and forgiveness.
When workaholic Max Blake becomes his grandfather Benjamin's caretaker, he uncovers a sixty-year-old tragic love story, involving a young teacher Benjamin once worked with. Now, Max is faced with renovating the old school as he faces his own failures as a husband and father. Can he mend his own broken heart in order to give his grandfather the happily ever after he deserves?
Reading Period: March 15 - April 5th
Post your review of this book in the Forum by April 12th to receive a Merit Badge!
Earned MB's ▼
Where the Crawdads Sing
by Delia Owens
For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life--until the unthinkable happens.
Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.
Reading Period: April 6 - 26th
Post your review of this book in the Forum by May 3rd to receive a Merit Badge!
Earned MB's ▼
Where the Forest Meets the Stars
by Glendy Vanderah
An Amazon Charts, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post bestseller, and a Goodreads Choice Award finalist.
In this gorgeously stunning debut, a mysterious child teaches two strangers how to love and trust again.
After the loss of her mother and her own battle with breast cancer, Joanna Teale returns to her graduate research on nesting birds in rural Illinois, determined to prove that her recent hardships have not broken her. She throws herself into her work from dusk to dawn, until her solitary routine is disrupted by the appearance of a mysterious child who shows up at her cabin barefoot and covered in bruises.
The girl calls herself Ursa, and she claims to have been sent from the stars to witness five miracles. With concerns about the child’s home situation, Jo reluctantly agrees to let her stay—just until she learns more about Ursa’s past.
Jo enlists the help of her reclusive neighbor, Gabriel Nash, to solve the mystery of the charming child. But the more time they spend together, the more questions they have. How does a young girl not only read but understand Shakespeare? Why do good things keep happening in her presence? And why aren’t Jo and Gabe checking the missing children’s website anymore?
Though the three have formed an incredible bond, they know difficult choices must be made. As the summer nears an end and Ursa gets closer to her fifth miracle, her dangerous past closes in. When it finally catches up to them, all of their painful secrets will be forced into the open, and their fates will be left to the stars.
Reading Period: April 27 - May 17th
Post your review of this book in the Forum by May 24th to receive a Merit Badge!
Earned MB's ▼
Read and complete the current book selected as early as you like, or at the last minute, as long as you finish reading within the window of time we've provided. You're invited to post your report in the forum anytime after all of the reviews from the last book are in. We want to avoid reviewing two books at the same time. We'll enjoy reading what you have to say about the book, and we'll feel free to add our own remarks. This will be fun. No formal gatherings, meetings, performance reviews, or pressure of any kind. Just enjoy!
If you have questions, contact Lilli Munster☕
When we select books, we'll make every effort to pick old or new books that are well written, interesting, fun, and diverse. The goal is to give our group books to read that are expansive. Participants will share in the selection process. We will do our best to select books that will have broad appeal.
When discussing a book, please put the chapter number/title in your subject line. This will help the participants avoid reading a discussion thread before they have reached that section of the book. Be polite, respect others opinions, especially when they differ from your own, and have fun.
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