We’ve travelled a bumpy road this year at Book Bound.
After consideration, I’ve decided that the best way to ensure that next year is
smoother sailing, is to establish a monthly Novel Book Club post.
I’m going to start out by selecting the first book for the first
post, which will be in January. [With the holidays upon us and so much going
on, I know many of us will be pressed for time to read a new book, but I’ll put
it out there.]
We’ve travelled a bumpy road this year at Book Bound. After consideration, I’ve decided that the best way to ensure that next year is smoother sailing, is to establish a monthly Novel Book Club post.
I’m going to start out by selecting the first book for the first post, which will be in January. [With the holidays upon us and so much going on, I know many of us will be pressed for time to read a new book, but I’ll put it out there.]
I’m also providing a selection of books from which we will select our February book. Please send in your selections either via the comments or by email and I the most-voted-for book will be the February selection.
Then in January, on the 15th, I’ll post my review of the book, along with a list of questions for discussion. Th February book will be announced, and a new selection of books from which to choose our next book will be posted. Occasionally, I will also post trivia questions about the book, or related to the author or the subject matter of the book. The first correct response will win a gift (to be revealed when the trivia questions are posted) from me and Book Bound. 🙂
Please jump into the comments section and add your reviews, discuss the questions, suggest more questions of your own. Submit your choice for the next month’s selection and suggest other books to consider. The only criteria is that the book be a novel. The book debate will remain open for two weeks, until the end of the month.
The next Novel Book Club post will be published on February 15 and then subsequently on the 15th of every month.
So, without further ado, the January 2013, inaugural selection for the Book Bound, Novel Book Club is…
Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cosse’
For anyone who loves books, loves to read, this is an absolute addition to your library. It will inspire your reading for the new year, and, hopefully, get ur “Novel Book Club” off to a great start!
Now , planning ahead, here are three selections from which to choose our February novel:
Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media–as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents–the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter–but is he really a killer?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
The Night Villa, by Carol Goodman
An evocative tale of intrigue, romance, and treachery, Carol Goodman’s spellbinding new novel, The Night Villa, follows the fascinating lives of two remarkable women centuries apart.
The eruption of Italy’s Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 buried a city and its people, their treasures and secrets. Centuries later, echoes of this disaster resonate with profound consequences in the life of classics professor Sophie Chase.
In the aftermath of a tragic shooting on the University of Texas campus, Sophie seeks sanctuary on the isle of Capri, immersing herself in her latest scholarly project alongside her colleagues, her star pupil, and their benefactor.
Beneath layers of volcanic ash lies the Villa della Notte-the Night Villa-home to first-century nobles, as well as to the captivating slave girl at the heart of an ancient controversy. And secreted in a subterranean labyrinth rests a cache of antique documents believed lost to the ages: a prize too tantalizing for Sophie to resist. Whatever shocking events transpired in the face of Vesuvius’s fury have led to deeper, darker machinations that inexorably draw Sophie into their vortex, rich in stunning revelations and laden with unseen menace.
The Imperfectionists, by Tom Rachman
Fifty years and many changes have ensued since the paper was founded by an enigmatic millionaire, and now, amid the stained carpeting and dingy office furniture, the staff’s personal dramas seem far more important than the daily headlines. Kathleen, the imperious editor in chief, is smarting from a betrayal in her open marriage; Arthur, the lazy obituary writer, is transformed by a personal tragedy; Abby, the embattled financial officer, discovers that her job cuts and her love life are intertwined in a most unexpected way. Out in the field, a veteran Paris freelancer goes to desperate lengths for his next byline, while the new Cairo stringer is mercilessly manipulated by an outrageous war correspondent with an outsize ego. And in the shadows is the isolated young publisher who pays more attention to his prized basset hound, Schopenhauer, than to the fate of his family’s quirky newspaper.