Tuesday, September 19, 2017

QUIET: Question Three #Quietalong #12mos12rals

I'm back and ready to really get to chatting with you about QUIET by Susan Cain!  I'm done organizing the big event that has swallowed up my life the last couple of months, and I'm ready to get back into the books, especially this one!

We have previously talked about if we are introverted or extroverted, as well as those around us.  Now, let's take a look at a bit larger circle in our lives.  Do you remember any introverted role models that have been in your life?  What about them do you remember or inspired you?  

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

QUIET: Question Two #Quietalong #12mos12rals

Welcome back to our conversation about QUIET by Susan Cain.  I apologize for being away for so long, but I promise to get better at posting regular questions this month.  I am currently in the midst of planning a big event for this weekend, so you will see more questions coming the second half of the month.  In the meantime, I have another question for you!

Let's look at those around for a moment ... spouse, children, siblings, parents, etc.  Do you find that you are surrounded by fellow introverts or extroverts or a mix of the two?  How about your friends?

Thursday, September 7, 2017

QUIET: Question One #Quietalong #12mos12rals

Welcome back to our conversation about QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN'T STOP TALKING by Susan Cain.  I'm keeping it short and sweet today with an easy question that will help in understanding where we are for the rest of the conversation.

In the INTRODUCTION, an informal assessment to determine if you are introverted or extroverted is found on pages 13-14.  Using that assessment, how did you score?  Are you introverted or are you extroverted or is your score pretty even?  Before doing the assessment, how would you have categorized yourself?

Monday, September 4, 2017

It's QUIET Time! #Quietalong #12mos12rals

Welcome to September, 
and a new readalong here at Book Bloggers International!  

I am very excited to announce that this month we will be reading QUIET:  THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN'T STOP TALKING by Susan Cain.  During our previous readalongs this year, we have done weekly or monthly discussions.  This month is going to look a little different because only one question will be posted at a time, and questions will be shared multiple times a week.  I'm hoping it will help to generate more conversation and dialogue on the topic throughout the month.  You can expect questions anywhere from 2-4 times per week, depending on content.

I have listed a general reading schedule below for those who prefer the scheduled reading, but please keep in mind that questions will be thrown out throughout the week and you may or may not have had to read the chapters to answer the questions.

Chapters 1 & 2

Chapters 3-6

Chapters 7-8

Chapters 9-Conclusion

Let's start with our first question of the month for QUIET.  It's an easy one.

Have you already read QUIET or do you intend to read along with us this month?

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August Discussion: DEVILS IN DAYLIGHT by Junichiro Tanizaki

Devils in Daylight Junichiro Tanizaki

Welcome to our August Readalong discussion of Junichiro Tanizaki's Devils in Daylight. Since this book is so short (87 pages not counting the afterword), we will have only one discussion post. Feel free to join in the conversation at any time this month!

But first, here's the summary from Goodreads:

One morning, Takahashi, a writer who has just stayed up all night working, is interrupted by a phone call from his old friend Sonomura: barely able to contain his excitement, Sonomura claims that he has cracked a secret cryptographic code based on Edgar Allan Poe’s The Gold-Bug and now knows exactly when and where a murder will take place—and they must hurry if they want to witness the murder, because it’s later that very night! Sonomura has a history of lunacy and playing the amateur detective, so Takahashi is of course reluctant to believe him. Nevertheless, they stake out the secret location, and through tiny peepholes in the knotted wood, become voyeurs at the scene of a shocking crime…
Atmospheric, erotic, and tense, Devils in Daylight is an early work by the master storyteller who “created a lifelong series of ingenious variations on a dominant theme: the power of love to energize and destroy” (Chicago Tribune).
Bonus! This book is a retelling of Edgar Allan Poe's The Gold-Bug. If you haven't read this story yet (and I think you definitely will want to after reading Devils in Daylight), you can download it for free from Project Gutenberg or listen to Vincent Price read it on YouTube.

Devils in Daylight Discussion

  1. First of all! What did you think of the book as a whole? Was it what you expected?
  2. This book feels very modern even though it was written nearly a hundred years ago. Do you agree? What do you think are the modern elements?
  3. What were the most disturbing or creepy parts of the story for you?
  4. As mentioned before, this book not only references but retells Poe's The Gold-Bug. Have you heard of or read this story before? Would you describe Devils in Daylight as "EAP-ic"? What about The Gold-Bug would you say appealed to Tanizaki?
  5. What did you think of the passage of time in this book? Do you think that was deliberate on the author's part, and if so, why?
  6. The book's summary mentions Tanizaki wrote books about "the power of love to energize and destroy." Do you think this book fits into that theme?
  7. Another theme in the book is madness. What do you think the characters mean when they talk about going mad? Do you think Sonomura is actually crazy?
  8. What did you think of the ending? (Since this is spoilerific, I encourage you to respond with a simple substitution cipher like the one from The Gold-Bug. You can make one up/decode the responses on your own or, if you're lazy, use an automatic cryptogram program).
  9. Any other things you noticed and want to discuss.

Respond in the comments or paste in a link back if you responded somewhere else!

Monday, July 31, 2017

THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas: Week Four Discussion & Challenge

Welcome to our final discussion and challenge for THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas!

CHAPTER 20:  Starr and Seven are suspended, but the real surprise is when they arrive home to the Cedar Grove King Lords and Garden Disciples meeting peacefully in their kitchen.  How do you think Mav managed this?

CHAPTER 21:  Starr's worlds collide at Seven's graduation and birthday party.  How did you think it went?  What did she learn from the encounter?

CHAPTER 22:  There is so much pain throughout this chapter.  Share what impacts you the most.

CHAPTER 23:  Responses to the grand jury verdict are exploding.  Starr feels like she needs to do something, but struggles with her response and what is going down around her.  As the reader/spectator, what were your thoughts?

CHAPTER 24:  Starr uses her voice as a weapon, just as Ms. Ofrah tells her to do.  Do you think it makes a difference?

CHAPTER 25:  The huge turn of events came when Mav snitched on the King Lord, followed by a multitude of neighbors to support the claim.  How did this change the feeling of the story as a whole?

CHAPTER 26:  The ending to this book was powerful in so many ways, but it wouldn't have been as powerful if the journey was not traveled from page one. How has this book changed your life or more simply, opened your eyes to a world different from your own?



After reading this book, what does it inspire you to do out in the real world to make it a better place?  How will you continue to challenge yourself?



Thank you so much for joining me on this journey this month!  

Monday, July 24, 2017

THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas: Week Three Discussion & Challenge

Welcome to week three of discussion and challenges for THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas!

CHAPTER 13:  We learn more details on Khalil's decisions and current circumstances.  Knowing this extra information, does it change how you view him?

CHAPTER 14:  Comment on this quote.
"That's the problem.  We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us.  What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?" (252)

CHAPTER 15:  Let's talk about the friendship between Starr and Hailey.  It seems to be on edge, even before the death of Khalil.  Starr's mama recommends she makes a list of pros and cons.  What do you think Starr will discover if and when she makes this list?

CHAPTER 16:  Starr is being interviewed for a TV special.  The chapter ends with her final blow, and it was the first time her parents have heard some of the details she discloses.  What did you think of the interview as well as the potential reactions to those listening?

CHAPTER 17:  The big dance has arrived, but it does not get off on a good foot between Starr and Chris.  Comment on the night's events.

CHAPTER 18:  The night before her appearance in front of the grand jury, Starr's home is targeted by a drive-by shooting.  Who do you think was behind this violence?  Why?

"Brave doesn't mean you're not scared, Starr," she says.  "It means you go on even though you're scared.  And you're doing that." (331)
Starr's mom leaves her with this advice before she enters the grand jury room. Do you think Starr was able to internalize this message?



Reading can help build empathy and take readers into the shoes of those different from themselves.  Find a favorite book that will take a reader into a world unbeknownst to them and pass it on to a friend or stranger.



Next week, we will be chatting about the remainder of the book.  Don't forget to share your thoughts, comments, and challenges using the hashtag #12mos12rals!