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The Thirteenth Tale Book Club Discussion

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Good morning book lovers! Today, the CSLJ Book Club begins its discussion of The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. I hope you have enjoyed the book as much I have and I am really looking forward to chatting with you about it.

To join in the conversation, simply leave a comment on this post with your thoughts and opinions about today’s discussion question. I’ll add new discussion questions about the book tomorrow, and on Sat. Nov. 14th, and Tues. Nov. 17th. You can also sign up here to receive an email when new discussion questions have been added.

— Discussion Questions —

Day 1: What did you think of The Thirteenth Tale? Did you enjoy it? Why or why not? Was there any particular character or part of the book that you especially liked or disliked? Why?

Day 2: Books play a major part in the story and specific books – like Jane Eyre – are used as recurring themes and symbols in the plot. What are your thoughts about this? Do you think the bookish motifs Diane Setterfield used in The Thirteenth Tale enhance the story?

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A Halloween Reading List for Wimps

I am not the biggest fan of horror and gore and things that go bump in the night. So when it comes time to find a good book to read for Halloween, I look for something spooky enough that I get into the “spirit” of the season but not so scary that I have to sleep with the lights on. I am currently reading Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes (which I am loving) and I have The October Country lined up as my next read but for my fellow wimps who are looking for some Halloween reading recommendations, here are some of my favorites.

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Go Set a Watchman Book Club Discussion

Good morning book lovers! I want to thank everyone who participated in our book club discussion of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. I really enjoyed reading all your comments. Today, we’re chatting about Harper Lee’s “new” book, Go Set a Watchman.

For today’s discussion, I would love to hear what you thought of the book. Do you think Go Set a Watchman will impact the way you view Atticus and To Kill a Mockingbird? Do you think Go Set a Watchman should have been released and what, if anything, do you think it will do to Harper Lee’s legacy?

You can join the conversation by sharing your thoughts and opinions in the comments. And please join us on Nov. 11th when we chat about The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.

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To Kill a Mockingbird Book Club Discussion – Day 4

Good morning book lovers and welcome to the final day of our book club discussion of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Tomorrow, we’ll be chatting about the “new” Harper Lee novel, Go Set a Watchman but today, I’d like to talk about Boo Radley.

  1. What do you think of the character? Why do you think he fascinated Scout, Jem, and Dill so much?
  2. At the end of the novel, Scout likens the “sin” of naming Boo as Bob Ewell’s killer to “shootin’ a mockingbird.” Do you think that Boo is the only innocent, or mockingbird, in this novel?

To join in the conversation, leave a comment with your thoughts and opinions about today’s discussion questions. You can also check out (and comment on) our previous To Kill a Mockingbird posts here.

 

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To Kill a Mockingbird Book Club Discussion – Day 3

Good morning and welcome back to the CSLJ Book Club’s discussion of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.

Today’s discussion questions are:

  1. Harper Lee originally wrote the book from the point of view of an adult Jean Louise (Scout)  but her editor loved the flashbacks to her childhood and asked Lee to rewrite the book with the Scout as a young girl. How do you think telling the story from a child’s perspective affects the story?
  2. Do you think the Scout, Jem, and Dill’s antics, especially their fascination with Boo Radley, add to the book?
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming of age story. Are there any particular episodes in the book that you think are especially significant in Scout, Jem, or Dill’s development?

You can join in the conversation by leaving your thoughts and opinions here in the comments. Missed one of our previous posts or want to see some of the great comments other book club members wrote about the book? Click here to see our discussion so far.

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To Kill a Mockingbird Book Club Discussion – Day 2

Good morning everyone and welcome back to our book club discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. To join in the conversation, simply leave a comment here with your thoughts and opinions about today’s discussion questions. If you haven’t had a chance to respond to yesterday’s post, you can check it out here.

Today’s discussion questions are:

  1. What are your thoughts on To Kill a Mockingbird and how it deals with race?
  2. Do you think that the lessons TKAM has to teach about race, justice, and standing up for what is right are as relevant to life in America now as it was in the 50’s when it was published or in the 30’s when the story takes place?

Tomorrow is one of our scheduled catch-up days so I won’t be posting any new discussion questions until Saturday. Hopefully, that will give everyone a chance to comment and have fun chatting about the book without feeling rushed.  Enjoy!

 

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To Kill a Mockingbird Book Club Discussion – Day 1

Good morning everyone and welcome to the CSLJ Book Club’s discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird. Mockingbird is one of my favorite books so I have really been looking forward to chatting with you all about it and I can wait to hear your thoughts and opinions on this classic book.

I’d like to start off our discussion by introducing ourselves and talking about our overall opinions of the book. To join in the conversation, simply leave a comment with your thoughts and opinions on today’s discussion questions and then check back later on in the day (or later in the week) to read and respond to your fellow book club members’ comments.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What did you think of To Kill a Mockingbird? Did you like it? Why or why not?
  2. Where there any parts of the book that you particularly liked / disliked? Why?
  3. Who was your favorite character? What do you like about them?
  4. Have you read To Kill a Mockingbird before? Seen the movie? If so, did your opinions or impressions of the book change at all this time around?
  5. Why do you think To Kill a Mockingbird has become such an American classic? In your opinion, what makes the book so significant?

I’ll be posting some more discussion questions tomorrow morning. Click here if you would like to receive an email letting you know when the new questions have been posted.

Updated Reading List

I am also thrilled to announce that we have chosen what books the CSLJ Book will be reading in 2016. It looks like a great list and includes: The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Click here to see the full reading list and our updated reading schedule.

Thanks to everyone who helped me compile this list by taking my survey. I really appreciate it!

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A Fly-By Update

Things have been insanely busy here. I’ve got project after project stacked up waiting and a deadline (or two) that is fast approaching. But it’s been so quiet in here while I was sick that I wanted to make sure that I made time for a quick, fly-by of a post to let you know all the cool stuff that’s been going on behind the scenes here at C. S. Literary Jewelry.

Upcoming Events:

First up, I have been working on getting ready for two cool, upcoming events, the Sachem Public Library Fall Festival and the Long Island Women’s EXPO. In addition to my handmade literary jewelry, including several new designs (more on that in a bit), I will also have an assortment of Book Purses by Novel Creations for sale at my table. I just got the box from Karen at Novel Creations yesterday and I let out many a fan-girl squeal as I went through the box. Each purse was more gorgeous than the last and I am anticipating having a little trouble letting them go. (I am especially in danger of having a “Gollum moment” over the incredibly cool Hobbit Book Purse – “No! My Precious!” by I will try to restrain myself.)

If you’re in the Long Island area, I hope you’ll come out to one (or both) of these great events and stop by our table to say “hi!”

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New Literary Jewelry Designs

There are a lot of reasons why I am looking forward to both the Fall Festival and the Women’s EXPO but I am especially excited to be introducing some of my new literary jewelry designs. I don’t know why but the entire time I have been sick, I couldn’t focus on anything … except designing. Eventually I just decided to go with it and went on a huge designing spree. I added three new necklaces to my Etsy shop over the weekend: a Sherlock Holmes Necklace, an Alice in Wonderland necklace featuring the Mad Hatter, and a fun and casual Steampunk necklace inspired by Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne.

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And there’s more where these came from. I have about 20+ new literary jewelry designs in various stages of completion and I really can’t wait to finish them all so I can share them with you. I’ll be adding them to my Etsy shop over the next few weeks so sign up for my newsletter or follow C. S. Literary Jewelry on Facebook to be the first to see new literary jewelry inspired by: Jane Austen, The Secret Garden, Alice in Wonderland, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Sherlock Holmes and more.

CSLJ Book Club News

Due to illness and a personal scheduling issue, I’ve had to push back the start date for the CSLJ Book Club’s discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird to Wed., Sept. 23rd. I am sorry for any inconvenience and hope you will be able to join us as we talk about this classic book.  We will be also having a bonus book club discussion of  Harper Lee’s new book, Go Set a Watchman on Sept. 30th. From what I can tell, Watchman is a book that has inspired by very strong opinions among book lovers and I can’t wait to hear what you thought about the book and its impact on Harper Lee’s legacy.  Click here to see our updated reading schedule.

I am also in the process of picking which books we will be reading next year. Based on your feedback, I have the list of options narrowed down to two books, including Catcher in the Rye, The Great Gatsby, Jane Austen’s Persuasion, and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, but I need your help to make the final selection. You can let me know what books you’d like to read next year by taking this short survey.  Thanks!

Well, that’s all I have time for today. I’ve got to get back to working on some custom designs, shipping out orders, and getting my new jewelry designs ready for their debut at the Fall Festival and Women’s EXPO and I hope to get a lot of it down before  #HandmadehourUSA on Twitter at 7 pm est. I’ll be back tomorrow with a book review of Juliet’s Nurse by Lois Neveen but until then, happy reading and have a great day!

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