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Monthly Book Discussions

Postby Prof. Tarma Amelia Black » Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:09 pm

We're looking at the possibility of hosting monthly book discussions (or read-alongs), and we would love to get some input from you. We're hoping to announce a book to read at the beginning of February which we would only officially start in March, so as to allow you time to get hold of the book (and get a head start on reading it if you'd like to).

- Are there any books that you would recommend?
- Why would those books appeal to HOLers in general?
- Are there any discussion prompts you can think of in connection with those books?

Please drop us an email at hol.bookclub @ gmail.com (removing the spaces) with the subject "Book Discussion Nominations".

We look forward to receiving your recommendations!

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Postby Prof. Amy Lupin » Thu Jan 19, 2017 2:19 pm

Nominations have been sent in by:

Maxim Trevelyan
Bull J. Johnson
Katelin Ross
Katya Snow
Amy Lupin
Tarma Black
Sky Alton
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Re: Monthly Book Discussions

Postby Prof. Tarma Amelia Black » Tue Jan 31, 2017 4:46 am

Thank you all for sending in suggestions of what books to read and discuss. If you have any further suggestions, please send them in!

Starting in March, we will be reading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.


The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The 'tributes' are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.

When 16-year-old Katniss's young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.


This book had a huge following when it was first published, long before it was ever made into a film. Why is this? Why is it that so many people who acted in the movie actually vied to get those parts because they loved the book so much.
Let's find out.
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Postby Bull J. Johnson » Fri Feb 10, 2017 5:03 pm

I can't wait to reread these awesome books.

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Postby Prof. Amy Lupin » Fri Feb 24, 2017 5:35 am

In less than a week, we'll start reading The Hunger Games for our first monthly book discussion.

May the odds be ever in your favour!
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Postby Arianna Stonewater » Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:46 pm

I can't wait! Will we read all three, or just the first one?
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Postby Sky Alton » Fri Feb 24, 2017 3:05 pm

Just the first one for now! But by all means nominate the others via the bookclub email if you'd like them to be considered for future months!
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Postby Prof. Tarma Amelia Black » Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:21 pm

In case you missed the post, we're discussing The Hunger Games in The Book Shelf.

Join in on the discussions! Look here to find where the different chapters are being discussed.
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Postby Prof. Amy Lupin » Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:04 am

Thanks once again for sending in nominations of books to read and discuss. Please continue to do so!

We’ll be reading Inkheart by Cornelia Funke in April.

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.

Characters from books literally leap off the page in this engrossing fantasy. Meggie has had her father to herself since her mother went away when she was young. Mo taught her to read when she was five, and the two share a mutual love of books. He can "read" characters out of books. When she was three, he read aloud from a book called Inkheart and released characters into the real world. At the same time, Meggie's mother disappeared into the story. This "story within a story" will delight not just fantasy fans, but all readers who like an exciting plot with larger-than-life characters.

Let’s delve into the world of Inkheart and gain an even deeper appreciation for all things literary.
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Re: Monthly Book Discussions

Postby Prof. Tarma Amelia Black » Sat Apr 01, 2017 4:23 am

We've started the reading and discussion of Inkheart in the Book Shelf!

Read it and join in on our discussions. Inkheart - April Book Discussion

Remember, if you have any suggestions for future book discussions, please drop us an email at hol.bookclub @ gmail.com (with the spaces removed).
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Postby Prof. Tarma Amelia Black » Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:50 pm

More nominations have been received for books for our Monthly Book Discussions. Thank you -- and do please continue to send in your nominations.

It is my joy and pleasure to announce that in May we are reading ~ ~ ~ drum roll

The Princess Bride - by William Goldman

aka The Princess Bride S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure - The 'good parts' version - Abridged by William Goldman - by William Goldman

The Wikipedia write-up says
The Princess Bride is a 1973 fantasy romance novel written by William Goldman. The book combines elements of comedy, adventure, fantasy, romantic love, romance, and fairy tale. It is presented as an abridgment (or "the good parts version") of a longer work by S. Morgenstern, and Goldman's "commentary" asides are constant throughout. It was originally published in the United States by Harcourt Brace, then later by Random House, while in the United Kingdom, it was later published by Bloomsbury.

It's an lovely book and tells a great story -- and will be a lot of fun to explore and read.
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Postby Prof. Amy Lupin » Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:15 pm

Just a reminder that we'll soon start reading The Princess Bride.

Hope to see you join in on the discussions!
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Postby Prof. Tarma Amelia Black » Mon May 01, 2017 4:56 am

It's started! :wub:

Come here to participate in The Princess Bride discussions!

Remember, if you have any suggestions for future book discussions, please drop us an email at hol.bookclub @ gmail.com (with the spaces removed).
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Postby Sky Alton » Mon May 08, 2017 6:55 pm

“I believe in deeds, not words”-Alanna of Trebond

But how about deeds involving words?

In June, we’ll be reading ‘Alanna: The First Adventure’ by Tamora Pierce. Fittingly, it’s the first in her Song of the Lioness series and the first of her books about the magical land of Tortall.

Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
"From now on I'm Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I'll be a knight."

And so young Alanna of Trebond begins the journey to knighthood. Though a girl, Alanna has always craved the adventure and daring allowed only for boys; her twin brother, Thom, yearns to learn the art of magic. So one day they decide to switch places: Thom heads for the convent to learn magic; Alanna, pretending to be a boy, is on her way to the castle of King Roald to begin her training as a page.

But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. As Alanna masters the skills necessary for battle, she must also learn to control her heart and to discern her enemies from her allies.


Join us for an amazing adventure of swords, sorcery and smashing the glass ceiling.

Remember, if you have any suggestions for future book discussions, you can send them our way at hol.bookclub @ gmail.com (without the spaces)
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Postby Prof. Amy Lupin » Wed May 24, 2017 12:18 pm

Just a reminder that we'll soon be starting Alanna.
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Postby Prof. Amy Lupin » Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:41 am

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our monthly book discussions!

We'll be taking a break over the HOL summer, but please feel free to still send nominations in.
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Postby Sky Alton » Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:35 pm

Who will guard the living when the dead arise?


In September, we’ll be diving into The Old Kingdom with ‘Sabriel’ by Garth Nix!.

Synopsis courtesy of the publisher:
Sabriel is sent as a child across the Wall to the safety of a school in Ancelstierre. Away from magic; away from the Dead.

After receiving a cryptic message from her father, 18-year-old Sabriel leaves her ordinary school and returns across the Wall into the Old Kingdom. Fraught with peril and deadly trickery, her journey takes her to a world filled with parasitical spirits, Mordicants, and Shadow Hands for her father is none other than The Abhorson.

His task is to lay the disturbed dead back to rest. This obliges him and now Sabriel, who has taken on her father's title and duties to slip over the border into the icy river of Death, sometimes battling the evil forces that lurk there, waiting for an opportunity to escape into the realm of the living.


Join us for a heart-pounding journey through 3 worlds: the almost familiar Ancelstierre, fantastical Old Kingdom and the chilling, grey river of death. This isn’t your average zombie or vampire tale - the dead we’re about to encounter are very, very different and, if possible, even more dangerous.

Remember, if you have any suggestions for books we could discuss in future months, you can let us know via hol.bookclub @ gmail.com (without the spaces)
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Postby Prof. Tarma Amelia Black » Sat Sep 09, 2017 7:30 am

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Image is from The Fellowship of the Ring and is of The Argonath, also known as The Gates of Argonath or The Pillars of Kings, which is a monument comprising two enormous statues carved in the likenesses of Isildur and Anárion, standing upon either side of the River Anduin at the northern approach to Nen Hithoel.

Join us in October as we read The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien.

“Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.”

Synopsis from Goodreads:
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkeness bind them

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, The Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit.

In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.

If you have any suggestions for books we could discuss in future months, please let us know via hol.bookclub @ gmail.com (without the spaces). Thank you!
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Postby Prof. Tarma Amelia Black » Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:19 am

We're starting The Fellowship of the Ring now!

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Come join us.

Remember, if you have any suggestions for future book discussions, please drop us an email at hol.bookclub @ gmail.com (with the spaces removed). We are continually looking at (and reading) your recommendations!
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Postby Prof. Gustavo Flores » Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:55 pm

“So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea.”


In November, we are honoring one little girl who loves doing what we Book Clubers enjoy doing the most: READING!

Join us next month as we read and discuss Matilda by Roald Dahl. If you don’t know what the story is about, here’s a brief synopsis provided by Goodreads:

Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age five-and-a-half she's knocking off double-digit multiplication problems and blitz-reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classmates love her even though she's a super-nerd and the teacher's pet. But everything is not perfect in Matilda's world. For starters she has two of the most idiotic, self-centered parents who ever lived. Then there's the large, busty nightmare of a school principal, Mrs. ("The") Trunchbull, a former hammer-throwing champion who flings children at will and is approximately as sympathetic as a bulldozer. Fortunately for Matilda, she has the inner resources to deal with such annoyances: astonishing intelligence, saintly patience, and an innate predilection for revenge.


More than a children’s book, Matilda is a captivating story that the young and the not so young will enjoy, so join us in November and fall in love with this witty, brave girl who shows us that you’re never too small to stand up for yourself.

If you have any suggestions for books we could discuss in future months don’t forget to drop us an e-mail to hol.bookclub @ gmail.com (without the spaces), we will be very happy to consider them. Thank you!
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