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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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Re: Monthly Book Discussions

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

Nominations have been sent in by:

Maxim Trevelyan
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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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Re: Monthly Book Discussions

Postby Bull J. Johnson » Fri Feb 10, 2017 5:03 pm

I can't wait to reread these awesome books.

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Re: Monthly Book Discussions

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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Re: Monthly Book Discussions

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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Re: Monthly Book Discussions

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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Re: Monthly Book Discussions

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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Re: Monthly Book Discussions

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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Re: Monthly Book Discussions

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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