- #1 "MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom" by Tony Robbins
- #9 "Captivated By You" (A Crossfire Novel) by Sylvia Day
- #16 "The Escape" (A John Puller Novel) by David Baldacci (There is an 8-page preview on Goodreads.com)
- #18 "You Can't Make This Up: Miracles, Memories, and the Perfect Marriage of Sports and Television" by Al Michaels
- #25 "The Mistletoe Promise" by Richard Paul Evans
- #28 "There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me" by Brooke Shields
It's Tuesday which means it is Book New Release Day. Here's just a few new books on the Amazon Hot New Releases list today.
Amy is one of our most recent new members. Amy recently moved to this area and was recommended to us by another of our members Jeanette. We are so pleased that Amy has chosen to join the Lit Chicks.
This week there are two movies opening in theaters based on books - both featuring directors who normally appear in front of the camera.
Opening Friday (11/14) on the Big Screen
This week there are quite a few books by popular authors on Amazon's Hot New Releases list, including a former President, the king of horror, and the queen of crime.
For December, we will be reading "The Light Between Oceans" by M.L. Stedman. According to Bookmovement.com (a popular website for book clubs), this book is among the top 5 popular books for book clubs at the moment.
The years-long New York Times bestseller soon to be a major motion picture from Spielberg’s Dreamworks that is “irresistible…seductive…with a high concept plot that keeps you riveted from the first page” (O, The Oprah Magazine).
After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.
Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.
The second Lit Chick member we are highlighting is Lorene. Lorene has been with the club for a little bit over 2 years and is known for being a connoisseur of audiobooks, as well as being an excellent pet sitter. We asked our members 10 book related questions, here are the responses from Lorene:
This weekend there does not appear to be any new releases based on books; however, you may still be able to check out these previously-released movies based on literary material:
Despite the lack of new books on screen, there is some screen news this week that you may be interested in:
Today's Throwback Thursday takes us to the very recent past: yesterday. Yesterday was the first Wednesday of the month which meant that it was book club night. Our November book "Glitter and Glue" by Kelly Corrigan, nominated by our member Alison.
In the middle of "Glitter and Glue" Corrigan recalls a lecture in college where her professor explained a theory: "More often than not, it's the readers - not the writers - who determine what a book means. The idea is that readers don't come blank to books. Consciously and not, we bring all the biases that come with our nationality, gender, race, class, age. Then you layer onto that the status of our health, employment, relationships, not to mention our particular relationship to each book - who gave it to us, where we read it, what books we've already read." (page 145 of Kindle version) This theory was very evident in our discussion last night, as we all reacted to the book by looking at our relationships with our own parents, as well as our status as parents, parents-to-be, or non-parents.
One of the most discussed questions was did parents have to choose between being the glitter or the glue; could parents be both or neither. It seemed like we all had our own different opinions that we based on our own experiences. It was truly an interesting discussion, and by the end of the meeting member Julia summed it up perfectly by saying, "Now I really wish I could meet everyone's parents."
Overall the club liked the book. On the goodreads 5 star scale, the book got mostly 4's and 5's. Emily described it as "both a love letter to your mother and your children". The one thing we all did agree on is that it will get you thinking about your mother.
November marked the 2 year anniversary for members Alison and Jeanette. On a sad note, this was the last meeting for members Stephanie and Debra. We wish them nothing but the best in their future endeavors.
The big news was that November marks the 10th Anniversary of the NoVA Lit Chicks. While none of our members today were at that first meeting, we continue to carry on the tradition of sharing literature and friendship. To all Lit Chicks past and present, thank you for helping to make the club what it is today, and here's to another 10 years of reading together.
A lot of the books on Amazon's Hot New Releases list came out in October, but here are some of the today's new releases that made the list:
A book club is not just about books, it's also about its members. Over our 10 year history, the Lit Chicks have been fortunate to count many awesome NoVA women on its roster. We're starting a feature here on the Lit Chicks Blog called, "Get to Know Us" where you can get to know the current members of the NoVA Lit Chicks.
The first member we are highlighting is Sara. Sara has been with the club for 7 years and has a rep of being one of our toughest book critics. We asked our members 10 book related questions, here are the responses from Sara:
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Our Next Books
Emily - Lit Chick for 5 years