Discussion #3: Certain Girls

April 29, 2008

Home stretch, readers! If everyone is ready, let’s go ahead and open up the discussion for Part 3: Certain Girls of book #9. Our ‘free reign’ discussion method seemed to work well in discussion #2, so let’s go ahead and do the same with this final section. Tell us what made you stop and go hmmmmm… this time around.

Any thoughts or recommendations for the Chicken Lit’ers on book #10? You are welcome to post that here, too. We want at least 3 readers to join in with us, so let’s find something everyone will enjoy.

Oh and by the way, the prize winner for our free giveaway will be announced as soon as book #9 chatter winds down. Who will it be?


Discussion #2: Certain Girls

April 27, 2008

If you’re reading this post, you must have already finished Part 2: Amsterdam of book #9, Certain Girls. So much has happened with this reading segment, don’t you think? Free reign here… what do you want to discuss most about this section of the book?

The Chicken Lit’ers are All. Ears.

Discussion #1: Certain Girls

April 24, 2008

We made it through Part One ‘Everybody Knows’ of book #9, Certain Girls. Yes, a day later than expected due to time constraints (on my part!), but I thank everyone for being patient and not posting any spoilers. So? How about a few questions to start us off:

  • Do you think Joy is learning any truth about her mother in reading Big Girls Don’t Cry?
  • Is Aunt Elle helping or hurting Candace’s relationship with Joy?
  • Do you think Joy’s negative attitude and resentment of her mother are typical at that age? Is it justifiable? Or is Joy just over the top to you?
  • Does it make sense that Candace walked away from her fame in writing Big Girls Don’t Cry by turning to the StarGirl novels as J.N. Locksley?

Got any other questions or ideas you’d like to talk about? I don’t know about you, but I could go on and on with this section – what a great way to start a novel. So un-putdownable!

Bookclub Book #9 Release

April 19, 2008

How about another book, fellow readers? Namely: Certain Girls: A Novel by Jennifer Weiner. To learn more, go to the book page here or in the sidebar under ‘Book #9‘.

Jennifer Weiner is a favorite author amongst our bookclub members, which means that we’re hopeful this novel will not disappoint. (Also keep in mind, more Kyra Davis novels are on deck for future reads. Stay tuned.)

Speaking of members, are you or do you know of someone who would like to become a member of the Chicken Lit Bookclub? If so, let us know! A free giveaway is in store during the final discussion, and all who are joining in on book #9 will be entered into the drawing to win… will it be you this time?

Final Discussion & Wrap-Up: The Ten Year Nap

April 17, 2008

Now’s the time for our final discussion of book #8: The Ten Year Nap. Wow. Did you like how Meg Wolitzer wrapped this one up? Do you have any unanswered questions that you’d like answered? What do you think the primary message Ms. Wolitzer is trying to relay with this novel? Do you agree/disagree with the underlying themes? Would you read more Wolitzer novels after this one?

Help me out, Chicken Lit’ers!

Discussion #2: The Ten Year Nap

April 16, 2008

On with the second discussion after finishing chapter 13 of The Ten Year Nap. Now that we’ve been introduced to 2 more of the New York friends, Roberta and Karen, along with additional information about the women’s parents, what are your thoughts about each? Do you have any new insights about Penney after the St. Doe’s trip? How about the women of NAFITAS and their stay at Amy’s apartment – how have they changed over the years? Anything else you want to discuss?

Discussion #1: The Ten Year Nap

April 12, 2008

Guess what? That’s right – it’s time for our discussion about the first part of the 8th Chicken Lit Bookclub selection, The Ten Year Nap. Up through this point in our reading, we’ve been introduced to 2 of the New York friends, Amy and Jill, as well as Jill’s new acquaintance, Penny. What are your thoughts on the women and the life choices they’ve made? How do you like the author’s round-robin approach in describing these ladies and their backgrounds? Care to tell us what has struck you most in reading the first 6 chapters of the novel?

As always, the Chicken Lit’ers want to know.