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Book Club Message

To everyone who has participated in Book Club: Thank you! I thoroughly enjoyed reading along with you and hearing your opinions during our discussions.  I loved being exposed to new authors – thanks to those of you who suggested books and voted – and I hope you liked the selections I picked out as well.

In case you missed it: at our last meeting, I announced that I would no longer be able to host our book club. With Learning Not to Drown being released soon, trying to finish my next book, and spending time with my family, I have run out of spare hours.

Thank you again for making book club great!  

Next Book Club Selection: Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

I’ve been enjoying letting you all vote for the book club selection.  It’s given us a good variety of selections, diverse feelings of loved it or hated it, and a lot of interesting conversations – all good things that make a nicely rounded book club.

I recently read a book that I thought would be a great book for discussion.  So this month I’m choosing our next Book Club selection (it’s good to be the queen): Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

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I’m going to be honest with you all.  It took me about 50 pages to really get into it.  But once I was in, I was IN.  And the pay off of the surprising but inevitable way that both the story lines come together is worth the early set up.  So if you’re bored with the first 50 pages, I encourage you to read on and give the rest of the book a chance.   Let’s meet up in my Ustream chat room Tuesday, November 12th at 1:00pm PST.

I recently saw John Corey Whaley speak at a conference and picked up his book there, partly because I liked his session, partly because the book has awards, and partly because it’s published by my publisher.  I’m constantly impressed with the books I’ve read published by Atheneum – it makes me super proud to be part of the family over there.  Kind of can’t believe that next year not only will I be a published author, but that Learning Not to Drown gets to be on the Atheneum list with so many incredible books.

Book Club September 30th

I think I remembered to post this on Twitter, but not here.  Whoops.

Hope you all can join us on Monday, September 30th at 1:30pmPST.   We’ll be discussing

Tomorrow, When the War Began 
by John Marsden

For reading this month’s Book Club selection, I’m going to be giving Oyster a try.  I’m intrigued by this app.  It’s subscription based reading… kind of like Spotify for books?  I prefer reading actual books, but I’m interested to see if I will read more each month and give books a chance that I wouldn’t normally read.  After all,  it’s all I can read for $9.95 a month, might as well sample as much as I can.  Maybe it will be rad.  Or maybe, like a cheap buffet in Vegas, I’ll end up over-stuffing myself and return to a simpler form of consuming.

Some Q&As… A’d

Hi all – I’ve been getting some questions about Learning Not to Drown on my twitter feed so I’d like to take a minute to answer some of them here.

1. When is your book coming out?

Learning Not to Drown will be in stores April 1, 2014.

2. Will it be published in (fill in your language/country here)?

I hope so!  But it depends on a lot of factors.  The foreign rights department over at Atheneum is working on it.  I’ll let you know when I have word from them.  It will be published in English first.

3. What is your book about?

Learning Not to Drown is about a 17-year-old girl named Clare whose older brother has been in and out of prison for most of her life.  When his actions jeopardize her future, Clare has to decide if sticking up for herself means selfishly turning her back on family… or if it’s the only way to keep herself from drowning along with them.

4.  Will you do a book tour?

I plan to do something, but I don’t have concrete plans on what that means…for updates, make sure to follow me on Twitter.

5. Can we have a book club meeting for your book?

Sure!  How about sometime in May next year?

6. Can I still be in your Book Club?

Yes!  Everyone is welcome.  The next book club will be August 15th at 1pm PST.  We’ll be discussing Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta.

7. What kinds of books do you read in your book club?

We read young adult novels (14 years old and up).  I take suggestions during book club meetings and we vote via a poll here on my website.

8. Where else can I find you online?

Twitter: @AnnaShinoda

Instagram @AnnaShinoda

Goodreads:http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5316039.Anna_Shinoda

Book Club August 15

Sorry I couldn’t post this on Saturday. I was in the English countryside for a wedding and had no Internet access and very little cell reception (I went through the five stages of grief and ended up in bliss by the end of the first day). When I returned to 2013, I checked the poll to find that Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta just barely beat out
And Tomorrow, When the war Began
by John Marsden.

Our next book club will be Thursday August 15 at 1pm. We will be discussing Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta. If you want to get ahead of the rest of the class, you can order/start reading And Tomorrow, When the war Began
by John Marsden

Looking forward to chatting with you on August 15!

Next Book Club Selection – You Decide!

It’s time to vote for our next book selection!  The books that were suggested by book club members are listed here with links to summaries.  Whatever book has the most votes by Friday will be our next selection.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The List by Siobhan Vivian

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Tomorrow, When the War Began  by John Marsden

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Divergent by Veronica Roth

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Gone by Michael Grant

Boy Toy by Barry Lyga

Fateful by Claudia Gray

And  Pinball 1973 by Haruki Murakami was also suggested but will not be included in the poll only because the focus of  this book club is young adult books.  (I do, however really like Murakami’s bizarre books, so I’ll probably be checking this one out!)

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – Next Book Club

Thank you to everyone who joined us today to talk about How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff!  We’ll be meeting again on Friday, June 28th at 2pm PST to discuss The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.

Someone asked me if anyone can join.  Absolutely.

I’ve really enjoyed the chats so far.  Today’s seemed an especially good one.  I think part of what made it so interesting was the wide variety of opinions, especially about Meg Rosoff’s writing style in How I Live Now.  We had ratings from 2 to 5 stars.  If you missed Book Club this week and would like to check out what we talked about, awesome adiek84 was able to do a chat transcript that you can read here.

We will continue to use the ustream chat room, which seems to be working well:  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/anna-shinoda-s-book-club

Feedback?  Questions?  Comments?  Please leave in the comment section below.

Next Book Club – May 24, 2:00pm PST

We’ll be discussing How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff on Friday, May 24th at 2pm PST in my Ustream Chat: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/anna-shinoda-s-book-club . If you are in a different time zone and need a little help figuring out when 2pm PST is for you, check out this magical site.

I know it’s a bit time before our next meeting, but I wanted to give everyone who wants to participate the chance to get the book and read it.  That, and  I have a very busy May, so I need time to re-read the book myself!

Hope to chat with you there!

How I Live Now – Next Book Club

It’s midnight here in California, so I’ve closed the poll for voting for the next book club selection.  How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff barely beat The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.  So for our next book club we’ll read How I Live Now, and the book club after that we will read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

Thanks for voting and happy reading!

Next Book Club Selection – You vote!

I had a great time chatting with you in book club today.  Thank you to those who were able to make it and participate!

We will be voting for our next book selection!  The books that were suggested by book club members are listed here with links to summaries.  Whatever book has the most votes by Friday will be our next selection.

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The List by Siobhan Vivian

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Tomorrow, When the War Began  by John Marsden

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta

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