Alright, my friends, here it is. The big reveal! OK, maybe it is not that exciting. Or maybe it is! muah ha ha!!!
As I mentioned in my first post on this here blog, I am starting a book club. A book club? you ask. Yes, a book club. Somewhat like the one Oprah "hosts", but less annoying. I don't claim that the books I choose will ever qualify as "high quality literature." Actually, I guarantee they won't be.
Here is how it will work:
-I will post the title of the book and a "read by" date
-On that date I will post a discussion thread for the book
-We all share our thoughts on the book
OK, I admit it is a bit simple at the moment. Part of me feels like we should have discussion questions and such, but that just seems like too much work right now. Come on! A girl can only juggle so many events and ideas at one given time (new blog, real life, my best friend's wedding, teaching.)
Here is what we will read:
by Shanna Swendson
From Publishers Weekly
In her first mainstream novel, romance writer Swendson puts a Harry
Potter–inspired twist on the standard tale of a smalltown girl in the big city, with lively if saccharine sweet results. Fish-out-of-water Katie Chandler suffers in her thankless job as assistant to marketing manager "Evil Mimi," worrying that maybe she just can't hack it in New York City. Will her colleagues ever consider her anything but a hick? For a girl from Texas, the Big Apple is stranger than a foreign country, but she discovers that the weird things she notices are signs of real magic afoot. Her "small-town honesty and common sense" soon land her a new job at Magic, Spells, and Illusion Inc., which traffics in
benevolent sorcery. "You... are of the rare breed who can neither do magic nor be influenced by magic. You see the world as it is," an MSI executive explains. With her clear-sightedness—plus business acumen gained working for her family's feed-and-seed store—Katie will play a pivotal role in MSI's magical battle against a malevolent competitor. From sanitized descriptions of New York City life to hunky wizards and fairies on the subway, this book is pure and innocent fantasy, suitable for preteens or readers hungry for a cotton candy read.
Read by date: April 18th
This means you have three weeks to read about Katie and her adventures in NYC. I have a confession. I have already read this book once. This will be a reread for me. I even contacted Shanna last week about using her book. Who knows, maybe she will stop by and drop us a comment. I hope you will join me in this!