Literary Friday ya’ll……

Happy Labor Day weekend!

 

1.  Deep South Magazine #literaryfriday is filled with mentions of Donna Tart, literary Iphone cases, and news about Southern Festival of Books. Plus many other things!

 

2. Next week on Traveling With T, I have a pretty awesome giveaway: book and nail polish 🙂 What more could a girl want?! Check back on Monday for more details!

 

3. THE PERFUME COLLECTOR discussion is still going on strong at She Reads. Come. Discuss. Talk to me about the book.

 

4. In more She Reads news: I’m soaking up and announcing my 15 minutes of fame to EVERYONE! Guess who is one of the people featured in The Blog Network Recommends? Come on guess! Oh you’ll never guess, so I’ll tell you: It’s ME! I recommended Erika Marks THE GUEST HOUSE (which if you remember I raved about it here first!) Pssst…. Even more good news: Get over to She Reads and comment for a chance to win ALL 3 BOOKS! Naturally, you’ll want to read the 1 I recommended first, right? 😉

 

5. My #fridayreads While We Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax, The Sassy Belles by Beth Albright, Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand and I’m considering adding another book to the rotation- suggestions? What are your #fridayreads?

 

6. Today is August 30th which means that #ctbs is almost over. For the unfamiliar, #ctbs is Conquering The Book Stacks. So far, August was not kind in my mission- but I’m hoping to knock another book out before August ends. However, I stood tall and strong and did not buy any books this August. I looked temptation in the eye and walked away. My bookshelves thank me.

 

7. Book Lovers Unite- Jen @ Booka-licious Mama has announced the September read in Ashtor Place Vintage. Before I hand the reigns over to her, though, I have 1 more surprise cooked up from our August Book Club Selection, The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers. Check the blog later today for the surprise! In related news, I’m hard at work for the October pick- and trying to decide if October should be spooky or not in our selection!

 

Happy Reading!

The Comfort of Lies- Week 3 Questions

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This is the last week of questions for The Comfort of Lies. Next week, we’ll be back to talk about overall thoughts and more!

 

I finished The Comfort of Lies this morning- and I was really satisfied with the book. Well-written, enjoyable.

 

Week 3 Questions:

 

Why couldn’t Juliette’s mom accept that Juliette might want to leave Nathan?

 

Bobby- was he acting in the best interest of Tia? Or was he so blinded by his needs that he couldn’t see the big picture?

 

Could you change your lifestyle like Caroline and her husband did after living the life they were accustomed to? Did they make the best possible choice for Savannah?

 

Juliette- should Caroline have told her off?

 

What are your thoughts on Juliette and Nathan?

 

Does Tia deserve a happy ending?

 

What did you think about the book’s ending?

 

 

The Comfort of Lies- Week 2 Questions

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It’s week 2 questions for Book Lovers Unite online book club!

STILL plenty of time to join if you haven’t read The Comfort of Lies!

 

Week 2 Questions:

1. Should Juliette have told Nathan’s mother about the affair?

2. Tia and Juliette- completely opposite women in every regard except this: They love (and have been loved by Nathan). Juliette is classy, a role model, a business woman. Tia is younger, still looking for a way to make it in the world, and comes from a less privileged background. What drew Nathan to these women?

3. When Juliette talks about “never being able to let go of her child” should she be so quick to judge Tia? A mother’s love is strong- but can we make a point that Tia acted like a true mother in this case by putting her child’s needs ahead of her own? Or did Tia choose to find an adoptive family for selfish reasons?

4. There’s a power struggle between Juliette and Nathan. By all rights, in my opinion, Juliette should have the upper hand. He had the affair, he kept the knowledge about the child a secret. And yet, Nathan has turned this around- kept putting off the big convo that him & Juliette needed to have. Thoughts?

5. Tia going to Juliette’s work place- bold move? Underhanded?

6. How would you react if you were Caroline and Juliette had told you all about the events that lead to Savannah?

7. “Maybe that’s our problem. We haven’t yet figured out how to truly hate you, so we turn it on each other”- Tia.  How does that statement fit in with the whole Tia/Nathan/Juliette dynamic?

8. Tia is adamant that Juliette never have any contact with Savannah. Is this fair? Is this realistic?

I hope you are enjoying week 2 of the reading!

Ask Randy Susan Meyers!

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Book Lovers Unite is reading The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers for August! Join in on the fun!

 

Post questions for the author here and RSM is going to answer them! *Please have questions posted by August 19th at 5:00pmEST- as I must email the questions to the author who is being generous with her time!

Look for the answers later in the month- in a post titled Randy Susan Meyers Answers!

 

 

The Comfort of Lies: Week 1 Questions

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Book Lovers Unite people: It’s time! Week 1 discussion questions have been posted!

Remember- we will only discuss the first section of reading- pgs 1-111.  I just finished that section last night- and boy, does Randy Susan Meyers know how to write a great opening that will hopefully lead to a GREAT discussion!

Week 1 Questions:

1. Tia- would it be simplistic to say she has “daddy issues” and that’s why she had an affair?

 

2.  Affairs- black and white issue ( affairs are wrong- no question) or gray-issue (it’s not a def “line in the sand” wrong)?

 

3. Speaking of affairs- who is to blame more- Tia or Nathan? Tia for going after a married man? Or Nathan for breaking his vows? Are they equal in their blame? Can a person be taken that doesn’t want to be taken (at least on some level)?

 

4. Juliette- when does Juliette go from being a victim to earning a share of blame? When she hides the letter? When she has Caroline over under false pretenses? Or does she still retain her victim status?

 

5. Should Juliette have left Nathan when she found out about Tia?

 

6. Is Tia wrong for sending a letter to Nathan? Could her intent have been more malicious than it appeared?

 

7. Thoughts on Tia getting pregnant- she states about being on the pill since she gave birth. Is that statement telling? Was she not on the pill with Nathan? Was she trying to force Nathan into choosing her by having his baby?

 

8. Caroline- should Caroline have agreed to adopt Savannah? Or should she have said “no” to adoption? She caved in to her husband’s desires- but what about her own? At what point should 2 people say ” we love each other- but this is a deal-breaker” and part ways?

 

Thanks for joining in Week 1 of reading The Comfort of Lies!

Literary Friday ya’ll….

It’s the first Friday of August. Kids are headed back to school and summer is winding down. PS: Have you already started to see the Halloween stuff in stores? Ugh, I wanted to stomp my foot the other day and scream “It’s July, for Pete’s Sake! JULY!” I held back, tho, because I’m nice 😉

 

1. Deep South Magazine– chock full with good news this week for #literaryfriday: DBF news (Decatur Book Festival), giveaway for Beth Albright’s The Sassy Belles, 2013’s most talked about books, and Hemingway look alike’s!

 

2. Interviews this week on Traveling With T include: Amy Shearn where she talks about who make a perfect rusalka if The Mermaid of Brooklyn is made into a movie and Randy Susan Meyers where she tells about “the butter in the cookies” and a special surprise for book clubs that have selected The Comfort of Lies to read!

 

3. Author Spotlights this week on Traveling With T include: Amy Shearn where she confesses something that may get her Author Card revoked, her Pinterest obsession and her #literarycrush. Randy Susan Meyers tells her #literaryconfession- her confession is likely to cause raised eyes in the literary world!

 

4. Have you been seeing the #ctbs posts and wondering what that’s all about? #ctbs = Conquering the Book Stacks. Here is the info and here is my goals (which may get revised as I update weekly!)

 

5. Book Lovers Unite Online Book Club is back at Traveling With T- August’s Book Club Selection is: The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers. Here is the reading schedule and here is the opening thoughts. Discussion questions will be posted Aug 9th- so plenty of time to get the book!

 

6. Two reviews were posted on Traveling With T this week: Finding Colin Firth by Mia March and The Recipe Box by Sandra Lee.

 

7. Missed out on my Bloggers Made of AWESOME post? Here it is!

 

8. I haven’t picked my #fridayreads yet- need to look at my #ctbs list!

 

9. Want to win a copy of The Mermaid Collector by Erika Marks? Visit Goodreads!

 

Happy Reading!

The Comfort of Lies: Opening Thoughts

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Week 1’s questions will not be posted till Aug 9th (I realized that I did not give everyone enough notice to get the book/begin reading)- but I just wanted to start our minds thinking of this book in a discussing way!

 

1. What does the cover mean to you? Do you think the cover is significant?

2. How/why did you decide to read The Comfort of Lies?

3. Based on the cover and the synopsis- how would you describe the book to a friend?

 

I hope all of you can join in- and if you have read- still join in the weekly discussions (just please do not spoil for others!)

Literary Friday ya’ll…

Friday 🙂 Hope everyone has big weekend plans!

 

1. Deep South Mag– #literaryfriday is off to a great start! There was a Beth Hoffman Twitter chat (super-fun!) Other tid-bits: Beth Albright will guest post on Deep South Mag next week, news of TAMPA, Zelda and Hemingway news, and more!

If you missed the Beth Hoffman chat- use #southernlit to read a transcript on Twitter! Need more Beth Hoffman? Here’s the interview and author spotlight that posted on my blog this week!

 

2, I just finished (last night) reading Finding Colin Firth. It was fabulous! I enjoyed it! So much! Want to win a copy? Comment on my interview with Mia March for a chance! Need more Mia? Here is the Author Spotlight!

 

3. Wanting to know what the August Book Lovers Unite online book club selection is? It’s The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers!

 

4. My #fridayreads IF YOU WERE HERE by Alafair Burke, THE PAINTED GIRLS, and I’m trying to decide on a 3rd book!

 

5. Coming up soon on the blog: posts about meeting Stephanie Evanovich (Big Girl Panties), Susan Crandall (Whistling Past the Graveyard) and Anton DiSclafani!

 

6. Like Mermaids? Check out the blog next week- there’ll be talk about a Mermaid that live in NYC (Brooklyn, to be exact!)

 

Happy Reading 🙂

Reconstructing Amelia: Final Thoughts

Thanks to everyone who joined in with Book Lovers Unite! Each and every one of you helped make our online book club a success!

Today, for the last post, we have 2 different things to discuss- 1. Final thoughts on Reconstructing Amelia and 2. Thoughts for future Book Lovers Unite- what worked, what didn’t work, things of that nature.

Reconstructing Amelia Thoughts:

1. At the end of the book- how did you feel?

2. Did your opinion change about the book?

3. Would you recommend Reconstructing Amelia to others?

 

Book Lovers Unite Online Book Club

1. Did the weekly discussions work?

2. Did you feel rushed reading?

3. Did you feel you had too much downtime reading this?

4. Did you like getting to ask Kim questions? (NOTE: I can’t promise this kind of thing every time- however, I will try to have some author interaction with each book.)

5. Any general suggestions?

 

Again, thanks for joining in! Please remember that July’s Book Lovers Unite Online Book Club will be at Jen’s blog (Book-alicious Mama) and The Painted Girls will be the July pick. Judging from Jen’s posts- looks like July is going to be fun!

Have a wonderful weekend- and enjoy the upcoming 4th of July with friends and loved ones!

Best,

Traveling With T

Kimberly McCreight Answers: Reconstructing Amelia (Spoilers Possible!)

It’s here! Today is the day that Kimberly McCreight stops by and answers recon ameliaquestions for Book Lovers Unite Online Book Club about her book- Reconstructing Amelia.

NOTE: There is the potential of spoilers.

Thank you, Kim, for taking time today to answer questions!

Questions for Kimberly McCreight:

1. Did you know from the very beginning who would hurt Amelia?

 
2. What is your all-time favorite book?

 
3. What kinds of books do you like to read?

 
4. Did you attend a prep school like Amelia’s or participate in any sororities?

 

 

5, Where did you get the idea for this story?

 
6. Is any of this story based on personal experience?

 
7. Did you have a target audience in mind when writing the book?

 

 

8. What are you currently reading?

 

 

9. If RA was turned into a movie who would you cast?

 
10. The ups and downs of family relationships is at the heart of RA. Was it easy or difficult to write about this?

 
11. Where do you write? Do you have any rituals?

 

 

12. What advice do you have for aspiring authors?

 

 

13. What is your advice for parents on how to deal with parenting in the digital age?

 
14. Any truth to what happens in RA? Was there an inspiration?

 
15. What is the best book you’ve recently read?

 

 

16. The cover of Reconstructing Amelia– is there significance to not really being able to see the girl’s face? Is she covering herself? Or possibly revealing herself bit by bit?

 

 

17. The school and police was quick to write off Amelia’s death as a suicide. Possibly did some of that quick conclusion come from a motive of wanting a quick answer so Kate would never get involved in the school and learn things?

 

 

18. Amelia’s downfall- what ultimately lead to that? Loving Dylan? Or being a good friend? Or does Kate not being truthful about Amelia’s father lead to her downfall?

 

 

19. Why did the principal target Amelia for the truth about the Magpies? Was it because of Amelia’s good girl reputation? Or because, unlike other parent’s, Kate was not involved in the school- therefore Kate would not be in his business like other parents?

 

 

20. The author of graceFULLY- how did you decide who that should be?

Thank you again, Kimberly McCreight! Answering our questions about Reconstructing Amelia is 100% appreciated! I think I can speak for everyone when I say how great Reconstructing Amelia was- and that we are anxiously awaiting another book!