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Summer Round Up

She lives!

I’m sorry, I’ve been neglectful, and I have new found respect for all the real book bloggers out there, because after a full day at work, it’s difficult for me to muster the energy to turn on my laptop, let alone write up a book review. You guys are amazing.

The new job is great. I’m learning a ton and feel more secure in my duties with every passing day. Everyone I work with has been incredibly welcoming and so helpful, and I’m lucky to be a part of such a smart team of publicists.

Thanks to my long commute, I’ve been able to get in a lot of pleasure reading and read nearly every book on my Summer 2012 list on Pinterest. Unsurprisingly, much of what I read was in the mystery/thriller genre, which I love all year round but which is particularly good in the summer. I did manage to get in some contemporary fiction, historical fiction, and romance in between murders, though!

I reviewed quite a few of my summer reads on the blog, but here are a few others that I really enjoyed, in capsule. I’m so excited for fall!

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Penguin Twitter Book Club Parts IV and V: The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

Tonight marked the final Penguin Twitter Book Club discussion of The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown. I’ve loved discussing this book with the author and my fellow tweeters and am kind of sad for it to come to an end, although I know the great discussion will continue with our next read, the incredible A Discovery of Witches.

Again, a quick synopsis from Penguin:

Three sisters have returned to their childhood home, reuniting the eccentric Andreas family. Here, books are a passion (there is no problem a library card can’t solve) and TV is something other people watch. Their father-a professor of Shakespeare who speaks almost exclusively in verse-named them after the Bard’s heroines. It’s a lot to live up to.

The sisters have a hard time communicating with their parents and their lovers, but especially with one another. What can the shy homebody eldest sister, the fast-living middle child, and the bohemian youngest sibling have in common? Only that none has found life to be what was expected; and now, faced with their parents’ frailty and their own personal disappointments, not even a book can solve what ails them…

Previous recaps are available here

HIGHWAY TO THE SPOILER ZONE!
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Penguin Twitter Book Club Part III: The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

The third Penguin Twitter Book Club discussion of The Weird Sisters was slightly different because we were missing author extraordinaire Eleanor Brown. The folks at Penguin did an incredible job in her stead as we tackled some extremely action heavy chapters.

Once more, a quick synopsis, courtesy of the publisher:

Three sisters have returned to their childhood home, reuniting the eccentric Andreas family. Here, books are a passion (there is no problem a library card can’t solve) and TV is something other people watch. Their father-a professor of Shakespeare who speaks almost exclusively in verse-named them after the Bard’s heroines. It’s a lot to live up to.

The sisters have a hard time communicating with their parents and their lovers, but especially with one another. What can the shy homebody eldest sister, the fast-living middle child, and the bohemian youngest sibling have in common? Only that none has found life to be what was expected; and now, faced with their parents’ frailty and their own personal disappointments, not even a book can solve what ails them…

WARNING: THE SPOILERS COMETH!
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Penguin Twitter Book Club Part II: The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

Today was the second meeting of the Penguin Twitter Book Club. Just to recap for those who are unfamiliar: the Penguin Twitter Book Club is a new initiative born from the company’s search for new ways to interact with their fans. As with traditional book clubs, Penguin will choose a different book written by a Penguin author each month and tweet out the date and time for the discussion, which can be followed at the hashtag #readpenguin. The author will also sit in on the chat when possible.

The first selection is The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown. Again, for those who are unfamiliar, here’s a quick synopsis of the book from the lovely folks at Penguin:

Three sisters have returned to their childhood home, reuniting the eccentric Andreas family. Here, books are a passion (there is no problem a library card can’t solve) and TV is something other people watch. Their father-a professor of Shakespeare who speaks almost exclusively in verse-named them after the Bard’s heroines. It’s a lot to live up to.

The sisters have a hard time communicating with their parents and their lovers, but especially with one another. What can the shy homebody eldest sister, the fast-living middle child, and the bohemian youngest sibling have in common? Only that none has found life to be what was expected; and now, faced with their parents’ frailty and their own personal disappointments, not even a book can solve what ails them…

I am a huge fan of this book and the author, and the discussion has been incredible so far! Today’s selection focused on chapters 5-11.

NOTE: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!
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Penguin Twitter Book Club Part I: The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

Two weeks ago, Penguin announced the first official Twitter book club, a new initiative born from the company’s search for new ways to interact with their fans. As with traditional book clubs, Penguin will choose a different book written by a Penguin author each month and tweet out the date and time for the discussion, which can be followed at the hashtag #readpenguin. The author will also sit in on the chat when possible.

The first selection for the club was The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown. I was extremely excited because I’ve heard wonderful things about this book, and Eleanor is an avid Twitter user (follow her @eleanorwrites), so I knew she’d be involved in the discussion. Penguin was kind enough to send me a copy of the gorgeous, newly released paperback, so when it arrived, I got cracking right away and finished the section we were going to discuss just in time for the meeting.

First, a synopsis from the lovely folks at Penguin:

Three sisters have returned to their childhood home, reuniting the eccentric Andreas family. Here, books are a passion (there is no problem a library card can’t solve) and TV is something other people watch. Their father-a professor of Shakespeare who speaks almost exclusively in verse-named them after the Bard’s heroines. It’s a lot to live up to.

The sisters have a hard time communicating with their parents and their lovers, but especially with one another. What can the shy homebody eldest sister, the fast-living middle child, and the bohemian youngest sibling have in common? Only that none has found life to be what was expected; and now, faced with their parents’ frailty and their own personal disappointments, not even a book can solve what ails them…

Second, I finished this over the weekend and loved it so much! It’s an incredible and beautifully written story of sisterhood, the power of reading, and of growing up, and it quickly earned a place in my “favorite books” category.

Now, the discussion.

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