Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther by Ginger Garrett Chapters 1-5

If you are doing this book club with a group of friends, I’m going to try to provide you with some recipes for treats you can serve at your meeting.  I hope you enjoy!!!

A few guidelines while participating in this book club
How to participate in a discussion

1. Watch your language! Try to avoid words like "awful" or "idiotic"—even "like" and "dislike." They don't help move discussions forward and can put others on the defensive. Instead, talk about your experience—how you felt as you read the book.

2. Don't be dismissive. If you disagree with someone else, don't refer to her as an ignoramus. Just say, "I'm not sure I see it that way. Here's what I think." Much, much nicer. 

3. Support your views. Use specific passages from the book as evidence for your ideas. This is a literary analysis technique called "close reading." (LitCourse 3has a good discussion of close reading.)

4. Read with a pencil. Takes notes or mark passages that strike you—as signficant or funny or insightful. Talk about why you marked the passages you did. 

5. Use LitLovers for help. Check out our Litlovers Resources above. They'll help you get more out of what your read and help you talk about books with greater ease.
(Discussion tips by LitLovers. Please feel free to use them, online of off, with attribution. Thanks!)

We'll conduct this discussion in a similar fashion as the bible study. I will post a series of questions. You can use them as a jumping off point for the discussion. Answer any you like, or none at all and come up with your own comments or questions.

How are you experiencing the book? Is it a quick read? Were you brought into the book immediately or did it take you awhile to get into it? How are you feeling as you read it?

Is there anything that is confusing you about the book?

 In this Novel, how old do you get the impression Mordecai is? How would his age affect how you see the relationship between him and Esther?

What is your favorite quote from this first part of the book?

I wanted to provide a better format for us to discuss this book. Of course you can discuss it here, but seems like a good platform to keep you in the loop.

For next week I would like us to make the goal to read to chapter 15.

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