Discussion: How to Choose Your Next Read
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"Kate could list a million reasons why she didn't have kids. No, more like reasons why she shouldn't have kids: genetics, a dysfunctional family, and ultimately, the fear that she wasn't cut out to be June Cleaver or Carol Brady or Claire Huxtable. TV moms always made it look so easy, but Kate knows better."It's a free book right now for Kindle, which is why I got it today. So did my friend Donna. Maybe it will be a book worth discussing together. Here's the plot summary:
When Kate’s little sister, Joely, refuses a medical treatment because it will leave her infertile, Kate is willing to say anything to save her sister’s life — even promising to have a baby. Kate decides to keep her rash words a secret from her husband until she can figure out whether she really wants to be a mother. Especially since they agreed their marriage would remain childless. A sister’s promise and a wife’s promise: Kate must break one. Should she risk everything she has for the unknown?
* Self Challenge means setting a challenge for yourself for this square. For example, Kathryn said she might read a book by a male author, because she hardly ever does that.Guidelines
* Setting beginning with B. This can be a country, a state, a place, a street. Or it could be a beach or the bush or a bookshop, as long as a good part of the book is set there. The whole book might be, but it doesn't have to be.
January-March ~ I read ___ books that fit
1. Go Set a Watchman ~ by Harper Lee, 2015, fiction (Alabama), 8/10 ~ published in 2015.April-June ~ I read ___ more books that fit
2. The Time Keeper ~ by Mitch Albom, 2012, fiction, 8/10 ~ thought provoking book.
3. The Fifth Floor ~ by Julie Oleszek, 2015, fiction (illinois), 8/10 ~ debut novel
4. A Sister's Promise (Sisters Series, Book 1) ~ by Karen Lenfestey, 2010, fiction, 8/10 ~ family relationship in title (also first in series)
5. Say That Again (The Faderville Novels, Book 2) ~ by N. Gemini Sasson, 2015, fiction (Kentucky), 10/10 ~ didn't want to put it down
6. Desire Lines ~ by Christina Baker Kline, 1999, fiction (Bangor, Maine), 8/10 ~ setting begins with a B
7. The Obituary Society ~ by Jessica L. Randall, 2014, fiction, 6/10 ~ new author to me
8. The Dead Wife's Handbook ~ by Hannah Beckerman, 2014, fiction (England), 9/10 ~ author outside my own country
9. Until the Next Time ~ by Kevin Fox, 2012, fiction (Ireland), 6/10
July-September ~ I read ___ more books that fit
October-December ~ I read ___ more books that fit
Is it medicine's job to keep us alive? Or is it well-being that really matters? I don't want to spend my dying days in a nursing home in a bed with rails that hold me in or tied into a wheelchair. All that does is prolong my dying, not help me really live as I want to live. Gawande argues that quality of life is the desired goal. I heard about this book in one book club and plan to suggest it to my other book discussion group.Claire @ The Captive Reader and Linda @ Silly Little Mischief that encourages us to share the names of books we checked out of the library. See what others got this week.
"The first doctor my mother drags me to is a tall, thin man. He seems to think his direct approach will intimidate me, and maybe it would if I cared, but I don't."This is a free Kindle download today, so I got it. Here's a summary of the novel:
Seven-year-old Anna adores the constant commotion of her large family in 1970s suburban Chicago. Anna idolizes her ten-year-old sister Liz. Together they make kites, climb trees, and play acrobatic games on their backyard swing set. One moment the two girls are playing — the next, everything changes, and Anna will never be the same. In the constant hubbub of life in a huge family Anna’s distress is overlooked, until she completely stops eating at the age of seventeen. Fearing the worst, Anna’s mother takes her to see Dr. Ellison, a cool competent psychiatrist, who immediately hospitalizes Anna on the fifth floor of the local hospital. Even under the guidance of Dr. Ellison and the caring staff, Anna is defiant. She trusts no one. She guards the past like her life depends on it. Will she ever share the truth so she can heal?