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Welcome to The Nook Users Book Club!!

Pull up a chair! Grab a cup of your favorite drink and dive right in!!

The book we are currently reading is on the right. Discussions start in the forums on the 20th of each month! Next months book vote starts on the 27th! 

Any questions please do not hesitate to ask!  – Michelle and Tammy

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Michelle’s Review of Ethan Frome by Edith Whatron

Michelle’s Review of Ethan Frome by Edith WhatronEdith Wharton's Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Genres: Classics, Fiction
Published by Arc Manor LLC on 2008
Pages: 111
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Set against the bleak winter landscape of New England, Ethan Frome tells the story of a poor farmer, lonely and downtrodden, his wife Zeena, and her cousin, the enchanting Mattie Silver. In the playing out of this short novel's powerful and engrossing drama, Edith Wharton constructed her least characteristic and most celebrated book. In its unyielding and shocking pessimism, its bleak demonstration of tragic waste, it is a masterpiece of psychological and emotional realism. In her introduction the distinguished critic Elaine Showalter discusses the background to the novel's composition and the reasons for its enduring success.

Michelle’s Thoughts:

I’m about to admit something that I rarely share. Please sit down, you are not going to believe this. I’m a total Book Nerd. That’s right, I said it and I admit it because only a Book Nerd would do the following: Read a family member’s Facebook post about a crazy inappropriate book their teen has to read for school and then read said book (Ethan Frome) in one night. To be honest, I had the book on both my Nook and Kindle and I had no idea how short it was, I finished it in one night. I also made it to bed before midnight.

Book Review:

Set in the late 1800s early 1900s (maybe I missed the date), Ethan is a want-to-be engineer/scientist type but his mother is ill and he must stay on the family farm/mill to take care of her until her death. By the way, she doesn’t speak a lot in the end and he goes days/weeks without hearing another human voice. As was customary of that time, a female cousin comes to help Ethan take care of his mother in her final days (weeks, months….whatever). Needless to say Ethan was elated to hear/see/talk to his cousin Zeena. After his mother’s death Zeena packs to go and he freaks out and asks her to stay with him (as his bride obviously) on the farm. Needless to say, he soon realized that he was just lonely and he shouldn’t have done this, but what’s an honorable 19th century-ish man to do? He sucked it up and dealt with his mistake.

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I think the moral of this story is: Don’t marry someone because you are lonely. Your aspirations to become something bigger will be (could be) squashed like a bug because you asked your crazy cousin to stay and keep you company.

My take as a concerned parent: Most children from 1st grade on have some friends with divorced parents. While they do not need to know the gory details of why people get married and divorced, it is indeed a fact of life for over 50% of school aged children (don’t fact check me please…I could be wrong, but I remember that number from something about divorce.). Reading this book as a child would give you the vantage point from inside a loveless/joyless marriage. The vantage point of a totally G-Rated book about adultery (Adultery in the 1899 sense of the word, not the 1999 version which produces babies).

Read it, it’s quick and entertaining and you can mark off another classic from you To Be Read List! – Michelle

 

March 2015 – Book of the Month

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Reconstructing Amelia

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When Kate, single mother and law firm partner, gets an urgent phone call summoning her to her daughter’s exclusive private school, she’s shocked. Amelia has been suspended for cheating, something that would be completely out of character for her over-achieving, well-behaved daughter.

Kate rushes to Grace Hall, but what she finds when she finally arrives is beyond comprehension. 

Her daughter Amelia is dead.

Despondent over having been caught cheating, Amelia has jumped from the school’s roof in an act of impulsive suicide. At least that’s the story Grace Hall and the police tell Kate. In a state of shock and overcome by grief, Kate tries to come to grips with this life-shattering news. Then she gets an anonymous text:

Amelia didn’t jump.

The moment she sees that message, Kate knows in her heart it’s true. Clearly Amelia had secrets, and a life Kate knew nothing about. Wracked by guilt, Kate is determined to find out what those secrets were and who could have hated her daughter enough to kill. She searches through Amelia’s e-mails, texts, and Facebook updates, piecing together the last troubled days of her daughter’s life.

Reconstructing Amelia is a stunning debut page-turner that brilliantly explores the secret world of teenagers, their clandestine first loves, hidden friendships, and the dangerous cruelty that can spill over into acts of terrible betrayal.

 

 

 

Book Vote – March 2015

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NUBC Reviews – The Mortal One by Shannon Bell

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
NUBC Reviews – The Mortal One by Shannon BellThe Mortal One by Shannon Bell
Series: The Mortal One #1
Genres: Adult, Thrillers
ISBN: 2940149034321
Published by Shannon Bell on December 2013
Pages: 322
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Have you ever wondered what would happen if you went looking for vampires? What if you secretly believed they existed? Dylan decides to go on a vacation of a lifetime in order to find herself. She begins in Romania, contemplating the existence of vampires and quickly realizes that she was wrong. Once she ends up in Florence, however, she is confronted with an immortal, Nico. She must be marked if she wants to live because she learned the truth of vampires. Nico catches her and her heart by surprise. The Mortal One is a whirlwind romance amidst vampire politics. Dylan must be marked for her safety, yet she is trying to be claimed by another vampire, thus making her time in Florence very complicated for her. She tests the bounds of her relationship with a vampire and tries to create a life for herself as the mortal one. The main setting of the book is Florence, Italy, where Dylan is in love with the history of the city.

We received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect our opinion of the book or the content of our review.

Dylan Monohan a vampire lover flees to Romania to a Vampire Symposium after having had a horrible year of lost family and love. She has been smitten with the idea of vampires since she was a child and believes this will be a way to not only get away from her life in Florida but do some truth seeking. Unbeknownst to her she has already been seen and claimed by the one thing she isn’t sure actually exist. She agrees to leave her life behind to stay with Niccolo the beautiful blue eyed vampire who finds her in Italy.

I love a good vampire story especially ones where the vampires don’t sparkle and Nico lived up to that fantasy. He was gorgeous as any vampire should and made Dylan’s heart pound every time she was around him. This was a great start. I was excited to see where the story would go but there were times that I felt there were holes in the narrative. Dylan a vampire enthusiast seems not to really know too much about vampires. I also figured her to be a strong woman having left her own country to go somewhere she’d never been. Yet she seemed to make all of the simple mistakes; she didn’t give her best friend her hotel information or call her, she checked out of one hotel and went to a different country without telling anyone, and she walked the streets of Italy at night by herself. That bothered me and I hope in the sequels she’s a little more aware of herself. The ending was also a little abrupt and I had to page back to make sure I hadn’t missed something. I wish there had been more detail about what happened between the end and the epilogue. It was just too sudden and didn’t flow well.

Overall though the plot was entertaining. Her vampires were true to what I expected; no traipsing around during the daytime, no heartbeat, or breathing. I liked the struggle between Nico and Olivier even though I think I found Olivier a little hotter than Nico. I always seem to root for the bad guy. I loved the idea of the sovereigns and that person keeping watch on the other vampires to ensure they didn’t eat all of the humans. It goes well to explain how they are able to keep themselves hidden. Shannon took a genre which has been written about over and over and added a few new twists. I do think the series has the potential to be great and look forward to the next book.

About Shannon Bell

Shannon Bell

Shannon Bell grew up in Florida and has always dreamed about vampires – and still secretly hopes they exist. She is married to someone who tolerates her crazy story-telling about Romania and has a daughter she hopes will have the same enthusiasm for vampires when she grows up that her mommy does.

Shannon has a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida as well as an online degree in vampirology. She is a full-time writer and currently hard at work on her next novel. (from Amazon)

 

Out with the old in with the new?

Out with the old in with the new?

 Apparently a library in Alameda County, California was needing to make room for new books. In order to do that they needed to get rid of over 100,000 old ones. This is a huge amount of books that I’m sure the local schools are greatful for having been given. Well that’s what I should be saying but no the library decided to throw them in the dumpster instead. Yes, you heard me correctly. The library dumped all of these books in the dumpster. The reason was simple or so the director made it seem. “Some things have to go. They’re outdated, they’re worn out, a dog chewed them up, they have coffee stains,” Alameda County Library director Carmen Martinez said.
 
While I understand that some books may have been damaged. I don’t understand why they didn’t take this opportunity to approach the schools, shelters, and rec programs to see if they wanted the books in spite of the perceived damage. I’m sure a child that has nothing to read would take a book with a coffee stain on it. Why some of my most treasured books are a little worn and stained. Luckily a moratorium has been placed to stop any more from being trashed. Hopefully a decision will be made that outlines the importance of books, damage or not.


 
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