Monday, January 7, 2013

January Book Selection and Blogiversary!

Mimi and I are excited!

Not only are we announcing the next book club selection, but it is our one year blogiversary and we've got a fun month of giveaways planned!

I want to thank Mimi for agreeing to host this blog with me.  When I had the idea for If You Give a Blogger a Book....Club, I knew Mimi would be the perfect partner because she loves reading and books as much (if not more) as I do and we get along so well!

I also want to thank all of our readers and facebook group friends that have made this year so fun.  Thank you for reading the books, participating in the discussions on the facebook group and for all of your thoughtful comments.

Without further ado.....the book club selection for January 2013 is:

From Amazon:

“What are you reading?”

That’s the question Will Schwalbe asks his mother, Mary Anne, as they sit in the waiting room of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In 2007, Mary Anne returned from a humanitarian trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan suffering from what her doctors believed was a rare type of hepatitis. Months later she was diagnosed with a form of advanced pancreatic cancer, which is almost always fatal, often in six months or less.

This is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother, who start a “book club” that brings them together as her life comes to a close. Over the next two years, Will and Mary Anne carry on conversations that are both wide-ranging and deeply personal, prompted by an eclectic array of books and a shared passion for reading. Their list jumps from classic to popular, from poetry to mysteries, from fantastic to spiritual. The issues they discuss include questions of faith and courage as well as everyday topics such as expressing gratitude and learning to listen. Throughout, they are constantly reminded of the power of books to comfort us, astonish us, teach us, and tell us what we need to do with our lives and in the world.

Reading isn’t the opposite of doing; it’s the opposite of dying.

Will and Mary Anne share their hopes and concerns with each other—and rediscover their lives—through their favorite books. When they read, they aren’t a sick person and a well person, but a mother and a son taking a journey together. The result is a profoundly moving tale of loss that is also a joyful, and often humorous, celebration of life: Will’s love letter to his mother, and theirs to the printed page.

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

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  1. Oh wow... that sounds amazing!

    Right now, I'm reading, "Every Bush Burning"... its actually quite good.

  2. I've totally been wanting to read this book!

  3. Oh, my favorite genre is probably literary fiction.

  4. Oops- didn't see the question.

    My favorite genre is historical fiction.

  5. Hmmmm......I like historical fiction best with urban fantasy a close second. :D Thanks so much for creating this blog (so much fun) and for the giveaway!

  6. Congratulations ladies I think because of you guys I have read more in the last year then I have in years. :)

  7. I have a hard time narrowing down what my favorite genre is--I guess I'd have to go with romance, but I like fantasy, historic fiction, steampunk, adventure, mystery, really I just like a good book, no matter what genre it is :)

  8. I love mystery mixed with chick lit! But as it turns out, I read all kinds of books

  9. I must admit I have a soft spot for YA books-- easy fluff reading :)

  10. i'll read anything but i tend to lean towards romance or paranormal

  11. Happy Blogiversary!!! I'm joining the book club today, but don't know when I'll get time to read...

  12. I have never heard of that book, but I am always up to trying new things!

    1. Opps I forgot to say my favorite genre. Historical romance. Specifically western or southern.

  13. Oh goodness, I'm getting teary already. Favorite genre . . . I don't know that I have one. I don't discriminate ;) Lately I tend to read Christian Romance. But I think it's just beacause they're easy, quick reads, and that's all I have time for, lol! :)

  14. I'm gonna go with a huge blanket genre and say non-fiction. Is that cheating? I just love reading about real people (famous, infamous, or not famous at all) and their stories. I also really like political books and learning about weird topics like the mole people in NYC.

  15. Also, I've been meaning to read this book for a while now. I'm gonna move it to the top of my list!

  16. YA is definitely my favorite, with fantasy fiction right behind.

  17. Literary Fiction. Fantasy/Apocolyptic Fiction a bit behind that.