Sunday, January 29, 2012

The House of God, discussion

Thank you to those who made it to the discussion today. There was a mixture of reactions to the book: some of loved it, some were turned off by the writing style, but overall we had a good discussion.

The dialogue from the chat are after the jump.

Book Thirteen Announced

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kalling is our February read.

The race was close with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo coming in a close second. I am tentatively scheduling that book as our March read (book fourteen), but as always we will have options for suggestions as February draws to a close.

For now, grab Mindy's book and keep checking back here for details of the end-of-month February chat.

The House of God, book details and references

The discussion on The House of God is just about an hour away, and in preparation I wanted to post some quotes, questions, and details from the book.

There are a lot of characters and relationships to consider. A few that I found most important to the development of Roy in his internship are:
Dr. Saunders
Quick and Gilheeny

Other characters to think about: Roy's father, Jo, Leggo, Fish, The Yellow Man, Hooper, Eddie, Molly, Runt, Nate Zock, Richard Nixon.

-What do you think of how the author used Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal as historical backdrop?

-What, if anything, do the gomers/gomeres represent to Roy and the rest of the staff at The House of God?

If you have already read the book and/or you have not but don't mind reading quotes from the book that reveal details, then don't follow the jump.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Book Thirteen Poll and 'The House of God' Chat Reminder

The poll is up for book thirteen, check it out to the right. You can only vote once, and this is to determine the book we will read for the month of February. Keep that in mind when you vote for the book. Remember the books that do not make the vote this month will be options for future months.

Voting ends Sunday, January 29 at 4PM PST so make sure you vote!

A reminder: the chat for Book Twelve, The House of God is Sunday at 4PM PST so be sure to join us whether you have finished the book, haven't picked it up, or anywhere in between.

Last note, I added a new page to the blog, Books Completed, where you can look up all the books we have read together thus far. The the page link is on the right, beneath the book thirteen poll.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Book Thirteen

As we are soon to discuss book twelve, let's start thinking about our next book!

I am still very much intending for us to read 12 books this year, so if there is a book you are dying to read, a book you have already read that you want to discuss with others, a movie you don't want to see until you read the book, or anything else, bring your suggestions here.

We will vote for ONE book using the Blogger Poll feature, so look for that poll on the right beginning Thursday, and make sure you vote before the poll closes on Sunday at 4PM PST. The next book will be announced at the book twelve chat and later will be posted here.

Keep in mind that the chat for book thirteen will be sometime during the last week of February.

The House of God, by Samuel Shem

How does Sunday, January 29 at 4PM PST work for our chat on The House of God?

Whether you have finished reading, only started, or haven't even picked up the book, come join us as we discuss the stories and struggles of a first year Medical intern.

Let us know if you can make the chat!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The House of God, by Samuel Shem

After a two-month hiatus (sorry!) let's start the new year by finishing up The House of God by Samuel Shem.

I finally picked up the book today (I know, I set a terrible example) and I am really enjoying it! Thus, my motivation to shake the hiatus and move forward.

So, how are people coming along with the book? I'd love to arrange a chat and regardless of how much or how little you have read, it would be great to see you join us!

How does the end of January sound? I'd like to try and do one book a month this year, so whether we are able to chat about this book by the end of January or not, we will be starting a new book in February so stay tuned for that :)

As usual, post a comment with your availability and let us know where you are in the book.