The Good Girl Final Questions [SPOILERS]

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1. Early on, Colin Thatcher is described as a tough criminal acting out a kidnapping for his own financial benefit. What would make him change his mind and save Mia?

2. Mia is described as many things: devoted teacher, neglected daughter, rebellious daughter, kidnapped victim and more. Who do you really think she is? Is she crazy?

3. It’s suggested that Mia developed Stockholm Syndrome after being held captive. Do you believe this to be true?

4. SPOILER: In the epilogue, we find out Mia staged her whole abduction. Does this mean she also faked amnesia? Is she psychotic? How much of what she says can be trusted?

5. In the end, who do you think is the real victim in the story? What opinions of yours changed throughout the story?

The Good Girl Reading Schedule

It’s almost book season. Book season?? It’s always book season. But really, I read much more in the summer when I’m either out by the pool, the beach or just sitting in my hammock. I’ve been reading since we halted Blogger Book Club last fall, but now I want back in to discussions and reading even more!

So who’s with me? For the first 3 weeks of May, we’ll be reading The Good Girl by Mary Kubica. The book is not broken into numbered chapters, so this may get difficult but the reading schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, May 6: Part 1 to Chapter: Colin Before, Starting with “I tell her we’re going outside.”
Wednesday, May 13: Part 2 to Chapter: Colin Before, Starting with “It’s called an Alberta clipper.”
Wednesday, May 20: Part 3 to the end of the book.

Questions will be posted at the end of the reading period (new format!). As always, if you’re reading and participating, use the hashtag #BloggerBookClub to have your pictures featured on the blog!

Questions? Leave them below!

Big Little Lies (2/3 Update)

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How is everyone liking Big Little Lies? You should be 2/3 of the way through with it by now… but let’s be honest, once you get halfway through it’s hard to stop! I finished it last night and I absolutely loved it! I can’t wait for the movie now and I’m excited to read other books by Lianne Moriarty. I’ve hard The Husband’s Secret is a great one!

Are you still reading or are you finished? What are you thinking so far? Share your thoughts below!

Big Little Lies: Reading Schedule

I’m so excited that our next book is Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty! I actually started listening to this book on Audible last week and the first few chapters were so interesting! Of course, Audible is really hard for me to keep up with and I end up getting distracted when I’m listening so I’m very glad I will actually be able to read the physical book in front of me. Plus, it’s going to be made into a movie! I heard it was going to star Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. Can’t wait!

Reading Schedule
October 14: Start Reading!
October 22: Read Chapters 1-23
October 29: Read Chapters 24-50
November 5: Read Chapters 51-84

Questions will be posted after each reading period. Happy reading!

Remember if you take photos of your book along the reading journey, use the hashtag #bloggerbookclub or tag me @rachelregal_ to be featured!


Vote For Our Next Book! (4)

Vote for our next book! Voting will close Sunday, October 12th.

The Vacationers by Emma StraubFor the Posts, a two-week trip to the Balearic island of Mallorca with their extended family and friends is a celebration: Franny and Jim are observing their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, and their daughter, Sylvia, has graduated from high school. The sunlit island, its mountains and beaches, its tapas and tennis courts, also promise an escape from the tensions simmering at home in Manhattan. But all does not go according to plan: over the course of the vacation, secrets come to light, old and new humiliations are experienced, childhood rivalries resurface, and ancient wounds are exacerbated.

This is a story of the sides of ourselves that we choose to show and those we try to conceal, of the ways we tear each other down and build each other up again, and the bonds that ultimately hold us together. With wry humor and tremendous heart, Emma Straub delivers a richly satisfying story of a family in the midst of a maelstrom of change, emerging irrevocably altered yet whole.

In the Woods by Tana FrenchAs dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox—his partner and closest friend—find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.

*NEW* Graduates in Wonderland by Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-DaleFast friends since they met at Brown University during their freshman year, Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale vowed to keep in touch after their senior year through in-depth—and brutally honest—weekly e-mails. After graduation, Jess packs up everything she owns and moves to Beijing on a whim, while Rachel heads to New York to work for an art gallery and to figure out her love life. Each spends the next few years tumbling through adulthood and reinventing themselves in various countries, including France, China, and Australia. Through their messages from around the world, they swap tales of teaching classes of military men, running a magazine, and flirting in foreign languages, along with the hard stuff: from harrowing accidents to breakups and breakdowns.

Reminiscent of Sloan Crosley’s essays and Lena Dunham’s GirlsGraduates in Wonderland is an intimate, no-holds-barred portrait of two young women as they embark upon adulthood. 

*NEW* Big Little Lies by Liane MoriartyA murder… . . . a tragic accident… . . . or just parents behaving badly?  What’s indisputable is that someone is dead. But who did what

Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:   Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).  

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.  

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Me Before You by Jojo MoyesLou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

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