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Virtual book club at The Flashlight Reader: Pick a book

Well, after much thought (and a little prodding from a friend), I decided to try something new. I felt like my blogging was in a rut and a bit boring. It was all book reviews and ... Well, that was it. I haven't had an author interview in ages. I do giveaways periodically. I've even slacked on blog tours. Such a bad blogger.

And I totally blame my grown up life. But, as a way to break the blahs and do something new, I thought, "Hey, why not a book club?" All my buds live everywhere but near me, so it wasn't possible to have a face to face club. So I thought, why not take advantage of this thing called the internet and make it a virtual book club? I've seen those around, and they seem pretty fun.

Alas, that's what I decided to do. of course, I had to get moving on it; otherwise, I would procrastinate and it would fizzle out before it ever started. Also a byproduct of my grown up life.

So here we go... A debut (for me). Go ahead and read the summaries of these books and see which one would be best for our first read along. Don't forget to leave a comment and mark your choice on the poll in the right sidebar. You know I can be a little ADD and that helps make it easier for me to track.

Book 1: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

The Statistical Probability of Love at First SightToday should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.

Book 2: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages—not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.

When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

Book 3: The Lost Girl

Eva's life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination--an echo. She was made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her "other," if she ever died. Eva spends every day studying that girl from far away, learning what Amarra does, what she eats, what it's like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready.

But sixteen years of studying never prepared her for this.

Now she must abandon everything and everyone she's ever known--the guardians who raised her, the boy she's forbidden to love--to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive.

What Eva finds is a grief-stricken family; parents unsure how to handle this echo they thought they wanted; and Ray, who knew every detail, every contour of Amarra. And when Eva is unexpectedly dealt a fatal blow that will change her existence forever, she is forced to choose: Stay and live out her years as a copy or leave and risk it all for the freedom to be an original. To be Eva.

Book 4:  Shatter Me

No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she's finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she'd lost forever.


  1. I think the options 1 & 2 are good. I read 1 for another read along and it worked out well for discussion. I haven't read 2, but have heard so much about it I think there would be a lot to discuss. I look forward to participating (if my grown up life doesn't intervene)! Tattooed Books

  2. I love the idea of a virtual book club. It will get me reading some of the titles I keep putting off! I vote for 'Shatter Me' or 'The Lost Girl'.


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