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Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Sunday Salon and World Book Night Books with Buzz

Welcome to the Sunday Salon! This is the day during the week where we get together and talk books! So grab a cup of joe, find a comfy chair and relax! What bookish things have you been doing this week?

It's been a very bookish week here at Chick with Books. With the World Book Night books announcement, there were plenty of books to add to the need to read list! I thought this week we'd take a peek at a few of those World Book Night picks that I think stand out...

First of all, are you familiar with World Book Night? On April 23rd, World Book Night is celebrated. This is the third year that the United States have celebrated. Why April 23rd?

 "April 23 is the UNESCO International Day of the Book, as well as Shakespeare’s birthday. It was also chosen in honor of Miguel de Cervantes, who died on April 23, 1616 (the same day as Shakespeare). In the Catalan region of Spain, the day is celebrated by giving a book and a flower to a loved one."

It's also a wonderful way to spread literacy world wide, and with the help of sponsors, authors, publishers, readers and givers, World Book Night spread's the love of reading by giving away great books for free! Authors give up their royalties for the books chosen, publishers publish special editions for free, and readers like you and me, apply to give books away. When you apply to be a giver, you pick out a book from the list of books chosen for World Book Night. If you are chosen to be a giver, you get 20 books of the title you chose, or your second choice, to be given out in a public place on the night of April 23rd. It is so much fun! My reading group has done it for the past 2 years with lots of success. Last year we had 80 books to give away!

Here are a few of my top choices of the WBN Books this year...

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford... from the publisher: In the opening pages of Jamie Ford’s stunning debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

This simple act takes old Henry Lee back to the 1940s, at the height of the war, when young Henry’s world is a jumble of confusion and excitement, and to his father, who is obsessed with the war in China and having Henry grow up American. While “scholarshipping” at the exclusive Rainier Elementary, where the white kids ignore him, Henry meets Keiko Okabe, a young Japanese American student. Amid the chaos of blackouts, curfews, and FBI raids, Henry and Keiko forge a bond of friendship–and innocent love–that transcends the long-standing prejudices of their Old World ancestors. And after Keiko and her family are swept up in the evacuations to the internment camps, she and Henry are left only with the hope that the war will end, and that their promise to each other will be kept... Forty years later, Henry Lee is certain that the parasol belonged to Keiko.

I loved this book! My whole reading group loved this book! It is such a wonderful love story, set in a time that is so interesting historically. The writing is wonderful, and if you haven't read it yet, YOU SHOULD! It's available is Paperback , Kindle , and Nook.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed... At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State “and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise. But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone. Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

I have been meaning to read this for some time. Wild has gotten so much great buzz, I think it's a perfect choice to introduce readers and nonreaders to memoirs. I recently downloaded this for my Kindle and was immediately hooked on the writing and the adventure. It's available in Paperback , on Kindle and Nook.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein... from Goodreads: I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do. That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine — and I will do anything, anything, to avoid SS-Hauptsturmf├╝hrer von Linden interrogating me again. He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France — an Allied Invasion of Two. We are a sensational team.

Lots of great buzz about this book! It's YA, it's WWII, it's a spy novel, it's about friendship, it's got great heroines and it's got adventure. What more can you ask for? This is definitely on my TBR list! Especially since it has great female characters, which is always refreshing in an adventure story. It's available in Paperback , on Kindle and Nook.

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller...  A riveting, powerful novel about a pilot living in a world filled with loss—and what he is willing to risk to rediscover, against all odds, connection, love, and grace.

Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life—something like his old life—exists beyond the airport. Risking everything, he flies past his point of no return—not enough fuel to get him home—following the trail of the static-broken voice on the radio. But what he encounters and what he must face—in the people he meets, and in himself—is both better and worse than anything he could have hoped for.

This book sounds wonderful and fun! And how can you resist an adventure with a guy and his dog?! Dystopian, sci-fi, adventure. Lots of great buzz on this book too! With over 15,000 ratings at Goodreads, it came in at almost 4 stars! A great novel to add to World Book Night! It's available in Paperback , on Kindle and Nook.

The Week in Review...

Tuesday we looked at New Releases! There were some great ones included the long awaited Allegiant by Veronica Roth! Click on my LINK to read the post if you missed it! More great books coming this tuesday too!

Thursday we talked a little about World Book Night and listed all the books that are going to be distributed world wide that night! Click on my LINK to read the post and see what great choices there are! You can apply to be a giver at

Friday I reviewed The Last First Day by Carrie Brown. What a fabulous book! It was slow paced, but it set the tone perfectly for the story to unfurl wonderfully. Click to read my REVIEW.

Happy reading... Suzanne


Harvee said...

I had the large print version of Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet as my second choice for the giveaway.

Suzanne said...

Hi Harvee!
Yes, I was considering the large print version, but opted for the "regular" Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet for my first choice. Wild was my second choice and then The Dog Stars.

Where do you give your books away?

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I've been wanting to read The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet....have a great week, and thanks for sharing your books.


Joy Weese Moll (@joyweesemoll) said...

I loved The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and Code Name Verity. I want to read the other two!

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