A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving

Johnny Wheelwright lives in New Hampshire with his mom who “chose to have me and to never explain a word about me or to her mother or to her sister”.  Johnny never knew who his dad was, and his mother seemed to like it that way and went about with her tranquil and modest nature the rest of her days.

Johnny was rather scrawny and wimpy so it was only natural for him to find a friend in Owen Meany.  Owen was small for his age – freakishly small due to a mysterious growth disorder.  he also has damage to his larynx which leaves his voice very squeaky and needless to say, the blunt of many jokes.  But – Owen is wise beyond his years and knows more about life at the age of ten than most people do well into their later adult years.

When a tragic accident happens at a baseball game involving Owen… Owen feels this was foreseen by God, therefore – Owen is an instrument of God.  The book goes on to play on this “instrument of God” piece (even to the point that Owen predicts his date of death) throughout the childhood of both boys – and into adulthood as well as Johnny continues the story.




A little history.  Last year this book was recommended to me for banned book week.  AND in typical Sheila style, I ran to my library and checked this out along with several other banned books.  AND in typical Sheila style… I had more books than I could read. It was returned… unread.

There are books out there that continue to call to me, for whatever reason they stay on my radar as “must reads” and this book was one of them. I checked the book out again this year, now not only for Banned Book Week, but I had also chosen it as the Wordshaker fall opener read to force my hand.  (I sometimes, have to trick – myself.)

I had seen the movie Simon Birch long before I knew of a book called A Prayer For Owen Meany.  I enjoyed the movie, finding it funny, and sad, and a mixture in between.  The book left me feeling much of the same emotions. 

In the early pages you are hit with the shocking plot starter that really kicks off the story.  Owen then takes on this role as instrument of God which at times is funny, but admittedly – at times, a bit disturbing as well.  For me, reading this book as the fictional story it is, made it enjoyable, and in the end, although not always the easiest book to follow (flash back and forwards tend to mess me up), I am thankful I had the opportunity to read it.  

John Irving and I have had a rocky relationship.  He has a knack for creating quirky characters and then writing stories around them.  In the early years of our book club we had read (under my suggestion) The Fourth Hand by him.  Lets just say that I never have really ever lived down the choosing of this book that as a group we all disliked very VERY much.

John Irving, in my eyes, redeems himself in this interesting and profound read that would make an incredible book group discussion read.



FYI:  Did you know the movie Simon Birch is based loosely on this book?

Simon Birch is a 1998 American comedy-drama film loosely based on A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. It was directed and written for the screen by Mark Steven Johnson. The film stars Ian Michael Smith, Joseph Mazzello, Ashley Judd, Oliver Platt, and Jim Carrey. It omitted much of the latter half of the novel and altered the ending. The movie does not share the book’s title at Irving’s request; he did not believe that this novel could successfully be made into a film. The name “Simon Birch” was suggested by him to replace that of Owen Meany. The main plot centers around 12-year old Joe Wenteworth and his best friend Simon Birch.


Why Was A Prayer For Owen Meany a Banned Book?

Banned and censored around the United States for its stance on religion and criticism of the US government regarding  the Vietnam War and Iran-Contra.



For those of you who joined me for the Wordshakers read a long of this book – as you are posting your reviews this week, please respond to one or two of these questions within your reviews.  When your review is up, please link here.

1.  What do you think of Johnny as the narrator of this read?  What is his motivation for writing this story?

2.  How does Owen develop as a character throughout the novel? 

3.  Why do you feel so such emphasis is put on Owen’s voice?

4.  Reverend Merrill always speaks of faith in tandem with doubt. Do you believe that one can exist without the other or that one strengthens the other?

5.  Owen Meany taught John that “Any good book is always in motion–from the general to the specific, from the particular to the whole and back again.” Do you think Irving followed his own recipe for a good book?

6.  Several reviews call A Prayer for Owen Meany “Dickensian,” and Irving himself incorporates scenes from Dickens in the story. In what ways does Irving’s writing remind you of Dickens? What other writers would you compare Irving to?

I will be answering my thoughts on these questions through commenting on your reviews.  Be sure to use the Wordshaker widget to connect your review as part of the Wordshaker Read-A-Long.

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Finally – The Wordshakers Read – A – Long

It has been a long time since we have had a read-a-long here.  Mainly, 2011 has been extremely busy and I was swept along with it.  But not only that…. Word Shakers needed some revamping that I just had not taken the time to really think about how I wanted to move forward.

Thanks to the occasional comments and emails inquiring about Word Shakers, I have finally put together what I envision this read-a-long to be like and now am finally (FINALLY) ready to unveil what I have in store.

First things first… why is it called Word Shakers?

Word Shakers came to my attention when I read The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak.  I loved the book… but what caught my heart most was the story within the story called Word Shakers…

THE BEST word shakers were the ones who understood the true power of words.  They were the ones who could climb the highest .  One such word shaker was a small, skinny girl.  She was renowned as the best word shaker of her region because she knew how powerless a person could be without words.

If you have read this book you know that the story goes on with the girl climbing the tree of words and shaking them down so all could reach them and use them.  I love the analogy, and seriously… if I had read this book before I had started blogging, this blog would be called Word Shakers.

Word Shakers is open to anyone who would care to join in on the read-a-long.  The more the merrier!  To participate:

1.  Fill out the form below so I know you are planning to read with us. 

2.  Read the book or listen to the audio during the time frame that is announced

3.  A few days prior to the review time I will send out a list of five questions to ponder.  You may cover one or more to discuss in your post.

4.  Grab the word shaker widget (above) and feel free to use it on your sidebars and/or on your review posts.

5.  Be sure to comment on my post here and let me know that your Word Shaker post is up as well so I may link to it.  

6.  If you do not have a blog but wish to participate, still fill out the form below and at the time of my posting add your thoughts here in the comments. 

Ok.. now for the book….

In the summer of 1953, two eleven-year-old boys—best friends—are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy’s mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn’t believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God’s instrument. What happens to Owen, after that 1953 foul ball, is extraordinary and terrifying.

Why this book?

For one I have never read this and have always wanted to.  This book is the story behind the movie Simon Birch which I enjoyed watching.  Secondly, this is a Banned Book and Banned Book week is coming up at the end of this month so I thought the timing was…. appropriate.

I invite you, and would love you, to join my on this read. 

If interested – please fill out the form below.  Live review date would be the first week of October, I am aiming for October first for my review as that is the final day of Banned Books Week.

Word Shakers On Line Book Club Invites You To Our Next Group Read

Word Shakers is an on-line book club hosted here at Book Journey.  When a group read is announced, anyone who wishes to join in (book bloggers and readers of any type) are encouraged to fill out the form (below) and join the group.  At a given date a survey will be sent to those participating with questions about the book.  On a later date, a group post will go up at the Book Journey site as well as a place for participants to link their reviews as well.  (*Participants who do not book blog are encourages to put their thoughts on the book on the survey when it is sent as well as in the comments once the review is posted. 

Our current read being offered is:

Lisa Shannon had a good life – a successful business, a fiancé, a home, and security. Then one day in 2005, an episode of Oprah changed her life. The show focused on women in the Congo, a place known as the worst place on earth to be a woman.

The subject of a recent New York Times column by Nicholas Kristof, Shannon details how she left her comfortable life in Portland, Ore., to aid women in the Democratic Republic of Congo suffering abuse and death in what has been termed “Africa’s First World War.” Running a successful business with her fiancée (who would leave her), Shannon is still “hungry for something all [her] own” and after seeing a show on Oprah about Congolese women, she establishes the Run for Congo Women to raise money to help those suffering. From meeting Congolese women she’s sponsored to learning that 90% of the women in one village have been raped, Shannon is exposed to a world remote from her own affluent life. Her painful firsthand accounts of the violence inflicted upon Congolese women by Hutu militants will most interest readers, but the book lacks a detailed overview of the political circumstances surrounding this long war. Shannon provides a much-needed view of how one inspired American can act with hope, drive, and courage to aid women in a part of the world too often overlooked.

How to participate:

  1. Fill out the form below
  2. read the book or listen to audio before June 22 (questions regarding the book will be emailed to you at this time)
  3. Respond to the questions and submit our answers
  4. Reviews will go live on the blogs on June 30th
  5. Grad the Word Shaker widget from this post and feel free to put it on your blog and on your review.
  6. Have fun and thanks for participating! 😀

The Last Time I Saw You by Elizabeth Berg

Dorothy Shauman has been waiting for this day for what seems like forever.  Right around the corner is her 40th Class Reunion, the last for her graduating class and there is nothing that is going to stop her from finally (FINALLY) being brave enough to connect with her high school crush,Pete Decker (football star and prom king) *swoon*.  Dorothy has lost weight and primped and primmed for this day – much to the eye roll of her adult daughter, but to the glee of her two bestest (they really are the best!) friends from those glory day.

“Dorothy has never gone to a high school reunion. She was always married when they had them before, and who wanted to bring THAT to a reunion? Now she is divorced, plus she saw that movie about saying yes to life. She steps closer to the mirror and raises her chin so her turkey neck disappears. She’ll hold her head like this when she walks past Pete Decker. Later, when they’re making out in his car, it will be dark, and she won’t have to be so vigilant. Oh, she hopes they can make out in his car; she’s heard people always make out in cars at high school reunions.”  ~ The Last Time I Saw You, Berg

Pete Decker however is hoping to repair his much damaged marriage by reminding his soon to be ex-wife who he used to be by attending the reunion.  Sure, the damage to their marriage is mainly due to his wandering eye, and yeah sure he recently has been living with his much younger girlfriend…. but she doesn’t make his heart pound like his wife does.

Mary Alice, she just wants to go.  She loved the people she went to school with, even if they did not give her the time of day.  It will be fun to see them.  Maybe.  Well… won’t it?

Lester is very comfortable with who he is and really is not even sure if he can take the time from his busy veterinarian business to attend the reunion at all.  Really there is no love lost between himself and his once classmates… it doesn’t really matter that he stills lives in town and the reunion is merely a short drive away…

Candy just wants to go.  She was the girl who every guy wanted.  Beautiful and blonde, even she has to admit that she has held up pretty well over the years (thank you daily workouts!), but for Candy, this reunion has more meaning to her.  Living a life that from the outside looks pretty great, Candy carries a lot of hurt in her and now with a new diagnosis, really…. this is probably the last time she will see any of her once friends. 

For each attendee, there is a feeling of hope, of anxiety…. some are looking to repair lost friendships, lost loves rekindled, current relationships strengthened, and some just hope to be acknowledged as more than that geeky shy person they were in high school.


Did anyone else just love high school or is it just me?  The excitement of seeing your friends every day, not to mention that cute guy…. ;).  (Oops – I guess I did mention…)  Pep fests, school rallys, weekend sports events, crazy days like – hat day, pajama day…, the adrenaline of being a part of something big…. the final years of school and then freedom to be whoever you were going to be.

Is that just me?

I enjoyed this book very much.  It was a nice continuation to my goal to read all the Berg books in 2011.  Maybe I liked it so much because I have fond memories of high school, memories that still make my heart beat a little faster when I think of all the high energy we had as a class…. as a group, really we were invincible.  And this is not because I was super popular either, I wasn’t.  I was middle ground… actually tending to be a bit shy and quiet unless you were in my close-knit group of friends.  I just loved school….. 😛

The characters that Elizabeth Berg has given life to in this book are real.  I can imagine (thanks to Elizabeth Berg) what a 40th class reunion would probably feel like.  The main characters are 58 years old.  Their bodies are not what they once were no matter how much you tried to maintain your youth.  They are older and they are wiser (well…. not all of them… :D), and to go and put yourself out in front of all the people you knew at that invincible age of 18… well, I can imagine some anxiety in doing so – and Elizabeth Berg captures that well.

There is a point when one of the characters comes upstairs during the reunion and catches herself in the mirror… she is actually surprised to see how old she looks when after seeing all her friends again she felt 18.  That’s an image that will stick with me.  We are as old as we feel…. mirror be damned.

Overall, this was a pleasant read.  It left me with warm feelings of reunions, and memories of my own high school experiences.  I felt it didn’t matter that my own 40th class reunion is a great distance away, I could still put myself right there with a little bit of each character stirring within me…. (well, maybe not Pete…LOL).

The Last Time I Saw You was the book chosen to be read by the Wordshakers On-Line Book Group.  I posted about this in January – generated the excitement from 16 participants besides myself, planned to post and do a group review in late February…. and I totally proceeded to drop the ball. 😳

First off, life became busy again (how does that always happen?), I did not get the review questions sent out as I said I would, fell further and further behind… and honestly I did not get it read myself until the middle of last month.  über embarrassing.  And truly – I am sorry, to those of you who were waiting on me to get cracking… I just lost my focus. 

From the comments I did gather from the reading group, it was overall an enjoyable read. We discussed if we had attended our own reunions and found that again we were mixed – some finding it much more fun than anticipated and others found it just…awkward.  😛  As far as favorite characters, it was interesting that we were all drawn to the gentler softer ones…. the ones that perhaps didn’t seem like much in high school.  We were also drawn to Candy, although the popular girl in school… her life had taken on a whole new meaning. 

A few of the Wordshakers were kind enough to link their reviews here.  If you have read this book,please let me know and I will gladly add you to the group:

Justice Jennifer

Teresa’s Reading Corner *audio review


The Friday Friends

The WHERE Are You Reading Map has been updated to include The Last Time I Saw You

Borrowed this one from my local library

Word Shakers Read A Long February Pick

It’s has been since last fall that we have a group book discussion through Word Shakers On Line Book Club.  Finally after the business of the holidays and the recovery time, I am ready to dust off this read a long and hope that many of you will decide to join me.

This year I have taken an interest in Elizabeth Berg’s writing.  This is an author that has surprised and delighted me with her style and I am thinking if I had been missing out of this amazing author, how many of you have not had the opportunity to read her either?  The book for this read a long will be Elizabeth Berg’s most recent release:

As onetime classmates meet up over the course of a weekend for their fortieth high school reunion, they discover things that will irrevocably affect the rest of their lives. For newly divorced Dorothy, the reunion brings with it the possibility of finally attracting the attention of the class heart-throb. For the ever self-reliant, ever left-out Mary Alice, it’s a chance to reexamine a painful past. For Lester, a veterinarian and widower, it is the hope of talking shop with a fellow vet—or at least that’s what he tells himself. For Candy, the class beauty, it’s the hope of finding friendship before it’s too late. As these and other classmates converge for the reunion dinner, four decades melt away: desires and personalities from their youth reemerge, and new discoveries are made. For so much has happened to them all. And so much can still happen.

This book will be a new one for me as well as I have been reading many of Elizabeth Berg’s books, but have yet to read this one.  On another note – joining in for the read-a-long will fit in nicely with another event I will be posting later this week.

Here is how Word Shakers works:

Fill out the form below with your interest in participating.  Read the book between now and March 15th.   On March 6th an email will be sent to all participants with questions on what you thought of the book.  Participants will fill out the form that will automatically come back to me.  I will compile the results in a review that will be posted here on March 22.  A linky will be available on that post for you to attach your reviews of this book as well.    *You do not have to have a blog  to participate in Word Shakers book club.

If you have already read the book you are still welcome to join in.  If you would like to be included in a mailing group that will be notified each time a new read is announced, leave me a comment below saying so and I will add you to the group.  (*You do not need to post your email, I receive it with every comment)

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The Wife’s Tale by Lori Lansens (Wordshaker On Line Book Club review)

Mary Gooch’s universe has shrunk to the trail she has worn from her bedroom to the refrigerator.  Disappointment and worry have worn Mary down to not leaving the house, hiding from the world behind food.

On the eve of their silver anniversary Jimmy, Mary’s very attractive athletic husband does not come home.  She is forced for the first time in years to action and she boards a plane alone to search for her husband.  So begins Mary’s to self discovery as she opens her eyes to a world she no longer believed in… only to find herself along the way.

This was our Wordshaker On Line Book Club pick and 24 people (both bloggers and non bloggers) who read Book Journey joined in on this read-a-long.  This was my first experience with Lori Lansen’s writing and I was really impressed with the style in which the book flows.

Of course, the main character Mary gave me mixed feelings.  On one hand you cant help but feel bad for this woman who let her eating go too far.  Yet on the other hand I wanted to shake her out of her slump and get her motivated to make positive changes.  Thanks goodness I was not a character in the book!  I would have been an annoying neighbor that would have asked her to come rollerblading or biking.  😛

Yet, author Lori Lansens knew what she was doing when she developed the character of Mary.  As Mary learns to make positive choices for herself – we can’t help but cheer her on.  And yes, Mary throughout the book becomes more and more likable, leaving you at the end a little sad that your time with her is over.

I have not had the opportunity (yet) to read any of Lori Lansen’s other books.  I have heard The Girls is a wonderful read and I look forward to having a chance to enjoy that one soon!

But this is just my thoughts…. here’s is what the Wordshakers thought of the book:

We had a good discussion on how people look and judge those who are obese.  The judgment and labels that are pinned on those who struggle with their weight is maddening.  Degrading.  And you can see why Mary would have chose to stay inside rather than venture into the world any more than she had to.

The discussion over how we felt about Jimmy was intense.  Some understood Jimmy’s reason for going away but others found this to be a cowards way out.  Over all, it did get Mary out of a lifelong slump and if Jimmy had not left, more than likely nothing would have changed.

The majority of the group felt that they would recommend this book to others.  On a scale of 1 – 10, 10 being the best out of the 24 who read it, 7 was the average rating.

Please watch for my upcoming Author Chat with Lori Lansen!

So – if you have read and reviewed this book please add your review to the LINKY below.  I have a very generous giveaway coming up with 9 (yes NINE) signed copies of books by Lori Lansens.  Anyone that shares their review here through linky will automatically get an entry into this giveaway.

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Don’t Forget!!!! Wordshakers On Line Book Club Read

Dont forget!  For those of you who are joining in on the current Wordshaker reading of The Wife’s Tale, we are going live with our posts and conversation on October 6th!  It’s not too late to join in.  There will be an authors chat and a BIG GIVEAWAY with signed additions to Lori Lanssen’s books.  Those who are doing the read-a-long with me and linking their reviews on the 6th will receive an extra entry in the giveaway.

Stay tuned!

Word Shakers Online Book Club Read: September Book Choice

I am exited to announce our next Wordshaker online Book Club choice:

The Wife’s Tale by Lori Lansens

On the eve of their silver anniversary, Mary Gooch is waiting for her husband, Jimmy — still every inch the handsome star athlete he was in high school — to come home. As night turns to day, it becomes frighteningly clear to Mary that he is gone. Through the years, disappointment and worry have brought Mary’s life to a standstill, and she has let her universe shrink to the well-worn path from the bedroom to the refrigerator. But her husband’s disappearance startles her out of her inertia, and she begins a desperate search.
She boards a plane for the first time in her life and flies across the country to find her lost husband. So used to hiding from the world, Mary learns that in the bright sun and broad vistas of California, she is forced to look up from the pavement. And what she discovers fills her with an inner strength she’s never felt before: perfect strangers who come to her rescue, an aging, sometimes hostile mother-in-law who needs her help, friends who enjoy her company. And through it all, Mary not only finds kindred spirits, but reunites with a more intimate stranger no longer sequestered by fear and habit: herself.
With the generosity and delicate grace that had readers falling in love with her bestselling novel, The Girls, Lori Lansens brings us another moving and beautifully wrought story, this time of a woman taking small yet courageous steps toward her authentic self.

If you would like to be a part of this book discussion please fill out the form below.  You have between now and October 6 to read and either post a book review on your blog (if you have one) or for non bloggers you may email me your thoughts on the book.

Author Lori Lansens

As a bonus for those who choose to participate this month, author Lori Lansens will be offering a few signed copies of her books, not only this book, but also of The Girl’s and Rush Home Road.  I will announce the actual giveaway closer to the review date, but for those of you who sign on to review the book with me through Wordshakers, you will automatically be entered twice into the giveaways.

Following our online review on October 6, there will be an author chat here with Lori Lanssen and participants in this discussion will have the opportunity to send in your questions for her for this chat.

If you have already read the book you are still welcome to join in.  A five-week window will be given to give participants enough time to secure the book and read it.  If you would like to be included in a mailing group that will be notified each time a new read is announced, leave me a comment below saying so and I will add you to the group.  (*You do not need to post your email, I receive it with every comment)

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Where did word shakers come from?  I read a lovely book called The book Thief, and if you have not read it I highly recommend it.  There is a part in the book when one of the characters writes a story involving a word shaker.  The whole story is beautiful, and if you have the opportunity to read even the word shaker part of the book it is pages 445-450.  The part that touches me deeply is:

THE BEST word shakers were the ones who understood the true power of words.  They were the ones who could climb the highest.  One such word shaker was a small, skinny girl.  She was renowned as the best word shaker of her region because she knew how powerless a person could be without words.

I think this one touches me so because I am a word lover, much like many of you, and therefore – we are all word shakers.


Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart (Wordshaker Online Book Club) review)

Welcome to New York City in 1945.  Marjorie Jacobson and her best friend Marty Garrett arrive on scene fresh-faced from Iowa,  young, and ready for the world!   Their mission is to find jobs where they can work together and they want it to be somewhere wonderful, after all they are in New York!

The girls are turned away from many of their top selections for jobs and find themselves applying at Tiffany and Co., not only miraculously securing jobs for both of them – but on the sales floor no less, making them the first women ever to work on the sales floor.

This book is the true story of a summer of miracles and memories, written by author Marjorie (Jacobson) Hart.  Marjorie shares stories of the famous people she met, the mishaps, and triumphs, the boy, and celebrating V-Day in Times Square (exactly where her parents had warned her not to go!).  Marjorie tells a story that is filled with dreams come true…. and memories that truly last a lifetime.

Marjorie at a book signing

This book was chosen to be the Word Shaker On Line book club read and 22 people signed up to read this book together.  This review is a mixture of my thoughts as well as some of the comments that came in from the group about this read.

The appeal of this memoir is while it is a story from over 50 years ago, it is also one that holds true today – filled with the fun of first being able to go out on the town alone, dates with boys that actually picked you up at the door and you dressed up for a date in dresses even!  While the girls were naive, they did something that was unheard of at the time and that really is the heart (and the Hart) behind this story.

Throughout the book Marjorie writes letters home back to her family letting them know of what was happening in New York.  Another reminder of a time gone by, and the letter writings posted in the book are filled with young girl excitement about jobs and paychecks…. and who came through the doors of Tiffany’s….

This book is a reminder that no matter what the rules have been – gender, race, etc… you can go out and be a trend setter, you never know who will be the next person to do something to change the way the world thinks or acts, it can be as big as changing a nations way of thinking about discrimination, or as small as being the first women on a sales floor at Tiffany’s.

Within these pages Marjorie describes what it was like to be in Times Square as the war was announced over.  I can not even imagine what that had to feel like!  The oneness of all the people all the excitement!

I am taking away from this read a better knowledge of the war and what it was like during 1945, as well as a wee bit of knowledge on how to sniff brandy.  (Yup – more on that in my author chat with Marjorie!)

If  Marjorie tells us anything within these pages it is if you are going to dream – dream big.

Stay tune for more Summer At Tiffany fun!  Yet this week there will be an author chat with Marjorie with questions from those who participated in this review – also be alert for a giveaway of Marjorie’s book – signed!!!

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Book Journey 2010 reading map has been updated to include Summer At Tiffany

I am not sure if Marjorie and Marty had a favorite coffee stop but in current day when in New York near Time Square the rave is the Coffee Pot known for a fair priced cup of coffee and super comfy couches!

Cover Story:  Love it!  It has a great color to it and yet has that faded look of yester year by using the lighter blues and the scene.

Also – be sure to sign up for a chance to win a copy of Marjorie’s book signed and in hard cover!!!

Have you reviewed Summer At Tiffany?  If so, please feel free to link your review here.  (below)

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Reading Group Choices

Word Shakers : Sept. book Read – Open to Participants

Word shakers on-line book club is back on.  The plan – a book will be announced here every six weeks.  There will be a sign up form if you are interested in taking a part in the discussion that will go along with the book.  Questions will be emailed out to the participants to answer and email back.  Parts of the responses may be used in the post of the book review, as well as a Linky set up to link all your reviews too.  *You do not have to be a blogger to participate in this book club.

If you have already read the book you are still welcome to join in.  A six-week window will be given for each book to give participants enough time to secure the book and read it.  If you would like to be included in a mailing group that will be notified each time a new read is announced, leave me a comment below saying so and I will add you to the group.  (*You do not need to post your email, I receive it with every comment)

Where did word shakers come from?  I read a lovely book called The book Thief, and if you have not read it I highly recommend it.  There is a part in the book when one of the characters writes a story involving a word shaker.  The whole story is beautiful, and if you have the opportunity to read even the word shaker part of the book it is pages 445-450.  The part that touches me deeply is:

THE BEST word shakers were the ones who understood the true power of words.  They were the ones who could climb the highest .  One such word shaker was a small, skinny girl.  She was renowned as the best word shaker of her region because she knew how powerless a person could be without words.

I think this one touches me so because I am a word lover, much like many of you, and therefore – we are all word shakers.

Join me for this months read:  The Wife’s Tale by Lori Lansens

Use the  form here to sign up for this read:

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Reviews will be posted by:  October 6,2010

Other On line book clubs I am aware of:  (if you know of others, let me know and  I will gladly add the link here)

Care’s OnLine Book Club: TBA

With A Good Book:  TBA