Do you think that Grann will be able to discover a lost city by the end of the book? Do you have any ideas about what might have happened to Fawcett during his last journey?
Do you think that Grann will be able to discover a lost city by the end of the book? Do you have any ideas about what might have happened to Fawcett during his last journey?
Did Fawcett make you think of Indiana Jones? Would explorer school have scared you away from being an explorer?
The Lost City of Z is a true story of Percy Fawcett, a British explorer who traveled all over the Amazon in search of a lost civilization he called “Z,” and the modern author who tried to trace the steps of Fawcett’s mysterious final journey.
The section where Deborah and Zakariyya finally get to see their mother’s cells in the lab was really cool. I was so glad that they were able to have a positive experience with a scientist. He was so patient to explain everything, and he explained everything in terms that they could understand.
Henrietta’s family has struggled to understand how Henrietta’s cells have been used, and they felt taken advantage of by different people and groups. What did you think of the family, especially Dorothy? How do you think you would react if you were in their shoes?
Rebecca Skloot, the author, makes some efforts to connect with Henrietta’s family in this first section, but they are hesitant to meet with her. How do you think Skloot will break through their defenses and get to know more about their mother?
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells the true story of the incredible medical advances that Henrietta’s cells made possible—and how her descendants learned that her cells had been harvested without her consent or knowledge.
Did you find it strange that It was really a huge spider? Were you surprised that the main characters killed the spider relatively easily? And do you think It is really dead?
Ben’s meeting with It in the library was horrifying, and Beverly encounter with It at her childhood home was incredibly unsettling. Do you have any guesses as to how the group united and beat It back in 1958? Do you think they will be able to beat It once and for all now that they are adults?
In Chapter 1, Pennywise the Clown hid in a storm drain and killed Georgie. Thirty years later, a group of teenagers attack a young gay man and throw his body into a canal, where a clown grabs and eats it.
Stephen King’s It is set in a small town in Maine that is terrorized by a devil-like creature that preys on young children. It’s not for everyone, but if you enjoy horror stories and thrillers, you’ll love it.
Isn’t amazing how the dogs make a difference in the lives of many people, not just the families that they are eventually placed with? I loved learning how 4 Paws for Ability takes dogs to the prison to be trained, and how they have such a big impact on the prisoners who train them.
I think my favorite part of this chapter was the fact that the dog, Casey, helped Connor connect with kids his own age. It was so cool that when he went to the playground with Casey, kids came up and talked to him, asked him about his dog, and wanted to play with him.
In the first two chapters we meet Juke, who is trained to help a teenager named Logan who suffers from uncontrollable violent outbursts, and Barkley, who aids Ben, an autistic boy who frequently escapes from home. Were you surprised by the tasks these dogs could perform?
The Underdogs, this year’s Big Read book, highlights the work of the Xenia-based service dog academy 4 Paws For Ability. 4 Paws is particularly well-known for providing service dogs to children who usually can’t get a service animal.
What did you think when Jane accused Perry of being Saxon Banks? And after Celeste found out about Max, do you think she would have actually gone through with leaving Perry?
We learn a lot more about the characters in this section: Why Jane worries Ziggy is secretly violent, Celeste’s fears about her husband’s abuse, and Madeline’s issues with her teenage daughter.
Madeline keeps stirring the pot with Renata throughout this first section. What do you think of her? Why is she so dead-set on including Ziggy and Jane? How do you think this relates to the murder?
In Big Little Lies, an elementary school’s trivia night turns violent. We don’t know exactly what occurred that night—just that someone was murdered, and that parents were involved. There are a lot of twisting, interconnected relationships to unravel as we solve the mystery.
In this section, Zombie and Ringer figure out they aren’t really killing aliens, and Evan reveals his true self to Cassie.
In the first chapter of this section, we see Cassie from the perspective of someone called a silencer—an alien or someone employed by the aliens who is hunting Cassie down. But at the end of the chapter, he runs away instead of killing Cassie. Are the invaders capable of compassion?
Cassie is by herself when we first meet her, but she wasn’t always that way. What did you think of the flashback where she explains the experience she has at the campground outside of Wright Patterson? Where do you think the bus was taking all of the kids, and why do you think they just wanted kids?
After aliens sweep through the Earth in waves, our protagonist Cassie is alone and fighting desperately to stay alive. The past couple of months have taught Cassie that she needs to fight alone, but to rescue her brother, she must trust a mysterious boy she meets after she is wounded.
This man in black seems too good to be true. He’s able to climb up that really steep mountain, he beats Inigo in a duel, and he beats Fezzik in a fight. He even bests the Sicilian. How can one man be so good at so many things?
That Zoo of Death Prince Humperdinck created is terrifying. Can you imagine being one of the women who was being considered to be his bride?
The Princess Bride is the story of an incredibly beautiful girl named Buttercup who falls in love with a boy who is taken from her. She is forced to marry a prince, but before they can marry, she is kidnapped by a mercenary and his henchmen. Buttercup ends up getting rescued by a pirate, and that’s when the real fun begins.
I wasn’t alive during the space race time, so I was really interested to see all of the pressure the people at Langley were under to get a man in space. Were you surprised that getting a man into space was so important? How would you have functioned under that kind of pressure?
Katherine Goble begins working at Langley during this section, and from the beginning, we see that she is a special worker. After only working for two weeks with Dorothy, she moves to the Flight Research Division. Katherine immediately makes an impact in that division, proving her incredible intellect and insatiable curiosity.
The first person we really get to know is Dorothy Vaughan, an alumna of Wilberforce University—what a cool local connection! I couldn’t believe she was willing and able to leave for Langley at such short notice, even though it was a great opportunity to provide for her children.
Hidden Figures is the story of a group of African American women who overcame numerous obstacles to become integral parts of NASA’s early space missions. These women faced daily prejudice and worked through unfair segregation policies; however, they proved themselves to be some of the brightest mathematical minds of their generation.
This section starts with Tom getting arrested and Lucy getting taken from Isabel to be reunited with her birth mother, Hannah. I think the hardest thing for me was how confused Lucy was through this whole last section.
I identify and sympathize with both Isabel and the baby’s birth mother, Hannah. I feel so many conflicted emotions—I want both women to be able to keep Lucy, but I know that can’t happen.
We can see, right from the beginning, that Isabel is going to want to keep the baby that washed up on the island. Meanwhile Tom, feeling the weight of his responsibilities as a lighthouse keeper, wants to report the baby’s arrival. How do you think it will affect the pair if they follow Isabel’s wishes instead of Tom’s?
The Light Between Oceans is the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who live on a remote island in Australia. An unexpected surprise washes up on the island, and the way the two deal with it changes the course of their lives forever.
Did you feel sorry for Jim? Eilis had a responsibility to come back to Tony, but do you think Jim felt blindsided once he realized that Eilis went back home?
In this section, Eilis falls in love. She’s slowly making a life for herself, enjoying school and her job, and then she meets Tony. What were your first impressions of him?
In the second section, Eilis arrives in Brooklyn and starts her new job. It seemed like she was going to seamlessly transition into her new life, but then she experiences a horrible bout of homesickness.
Brooklyn is the story of Eilis Lacey, a girl who leaves her small town in Ireland to travel to the United States. Just as she starts to find her place, a tragedy back in Ireland makes her question everything she has learned in the U.S.
I first read this book years ago when it first came out, and I had completely forgotten the ending, so when I re-read it this month, I was shocked.
How surprised were you when Sienna pushed Vayentha, the woman who had been chasing them, through the cloth ceiling? Do you feel like Sienna was justified to kill Vayentha, especially since we weren’t really sure who she was, who she was working for, or if she really wanted to harm them?
The first clue that sends Langdon on his journey around Florence is a Botticelli illustration for Dante’s Inferno. But while Langdon and Sienna are rushing around trying to interpret this first clue, they are also being chased.
In Inferno, Robert Langdon is a professor of symbology at Harvard who is tasked to use his knowledge of symbols to help save the world.
Could you believe all of the modifications Mark did so he could have a successful journey to meet the Hermes rescue crew?
In this section, Mark finally makes contact with NASA—but after being alone for so long and after surviving so much, he gets annoyed with how NASA tries to tell him how to do everything.
Can you imagine being Mark, stranded in space and feeling completely and utterly alone? Mark’s journey really reinforces how terrifying space travel could be.
The Martian tells the story of an astronaut stranded on Mars after his crew endures a horrible wind storm, and his efforts to make food and stay safe while NASA plans a daring rescue mission.
Was there part of you hoping that Hassan wouldn’t get any Michelin stars, just so he wouldn’t have to face that constant pressure that comes with them?
From the first moment we meet Madame Mallory, we see that she has a deep sadness and fears that she will never get her third Michelin star. I think that really colors her impression of Hassan’s family.
The family seems so close-knit and interested in one another. I liked that several generations all lived together in the same compound.
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a culinary adventure that takes the reader from Mumbai to a small French town called Lumière, with colorful characters and mouthwatering descriptions of food throughout.
I was on pins and needles reading about Seabiscuit’s last race. I was so nervous that something tragic was going to happen at the Santa Anita Handicap.
The first chapters mostly introduce the main characters. I feel like Red Pollard would have been a hoot to be around.
Seabiscuit is the true story of one of the most popular horses that ever raced, and of the remarkable people who owned and trained him.
The most arresting parts of this section were the scenes about the bombings in London. I found those to be the most revealing about each character.
I didn’t have any knowledge of the struggles that Jamaican immigrants had in England, so I was saddened to read about the discrimination and hatred that Gilbert faced.
Small Island follows four main characters: Hortense and Gilbert, WWII-era immigrants from Jamaica, and Bernard and Queenie, their married British landlords.
I hope you enjoyed the book this month! I loved learning more about Dayton’s history, and I now feel inspired to visit some of Dayton’s historical spots.
Can you believe that they were able to achieve such a great historical achievement with so little money—and without borrowing any money?
Not only is this a great book about some local heroes, but it’s also The Big Read book for our area.
This book is an in-depth look at the lives of Orville and Wilbur Wright. It’s full of historical facts about Dayton, the beginnings of flight, and life during the turn of the century.
I think the saddest thing about the end of this book is that Chris was ready to emerge from the wild but was unable to escape due to the raging river that surrounded him.
I’m sure, after you have read over half of the book, you can see that this story is very appealing for those who aspire to live a simpler life.
I really enjoy reading Krakauer’s writing because it is so detailed, but it doesn’t feel dry or scholarly. I think this story just flies by.
This month’s book is the true account of Chris McCandless, a man who journeyed into the wilds of Alaska alone and then was found dead four months later.
The Guardian places this book as number thirteen on its list of the 100 Greatest Books. Do you agree? What classic books would you place higher on the list?
I think I can just confirm my thoughts from last week and confidently say that Heathcliff is the worst. He is so mean and cruel.
In the first eleven chapters, I found myself flip-flopping on my opinion of Heathcliff. At first, I felt sorry for him because Hindley was so mean to him. But then he turns into a monster, and I really didn’t like him at all.
Heathcliff is an orphan who is adopted by Catherine’s family. Heathcliff and Catherine eventually fall in love, but their love is never fulfilled.
Did you know that A Christmas Carol was not Charles Dickens’s only Christmas story? Apparently, he was quite the prolific Christmas story writer.
I hope you’re enjoying A Christmas Carol! There are some parts that are a little different from the movie, aren’t there?
Mr. Scrooge is a miserable old man. But one cold Christmas Eve, Scrooge receives some unusual visitors who show him just how very mistaken he’s been…
As you can imagine, this book and movie garnered some controversy. The ending is incredibly sobering, so I hope that you were able to get through it all.
I feel like the birthday dinner scene was a turning point in the story. It shows how Lou and Will are growing closer, and that maybe they have deeper feelings for each other than they originally let on.
When she loses her beloved job at a bakery, Louisa struggles to find a job and really just stumbles into the job with Will. At first, he seems to be impossible to be around.
When Louisa Clark loses her job, she becomes a caretaker for Will, who is a quadriplegic. The pair get off to a rocky start, but soon learn to get along.
This last section was incredibly disturbing. Were you able to make it through until the very end, or was the book too hard to get through?
As The Receiver, Jonas is responsible for having all of the memories of the whole world transferred to him from The Giver. Would you like to receive other people’s memories, or is it enough to just have your own?
Whenever I read about the kind of scenes like the selection process in Jonas’ society, I immediately think about myself and how I would be placed. Did you try to imagine what kind of job you would like to have?
This month we’re reading The Giver, a dystopian novel in which a young boy named Jonas realizes that his perfect society is not as perfect as it seems.
The end of this month’s book deals with the production of the film version. I was interested to see all of the work that goes on before a movie can even begin filming.
This week, I thought we could watch a few video clips that show Eugene Allen talking about his life working under eight different presidents.
All of the anecdotes about Eugene Allen show him to be a generous, kind, and hardworking man. However, one story in particular really stuck with me.
This month, we’re reading about the life of Eugene Allen. Allen worked with eight different presidents as he served as a butler in the White House for thirty-four years.
This week, let’s talk about the ending of the book and the documentary about Harper Lee you can find at your local library or stream online.
If you’ve read To Kill a Mockingbird, you might have noticed that the characters in Go Set a Watchman are really different.
Before we can talk about the plot or characters, I think we need to talk about the controversy surrounding the publication of this book.
This month, we’re reading the previously unpublished first draft of Harper Lee’s beloved classic, To Kill a Mockingbird.
Old Yeller continues to entrench himself in the lives of the Coates family. Would you be as brave as Travis and his dog?
I can’t stop thinking about my own dog as I read. Does your pet’s life look anything like Old Yeller’s life?
This month, we’re reading an account of hilarious author Bill Bryson’s journey on the Appalachian Trail.
The action really gets going! Now that you’re more than halfway through the book, what do you think?
The beginning of this book is a doozy, isn’t it? We dive into our discussion of the classic horror novel this week.
It’s our final week discussing this year’s Big Read book. Were you satisfied with the ending of Vivian and Molly’s stories?
After stealing a library book, foster teen Molly must perform community service. The story of the orphan train brings her closer to 91-year-old Vivian.
During community service, teen Molly bonds with 91-year-old Vivian as the woman tells the story of riding the orphan train. Join us for the 2016 Big Read!
Read along as Julia seeks out Sarah in the present day. Their lives are entwined, but will they ever meet?
Sarah is determined to return to Paris. This week, she learns the truth about what happened to her brother.
The lives of a modern American reporter and a little girl from WWII-era Paris intersect across time. Join us as we begin this month’s book!
Anthony grows up with his adoptive family, but still has questions about his birth mother. Join us to find out what happens next in this true story!
This week, unmarried mother Philomena is forced to give up her son for adoption. How will she find him again?
Join us to read the true story of a young Irish girl who was forced to give up her baby, and the journalist who helped her find her son 50 years later.
Join us to read the story of a brave little mouse. It’s a great book to share with your whole family!
Would you want to be friends with someone who could deduce everything about you like Sherlock Holmes can?
How does the Sherlock Holmes of this story stack up against Robert Downey, Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch’s versions of the character?
Busy with holiday preparations? You still have time to read the classic Sherlock Holmes short story “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle” with us this month!
We’re reading the story of a notorious trio of brothers running moonshine liquor during Prohibition years. Check out the book and join us!
We’re reading Matt Bondurant’s The Wettest County in the World this November. Join us to read along or watch the movie version.
As we continue reading, some mysteries are explained, and others are just beginning. Join us to share your thoughts!
This week, the Greene County Public Library Online Book Club discusses the beginning of The Silver Linings Playbook. Join us!
A new book for a new month! This October, we’re reading The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick.
Did you enjoy reading The King’s Speech? Share your thoughts with the other members of the Greene County Public Library Online Book Club!
This week, the Greene County Public Library Online Book Club looks at the history behind The King’s Speech.
This week, the Greene County Public Library Online Book Club discusses the first five chapters of The King’s Speech. Join us!
Welcome to the Greene County Public Library Online Book Club! This September, we’re reading The King’s Speech by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi.
Looking for a book discussion group that fits your schedule? Try the new Greene County Public Library Online Book Club!