Hi Book Lovers
"I really enjoyed it, she is such an interesting character and it was really nice being on the journey while she ‘discovered’ herself".
"Message for me was acceptance and understanding, setting aside judgements and perceptions."
"I liked this book. Didn’t love it but was a very pleasant read. I think the mummy twist was good. Kindness and patience were a lovely underlying message".
"I enjoyed this book very much. In the spirit of perseverance, I read the book even though I did not like Eleanor at all to begin with, but gave her a chance and was well and truely rewarded by the end. The author has shown us how important friendship, acceptance and tolerance is in today's world. The most amazing people are pushed aside and discarded because of intolerance. I'll admit I'm certainly guilty of this. A little kindness can go such a long way in making a difference in a person's life. Thank you for introducing me to Eleanor."
"I really loved it. I think Gail Honeyman developed Eleanor incredibly well. It was clear from the start that there was something unusual about her, and I think from the first mention of “the fire” you knew she had been through a severe trauma. I found her hilarious and quickly endearing, and I liked that Gail Honeyman seemed to somehow skilfully make it seem like she was gradually warming up, her outer layers slowly, very slowly peeling off. I think she tapped into the emotions very well too, the descriptions that brought to life the very real need for human touch were beautifully written".
Have you read it? What did you think?
On to the next one...I'm so excited to announce 3 things about the September group read.
Firstly, the book is the gorgeous and so appropriate " A Month of Sundays" by Liz Byrski. "For over ten years Ros, Adele, Judy & Simone have been in an online bookclub, they have yet to meet face to face. Until now..."
Personally I think it's an absolute delight but can't wait to hear what you think about it.
Secondly, I'm so excited about this...Liz herself has very kindly agreed to do an online Q&A for our group discussion. This will be happening on Sunday 7th October. Thank you so much to my friend Angie for arranging this. Make a note of any questions you have for Liz as you read through the book and she will do her best to answer them during the Q&A. How lucky are we to have this?!
You may get a craving for lemon pancakes while reading this book (& you definitely will for tea & toast) so here's a link to The Pioneer Women's Lemon Pancake recipe that sounds delicious (also has Fathers Day breakfast sorted out in our house too!)
Finally, as a teaser for things that are coming soon to A Box Of we are offering a very special GIVEAWAY.... "A Month Of Sundays" Book Box. Not only does it include a special signed copy of "A Month Of Sundays" by Liz but also a carefully curated collection of gifts that can only be opened when the reader gets to certain pages. How does that sound?
To be in the running to win this gift box you will need to 1. like A Box Of on Facebook & Instragram, 2. join, if you haven't already, A Box Of Book Club and 3. tag a friend to join the club too. Each tag counts as a single entry so tag as many friends as you can for a better chance to win. Unfortunately, as it's a giveaway & an international postage is so expensive the competition is only open to Australian residents but if you are overseas and wanted to enter to gift the box to someone in Australia we can do that too! Competition closes Wednesday 5th September so you have time to win and read the book before the Q&A on Sunday 7th October.
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As usual I've included a printable reading/viewing/listening list for the month too. Do you find this useful?
The "Teachers Pet" podcast seems to be hugely popular given the chat in our FB group and extraordinarily fascinating. Have you got the new Liane Moriarty book on order? It's apparently going to be released on 18th September. We are giving GT "Shoe Dog" for Father's Day (but I'm pretty sure I'll be the one reading it first).
Speaking of Fathers Day if you are looking for some gift inspiration for Father's Day here's a little gift guide I prepared earlier!
Thanks again to everyone who read along with Eleanor and I hope you like this months book too. Good luck with the competition!