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Previous BRs - Authors; E - H > Fridlund Emily ; History of Wolves ; Informal Buddy Read ; Starts 18 July 2018

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Synopsis
Fourteen-year-old Madeline lives with her parents in the beautiful, austere woods of northern Minnesota, where their nearly abandoned commune stands as a last vestige of a lost counter-culture world. Isolated at home and an outlander at school, Madeline is drawn to the enigmatic, attractive Lily and new history teacher Mr. Grierson. When Mr. Grierson is charged with possessing child pornography, the implications of his arrest deeply affect Madeline as she wrestles with her own fledgling desires and craving to belong.

And then the young Gardner family moves in across the lake and Madeline finds herself welcomed into their home as a babysitter for their little boy, Paul. It seems that her life finally has purpose but with this new sense of belonging she is also drawn into secrets she doesn’t understand. Over the course of a few days, Madeline makes a set of choices that reverberate throughout her life. As she struggles to find a way out of the sequestered world into which she was born, Madeline confronts the life-and-death consequences of the things people do—and fail to do—for the people they love


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      ~ Buddy Style Reads ~
    Three Ways to Enjoy a Book!
At NRBC we use three styles of buddy reads. These will be indicated in the thread title as “Buddy Read”, “Relaxed Buddy Read” or “Informal Buddy Read”.
A “Buddy Read” has a discussion leader and a reading date is set to start the book. A reading schedule is posted prior to the start date and discussion questions are posted each day regarding that section of the book. More information about these types of reads is below. An example is here, showing a reading schedule here.

A “Relaxed Buddy Read” is similar to our usual “buddy reads” except there are less questions and break points. For example, a book may be split into three sections and those reading the book should pause at the end of the section to answer some discussion questions, make comments, or ask their own questions to other readers. An example is here.

An “Informal Buddy Read” doesn’t have a discussion leader and participants are asked to consider some generic questions when making comments about the book. An example is here.

A “Read and Watch Buddy Read” may be set up as any of the above, but we will also watch the movie or T.V. series - or even go to a play! - and make comparisons, discussing what has been left out or changed as well as the actors and actresses. There is a long debate of what one should do first: read the books or watch the movie? We usually read first, but it isn’t essential. Also, if you would like to join in, but don’t want to watch the movie, show, or play, but only read the books, that is fine, too. An example is here.


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Karen ⊰✿ | 14770 comments Mod
I haven't got anything booked in for July yet, so I'm flexible with timing


Eldarwen | 10436 comments Mod
I have one BR on the 7th, and one on the 10th, so maybe a little later? After the 15th?

I might have time beginning of July, but that all depends on how my numerous BRs from June pan out. If I can keep up, I'll have time earlier, otherwise I'll be playing catch up hehe.


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I can get it really easily, so mid July is fine for me.
I'm always a little nervous of Man Booker Prize books though... I hope it isn't too "literary" fiction!


Eldarwen | 10436 comments Mod
I hope so, too!

But at least it sounds like an interesting read, which is a good start and not always the case either.


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I've changed the start date to the 18th July. We can always alter it if need be ;)


Eldarwen | 10436 comments Mod
Ok cool, thanks :-)


Rachel Bea (gekrepten) | 236 comments I will be joining in :)

Excited to read this!


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Welcome Rachel!


Jenny | 5867 comments I bought this when it came out, and it has been staring at me from a packed bookcase, asking why I haven't read it yet. So, I am in- one less book making me feel guilty. Team Remus Lupin.


Eldarwen | 10436 comments Mod
I'm going to run a little late with this one.

Finishing up the current BOM and another BR, and a book I've been sneak-reading at work haha, but I should be able to pick this up this weekend, either on the 21st or the 22nd.


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No worries. I have it on the shelf, but I'll read slow


Eldarwen | 10436 comments Mod
Slow is good ;-)
Then I can read my other BOM that starts on the 23rd while reading this one. And hopefully also get Rosemary and Rue finally properly started.

Too many books, you say? Nope, I live in denial haha. No such thing ;-)


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Haha you still haven’t started October Daye?! Sounds like you have some catching up to do!
I’ve read I Hunt Killers before and the Next BOM I’m just not in the headspace for. I’ve just read so many books based in WWII and concentration camps over the last year or so


Eldarwen | 10436 comments Mod
Haha, no!! I just didn't get around to because I didn't have reading time at work and the books were slow reading and just general blergh. Real life getting in the way of bookish life unfortunately.

But I am right on schedule for I Hunt Killers, which I'm quite enjoying. It's a fast and fun read, despite the psychological edge it has (very interesting for a YA novel).

Agreed on the third BOM. It sounds very interesting and maybe some day I'll want to read it but not now. I need to be in the frame of mind for those kinds of books and there have just been too many of them.


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Teehee

I had The Tattooist of Auschwitz from the library to do the breakdown for the BOM, and I’ve heard really good things about it... but I just can’t do it and took it back to the library today. Maybe in a year or so

I’m listening to a Jeffrey Archer book atm for our cleaning out the closet challenge and I’m really enjoying it. I think it’s exactly what I needed


Eldarwen | 10436 comments Mod
Mmh, yeah, it's better to leave it for another time instead of forcing it. Pushing through the book might just make you hate it when you otherwise might have enjoyed it. And that would be a shame.

You know, I've never read a Jeffrey Archer book, not that I remember anyway hehe. The closet challenge is a little on hold for me at the moment, but will get back to it once I have all my current reads done. :-)


Jenny | 5867 comments Hi all, I forgot we were starting this one today. I'll grab it off the bookshelf. If I can find it.
I am almost done with The Power, and just finished I Hunt Killers (I liked it too), so I will probably start tomorrow.

Please oh please tell me what the cleaning out the closet challenge is,


Rachel Bea (gekrepten) | 236 comments I have my library copy and will start it tomorrow :)


Jenny | 5867 comments Thanks. I am totally joining this challenge!
I thought it was something like- listen to a book, and pledge to actually clean out a closet by the end of the book. Teehee.


Eldarwen | 10436 comments Mod
Hahaha, not a bad idea either - and one I've attempted last year. Didn't quite work ;-)


Rachel Bea (gekrepten) | 236 comments Eldarwen wrote: "Cleaning out the TBR Closet

There you go! :-)"


thanks! i ought to sign up as well lol


Jenny | 5867 comments Just started this one. I like the substitute teacher on first impression. Seriously that puts me at the end of the first chapter.
No idea where this is going, and I even stopped myself from reading the flyleaf copy. I bought this so long ago, I don't remember why I thought I should. Hopefully I will be happily surprised.


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Eldarwen wrote: "You know, I've never read a Jeffrey Archer book, not that I remember anyway hehe. The closet challenge is a little on hold for me at the moment, but will get back to it once I have all my current reads done. :-)
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Me either. I think that's why it's in my closet challenge. LOL
so far, so good


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Jenny wrote: "Thanks. I am totally joining this challenge!
I thought it was something like- listen to a book, and pledge to actually clean out a closet by the end of the book. Teehee."


LOL
now that is a fantastic idea


Jenny | 5867 comments A few more pages in, and I was wrong. Don't like him. We'll see if my opinion changes again!


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Chapters 1-3

I have no idea where this is going either. !

The whole Mr Grierson thing is a bit weird, I'm guessing he comes back to the story later? And what was that whole thing with Lily? I'm a bit confused

And Paul seems older than 4. It always surprises me when authors create these very young characters with great conversational skills lol

I'm tempted to go back and read the synopsis as I can't remember anything about this book or why it was even on my TBR :o

I'm going to try and read a few more chapters so that it may all start coming together


Eldarwen | 10436 comments Mod
I read the back cover when I first got the book but I can't even remember it much. I think there was something mysterious/tragic going on?! I have NO clue anymore. But it sounded good at the time.

We'll see.

Finishing up 2 books today - yes, I will, yes I will. And then diving into this tomorrow.


Jenny | 5867 comments I am about 100 pages in, and I still don't know where this is going, but I am enjoying it so far. Odd characters, cold setting. Maybe it is appealing to me because it is bloody hot here right now, and a frozen lake and large snowflakes sounds like nirvana right now. Curious if this ends up going somewhere, or if it just beautifully meanders. I am OK either way.


Rachel Bea (gekrepten) | 236 comments I'm 90 pages in now and agree with your comments! The Paul character is a bit odd (like the playground scene...) and I agree he seems older than 4.

The writing is really good though. I'm intrigued and very curious to know what is going to happen, esp to Paul.


Eldarwen | 10436 comments Mod
Going to dive in now and see how far I'll get to day, if I have the patience to sit quietly with a book. I'm sensing that may not be the case for very long today haha.


Eldarwen | 10436 comments Mod
As predicted, I haven't felt very much like reading this evening ;-)

But I finished the first chapter at least. Not quite sure what to make of the writing. And I don't have much of a clue what is supposed to be going with this Linda/Madeline girl. Grierson.. well.. we'll see.

The writing is well done and quite interesting but at the same time, it sort of distracts me from what it is supposed to narrate. Not that there seems to be a lot to narrate so far.


Jenny | 5867 comments Just finished. I am at a bit of a loss on how I feel about this book. On one hand, the writing is haunting and interesting. On the other hand, (view spoiler)


Rachel Bea (gekrepten) | 236 comments I'm up to page 155. Honestly still unsure of the book. I dont really like or care for the main character tbh. She is very frustrating for me to read. I don't understand her motivations for anything.


Jenny | 5867 comments I had the same issue with her.


Elena  | 1403 comments Hello everyone! Started reading this book yesterday and hope you don't mind me joining :)

Chapters 1-5

So far I think the writing is pretty stellar - coldness, descriptions of nature, the feeling of isolation of characters as well as the community are all done with great skill in my opinion. The characters are a little weird but it could be due to the first person narration and Madeline seems to be holding back a great deal.

I too am not sure where the story is going except that (view spoiler).


Jenny | 5867 comments Welcome to the discussion of the book that seems to have everyone flummoxed.
The writing is outstanding, isn't it?
I am looking forward to others finishing, so we can compare notes.


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I haven’t been able to read anymore as I had a busy weekend but I’ll get through some more today 😉


Eldarwen | 10436 comments Mod
Finished chapter 5.

The writing is lovely. The story is confusing. The main character is odd. So is Paul.


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Elena wrote: "I too am not sure where the story is going except that (view spoiler). ..."

Welcome!

I don't know why, but I thought (view spoiler) But some of the writing I find a bit confusing at times, so I could be wrong


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Chapters 6&7

I'm still confused. Especially the behaviour of Madeline's mum. And the amount of time she is spending with her neighbours. I get the feeling that (view spoiler)


Eldarwen | 10436 comments Mod
Karen ⊰✿ wrote: "Elena wrote: "I too am not sure where the story is going except that (view spoiler). ..."

Welcome!

I don't know why, but I thought [spoilers removed] But some of the writing I find a bit confusin..."


That is an impression I got as well. Especially (view spoiler)


Rachel Bea (gekrepten) | 236 comments I finished last night, sorry that I didn't update as I read but I had to limit the use of my phone. When i get back home tonight ill add a review and my thoughts :)


Rachel Bea (gekrepten) | 236 comments I agree with your last spoiler Eldarwen, took me by surprise as well


Rachel Bea (gekrepten) | 236 comments Karen I had thought same thing!


Jenny | 5867 comments Me too. That went in a very different direction than I thought it would.


Elena  | 1403 comments Karen ⊰✿ wrote: "I don't know why, but I thought [spoilers removed] But some of the writing I find a bit confusin..."

I didn't even think of that! It makes a lot of sense considering the scene on the playground.
Also I just finished chapter 10 and it appears (view spoiler)


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