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message 1: by Winter, Group Reads (last edited Jul 05, 2018 03:31AM) (new)

Winter (winter9) | 4726 comments This month we will be reading Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When the Richardsons' friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family – and Mia's.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.

Dlyn will be our discussion leader, thank you!


message 2: by Megan, Challenges (new) - rated it 5 stars

Megan (lahairoi) | 6987 comments I'm in!


Megan BG (meganbgreads) | 1411 comments So I thought I wasn't going to be able to find this book. I put it on hold at the library, I put it on hold for the ebook at the library... I didn't want to pay $22 to get it from ThriftBooks... I finally decided to spend about $10 for it on eBay, so I placed a bid... within a couple hours, I got a notification that it's available to pick up at the library and today I got a notification that the ebook has been checked out to me. Hopefully I get outbid. I have about 20 hours left.

So I should be set now. LOL


message 4: by Sheila (new) - added it

Sheila Megan, isn’t that the way it always happens!! 😄
If it turns out that you really like the book, then you will have one for your personal library to re-read or loan to friends.


Consuelo | 190 comments I'm in


Vena Moore | 33 comments This has been on my to read list for awhile. I'll take me at least another week to get a copy of it though.


Shanna Four chapters in and so far I am enjoying it!


message 8: by SarahKat, Buddy Reads (new) - rated it 3 stars

SarahKat | 3470 comments I'll read this but it's unavailable at the library until the 10th (hopefully).


Catka | 269 comments I am in. We have read the other book by Celeste in my bookclub and there was an interesting discussion, so I will give it try also here, in this online club. Might be also interesting :)


message 10: by Kara (new) - rated it 5 stars

Kara (karaayako) | 3980 comments I read this earlier this year, and it might be my favorite book read in 2018 so far. Looking forward to the discussion!


message 11: by Lynn (new) - rated it 2 stars

Lynn | 297 comments My copy is coming in the mail today. I am looking forward to reading and discussing this!

What does leading a group discussion entail??


Samantha | 11 comments Plan to read this after I finish my book I’m currently on so I’ll probably start it on the 8th maybe sooner depending on free time to read!


Stacha | 22 comments I have been seeing this novel pop up everywhere, so I may as well jump on the wagon! I'll get a copy later this week.


message 14: by Sheila (new) - added it

Sheila I bought a copy before I even knew it would be a group read. Now if I can just get another book club book finished, I can start this one!


Angela Holt (angelaaholt) | 36 comments This was a pretty good book. I wouldn't say my favorite, but definitely worth the read!


Kristy Johnston | 360 comments I read this earlier in the year with my neighborhood book club. It led to some interesting discussions in the group so I look forward to joining in.


Jennifer | 95 comments I’m in. I’ve keep seeing the book mentioned but don’t really know anything about it. Looking forward to it!


message 18: by Winter, Group Reads (new)

Winter (winter9) | 4726 comments Dlyn wrote: "My copy is coming in the mail today. I am looking forward to reading and discussing this!

What does leading a group discussion entail??"


Sorry the late answer. Not much more than usual participating. It's mostly making sure there's some discussion going on, comment a bit here and there, maybe asking some questions if it gets too quiet.


message 19: by Winter, Group Reads (new)

Winter (winter9) | 4726 comments Kara wrote: "I read this earlier this year, and it might be my favorite book read in 2018 so far. Looking forward to the discussion!"
Maybe I need to pick this up myself then.


message 20: by Lynn (new) - rated it 2 stars

Lynn | 297 comments Winter wrote: "Dlyn wrote: "My copy is coming in the mail today. I am looking forward to reading and discussing this!

What does leading a group discussion entail??"

Sorry the late answer. Not much more than usu..."


If you need someone still for the discussion leader, then I can try :) I received my copy in the mail and plan to start reading it today. I'll do what I can.


message 21: by Winter, Group Reads (new)

Winter (winter9) | 4726 comments Dlyn wrote: "Winter wrote: "Dlyn wrote: "My copy is coming in the mail today. I am looking forward to reading and discussing this!

What does leading a group discussion entail??"

Sorry the late answer. Not muc..."


I definitely do, thank you! :)


message 22: by Lynn (new) - rated it 2 stars

Lynn | 297 comments You're welcome :)


Samantha | 11 comments Just finished the book I was reading! Now I can start reading this one hope I can catch up to everyone


message 24: by Lynn (new) - rated it 2 stars

Lynn | 297 comments Samantha wrote: "Just finished the book I was reading! Now I can start reading this one hope I can catch up to everyone"

Don't worry. I don't think most of us are very far along yet anyway. Besides, we read at our own pace in the group which is very nice. I look forward to hearing what you think of the book! :)


message 25: by Lynn (new) - rated it 2 stars

Lynn | 297 comments I am halfway through the book now. I keep getting distracted by life and other reads lol But I am determined to finish it this week so I can fulfill my discussion leader duties as best as I can!! :)


Kiriko | 21 comments Just finished the book, I'm not really sure what I think about it yet. It was interesting that's for sure but it did drag at times so it took me a while to get through. I did like a lot of the characters though and was weirdly satisfied with how the Mirabelle-Mai Ling story ended.


message 27: by Zoë (new) - rated it 4 stars

Zoë Neo | 214 comments Haven't taken part in a group read since last year, but have wanted to read this book for a while, and with it being a group-read (and reduced to £0.99 on Kindle) I figured now was the best time to give it a go!

I'm 3 chapters in and enjoying it so far :)


Eileen  | 190 comments For those who are interested, Hulu is adaptating the book into a mini serie with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington! :)


message 29: by Lynn (new) - rated it 2 stars

Lynn | 297 comments Eileen wrote: "For those who are interested, Hulu is adaptating the book into a mini serie with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington! :)"

Oh wow! Very interesting. They are 2 really great actresses so it will be well-done. However, I am not that in love with the book. Sounds like I'm the only one though haha


Kendall Gardt (kendallgardt) | 9 comments Started it today! I’m on chapter 3 and loving it so far!!


message 31: by Eileen (last edited Jul 16, 2018 03:28AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Eileen  | 190 comments I am curious to hear what you all think about Mirabelle/May Ling's adoption.. Who's side are you on? What do you think about it? :)


Catka | 269 comments Eileen wrote: "I am curious to hear what you all think about Mirabelle/May Ling's adoption.. Who's side are you on? What do you think about it? :)"
My first reaction was to actively prevent myself from taking sides. I understand this is a helluva difficult decision to make and I am not a mother, so I felt I do not have enough information to make one. But the further the trial went and also the more we learned about Mia's story and how she become a mother, the more I leaned to the side of the parents who would be able to give the child a good chance in life in addition to love. (view spoiler)


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