Hey, ladies! I have some really exciting news to share today: Anna Elizabeth is launching our very own online book club! Yay yay yay! After the madness surrounding college graduation has finally ended, I've had more time to myself to spend reading and relaxing. And, since Summer is now peeking right around the corner, I decided that the timing couldn't be better to finally announce our first book.
I'm hoping that with this book club we can help keep each other accountable for reaching our goals, take a break from social media, and most of all, meet new faces and bond over a fantastic book each month (preferably with our PJ's on and wine in hand)!
This book in particular I am really excited about and am anxious to read already. I chose the book based on online reviews, relevance, and popularity among those of you I spoke with through the blog.
Ready to hear what it is?
Our first book club pick will be A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett!
Here is the book's description:
"As a child, Amanda Lindhout escaped a violent household by paging through issues of National Geographic and imagining herself visiting its exotic locales. At the age of nineteen, working as a cocktail waitress, she began saving her tips so she could travel the globe. Aspiring to understand the world and live a significant life, she backpacked through Latin America, Laos, Bangladesh, and India, and emboldened by each adventure, went on to Sudan, Syria, and Pakistan. In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a television reporter. And then, in August 2008, she traveled to Somalia—'the most dangerous place on earth.' On her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road.
Held hostage for 460 days, Amanda survives on memory—every lush detail of the world she experienced in her life before captivity—and on strategy, fortitude, and hope. When she is most desperate, she visits a house in the sky, high above the woman kept in chains, in the dark.
Vivid and suspenseful, as artfully written as the finest novel, A House in the Sky is 'a searingly unsentimental account. Ultimately it is compassion—for her naïve younger self, for her kidnappers—that becomes the key to Lindhout’s survival' (O, The Oprah Magazine)."
Once you get your hands on a copy, read to the end of Chapter 20 by June 23rd. On Thursday, June 23rd at 7pm EST we will have our first book club "meeting" on the blog, where I'll ask some discussion questions on the first half of the book and give you my answers too. You can be here at 7pm to interact back and forth with everyone or you can pop in and out whenever to add to the discussion (totally your choice)!
Note* I purchased my book from Amazon for $7 and got it within 3 days with standard shipping.
If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback about the book or the process of our discussions, leave them in the comments below and I will answer them the best that I can!
Also, if you share a picture of your book on social media in the meantime, don't forget to use our official tag, #babeswhobookclub and tag us on Instagram (@anna_elizabethevents) or Facebook!
xo Anna Elizabeth
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