book club

Spades– Book Club readings

So this week we are going to be conducting our book clubs! I’m super excited and I ready to have a discussion on the reading. Heres my thoughts on each of the readings:

For Comfort and Posterity, Digital Archives Gather Crowds -By Jennifer Howard

This article details how Our Marathon( which is a digital archive of the Boston Marathon bombing) got started and the effect it has had. Its interesting because it allows anyone to add to the collection and share their account of the tragic event.

Questions I want to share during the book club about this article:

  1. Should there be more of these digital humanities/archival sites? If yes, what type of events could/should become archived?
  2.  Is there something the digital archive of an event like this one can offer that a physical archive can not?

Happy Endings – by Margaret Atwood

 This was a really interesting short story. It was an alternative plot  story about relationships. I’ve never read a story that allowed you to pick the plot so this was new and fun. However it was a bit pessimistic in the outcomes of each relationship.

Questions I want to share during the book club about this article:

  1. Would the story have a different feel if the female character role was switched with the males?
  2. Are these plots realistic?

The Syrian Opposition is Disappearing from Facebook – By Michael Pizzi

News article that narrates: the story of Ammar Hamidou and his involvement with they Syrian Revolution; Facebook’s role in this and other forms of activism; and Facebook’s removal of activism pages.

Questions I want to share during the book club about this article:

  1. What expectation do people have of the preservation of information posted to Facebook?
  2. How does the tone and vocabulary used throughout the story shape our understanding of this issue?


This fairy tale is about a wife who found out a horrifying fact about her husband. She disobeyed his orders and entered a room her warned her not to go into.

Questions I want to share during the book club about this article:

  1. Would he have killed her regradless ofif she entered the room? Was this a test?
  2. Why was his beard blue-ish and what did that have to do with the story?
  3. Satisfy your curiosity or live in bliss–which would you choose if you were the wife in this story?


Til next time…shhh



Tell me all about it! (Book Clubs)

Who doesn’t love share the cool new book they read? I think thats the best part about reading..getting together to discuss how it the book made you feel. That the best part about doing anything come to think of it..which is why Facebook and Twitter are so popular.. people just love to share. Books have a wonderful way of taking people to a special place and can allow people to go through a new adventure.

“The joy and mystery of reading is that each of us reads a different book from everyone else…even when it’s the same book,”-  Nancy Pearl

This weeks reading were all about book clubs! There are tons of different type of book clubs and there are many reasons to join one. Book club are a great way to get to know other people and get to hear other perspectives on a book you are all reading. Sadly I haven’t been in a book club for about a year now and my Kindle sits unused on my desk day after day. This is why I’m really glad we are getting the chance to plan, moderate and participate in a book club for this assignment.   I love the idea of being in a book club and not all reading the same book, but rather something with the same theme or subject! That idea comes from  The Book Club Exploded and it must make for a very interesting discussion. Reading the same book is great but reading different books with the same theme allow you to compare different authors, writing styles and emotions.

I’m so use to scholarly reading that the idea of leisure reading seems foreign. But the act to discussing a reading with a group to get a better understanding of the text is common between both. The reading Socratic Seminars: Engaging Students in Intellectual Discourse by Lynda Tredway give a great explanation of how these types of active conversations benefits both the participants and the facilitator. The participants of course get to earn from each others perspectives and they get to express any uncertainty they may have. But it also allows the facilitator to hear other views and engage with the readings deeper.

I’m excited for this assignment and I’ll let you know how it goes.

Til next time..shhh