Book Club Discussion: The Shark Club

Welcome to the Book Club discussion for The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor. Below is a list of discussion questions to get the conversation started. We are excited to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. Feel free to answer all the questions, or pick and choose a few questions to discuss!

  • What are your feelings about sharks? Do you think they have been maligned? Do you feel differently about them since reading The Shark Club? Would you like to swim alongside them?
  • Despite being twins, Robin and Maeve have few interests or personality traits in common. In what ways was each of them shaped by their parents’ deaths? In what ways do they compensate for each other?
  • If Maeve had forgiven Daniel and continued with their engagement, what do you imagine their marriage would have been like?
  • On some level, both Daniel and Robin seem to feel that Maeve loves sharks more than she loves them. If their gender roles were reversed, and Maeve was a globe-trotting male scientist and they were women, would they have felt as resentful?
  • Who is your favorite character in the novel? Why?

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Book Club Discussion: My Last Continent

Welcome to the Book Club discussion for My Last Continent by Midge Raymond. Below is a list of discussion questions to get the conversation started. We are excited to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. Feel free to answer all the questions, or pick and choose a few questions to discuss!

  • One of the major thematic points of Keller’s story line is the concept of being changed by a journey. What were Keller’s touchstones in his evolution from grief-stricken lawyer to Antarctic researcher? Do you think it is possible point to specific moments in his journey, or was it more of a gradual development? What role, if any, did Deb have in all of this?
  • Kate and Richard are presented as foils and mirrors for Deb and Keller. What similarities do you find between the two couples? Did you like one more than the other? Compare how the two couples relate to each other and their difficult relationships with the truth.
  • Icebergs and what is hidden are a dominant theme in the book. Discuss how the chronological structure and the way previously unknown facts and events were presented influenced your understanding of the characters and their motivation.
  • Keller’s initial denunciation of tourism in Antarctica seems at odds with his later employment on the Australis, a cruise ship, only a year later. Why do you think he changed his mind? Is he rejecting his ideals in order to return to the continent?
  • Consider the book’s title, My Last Continent, and Keller’s observation that explorers were obsessed with firsts and now society is obsessed with lasts (page 190). In what ways is Antarctica a “last continent” for those who visit? Why do you think the author chose this title?

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Book Reveal: Into the Water

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.

With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.

Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.

Book Reveal: All the Missing Girls

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

Like the spellbinding psychological suspense in The Girl on the Train and Luckiest Girl Alive, Megan Miranda’s novel is a nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearances of two young women—a decade apart—told in reverse.

It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched.

The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.

Told backwards—Day 15 to Day 1—from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.

Like nothing you’ve ever read before, All the Missing Girls delivers in all the right ways. With twists and turns that lead down dark alleys and dead ends, you may think you’re walking a familiar path, but then Megan Miranda turns it all upside down and inside out and leaves us wondering just how far we would be willing to go to protect those we love.

Book Club Discussion: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Welcome to the Book Club discussion for The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Below is a list of discussion questions to get the conversation started. We are excited to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. Feel free to answer all the questions, or pick and choose a few questions to discuss!

  • Each husband’s section opens with an illustrative moniker (for example, “Poor Ernie Diaz,” “Goddamn Don Adler,” “Agreeable Robert Jamison”). Discuss the meaning and significance of some of these descriptions. How do they set the tone for the section that follows? Did you read these characterizations as coming from Evelyn, Monique, an omniscient narrator, or someone else?
  • Of the seven husbands, who was your favorite, and why? Who surprised you the most?
  • Did you trust Evelyn to be a reliable narrator as you were reading? Why, or why not? Did your opinion on this change at all by the conclusion, and if so, why?
  • At several points in the novel, such as pages 82–83 and 175–82, Evelyn tells her story through the second person, “you.” How does this kind of narration affect the reading experience? Why do you think she chooses these memories to recount in this way?
  • If you could meet and interview one celebrity at the end of their life, who would it be? What would you ask them?

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Discussion Questions: Hello Sunshine

Welcome to the Book Club discussion for Hello Sunshine by Laura Dave. Below is a list of discussion questions to get the conversation started. We are excited to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. Feel free to answer all the questions, or pick and choose a few questions to discuss!

  • In chapter 1, Sunshine confides in the reader that she keeps score on the ways Danny’s beauty compared to hers. In what ways are we all tempted to “keep score” of the goings on around us?
  • Chapter 20 opens with Sunshine suggesting that readers may expect this to be a story about a woman realizing that her childhood home is where she always belonged. Were you expecting the narrative to turn out that way? Were you expecting to be called out on that assumption by the narrator? What did you think of that challenge to your own narrative expectations?
  • Sunshine and Rain have a fraught relationship; why do you think the author chose to make them contentious instead of using a “loving long-lost sister” trope?
  • Ethan brings a lot of clarity to Sunshine’s life, especially his thoughts on the word “curate.” Were you rooting for them to connect romantically? Or were you hoping Danny would forgive Sunshine and welcome her home?
  • Where you pleased with the novel’s resolution? Did it align with your expectations or hopes for Sunshine when you started reading?

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Book Reveal: The Shark Club

We are excited to announce the second book option for the August “At Sea” box, The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor!

One summer day on the beach in Florida, two extraordinary things happen to Maeve Donnelly. First, she is kissed by Daniel, the boy of her dreams. Then, she is bitten by a blacktip shark.

Eighteen years later, Maeve has thrown herself into her work as a world-traveling marine biologist discovering more about the minds of misunderstood sharks. But when Maeve returns home to the legendarily charming and eccentric Hotel of the Muses where she was raised by her grandmother, she finds more than just the blood orange sunsets and key lime pies she’s missed waiting for her.

While Maeve has always been fearless in the water, on land she is indecisive. A chance meeting on the beach with a plucky, irresistible little girl who is just as fascinated by the ocean as Maeve was growing up leaves her at a crossroads: Should she re-kindle her romance with Daniel, the first love she left behind when she dove into her work? Or indulge in a new romance with her colleague, Nicholas, who turns up in her hometown to investigate an illegal shark-finning operation?

Set against the intoxicating backdrop of palm trees, calypso bands, and perfect ocean views, The Shark Club is a story of the mysterious passions of one woman’s life: her first love and new love; the sea and sharks that inhabit it.

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Book Reveal: My Last Continent

We are excited to announce the first book option for the August “At Sea” box, My Last Continent by Midge Raymond!

It is only among the glacial mountains, cleaving icebergs, and frigid waters of Antarctica that Deb Gardener and Keller Sullivan feel at home. For a few blissful weeks each year they study the habits of Emperor and Adelie penguins and find solace in their work and in one another. But Antarctica, like their fleeting romance, is a fragile place, imperiled by the world to the north.

Each year, Deb and Keller play tour guide to the passengers on the small expedition ship that ferries them to their research station. But this year, when Keller fails to appear on board, Deb begins to reconsider their complicated past and the uncertainty of any future they might share. Then, shortly into the journey, Deb’s ship receives an emergency signal from The Australis, a cruise liner that has hit desperate trouble in the ice-choked waters of the Southern Ocean. Soon Deb’s role will change from researcher to rescuer; among the crew of that sinking ship, Deb learns, is Keller.

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Book Club Discussion: The Regulars

Welcome to the Book Club discussion for The Regulars by Georgia Clark. Below is a list of discussion questions to get the conversation started. We are excited to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. Feel free to answer all the questions, or pick and choose a few questions to discuss!

  • Whose storyline did you most enjoy? Which character had the best experience with the potion? The worst?
  • Were Evie, Krista and Willow likable characters? Why or why not?
  • In the end, does the pretty potion help or harm each character? What were the pros and cons of using the potion?
  • What did you think of the ending? Were you hoping for a bit more drama?

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Book Club Discussion: The Assistants

Welcome to the Book Club discussion for The Assistants by Camille Perri. Below is a list of discussion questions to get the conversation started. We are excited to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. Feel free to answer all the questions, or pick and choose a few questions to discuss!

  • Why do you think Tina is still assistant at thirty years old? Is she a victim of societal structure, or is she stuck where she is because of her personality and choices?
  • How do you feel constrained (or empowered) by your own economic status or gender?
  • What role does friendship play in this story? Why do you think Tina and Emily become so close even though they’re seemingly so different?
  • How important do you think setting is to this novel? Would Tina’s predicament have been the same or different if she lived someplace else?

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