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Countdown to Chat!

As of this post, there is exactly 15 minutes before we chat about the first half of The Selection! We’ll be chatting until 8:30 EST, maybe longer depending on how many people get involved! Hope you’ll be joining us!

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #BookFriendsChat so we can see your questions and responses! I (Olivia) will be asking a lot of questions to get the conversation started, but Linda (@Book_Ninja) and Gaby (@GabyRobbins) will also be there!

Thanks for participating! And remember, keep it polite, kind, and only discuss the first half of the book! No spoilers!

Hope to see y’all there!


The Selection- 6/7

Hey y’all! It’s Olivia!

As you know, we’ve been reading The Selection this week, and tomorrow marks one week having passed! That means you should be at least halfway through the book (if you’ve finished it already, that’s ok too)!

The halfway point is at the end of Chapter 12! Sorry I haven’t posted a schedule for reading it earlier, I’ve been crazy busy. The point is, tomorrow, (Tuesday, August 7th) the Book Friends will be discussing the first half of The Selection on Twitter! We’d be happy to have you join us, but we ask that if you’ve finished the book, limit your discussion to the first half.

Also, we are aware of the controversy involving the author of this book and her agent. PLEASE keep all discussion of this out of tomorrow’s Twitter chat! We will discuss it further in later posts, but Twitter is not the place to air your disagreements with an author. Any spammers and/or people tweeting their opinions in a rude or confrontational way will be blocked.Thank you! 🙂

I will post tomorrow a few minutes before the chat to remind you! If you have questions, Linda, Yare, Alice and I will be moderating the chat.

Thanks for joining us! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #bookfriends when discussing us and #BookFriendsChat when in the actual chat!

Winner- August 2012

Hey guys, it’s Olivia! As you can tell, the results from last week’s poll are in, and the winner is The Selection by Kiera Cass! We (and hopefully you!) will be reading this book for the first 2 weeks of August. That’s still about a week away, so you have plenty of time to library request, order from Amazon, or buy from Barnes and Noble.

To sign up for this month’s book club, just comment down below and mention that you are signing up for August. If you don’t mention it, we won’t keep track of you! And being ‘part’ of this book club doesn’t mean you have to contribute. You can simply read along with us, if you choose. But it’s best if we keep track of those who are participating (track our growth etc.) so please let us know if you can! We’ll probably think of a better way to have signups eventually, but I (Olivia) am exhausted at the moment and practically brain dead. My creative juices are on holiday until I get more sleep.

Also, I know it sounds crazy, but we’re already looking ahead to what we’ll be reading for August 2012 Part 2! If you have a suggestion, please comment!

We’ll be letting you on later in the month (closer to August 1st) how exactly the splitting of the novel will go. Stay tuned!

If you’d like to talk with us (Yare, Olivia, Alice, and Linda) about next month’s book choice, tweet us with the hashtag #bookfriends. We’d love to talk!

Adios, muchachos!


Book Blog Friends!

Hi everyone!

Now is a better time than ever to introduce ourselves to you!

My name is Olivia! I write Olivia’s Opinions, and I will probably be writing a lot of the general/weekly book club updates. I love books and writing. Feel free to contact me if you’d like to chat! My Twitter is in the sidebar.

Our other co-founders are Yare, Alice, and Linda. If you’d like to check out their  bio’s, head over to the About Us page. We all have one thing in common here: we have a passion for books (and some of us, writing as well!). We created this blog because we noticed that book lovers and bloggers don’t have a great way to connect with each other. Twitter is great, but only so much can be said in 140 characters. Here, we can read books together and discuss them freely!

If you’d like to join us, first follow us through WordPress or email in the sidebar to your right. If you’re interested in becoming a contributor (i.e.- reading books with the club and contributing to group reviews and weekly discussion posts via email) please email me at:

oliviasopinions (at) hotmail (dot) com

All that we ask is that you love books as much as we do, have an established blog at least half devoted to books, and are a trustworthy and honest person. (don’t worry too much about that last one. We’ll be able to tell.)

We plan on having two book readings per month. We will tell you ahead of time when they begin and end, but count on the first of each month and 2 weeks later. We will have sign-ups for each individual book club, so that you can sign up for one and not another, if you choose.  On the first day of the book club, we’ll give you specific information. The book will be split in half, and at the end of the first week, we’ll have an update post on our opinions so far through the book.

We also plan on having frequent discussions on Twitter using the hashtag #bookfriendschat. We’ll post a few minutes before the chat begins to give you some extra time. If you mention us on Twitter, use the hashtag #bookfriends, please. Thanks!

And now for the choices for our next book club! I’ve included a picture and a brief summary of each option.

Goodreads: Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That’s fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba’s world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.

Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she’s a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.

Goodreads: I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.

That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine — and I will do anything, anything, to avoid SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.

He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France — an Allied Invasion of Two.

Goodreads: For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself- and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Goodreads: Once upon a time, Hudson knew exactly what her future looked like. Then a betrayal changed her life, and knocked her dreams to the ground. Now she’s a girl who doesn’t believe in second chances… a girl who stays under the radar by baking cupcakes at her mom’s diner and obsessing over what might have been.

So when things start looking up and she has another shot at her dreams, Hudson is equal parts hopeful and terrified. Of course, this is also the moment a cute, sweet guy walks into her life… and starts serving up some seriously mixed signals. She’s got a lot on her plate, and for a girl who’s been burned before, risking it all is easier said than done.

It’s time for Hudson to ask herself what she really wants, and how much she’s willing to sacrifice to get it. Because in a place where opportunities are fleeting, she knows this chance may very well be her last..

Vote on the next book at the poll below!

Thanks for reading!