BCN – January Reading Questions

Hello! Here it is already the last day of January. We are 1/12 into the new year! It still feels like Christmas was yesterday and that probably has nothing to do with the boxed decorations that are still sitting in the living room floor.

I want to keep the questions for the Book Club for Non-Readers short and simple. It’s not supposed to be school, it’s supposed to be fun. Let’s get to then, shall we?

  1. Did you enjoy the book? Why or why not?
  2. Both titles have been challenged* for different reasons listed in earlier posts. In your reading do you think the challenge was justified or not?
  3. The books are autobiographical. What did you learn about the author that was surprising?
  4. Do you feel any part of the story could have been left out? If so, do you think leaving out that part of the story would have changed the recommendation to ban the book?
  5. Did the book give you any new perspectives on life?

See? Simple and painless. The BCN isn’t one of those book clubs that makes you compare the literature to Proust or the Crimean War. These are questions you should get in the habit of asking yourself when you finish a book you enjoyed.

Another habit I’ve just started getting into is writing the significant quotes down. I don’t know to what end, but sometimes I enjoy reading a particular sentence so much, or it is so meaningful, that I don’t want to forget it.

Here’s what I captured from The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian:

So hunger is the not the worst thing about being poor.

He goes on to say tell the story of his sick dog, his best friend, and how the family doesn’t have any money to take him to the vet.

“Who has the most hope?” I asked.
Mom and Dad looked at each other. They studied each others eyes, you know, like they had antennas and were sending radio signals to each other. And then they both looked back at me.”Come on,” I said. “Who has the most hope?”
“White people,” my parents said at the same time.

The idea that hope is thing that can be measured is one thing. That is belongs, in the overwhelming majority to white people, is another thing. It gives perspective to this story so easily. And when you relate it to the earlier story about the dog, you can see how the pervasive lack of hope has woven its way through the generations of the Indians on this reservation.

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I’m looking forward to next month’s science fiction theme – two of my favorite titles are up: Darwin Elevator by Jason Hough and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.


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