The time has arrived, dear readers, for our very own virtual book club! With my Buzz Book Club I'll choose a title every month for everyone to read — or re-read, perhaps — and discuss.
For the very first installment I've chosen The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory. It's a timely decision, too, as the film version of The Other Boleyn Girl, starring Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson, conveniently opens on the last day of the month (Friday, Feb. 29).
Here's how it will work:
I'll announce the book on the first of each month (or the first weekday). Every week I'll suggest chapters to complete by the next post (which, in this case, will go up every Friday in February). In these weekly Book Club posts, I'll posit a few discussion-provoking questions for you to think over and respond to in the comments section.
By the end of the month we will have gotten through this saucy piece of historical fiction together — and then we'll be fully equipped to watch the movie and see how it compares. To see what The Other Boleyn Girl is all about, and to get your first assignment, read more.
The synopsis for The Other Boleyn Girl reads:
"When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots as the king's interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Then Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king, and take her fate into her own hands."
Your first assignment: Read from Spring 1521 to the end of Spring 1524. (Feel free to read ahead, but no spoilers, please!) We'll chat about that section next Friday, Feb. 8.
Ready? Set? Get reading!