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Buzz Book Club: The Other Boleyn Girl

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,


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!

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acrobatica acrobatica 9 years
How do I join? This is a great idea...I'm kind of late on joining in on this first round, but next time I hope to be a part of the reading!
lily8206 lily8206 9 years
Fabulous idea Buzz. I'm sorry I'm missing out on this first book, but I can't wait to get into the mix next month!
meko01 meko01 9 years
This is a great book and I am so excited to have a online Book Club to check in with. It is always nice to hear what other people think about the same book.
pink_magnetism pink_magnetism 9 years
This sounds like fun. Looks like I'm a bit late for this one, but hopefully I can join in for the March book.
desertbanshee desertbanshee 9 years
I've already read WAY past Spring - once I start, I can't put it down!
KWM KWM 9 years
I LOVED this book, it put me on a huge spree of reading all kinds of fiction that takes place during this period. I read it years ago though, and I can't remember the details, so I am going to try and read along with you buzz!
DCStar DCStar 9 years
I've already read all of the Philippa Gregory books, and they're so full of history and intrigue, I just LOVE them!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i'd love to participate but i am reading about 4 novels right now that i need to have done by the end of february for classes. maybe i'll be into this next month, though! i like the assignment idea as it is a good motivator to get it done a bit at a time!
MNDempseyLover MNDempseyLover 9 years
It is a good book. I kept calling my friends who teach social studies to check facts. There's so much accuracy and it's well worth the read. Hopefully the movie will be good though. It was originally supposed to be released in Decemeber, but now it's coming in March I think. I am worried because a period film like this should warrant Oscar buzz unless it isn't a good one. Hmmmmmmm. King Henry is disgusting!
JessiShaye JessiShaye 9 years
I picked this up right after I saw the first episode of Showtime's TUDORS. I read it in 2 days because I couldn't put it down. Can't wait to discuss next Friday! Tudors are in reruns so if you're loving the book, the show as a visual is fun to watch. Check it out.
xrockette19x xrockette19x 9 years
oh i just read this recently and LOVED it! It's put me on a huge phillipa greggory kick, I'm loving her. I wish I could take part in this but I think I will still chat about it if I can manage without mistakenly giving away spoilers! good choice, buzz!
raieven raieven 9 years
I read this book a couple months ago, in like, 2 days..seriously! It's such a page turner.
snapsh0t snapsh0t 9 years
What a conincidence! I just got the book in the mail yesterday. :D
menthadict menthadict 9 years
Love that book! I'll start rereading!
suziryder suziryder 9 years
Ooo, fabulous idea, Buzz! I'm actually going to the library this afternoon to return some things so I'll see if I can check this out.
loveisinbloom loveisinbloom 9 years
This is a great idea!! I had this book in my hands last weekend at B&N but I put it back. Now I have a reason to go back and get it!!
partysugar partysugar 9 years
Buzz this is so much fun! I read this book over Thanksgiving weekend after I saw the trailer here. I watched the trailer and went, wait the book is sitting in my stack of books to read, I should read it.
blondie829 blondie829 9 years
carmen2985 carmen2985 9 years
LOOOOOVED this book! Seriously could NOT put it down. I hope the movie does it justice! This is a great idea Buzz! I'm in!
Gruberr1 Gruberr1 9 years
I LOVED this book. I literally couldn't put it down. I took it on vacation with some girlfriends and they thought I was crazy to be reading a historical fiction book. When I couldn't put it down they all began reading it and they became addicted too. Her books are wonderful!!
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
Yay! I'll pick this one up ASAP. I've been looking forward to the movie and reading the book makes sense to me.
dannysf dannysf 9 years
I'm definitely in!
Cris1192 Cris1192 9 years
I'm such a book eater, thi is just perfect! Great book choice by the way
nicole121482 nicole121482 9 years
I'm totally psyched to try this! I will be heading to the store tomorrow to purchase the book!
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
This is great! Gives me incentive to read more.
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