Discussion: Shipped

Shipped

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Well that went fast! I can’t believe we’re at the end of another month and that it’s time to chat about Shipped by Angie Hockman! I loved this book so much and enjoyed taking a bookish vacation of sorts with Henley and Graeme. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts in the comments so don’t forget to leave your answers to our discussion questions there!

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Discussion Questions!

1. What did you know about the Galapagos before reading this? Did you learn anything new or interesting?  

2. What did you think of Henley and Walsh’s sister relationship? Was it realistic?

3. How do you think Graeme and Henley complimented one another? What does each of them bring out in the other?


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  1. March 26, 2021 / 5:37 am

    So excited to discuss!!

    1. What did you know about the Galapagos before reading this? Did you learn anything new or interesting?

    Literally knew nothing, ha! So this was such a treat. Felt like a vacation within itself! Loved reading about all the wildlife!

    2. What did you think of Henley and Walsh’s sister relationship? Was it realistic?

    Honestly I loved it. I have a sister and I really enjoy reading about sister relationships, they are truly so special. I thought it was for sure realistic. ALWAYS having each other’s backs, no matter what.

    3. How do you think Graeme and Henley complimented one another? What does each of them bring out in the other?

    I love these two, they felt destined to be together from the very beginning. I love how they supported one another and were genuinely on each other’s team at the end. I was rooting for them from chapter one.

  2. Britt
    March 26, 2021 / 8:05 am

    1. I knew that the Galápagos Islands were home to many marine species. I thought the post card barrel was a neat thing to learn is real there.
    2. I think Henley and awash had a realistic sibling relationship. They both loved and cared for each other but both were very different and that caused some conflict, which I think is fairly normal for siblings. Now that I have kids, I can really see how different siblings can be and how different their personalities are.
    3. I think that Graeme helped Henley stand up for herself and see how good at her job she was, as women I think we tend to downplay how qualified we are for the jobs we have. I think Graeme helps Henley not be so defensive like she has always had to be. Henley helps Graeme to come back to enjoying life after losing his mother.

    • March 26, 2021 / 8:37 am

      Britt, I’m with you I loved the sister relationship!

  3. Devon
    March 26, 2021 / 8:14 am

    I feel like I took a mini-vacation reading this book, which was so appreciated since we haven’t been able to vacation in a while.

    1. I learned a lot about the Galapagos from reading this book. I didn’t know there were so many different islands, and I loved the part about the old post office barrel. I did know it was full of rare wildlife and plants though.

    2. I think it is realistic that sometimes we get swept up in our own busy lives and don’t really take the time to talk to or spend quality time with our families. IDK if flirting with a co-worker to save your promotion is realistic though 🙂

    3. Until the end of the book, Henley was so focused on her work and school achievements, forgetting about family, while Graeme had spent the last year+ kind of alone as well. Plus they both have a soft spot for unattractive rescues.

  4. Alisha
    March 26, 2021 / 9:36 am

    1. What did you know about the Galapagos before reading this? Did you learn anything new or interesting?
    I did not know anything about the Galapagos prior to the book – I absolutely loved the story within the story on the Galapagos.

    2. What did you think of Henley and Walsh’s sister relationship? Was it realistic?
    Personally, I do not have a sister, but, from what I read, it seemed very realistic to me, ups and downs… having one another’s backs no matter what… I liked it a lot!

    3. How do you think Graeme and Henley complimented one another? What does each of them bring out in the other?
    I liked them together. I think they both encouraged one another to be their best self, that is something really important in a relationship, and I liked the way it played out in this book. I think in Henley, it brought out her courage and creativity. In Graeme, it brought out a better understanding of females in the workplace a little more and an understanding of how Henley and other women in their office were treated. Henley brought him out of his shell, while he taught her to appreciate life and slow down a little to live it.

    Such a cute book. I really enjoyed this one!

  5. Stephanie
    March 26, 2021 / 9:40 am

    1. What did you know about the Galapagos before reading this? Did you learn anything new or interesting?

    Before reading this book, the only thing I knew about the Galapagos before reading this was what I learned in high school biology. I think the most interesting thing that I learned while reading this is how protected the native plants are protected from invasive species (like the apple moment in the book!)

    2. What did you think of Henley and Walsh’s sister relationship? Was it realistic?

    I don’t have a sister! But I think that they totally seem like real siblings were certain things they do can drive you crazy but you still love and want the best for each other. They are also both really protective.

    3. How do you think Graeme and Henley complimented one another? What does each of them bring out in the other?

    I think that Graeme and Henley complimented each other really well. I think that he pushed her to be more vocal about work and to stand up for herself and that she pushed him to take steps that would make him happy.

  6. Michelle
    March 26, 2021 / 11:11 am

    1. Knew the Galapagos were uncommercialized, other than that, didn’t really know much about them. Thought it was just a place for scientists. First time I’ve heard of ecotourism & absolutely love the idea! Now an eco cruise to the Galapagos is on my bucket list! The Galapagos were like another character in the book. It was like a vacation☀️

    2. I don’t have a sister, so not sure if the relationship was realistic. Early on it felt very lopsided & frustrating. Love that they became cheerleaders for each other!

    3. They had the perfect rom-com relationship! Early on they brought out the worst of each other, but as it developed, they brought out the best.

    Loved this pick! Thank you!! Can’t wait to see what you select for next month.

    • March 29, 2021 / 10:08 am

      I agree, the perfect rom-com relationship for sure!

  7. Melissa Terry
    March 26, 2021 / 11:52 am

    I really thought this book was fun!

    1. What did you know about the Galapagos before reading this? Did you learn anything new or interesting? I knew it was the site of Darwin’s research findings, but I didn’t know there was still research being conducted today on the islands about exclusive species.

    2. What did you think of Henley and Walsh’s sister relationship? Was it realistic? I personally don’t have a sister, but I have a little brother and have always felt very protective over him. I think the sibling relationship between them is very realistic.

    3. How do you think Graeme and Henley complimented one another? What does each of them bring out in the other

    Graeme was always so encouraging to Henley and helped her believe in herself. Henley helped Graeme start to come out of his grief journey and realize there were still things to look forward to and life to be lived.

    • March 29, 2021 / 10:07 am

      Melissa! Thank you for reading along, friend! xx

  8. Ashely Kersey
    March 26, 2021 / 12:44 pm

    1) I have to say I did not have a lot of knowledge about the Galápagos Islands prior to reading this book. I’m sad to say, but I got a better understanding of where it is located (I didn’t really know where it was before). I definitely will put it on my bucket list and sounds like an amazing place to visit!!

    2) Yes it seemed very realistic!! Not only as sisters but as an older sibling and a younger sibling. As the oldest Henley was the more responsible one, and seemed like a third parent to Walsh. I don’t have a sister, but the sister relationships I’ve witnessed it seemed very realistic that they had each other’s backs like no one else.

    3) They were both driven and career oriented. She helped him grow into a new phase of grief, and he helped her find some confidence and self belief she lost from past bad relationships and bad bosses.

    • March 29, 2021 / 10:07 am

      Ashley, I totally agree! Loved the sister relationship!

  9. Samantha Weyant
    March 26, 2021 / 4:01 pm

    1. What did you know about the Galapagos before reading this? Did you learn anything new or interesting?

    The only thing I really knew about the Galapagos was what I could remember from middle school lessons on Darwin and evolution. I had no idea that animals are not typically afraid of people in the Galapagos. The post card barrel is also super cool!

    2. What did you think of Henley and Walsh’s sister relationship? Was it realistic?

    I thought Henley and Walsh had a great relationship. As an only child I wish I could reflect upon a similar relationship in my own life.

    3. How do you think Graeme and Henley complimented one another? What does each of them bring out in the other?

    This relationship helped them both to see the best in themselves. Henley never would have known what a good guy Graeme was had she not started to fall for him on the cruise. Their relationship allowed them to help each other reach their own goals rather than compete for the same thing

    • March 29, 2021 / 10:06 am

      Samantha! Thank you for reading, loved your answers! xx

  10. Alexis
    March 27, 2021 / 1:29 am

    1. I did not know much about the Galapagos before reading this other then I had heard of it. I learned that it is a beautiful place to travel, with so my things to do, and I learned about all the marine life. I want to travel to the Galapagos one did.

    2. I loved their relationship. I don’t have a sister but my mom has three and watching them makes me so happy. I see the special bond between all of them. I think Walsh and Henley’s relationship was totally realistic and I felt like they had each other’s back alll the time.

    3. I thought Grahame and Henley had a great relationship. I felt like they complimented each other perfectly. With that being said though I did not like Grahame at the beginning. I thought he was rude and was trying to beat her by doing anything and everything he could. I grew to love him though and thought he was so good for Henley.

    I loved this pick so much and I want to travel soon!!

    • March 29, 2021 / 10:05 am

      Alexis!! So thrilled you loved this one as much as we did!! xx

  11. March 28, 2021 / 12:10 pm

    1. What did you know about the Galapagos before reading this? Did you learn anything new or interesting?

    All I knew about it was what I learned in high school about Charles Darwin’s research there about the evolution of different species. I definitely didn’t think of it as a cruise destination! As someone who would love a mix of adventure and relaxation on a cruise, I think it sounds awesome! I loved learning a little bit about the different species there, because I love animals.

    2. What did you think of Henley and Walsh’s sister relationship? Was it realistic?
    I don’t have a sister, but I love how they challenged each other to be better. I think any strong relationship is like that. You lift each other up, but also call each other out when necessary. Walsh helps Henley realize that she needs better work/life balance, and Henley helps Walsh see that she deserves more out of life. I don’t think you can ask for a stronger relationship than that.

    3. How do you think Graeme and Henley complimented one another? What does each of them bring out in the other
    Okay, I love them together. At first, I wasn’t sold on the whole surface level, they hate each other but will fall in love on the cruise thing, but was so pleasantly surprised that it was so much more than that. I love how Graeme helps Henley relax and enjoy life, and is supportive of her goals. He helps her live in the moment. I enjoyed getting to know a little bit about Graeme’s back story, and how Henley helped him move forward and build a new life for himself after losing his mom. I liked that they had to realize the “why” of how the other was acting in order to get to know each other and move forward, because that goes for all relationships, but we tend to forget that! It actually reminded me a little bit of Pride and Prejudice in that way, and I’m here for it!

    I ended up really loving this! The mix of strong female characters, touching on getting out of an abusive relationship, women in the workplace and how they are often undervalued and at times exploited, and of course the romance!

    • March 29, 2021 / 10:01 am

      I’m so glad you loved this one!! Thank you for reading along, friend!

  12. Amelia
    March 28, 2021 / 10:57 pm

    1. I didn’t know anything about the Galapagos before this aside from Darwin’s finches so I loved learning about the variety of species (plant and animal!). I also really REALLY loved Henley’s idea to incentivize fundraising for environment protection/rehabilitation. I think that’s a great way to learn about the area you’re vacationing in and how you can help better it as a tourist without/mitigating effects of harming some fragile ecosystems.

    2. While I don’t have a sister, I wish I did! From observing my closest friends and their sisters, they are so different and dynamic together but alway always alway have that built in I-would-die-for-you-no-questions-asked bond that I longed for growing up as an only child!

    3. Henley definitely softens her external mindset with Graeme, she is still driven in her career but without Graeme got almost too narrowminded. Graeme’s different experiences help broaden her own thinking patterns to evaluate other choices I think she may not have considered otherwise. By contrast, Henley opened up Graeme internally, to heal and grow mentally and emotionally, processing and working through the grief of losing his mother and mending frayed heart strings from relationships that didn’t work out. They really do bring out the best in each other and only grown into themselves from knowing one another!

    Also, a little side note, I loved how Henley pictured Graeme as an ugly little troll out to ruin her life when really it was her evil boss all along who actually looked (and acted) like a troll! Yay for Henley’s empowerment and Graeme supporting her in all things – all the time!

    • March 29, 2021 / 10:00 am

      Love all of this!! Thank you for reading along!

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