Saturday, October 19, 2019

Teens’ Choices: Top 10 Favorite Books 2019

This is the 2019 list of best books. I love that one of my favorites is there: Children of Blood and Bone, the first of a trilogy by Tomi Adeyemi.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Another favorite Writer

I found a new author who I like and that I can recommend. She is Lisa Jewell, a British writer whose books don’t seem to fit into any one genre. One thing they have in common is family drama. I started off my Jewell reading experience with Then She Was Gone, a murder mystery. That was the hook. Since then I have read The Third Wife, The Girls in the Garden, Roommates Wanted, I Found You, and Before I Met You. That’s six books altogether.  Before I Met You started off really slowly but eventually I got into the story and really loved it.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Some Books I Read in 2018

We did not meet often this year and I did not keep track of the books we read together in 2018. A really good book we selected in September was, The Baker’s Secret by Stephen Kiernan. I am sure we read more books. If I can recall them later, I will share.

I read other books on my own that I loved: Night of Camp David by Fletcher Knebel. This was a book published in the 1960s. It became so popular this year, it was published again in November.

This was a year of political books. I only read two out of curiosity but they turned out to be really good: A Higher Loyalty  by James Comey and Becoming by Michelle Obama.

Becoming was divided into 3 parts and written in a conversational tone. It consisted of stories about finding and maintaining balance. Balancing work and personal values;  balancing marriage, work, and parenting; balancing the pursuit of passion with the pursuit of work success resonated with readers, in my opinion.  That’s one reason it’s a bestseller. The stories were also about finding her voice and maintaining her authentic voice with a political spouse.

Here are two more books that I really enjoyed, An American Marrage by Tayari Jones and Children of Blood & Bone, the first of a trilogy by Toni Adeyemi.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Top Library Checkouts for 2017

Link here for the popular library checkouts: New York Public Library 📚 These 2 are going to be on my What Will I Read Next? list:
  1. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  2.  Commonwealth: A Novel by Ann Patchett​

Friday, June 24, 2016

Book Club Selections 2016, January - June

What have you been reading this year? These are the books we have selected and discussed at the bookclub this year. I have enjoyed them all but my favorite so far is Ordinary Grace.

January 15 - The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant; writer of The Red Tent, a book club pick many, many years ago that we loved.  This is historical fiction. Jewish girl coming of age story. (336 pages).

February 19 - October List by Jeffrey Deaver; the book starts with the end and is filled with twists and turns.  

March  18 - Ordinary Grace by William Kent Kreuger; small town murder 1961 setting. 

April 15 - Gray Mountain by John Grisham.

May 19 - Murder House by James Patterson and David Ellis.

June 16 - Forgotten Room  by Lincoln Child.

What will we read next? Stay tuned.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Book Club Selections for 2015

Personally, I highly recommend the books by Sam Thomas, Alyson Richman, and Anthony Doerr 

February 20
The King’s Deception by Steve Berry

March 20
The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman 

April 17
MidWife's Tale (Midwife's Mysteries #1) by Sam Thomas.  

May 15
The Oath by John Lescroart 

June 19
The Harlot's Tale by Sam Thomas

July 17
Leaving Time by Jodie Picoult

August 28
Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

No meeting in September.

October 16
When the Lion Feeds by Wilbur Smith

November 20
All the World We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Louise Penny's Latest Book and Project Babylon

I am reading the latest Penny book in the Inspector Gamache series, Nature of the Beast. I first became hooked on this series because of the book club. Still Life was Penny's first book.  In this book a 9 year old child, with a vivid imagination, from the village of Three Pines has been murdered.  The Surete du Quebec is in Three Pines to investigate this murder that was set up to appear as if it were an accident.

After reading every one of Penny's books, the characters have become like familiar friends. The usual quirky characters are present such as Ruth, the crazy poet; Myra, the psychologist turned bookseller; Clara, the insecure and talented artist; Gabri and his partner Olivier, owners of the local Bistro/guest house. Some of the characters from the Surete that we met in previous books are present to investigate the murder; Beauvoir and Lacoste.  My guess is that the new, young, arrogant officer Favreau, introduced in this book,may appear in a future book in the series.

Right now I am on page 109 and this murder mystery has now led me into the world of Project Babylon, a supergun created by Gerald Bull, with links to Saddam Hussein and the biblical Whore of Babylon. The "OMG" moment is that this supergun and Canadian-born Gerald Bull and the link to Saddam Hussein are factual. Fascinating.

Penny likes to sprinkle literary references in her books; usually poems. This one has references to songs, poetry, and to biblical verses. "By the waters of Babylon...." words from the Bible come up often. The biblical words put to song by a Jamaican group, the Melodians, is a favorite of mine.

Fans of Louise Penny, you will enjoy this interview with the writer.