Book Club. 2015 Part 1

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I wish I was able to read as much as I wanted to. I wish I could just curl up with a good book and get lost for hours in the pages full of different settings, characters, and thick plots.

Sadly, life does not afford me that luxury so I typically do most of my reading while on the bus to and from work. Thankfully, I’ve actually been getting up from my desk during lunch to sit outside so I’ve been reading then as well lately. Can’t be summer reading!

I have a big stack of books I still want to conquer this summer. Wish me luck!

Currently Reading…

The Boston Girl


The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

It was suggested to me via Kindle after finishing We are Called To Rise. I picked it because I wanted to read this book about an interesting, strong young woman while it was set in Boston a hundred years ago.I just started it so I’ve just dipped my toe into it but so far I like it and it’s fun imagining Boston back then.

Just Read These Bad Boys…

the ninth wife

The Ninth Wife by Amy Stolls

I read this in Maine over 4th of July weekend. I really, really enjoyed it. I didn’t want to put it down. There were real moments when I just wouldn’t. Even reading in the car on the way back home, which typically makes me sick.

I liked the story telling as it was Third-Person Point of View, which I think worked well for the story and I don’t often read, so it was a nice change. Plus, the way that the story was broken up with alternating chapters about Bess and Rory. It had a nice flow to it.

The one part that I didn’t like what how the author sorta brushed over an elderly abusive relationship. I understand that relationships are complicated, complex, dynamic, but the way that the author had the main character, Bess, address the abuse seemed flawed or even passive. I dunno.

we are called to rise

We are Called to Rise by Laura McBride

I L-O-V-E-D this book.

I came across this book from a suggestion from blogger Stephanie Howell, who has an Instagram account dedicated to her passion for reading. She mentioned how much she loved it so I wanted to give it a try, and I ended up loving it as well.

The book weaves the stories of 3 main characters together in such a way that has you begging for more with each page. I loved the style of writing and story. It was written beautifully and it comes together in the end so well, while still leaving you with so many questions.

Highly recommend this book!

*For years I have followed Stephanie Howell on various social media platforms as she is a fantastic scrapbooker and I have loved her work and style. Like me, her scrapbooking has taken a back seat to the mess of other stuff we juggle in our daily lives, but I have still followed her adventures of rising 4 girls abroad with her military husband. Anyway, she has always been a voracious reader and now she is sharing her passion for books on her blog and new IG account, WhatStephReads. Go follow along and you’ll be sure to get some great reads.

the heart collector

The Heart Collector by Jacques Vandroux

This is written by the same author who wrote The Bone Collector, which was a major motion picture years ago. It started Ashley Judd and I love her so I loved the movie. Anyway, I didn’t immediately realize it was by the same author when I selected it from a few free Kindle books I was offered- love when Kindle does that!

I liked how it blended a bit of fantasy with faith. It did get a bit predictable in the end but it was cool how all the different characters wove together. I liked how the author described the towns and cathedrals where the different murders occurred. It made me want to book a flight to France.

flirting with felicity

Flirting with Felicity by Gerri Russell

I don’t really read romance novels but I received some free Kindle book offers and selected this one as one of the books to receive.

It was fun and quick to read. Kinda a good summer beach read. I actually read it on the cruise we went on in January.

It sort of reminded me of the Fifty Shades of Grey books, but without the submissive relationship and (excessively) described sex. The story was pretty typical – strong, yet poor girl meets rich, flawed guy, at first there is friction, but once they get to know each other and let their guards down they fall for each other. If you like romance novels then I bet you will like this.

The Book of Joe

The Book of Joe: A Novel by Jonathan Tropper

This book reminded me of a s007-08 show called October Road, which also features a national bestselling author, who wrote some not so nice things about his hometown, and has to goes back years later. He discovers a lot about himself and the people that he left behind.

I can’t get enough of Jonathan Tropper’s writing style. I loved how raw and real he makes the characters, and Joe is pretty flawed so it’s a good read to read about his complex feelings. He struggles with a lot to find happiness and I think that we can all relate to that feeling at various points in our lives so you can connect with him and you really root for him, even when he is acting like a jerk,


Please send me some suggestions! xox

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