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8 Jan
2014
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Book Club 2014

Book Club 2014

I belong to two book clubs. Reading is what helps me disconnect from my sometimes overwhelming daily grind and unwind at night. One of my favorite pastimes is curling up on the couch after the kids are in bed and opening a book. Book club pushes me to read books I might never have picked up and keeps me motivated to do something I love. It sounds incredibly cheesy, but it broadens my horizon.

At the heart of it, book club is therapy. One of my clubs I’ve been in for almost a decade. There’s only a few of us that have stuck with it through the years while other ladies have come and gone, but those friends have seen me through a lot of life. Most of our circles don’t cross daily or even weekly. For one night a month, we set aside time for each other because of a book, but we are connected by much more than those pages.

I’m looking forward to several books on this list. Both groups were deliberate about including books representing different genres and topics. Without these clubs, I might just read young adult and World War II books. Have you read any books from the following lists?

Book Club #1

  • George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade & Don Yaeger
  • 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
  • Crazy Horse and Custer: The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors by Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  • Sycamore Row by John Grisham
  • A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II by Adam Makos
  • The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Cowboys and East Indians by Nina McConigley
  • The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

Book Club #2

  • Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzia
  • Where’d You Go Bernedette by Maria Semple
  • The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
  • The Evolution of Calernia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly and/or Eleanor Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Paris Architect by Charles Belfour
  • Storm Front by Jim Butcher
  • Girl in a Blue Dress by Gaynor Arnold
  • Inferno by Dan Brown
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman and/or House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhaut
  • Hard Laughter by Anne Lamott
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

 


 
January’s Book List
By     |    Jan 2, 2014
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January’s Book List

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5 Things I Don’t Worry About (Anymore)
By     |    Dec 23, 2013
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5 Things I Don’t Worry About (Anymore)

When our youngest was born four years ago, I felt like I was treading water and never getting anywhere. My to-do list encompassed far too much and little things in the house drove me nuts. Now there are things I don’t worry about anymore that I used to try and control. These are my top five tasks I used to waste my time and energy dealing with or worrying about when really they don’t have anything to do with me.... [Read More]

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By     |    Dec 7, 2013
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Random Thoughts From Real Life

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December 2013 Book List
By     |    Dec 3, 2013
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December 2013 Book List

I’m an avid reader, raising a brood of book lovers. Each month I’ll share what we’re all reading and would love to hear what books you recommend.  Me: Life of Pi — Yann Martel (book club selection) A Monster Calls — Patrick Ness (book club selection) Flyboys: A True Story of Courage — James Bradley Catching Fire — Suzanne Collins (rereading with my 11-year-old) Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon — Steve Sheinkin Husband: UnSouled (Unwind... [Read More]

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Book Club Meets Movie Night
By     |    Nov 27, 2013
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Book Club Meets Movie Night

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By     |    Nov 21, 2013
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Take a Trip — Disneyland

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More Than You Ever Want to Know
By     |    Nov 15, 2013
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More Than You Ever Want to Know

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By     |    Nov 4, 2013
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Why I write…

I haven’t worked in my chosen field for longer than I ever worked in it. I was a sports reporter who enjoyed writing for a newspaper and thrived off the deadlines that came with it. I knew when we started a family I would stay at home. I wanted to be that ever-present figure. The one who could pick up other people’s children, was available for play dates, could volunteer in classes and bake cupcakes. Hindsight, right? As is it... [Read More]

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