Thursday, September 30, 2010

I'd Know You Anywhere

Are you girls all ready to start tomorrow? I know I'm supposed to be leading this one, so I wanted to go ahead and jump on top of it. It would be great if we could all start around the same day! Let me know! Thanks!! :)

Friday, September 17, 2010



One thing is for sure, we all want to read different things! Ha! ;)

The only one that didn't get the same number of votes as the rest of the books was "A Soft Place to Land", so that one was the only one eliminated.

No more voting, I don't think it's necessary (feel free to object).

I guess we'll just have these as our books for the rest of the year. I know with the holidays coming we may not have as much time, but we can still try! :)


I'd Know You Anywhere
Still Missing


A Lesson Before Dying


Second Time Around

I also want to come up with some way to make us all more involved in these books and with having active discussions on here about the books.

I'm thinking of making a facebook page under my account. When you do a page, such as the one I have for my business, there is actually a discussions tab on there and plus, we can kind of post on there when we're starting or finishing without having to come do a complete post. What do you think?

I also, though, would really like to have topics of discussion for the books we read. I know a lot of novels have book club readers guides in the back of them and that would be a great resource for us to use, but I'm not sure how to do it. The only way it would seem possible is if we all really make an effort to be reading each book at the same time and I know that's not always practical.

Please let me know your thoughts and opinions! :)

Promises To Keep

I read this in 3 days, which is almost a record for me! I am so easily distracted! ;( I LOVED, LOVED it. It was my 4th Jane Green book, and I plan to read all of hers that I can (and/or ones Candace recommends, lol). It was a library book (I was 1st to check it out! :D) and I passed it on to my sister-in-law to enjoy before I turn it back in. Such a touching book. Really illustrates to appreciate the mundane things in life, to treasure the simple be present in every moment.

Okay, Soooooo.....

Only ONE book got more votes than the rest of the books and that one was.....

I'd Know You Anywhere


Still Missing

A Soft Place to Land

A Lesson Before Dying



Second Time Around

all got the same number of votes.


SO, PLEASE come back before the end of the day and vote for the TWO that you'd like most to read out of those six books. I'm not going to re-link them, because the links are all in the first voting post I did.

PLEASE OH PLEASE do this guys. I thought about just making our next several months worth of books off of this post, but I hate to do that, because that would probably go into next year and I know I'd love to hear more suggestions from you guys before then. This list will be OLD NEWS by December. :)

Thanks girls, you're the best!! :)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Juliet, Naked

Ok, I've started and I really like it! I'm about 160 pages in and I'm hoping to get more read tonight. Things are starting to really happen now so it's getting interesting!! Can't wait to hear what you all think about it!

my vote(s)

1. Fragile
2. A Soft Place to Land
3.I'd Know You Anywhere
4. Ever After
5. Room


I'm so excited, I'm practically bouncing up and down in my seat! :):):)

We have FIFTEEN BOOKS to choose from!

Thank you SOOOOO MUCH for suggesting so many awesome new and old books. I truly cannot wait to see what we end up with!

Since we have so many to choose from, I think we should vote for our top FIVE BOOKS.

And it just took me FOR-EVER to link all those book titles to this post, so PLEASE take 5 minutes and click on the titles and read about them to help you pick your 5 FAVORITES.

Then the top FOUR will be our books for the months of October and November.


It's so much more fun if we have LOTS of participation and I really want us to have books chosen that we ALL want to read! :)

Voting ends FRIDAY AT 8PM.


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Dead Until Dark

I think I may be one of the few left in the world that hasn't read any of the True Blood books. I finally got around to trying the first one and I loved it. When True Blood first starting airing on HBO I was able to watch the first 4 or 5 episodes. Then we moved and I decided no more paid movie channels so my little ones didn't accidently come across something they shouldn't. So I haven't been able to see how the first season ended (I have them on my Netflix list but there are also 200 other movies listed on there)....does anyone see a trend here (100+ plus books to read on my bookshelf, 200+ movies to watch on my Netflix list) I definitely need more time in the day. :)

Anyway, for those who have been living under a rock for the last few years. Dead Until Dark is the story of Sookie Stackhouse (I sooo love this name, I don't think she could have come up with a better name). She lives in a small town in Louisiana where vampires are starting to mainstrem (live with humans). Just as the vampires are starting to settle in the town there are murders of young woman who just happen to be vampire lovers. Is it the vampires doing it or some of the town folk who are upset the woman are mingling with the vampires? The TV series (at least the ones I saw) are pretty true to the book so I am finally able to know who the murderer was. I will definitely be reading the next book in the series.

Fly Away Home

I'm waiting on Juliet Naked from PBS, I may have to end up getting it from my library, but in the meantime, I'm reading this.

It is awesome!! Jennifer Weiner is so mesmerizing in her writing from the very first page (IMO) and I always forget it until I pick up another of her books.

This one is about a disgraced senator's wife and her two daughters... one who is a doctor and seemingly the "perfect" daughter and the other a recovering addict, who is actually the better person all around. I'm enjoying getting to know these characters and I hate putting it down after each chapter.

Has anyone else read this one?

Also:: Thanks so much to everyone who is suggesting books!!! I love seeing what everyone has their eyes on, it's so much fun!! :) Tomorrow is the end of us suggesting books and after that, we'll vote on next month's books! Can't wait to see what we pick!!

October Suggestions...

these looks interesting as well!

Fragile by Lisa Unger

Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

October Suggestions...

ok not sure how my suggestions will go, considering I've been reading the same book the entire summer; Eat Pray Love...I've finally made it to

OK so here's some books I've recently acquired and hopefully will get to read soon.....

a soft place to land by Susan Rebecca White

A Summer Affair by Elin Hilderbrand

super bowl marriage by Terry Owens

If You Want Me To Stay by Michael Parker

Ever After by Karen Kingsbury

Monday, September 13, 2010

Map of the World

Map of the World by Jane Hamilton (Again the images and links are giving me fits...)

This was another one of those "old books" that I wanted to check out and I'm glad I did this one. Not one of my favorites, but the author is definately a good storyteller. It's about a part time school nurse/mom who lives on a farm in the middle of suburbia with her farmer husband and two little girls. Tragically, one of her best friends' daughters drowns in the pond on their property and as she is trying to grieve and make sense of the little girl's death, she is accused of sexually assulting a local elementary student who comes from a troubled home. Charges are brought up against her and the story bounces between her perspective and her husband's perspective. The author does a great job as a storyteller and it really hits home about appreciating what may seem like the simple or mundane things in our own lives. Don't ever take them for granted :-)

Has anyone every read her other book "The Book of Ruth"? This is supposed to be a pretty decent one too. I may try that out.

October Suggestions

I swear I'm not slacking!!! I had such good intentions...on Saturday I took the girls to the bookstore and miraculously Charlotte (who is a terror in a bookstore!!!) fell asleep in the stroller so I was able to stroll through with Shannon and browse for once :-) I looked at like 20 books that sounded interesting and texted the names/authors to myself so I could look them up at the library later. Well, all my hard work didn't pay phone decided to be a pain and lock up and I had to factory reset it LOSING ALL MY OLD TEXTS!! Anyway, wouldn't you know I can't remember a single title I looked at!! So, I'm too tired/busy/exhausted to go back anytime soon to look again, but I have two that I checked out of the library recently but haven't gotten around to reading. I went on an "old book" hunt last week and here are two I found. They are ones I've always wanted to read and I'm going to give them a shot at some point...

OK, I'm trying to upload images and it's not happening, nor can I get the links in!! So, here are the titles ...

1. All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

This is the same author as "The Road" and "No Country for Old Men". I loved "The Road" and this book also has gotten a lot of good reviews.

2. Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi

I hope I haven't read this at some point. I've seen it around for sooooooo long. It sounds good, just don't want to get 50 pages in and think this seems familiar :-)

Come On Girls!!!!

I know there has to be SOME BOOK you've seen that has caught your eye... at Target, Barnes and Noble, Wal-Mart, Amazon, WHERE EVER!!!

Please suggest them!!! Please, OH Please, OH PLEASE!!!

Only Tempie and I have made suggestions. You have until Wednesday! :)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

My October Suggestions

2 Suggestions for October

Both of these books have been reviewed by People magazine, who gave them both 4 out of 4 Stars. I'm definitely reading both these, but I thought they would also be great thought provokers and would probably be great for book club.

Room is a novel that's said to be a lot like the Jaycee Dugard story to read more about it, click here.

I'd know you anywhere just sound.... amazing.... I can't wait to read this one. To read more about it, click here

Try to get your suggestions for October in by Wednesday, Sept 15 if you can. Thanks girls!! :)

Monday, September 6, 2010

out of it..

I'm feeling so out of the loop! :-( I read you guys posts and don't even remember half the books you all talk about... I've been reading the same book all summer, it's a great book and I'm loving it, just don't have a lot of down time these days! Don't worry I'll catch up eventually and be able to join into some of the discussions!! lol  At least I'm getting to know which books are worth my time and money by reading ya'lls posts!! Thank ladies!! ;-)

Promises to Keep

I started this yesterday and I am really loving it. I have never read anything by Jane Green before but from the very first page I was sucked into the book. Her writing style is so easy to read and it keeps you wanting to read the next chapter. I also like how at the end of each chapter is a different recipe.

Sunday, September 5, 2010


I won an autographed copy of this book from It is by new author Sandra Novack. The book tells the story of The Kisch family in the summer of 1978. Their ten year old neighbor has gone missing, the mother has left her family, and the seventeen year old daughter is having an affair with her teacher. The family also includes nine year old Sissy who is just trying to get through her summer having to deal with all the emotional things going on around her and the father who can be distant at times.

I was really hoping to really like this book but I thought it was just okay. The book seemed to jump around alot and I had a very hard time getting into the book. The storyline itself was pretty good. If the author made the chapters flow together a little better this would have been a really good book.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Sept Books...

Hey Girls!! Hope the beginning of Sept finds you all well and ready for a new season...I sure am :-) Wasn't sure if there was an order to the books for Sept already set, but I just picked up "Juliet Naked" from the library and was wondering if I should start it or hold off? I know it's the holdiay weekend and you may all be busy, so no rush on getting on it. Just wanted to write this up while I was thinking of it. I probably wouldn't get it started until next week anyway. Have a great weekend!!!