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As we are all busy, we try not to be too aggressive on the timeline. You can expect to see a weekly blog with a few thoughts as well as questions to get discussion started. Participate as much as you like! We hope to create some interactive ways for us to share in smaller groups, possibly plan some outings where some of us can meet, but most importantly, we want to just have fun reading some really good books together.
It is impossible to reminisce over my childhood and not think of books. As soon as I was able, I devoured chapter books. I have vivid memories of my parents taking me to the mall on Friday nights to buy the latest Babysitters Club, Nancy Drew, or Sweet Valley High from the Walden Bookstore (dating […]
Nova, our beloved “perfect” rescue Labrador, passed away when our twin daughters, Gigi and Ryan, were two. Their only memories of her are through pictures. We always intended to rescue again but somehow the timing never seemed quite right. And, our hearts were still mending. Then came the opportunity to move across the country to […]
Once upon a time, there was a mommy who was pulling her hair out… To say I have read Spider-Man: Trapped by the Green Goblin! HUNDREDS of times at bedtime is not an over exaggeration. Other frequent encores include The Little Engine That Could, Good Night Moon (of course), Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes, Mighty Machines and By the Light of the Halloween Moon, […]
The last ten chapters of this book ripped my heart out. No wonder Vianne chose to forget for so long and ignore her past. Forgetting was easier and it was the only way she was ever going to move forward and accept that the past was the past. I’m hesitant to say too much because […]
“Bad choices. That’s all there were anymore.” Stay or go? Help or lay low? Honesty or skirting the truth? Trust or Fear? All of the above choices were part of the last ten chapters, and none of them were good or right choices. The characters in The Nightingale have been presented with impossible situations and […]
The last chapters we’ve been reading in The Nightingale have been all about the girl power. Each of the women if this story have been moving towards decisions they either want to make or have to make in a time of war. Vianne has continued to tow the line of caution and submission to protect […]
In desperate times, how would I react? How far would I go to save myself or more importantly, to save my family? As I read these last chapters, I kept asking myself those very questions. In our house, we call it ABPFAZA (Always Be Prepared For A Zombie Apocalypse). I don’t really think a Zombie […]
Excuse me for a moment while I fangirl a little bit over one of my favorite Authors, but does anyone set a scene better than Kristin Hannah? Her imagery and character descriptions are breathtaking. I was right there with her in 1995 off the Oregon Coast and then I easily stayed with her all the […]
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion, and circumstances, each embarking on her own dangerous path towards survival. For our next JMB Book Club Selection, we’re heading to France in 1939 during WWII and reading the Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I’m excited for […]
Spoiler Alert: As we’ve reached the end of The Girl on the Train, I feel it necessary to warn anyone who hasn’t finished the book that I’ll be discussing who did it. You’ve been officially warned. For any Big Brother fans out there, I hope you can hear Julie Chen as you read the “Expect the […]
Up until this point in the book, I’ve struggled with how I feel about Rachel and being sympathetic to her situation. She clearly knows right from wrong and understands that her choices aren’t the best, and yet, she continues to fall into the same bad habits – Showing up at Scott’s house when she knows […]