Monday, January 16, 2017

Book Club

Book Club is tomorrow night at 7 pm at Debby's house.  We are discussing The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

Sarah Gravelle will be leading our book discussion.  Hope to see you there.  Even if you haven't read the book you are welcome to join us.  

For our February book choice, Dari has chosen The Orphan Keeper by Jason Wright.  

Friday, November 25, 2016

Book Pick for January 2017

Since December is such a busy month, our next book club meeting will be on Tuesday January 17.
Sarah G. picked the book for us. We will be reading The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.
Here's some information about the book:  

In this Newbery Medal-winning novel, Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place—he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their ghostly teachings—such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him.
Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? And then there are being such as ghouls that aren't really one thing or the other.
The Graveyard Book won the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal and is a Hugo Award Winner for Best Novel.
Hope to see you at our next book club meeting.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Our Book Pick for November

Sarah has picked our next book club book,  Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.  The book has been made into a movie and is currently playing at local theaters.  We will meet at 7pm at Debby's house on Tuesday November 15 to discuss the book.  We are always looking for new readers to join our book club.  Here is a synopsis of the book and some reviews.

A mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.

A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

“A tense, moving, and wondrously strange first novel. The photographs and text work together brilliantly to create an unforgettable story.”—John Green, New York Times best-selling author of The Fault in Our Stars

“With its X-Men: First Class-meets-time-travel story line, David Lynchian imagery, and rich, eerie detail, it’s no wonder Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children has been snapped up by Twentieth Century Fox. B+”—Entertainment Weekly

“‘Peculiar’ doesn’t even begin to cover it. Riggs’ chilling, wondrous novel is already headed to the movies.”—People

“You’ll love it if you want a good thriller for the summer. It’s a mystery, and you’ll race to solve it before Jacob figures it out for himself.”—Seventeen

Friday, October 7, 2016

October Book Pick

Chelsea has selected our book this month, The Mourning Dove, A Story of Love by Larry Barkdull. It is a quick read - only 84 pages.   

From Amazon:
Nine-year-old Hannibal Huish is orphaned and lives with his recently widowed grandfather, Pop, who teaches Hannibal about love and the "right" things to do in life. David Hunter reads in a quiet, even voice the didactic stories and parables that represent Pop's method of teaching Hannibal. The grandson and a neighbor boy are sometimes mischievous; they're mostly children who are exploring the world and learning about right and wrong. Hunter conveys Pop's love and firm hand with a slightly stricter voice in contrast to the voice of the youthful Hannibal. The moralistic concepts are lightly veiled Christian concepts of honesty, respect and love.

 From Google:
The year is 1959, in Boise, Idaho. Nine-year-old Hannibal has lost his parents and moves in with his recently widowed grandfather, Pop. Hannibal grows up under the loving guidance of Pop, who subtly imparts life's important lessons: the responsibility that comes with love, the nature of charity respect for all living things, and the dangers in telling a lie. Pop is a humble man whose loving example extends far beyond his small circle. While he has attained no social recognition or position, the ripple effect of his example reaches generations into the future. With simple storytelling and honest sentiment, The Mourning Dove answers the question, "What is the worth of one person?"

Come join us! Book club is a great place to have an intellectual discussion, chat with great friends, and enjoy a delicious treat.  Spread the word too! If you have a friend who loves to read, invite them to join us.  Bring suggestions for future books to read.  What is your favorite book? What is a book you recently read?

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Book Pick for September

Debby picked our new book for September:

Daughter of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain, Katherine has been fated her whole life to marry Prince Arthur of England. When they meet and are married, the match becomes as passionate as it is politically expedient. The young lovers revel in each other’s company and plan the England they will make together. But tragically, aged only fifteen, Arthur falls ill and extracts from his sixteen-year-old bride a deathbed promise to marry his brother, Henry; become Queen; and fulfill their dreams and her destiny.

Widowed and alone in the avaricious world of the Tudor court, Katherine has to sidestep her father-in-law’s desire for her and convince him, and an incredulous Europe, that her marriage to Arthur was never consummated, that there is no obstacle to marriage with Henry. For seven years, she endures the treachery of spies, the humiliation of poverty, and intense loneliness and despair while she waits for the inevitable moment when she will step into the role she has prepared for all her life. Then, like her warrior mother, Katherine must take to the battlefield and save England when its old enemies the Scots come over the border and there is no one to stand against them but the new Queen.

This book is a historical fiction selection.  It is available at the public library or on Amazon. Looking forward to a great book discussion on Tuesday September 20 at 7pm at Debby's house.  Happy Reading!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Summer Reading

Our new book pick is What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
I am looking forward to reading this since it was already in my summer reading stack. 

Here is a book blurb from

Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! She HATES the gym) and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over—she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over…

Because it is summer and vacation time is here, we are going to have our next book club meeting on Tuesday August 9, at 7:00 pm at Debby's house.  This will give us time to read the book.  Alecia has read it and said she read it in three days.  So go to the library or pick up a copy of the book.  

If you are looking for some more summer reading check out another book club blog from another ward in our stake: Bound By Books Cecilia's daughter Tina is a member of this book club. 
Goodreads is another place to get ideas for reading.  You can see what your friends are reading and read and write reviews of books. 
Some of my teacher friends and I have shared pictures of our summer reading stacks.  

Alison's stack of books

Denise's stack

Denise already finished this one. 

Leslie's stack.

Stephanie's stack of summer fun. 

This is my stack.  

What are you reading?

Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Happiness Project

The Happiness Project is our book for the month.  

Here are some other titles by the author, Gretchen Rubin. 

She has some fun quotes in the book. 

Hope to see you at our book discussion on Tuesday June 28, at 7pm at Debby's house.