Book Club

Book Club!

I love to read! I love exploring new places that books can take you! I love libraries and book stores(although I have to admit I read mostly on my kindle paperwhite…I don’t have enough shelf space to keep all my favs)! Kindle Paperwhite E-reader (Previous Generation – 7th) – Black, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers

My kids love books, always have since they were babies. They would beg for “just one more book” before nap time or bed time…that’s after the 5 we had already read! When my kids are done with the books they have…they drive me nuts! They are bored and have nothing to read, lol! Just yesterday we got a package in the mail for my oldest…she got the next 3 books in the series she’s reading from amazon. I kid you not, it was like Christmas morning! HA! My husband loves to read! We are just a reading family, and I’m so glad and wouldn’t have it any-other way!

I love to read so much that I helped started a book club! There are 9 of us (including myself) and we have been doing book club together for 5 years now!!! And it has flown by! I truly believe it’s because it is so much fun! And you know what they say “time flies when you’re having fun”! The 9 of us come from all different stages in life but what we have in common is we all attend the same church. Most of us are married, but not all. Most of have kids, but not all. And those of us that have kids…some have older kids and some have babies and toddlers! So just imagine the conversations we have! We learn and grow and lean on each other! I adore all the ladies in book club! We have a blast getting together, eating good food, laughing till we cry, and sometimes ugly crying for each other.

We get together once a month…usually the 3rd Friday of every month to discuss that months book. We discuss the book, our likes, our dislikes, and somehow it usually parallels to our our lives. We catch up with each other and just do life together, around books. Our families and spouses know how important book club is to all of us and they really go above and beyond to help with watching kids while we get together! Without their support it would be super hard for us to meet.

Our book club selections are made on a rotation. Each person picks a book and hosts book club at their house for that particular Friday. It’s up to host what we do…but there’s always food and beverages involved…usually a meal with dessert! And sometimes the host has a theme…where the food matches the book we read. One book we read was set in Sweden…and the host made swedish meatballs! SO FUN(and yummy)! It’s a blast seeing what everyone comes up! We have some pretty creative people in our bunch!

We usually draw names out of a hat to see who goes in what order for the new round. The last couple of rounds we have had “themes”. For instance, last rotation we did centuries. So we drew names and centuries out of a hat and you had to pick a book either written in that century or about that century! That was super hard and challenging but so much fun and so worth it! There were some really good books and some not very good books! lol! The 15th century was particularly hard…we read Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey…and no one really liked it! lol! But that’s the glory of book club…you pick up and read books that you wouldn’t necessarily read on your own. There have been some amazing books we have read that I would have never picked up had it not been for book club. My favorite from that go around was(14th century) Longbow Girl by Linda Davies. Such a great read!!

Longbow Girl

I should mention that we don’t limit our selections to christian authors only…there are some amazing books out there that we would miss by doing that. But we do try and keep it clean to the best of our abilities. We also try to not go over 300-400 page books…just because we are all living busy, full lives and have to get it read in a month. And as a side note…if you aren’t sure what to “discuss” for each book, a lot of authors have discussion questions at the back of the book. Or you can generally look online. I’ve never not found discussion questions or topics for my picks.

Once the 9 months is over we have “Oscar Night”!! Oh my word…it is the best night! We have a little gold statue, like the one you see at the oscars, that floats around from home to home declaring the best book of that round…so we all vote and who ever has the best book selection for that round gets Oscar, a gift card to Books A Million and total bragging rights! LOL! We are currently in a rotation with only 2 books to go and then it will be Oscar Night! This go around is “genres.” The genres we chose are mystery, thriller, fantasy, classic, drama, sci-fi, romance, comedy and historical fiction! We have had some really good reads this past round! We are reading a comedy right now, called Fully Alive by Ken Davis.

Fully Alive: Lighten Up and Live – A Journey that Will Change Your LIfe.

So far I like it. I’m interested to see where this author takes comedy. I’ll keep you posted as to what I think when I finish it! Last months book was romance (so appropriate for February) and was The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz

The Lacemaker

I LOVED it!! It was set in 1776. I am a huge Hamilton fan so anything in that time period I am drawn to! It’s a story about the Tory’s and the Patriots with action and love and surprises all along the way! I couldn’t put it down. The author writes in a manner that sucks you in!

We have read so many books that I could keep on writing about it forever! But I won’t do that to you. If you want some suggestions please let me know! I have a ton I could recommend! Also, if you want recommendations on kids books, like I said before…my girls are huge readers and could give you lists of good kid appropriate books too! Happy reading!

Rachel

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