Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Five People You Meet In Heaven

This last month, my neighborhood's bookclub read The Five People You Meet In Heaven. We loved it! It was a touching story about the power of your personal life and how no one's life stands alone. We all have a role to play and we never can tell who we are touching with our actions or we affect. We listened to Mitch Albom (on his website) talk about some of the questions people who discuss his book are interested in hearing. I served the chocolate ginger cookies, and some other treats and we had a fun time.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Glass Castle

This book is a memoir, written by Jeannette Walls. It is the incredibly interesting story of her family and how she grew up. They are a strange mix of dysfunctional and amazing. She tells it without any self pity or preaching, just very matter of fact. I absolutely loved it. It gave me a lot to think about.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

I Heard the Owl Call My Name

This book was done by my neighborhood bookclub for August. It's about a priest and his work in a remote Indian village in British Columbia. Margaret Craven is very descriptive, bringing the scenery to life. The priest in the story is a wise humanitarian and a wonderful example of Christ-like attributes. It was a very touching a human story, about love and unselfishness. I highly recommend it as a worthwhile use of your reading time. I know how I hate to waste my scant time on poorly written crap, but this was wonderful!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Reunion at Mossy Creek

This book is so funny! Okay, so I was skeptical when I first saw this book. The Professor brought it home from the library for me and when I took a look at it, it's actually written by several authors- sort of a collaboration. So I was afraid it would be really weird but turns out I liked it a lot. The characters and stories are very entertaining and well written.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Rise to Rebellion

Okay, so I am still reading all the time, but not always remembering to share what I'm reading. Right now I am working on a great book called Rise to Rebellion. It's a historical novel about the circumstances leading up to the American Revolution. It follows the characters of Ben Franklin, John Adams, and a few others. From what I understand it's the first of two books about the revolution, the second being more about the actual war. Anyway, so far so good and I recommend it. :)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Running With Angels

Our bookclub here is reading the book, Running With Angels, by Pamela H. Hansen. It's the story of a woman who overcame personal tragedy and lost over 100 pounds. I love an inspirational story and this one sure was! Recently, I have been doing some running myself...though I don't have 100 pounds to lose...and I have had some personal struggles that have contributed to my weight. This book was sweet and poignant. I recommend it!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Has anyone out there read March? It's about the father in Little Women. I am in the middle of it, and so far it follows him through the Civil War. It is interesting to get an insight into what his character might have been like. I'll update you on how like it.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

No.1 Ladies Detective Agency

I just read this book for my new book club. It wasn't exactly what I expected- I'd say it was a lot more than I expected. It was fun but I thought it would be kind of a frivolous read and it has way too much character to be frivolous. I have only read the first- I think there are 9 books in the series, and they follow each other but can stand alone (or so I've heard). Anyway, this one gets a big thumbs up from me. I'd recommend it to everyone. :)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Short and Funny

My neighborhood bookclub just read A Long Way From Chicago, by Richard Peck. He wrote another interesting, but less funny book called The River Between Us. Both are worth a read but I really liked Chicago better. TGH and I read it together and we just can't suppress a chuckle when we recall something the grandma said or did. You will laugh, and it's good for kids also.