Happy Holidays!

Wishing our readers a Merry Christmas and for those that don’t celebrate Christmas, Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays 2017

We hope that you have a wonderful holiday.

This year we will be in our new home and hosting an Italian Christmas! I am looking forward to catching up with family and getting stuffed on antipasto, lasagna, meatballs and sausages, and some yummy desserts. 🙂 Continue reading “Happy Holidays!”

Top Gifts For Christmas: Top 10 Best Selling Books of 2017

Christmas is rapidly approaching and what better way to share some joy than by giving the gift of books?

 

This year we are not personally choosing our favorite books to recommend to our readers, but will be relying on the New York Times Bestseller list for the best books to read for 2017. Don’t worry, you can still get our opinions and thoughts on the books in our reviewsContinue reading “Top Gifts For Christmas: Top 10 Best Selling Books of 2017”

The Stars Are Fire By Anita Shreve

Please join us in reading The Stars Are on Fire by Anita Shreve for our suggested monthly read!

We will be reviewing the book along with our monthly book club discussion questions for December 31st, 2017.

Summary of The Stars Are on Fire

In October 1947, after a summer-long drought, fires break out all along the Maine coast from Bar Harbor to Kittery and are soon racing out of control from town to village.

Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her husband, Gene, joins the volunteer firefighters. Along with her best friend, Rosie, and Rosie’s two young children, Grace watches helplessly as their houses burn to the ground, the flames finally forcing them all into the ocean as a last resort. Continue reading “The Stars Are Fire By Anita Shreve”

True Colors Book Review

True Colors: Book Review by Arlene.
5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis:

The Grey sisters have always been close. After their mother’s death, the girls banded together, becoming best friends. Their stern, disapproving father cares less about his children than about his reputation. To Henry Grey, appearances are everything, and years later, he still demands that his daughters reflect his standing in the community.

Winona, the oldest, needs her father’s approval most of all. An overweight bookworm who never felt at home on the sprawling horse ranch that has been in her family for three generations, she knows that she doesn’t have the qualities her father values. But as the best lawyer in town, she’s determined to someday find a way to prove her worth to him. Continue reading “True Colors Book Review”

True Colors Book Club Discussion Questions

Here’s a video of author Kristin Hannah talking about True Colors.

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Discussion Questions:

1. Do you feel, after reading this book, that most people hide their “True Colors” in order not to hurt the feelings of other people?

2.Do you feel you know the “True Colors” of your own family members and close friends and do you question them in your own mind? Do you ever question your own “True Colors”  and do you want to change your life at times to improve your opinions of other people? Continue reading “True Colors Book Club Discussion Questions”

The Trespasser Book Review

The Trespasser: Book Review By Dinh.
5 out of 5 stars for The Trespasser by Tana French

Synopsis:

Being on the Murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she’s there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she’s getting close to the breaking point.

Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers’ quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed to a shine, and dead in her catalogue-perfect living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner. There’s nothing unusual about her—except that Antoinette’s seen her somewhere before. Continue reading “The Trespasser Book Review”

True Colors by Kristin Hannah

Please join us in reading True Colors by Kristin Hannah for our suggested monthly read!


We will be reviewing True Colors along with our book club discussion questions for November 30, 2017.

Summary of True Colors by Kristin Hannah
Goodreads Summary:

True Colors is New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah’s most provocative, compelling, and heart-wrenching story yet. With the luminous writing and unforgettable characters that are her trademarks, she tells the story of three sisters whose once-solid world is broken apart by jealousy, betrayal, and the kind of passion that rarely comes along.

The Grey sisters have always been close. After their mother’s death, the girls banded together, becoming best friends. Their stern, disapproving father cares less about his children than about his reputation. To Henry Grey, appearances are everything, and years later, he still demands that his daughters reflect his standing in the community. Continue reading “True Colors by Kristin Hannah”

The Tea Girl Of Hummingbird Lane Book Review

The Tea Girl Of Hummingbird Lane: Book Review by Dinh.
4.5 stars

Synopsis:

In their remote Chinese mountain village, Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. For the Akha people, ensconced in ritual and routine, life goes on as it has for generations – until a stranger appears at the village in a jeep, the first automobile any of the villagers has ever seen.

The stranger’s arrival marks the entrance of the modern world in the lives of the Akha people. Slowly, Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, begins to reject the customs that shaped her early life. Continue reading “The Tea Girl Of Hummingbird Lane Book Review”

The Tea Girl Of Hummingbird Lane Book Club Discussion Questions

Here’s a video of author Lisa See talking about her latest book The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.

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Discussion Questions:

1.The book starts off in 1988 with First Brother’s recounting his dream and A-ma saying “No coincidence, no story”.  What are the main coincidences in The Tea Girl of Humming Bird Lane? Were these coincidences believable?  How did these events shape your expectations of the story?

2. Akha culture is steeped in tradition. Were there any practices described in the book that shocked or surprised you? Did it change the way you felt about the book? What traditions did you like and dislike? Continue reading “The Tea Girl Of Hummingbird Lane Book Club Discussion Questions”