The Great Alone Book Club Discussion Questions

Discussion Questions:

1. Leni and her family had a fresh start in Alaska. Given the challenging landscape, do you think that they were going to survive in that harsh climate? Who do you think would be able to handle it, and what survival skills or kind of person do you think would be most adaptable to survive? Is Leni or Cora a survivor?

2. The novel is set in the 1970s America. Why do you think author Hannah chose that period? How do the political and social factors mould the story line?

3. Alaska is written like a character in the novel. How does the landscape help with the story? Do you think if it was set somewhere else that the story would be just as effective? Continue reading “The Great Alone Book Club Discussion Questions”

Midyear Book Update

Well, in all this time we have not had any monthly wrap ups or updates on what we have been reading, so I thought it would be interesting to list all the books I have personally read since January, 2018 and give a quick line about how I felt about the books.

I am actually surprised by what books I have read, and how many I have read. Making this list is a good way to look back and reflect and see how much I’ve read. I think I may do this again!

I have been much better at logging my reading books with Goodreads. It’s a great way to track what I’ve read because I do literally forget books that I’ve read, especially ones that are not memorable. Continue reading “Midyear Book Update”

Summer Reads 2018: 10 Books On My Summer Reading List That I Can’t Wait To Start!

Summer is here and I’ve put together my summer reads for 2018. Anyone who knows me well knows that I love to read thrillers in the summer. This summer, my reading list is mixed with only a few thrillers in sight! Reason being is that I have read so many thrillers lately and I am looking for a change. Since last summer, I have read too many thrillers/mystery to count and now I am ready to read more of other genres.

In the mix bag of books, I am looking forward to getting stuck into some romance, mystery, humor and satire and just plain old page turning books! Continue reading “Summer Reads 2018: 10 Books On My Summer Reading List That I Can’t Wait To Start!”

The Great Alone By Kristin Hannah

Please join us in reading The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah for our monthly read!

We will be reviewing the book along with our book club discussion questions for July 31, 2018.


Alaska, 1974.
Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed.

For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown. Continue reading “The Great Alone By Kristin Hannah”

I’ll See You in Paris Book Review

I’ll See You in Paris: Book Review By Arlene.
4 stars


I’ll See You In Paris is a perfect, interesting, and fun summertime read for on the beach, laying by the pool or sitting on your deck chair under the umbrella…wherever you choose to pick up that one good book that will entertain and possibly educate you along the way.

It is an historical fiction novel, about a real person, the mysterious Duchess of Marlborough who turns out to be quite the unusual, quacky woman to say the least but who also lived a very interesting life and did it her way!! She will keep you laughing or wondering if this could be real all throughout the book. I think, in the end, you will get her and possibly like and understand her… Continue reading “I’ll See You in Paris Book Review”

I’ll See You In Paris Book Club Discussion Questions

Discussion Questions:

1. Did you think Michelle Gable did a good job in creating the three main character’s lives, Laurel, Annie and the Duchess, in I’ll See You In Paris?

2. Did you think Gladys Deacon (The Duchess) ended up being a crazy old lady or was she just shrewd in manipulating her actions with other people?

3. Did you find the number of spaniels in the Grange to be a realistic approach to the living conditions in the Grange and was it believable to you that the people living there would put up with it? Continue reading “I’ll See You In Paris Book Club Discussion Questions”

I’ll See You In Paris By Michelle Gable

Please join us in reading I’ll See You In Paris by Michelle Gable for our monthly read!

We will be reviewing the book along with our book club discussion questions for June 30th, 2018.


Three women, born generations apart.
One mysterious book that threads their lives together.
A journey of love, discovery, and truth… Continue reading “I’ll See You In Paris By Michelle Gable”

Before We Were Yours Book Review

Before We Were Yours: Book review by Dinh.
4.5 stars


Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize that the truth is much darker. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together—in a world of danger and uncertainty. Continue reading “Before We Were Yours Book Review”

Before We Were Yours Book Club Discussion Questions

Discussion Questions:

1 Before you read Before We Were Yours, did you know the historical side of adoption and that there was a black market for babies back then?

2. Do you think Queenie and Briny were at fault for losing their children? Was it viable for them to have more children?

3. Were you surprised about the living conditions of young children in the orphanage as revealed in Rill’s story? Continue reading “Before We Were Yours Book Club Discussion Questions”

Summer 2018 Comment Challenge!

2018 Summer Comment ChallengeWow, another year has gone by and it’s time again for the Summer Comment Challenge! The Summer 2018 Comment Challenge is hosted by Lonna @ FLYLēF and Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense. I have the pleasure of knowing these lovely ladies for almost 3 years in the blogosphere! Please click on their links to find more information on how you can participate in the Comment Challenge. Continue reading “Summer 2018 Comment Challenge!”