Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Though Waters Roar

My father-in-law, yes, you read that right.  My father-in-law introduced me to this author.  Lynn Austin.  She has written many books and I am about 75% done reading her work and have loved so many of them!  This one Though Waters Roar was especially good.  If you are looking for a new author - clean (she is a Christen writer) give her a try. 

From the book:
Harriet Sherwood has always adored her grandmother. But when Harriet decides to follow her footsteps to fight for social justice, she certainly never expected her efforts to land her in jail. Nor did she expect her childhood enemy and notorious school bully, Tommy O'Reilly, to be the arresting officer.
Languishing in a jail cell, Harriet has plenty of time to sift through the memories of the three generations of women who have preceded her. As each story emerges, the strength of her family--and their deep faith in the God of justice and righteousness--brings Harriet to discovery of her own goals and motives for pursuing them.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Different Blue by Amy Harmon

What's a perk of personally knowing an author? She might send you an advanced copy of her new book. And that's exactly the perk I got from being a friend/fan of Amy Harmon. I was so excited when she emailed me and asked if I would like to read and review her new book.

A Different Blue is about a rebellious girl named Blue Echohawk who has had a rough life so far.  During her senior year of high school, she meets an interesting young teacher who inspires her to want to be a better person in spite of problems and hardships she's had in her short past. But she can't quite turn her life around without resolving some serious issues in her past, her present, and her future.

I enjoyed this book because I love how Blue overcomes the person she thinks she should be to become the person she wants to be. It is a great story of redemption.

A Different Blue has more adult content than the previous books I've read by Amy Harmon. I would not consider this book part of the young adult genre. It's definitely for grown-ups. But if you enjoy a good story of redemption and overcoming tough obstacles, you will enjoy this book, too.

Emily B

Thursday, November 1, 2012

change in dates!!!

we moved book club to December 6th at 8pm at Sarah Gwin's house.  we will still be reading Unwind by Neal Shusterman and we will move Catch-22 to January. Hope that helps everyone out!  now go get reading!!!  i have a copy from the library if someone wants to hurry and read it and get it back to me so i can read it.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

November's book is Unwind by Neal Shusterman
We will meet at Sarah Gwin's house at 8:00pm on November 15th

Sunday, October 21, 2012

How do you all feel about changing book club meeting time to 8:00pm?

Friday, September 21, 2012

Last night was great! THANK YOU Kate!!!!!  you went above and beyond, but it was a great kick off to the restart of book club!!! Here are the books for the next 3 months.  We will be mingling classics with non-fiction and fiction.  If these books do not interest you and you would prefer to do a more young adult, feels good kind of book club, then feel free to start up another group.  This book club is going to be about challenging ourselves and reading outside of our normal comfort zone.  You may not like some of the books and that is good- it leads to discussion and increases our understanding of others, and seeing the world from a different viewpoint.  I hope this isn't coming across as harsh- I just want more than a girls night out where we discuss who we like best of the boys in the ever present love triangles of many YA fictions.  My children are zapping my brain cells on a daily basis and hope this monthly discussion of deeper things will re-stimulate some of those brain cells!


October 18th- Being George Washington  by Glenn Beck (non-fiction)

November 15th- Unwind by Neal Shusterman (fiction)

December 13th (a week earlier than usually)- Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (classic)

Feel free to let me know what you think.  If you would like to host a night, let me know (you do not need to try to live up to Kate's hosting- no one is quite as incredible as she!)  If you host, you just need to provide a place to meet, a little treat (we can help bring things too!), and be ready to start the discussion with a question or two. I truly enjoyed the discussion last night and look forward to many more!


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Book club is tomorrow (Thursday) night at 7:00pm at Kate Hulet's home.  Hope to see you there!!!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

We will be reading Running Barefoot by Amy Harmon for Sept 20th bookclub.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Here we go again!?!?

Okay Ladies- after much thought and consideration, I think we will meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7pm.  I know that won't work for everyone but it should fit most people's schedule.  (monday is FHE, Tues is scouts,YM/YW, activity days, Wednesday is institute and the weekend just doesn't work.)  maybe in another year or two we can try a morning one when there are less little ones at home???  Our first meeting will be September 20th.  One book we talked about doing is Running Barefoot, by Amy Harmon but my one concern is that it is not available at the library.  You can buy a hard copy for about $16 from or for those with a kindle it is $4 to download.  I don't want anyone to have to buy books to be part of this.  So let me know what you think- we can do Running Barefoot or we can do something that is available at the library- like A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter or you can make a suggestion of a book. If you are interested in hosting (you provide the home, the snack and lead the discussion) let me know! thanks!!

Friday, August 24, 2012

We met last night for book club- thanks Wendy for hosting!  I am ready to start doing this again on a monthly basis. Anyone interested in starting up again too????

 Debra suggested reading Running Barefoot for  our next meeting.  Wondering what nights or days would work for you all.  We could meet during the day or at nights-whatever works best for those interested.

I want to read  a lot of different genres so that we can really get more people involved.  What I want most for people to understand is that if you don't finish the book or you do not like the book, you still need to come!!!  Book club is not about everyone sitting around talking about how much they love the book-it is a discussion about what people liked, disliked, loathed, loved, etc about it.  The more differing opinions about a book the better discussion that follows!  So don't think you shouldn't come because you didn't like the book!  It does not hurt my feelings if you don't like a book a I love.  I want to know what you didn't like about it and see it from someone else's view point.  If you aren't a reader, you are still invited!  You never know we may turn you into a reader eventually!!!

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Ok- we have a set night and time for book club- We will be meeting on Thursday, August 23rd at 7:30pm at Wendy Brownlee's.  We are reading Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke.  There are cookie recipes in the book- we will be serving these as refreshments.  I have a copy of the book from the library we can pass around. Just a fun, quick read to celebrate the end of summer.  Hope you can come!

Friday, July 13, 2012

It is way past time for a book club meeting.  Since it is summer I thought it would be perfect to do just a fun book- Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke.  It has lots of cookie recipes in it so I will make some of the cookies for treats.  It is the first in a series of books so if you like it you have lots of others to read later on.  Next time we meet we will do a more serious book for those who want.  I am thinking we will meet on August 9th at 7:30.  Anyone want to host it at their house?  (my place is small) Let me know what you think. Thanks!  Ps- the library has lots of copies of this book- for a faster turn around try requesting a large print copy.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Running Barefoot by Amy Harmon

I recently got a text from Amy Harmon, who I used to work with, letting me know that she is selling two new books on  Each book is only $1.99 if you have a Kindle or the Kindle app, so I downloaded my free Kindle app, and then I bought her two books for less than $4.

I finished Running Barefoot yesterday, and it is the sweetest story I've read in a long time.  I started reading it Saturday morning, and I let Amy know that I loved the beginning.  I picked it up again on Sunday and stayed up until 3:00 am to finish it because I did not want to put it down.

Running Barefoot  is a Young Adult novel written by an LDS author, which is a double plus for me.  I like to read a good story without being distracted by bad language and/or morality issues, and this book is just that.  It's set in Levan, Utah which is near Nephi, and it is about a girl named Josie who is forced to grow up way too fast.  I thought I had the ending figured out from the beginning, but after a lot of unexpected twists and turns, I ended up being dead wrong.  I give this book 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. 

I'm not posting about this book because I know Amy;  I'm posting because I genuinely loved this book, and I think you guys will love it too.  It's not available at the library yet, but you can't beat $1.99!  

The other book she is selling is called Slow Dance in Purgatory.  I'm starting to read that one today.  If you end up buying either book or both, let me know what you think!

Emily Bowman

P.S.  Sorry I can't get the picture of the cover to stay.  Let me know if you're looking for it and can't find it.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Okay so I said I wasn't up to doing book club every month, but I also said that if someone found a book they loved then we should get together again.  I didn't plan on finding such a fantastic and fascinating book so soon, but thanks to our newest member, Tiffany, I am ready to set up another meeting!  Tiffany suggested the book Lay That Trumpet In Our Hands by Susan Carol McCarthy.  There was not wait list at the library!  It is a novel but it is based on actual events in Florida during the early 1950's involving the KKK.  If anyone wants to read it and meet up to discuss it, that would be awesome!  I think we would have an amazing discussion with this book.  Thanks Tiffany!  I am thinking we will meet on April 19th-would that work for you ladies?  it is the Thursday after spring break.

Friday, March 2, 2012

We had a fun meeting on Wednesday night and enjoyed some new faces in our group!  Unbroken was a fabulous book and am so glad that Holly suggested it!  I have missed book club and want to get back to it, just not on a monthly basis at this point.

 SO- if you find a book you love and want to talk about it, let us know and we can set up a night to do a book club meeting.  You can either leave a comment here with a book idea or email or text me or if you are an authorized writer on here just leave a post!

Looking forward to seeing you all again before too long!