Why I started a Book Club

Sunday, June 24, 2018


Why I started a Book Club

Whenever I tell my friends and co-workers that I started a Book Club, they immediately look at me like I lost my mind and need some sort of intervention (although I do believe I lost my mind many years ago but that's another tale). 

The truth is, everyone seems to have this vague idea of what a book club looks like: a bunch of nerdy looking people (usually suburban women), drinking tea, and discussing Jane Austen's books.  That's such a stereotype! And if that's what's been keeping you from joining a Book Club, let me tell you a little secret: Book clubs can be Fun!  

Here's a common scenario: you finish reading a book and you NEED to talk about that book to someone! Except, none of your friends like to read.  Your partner doesn't read fiction.  Your co-workers claim they have no time. You even give a copy of the book to your best friend to see if she'll get the hint...Nah. Nothing.

Maybe you just moved to a new town and would like to meet people.  Maybe you've lived in the same town for a while but would like to meet new people.  Maybe you've been a member of a more classic book club and you're looking for something different, where you can get your monthly dose of literary discussion while drinking wine.  

Whatever your story, if you can't find the right book club, start one. Make your own rules.  Don't want to meet in someone's home? Don't have to.  Agree to disagree.  Keep it civil.  Make it Fun.  Allow everyone to suggest a book (don't be a dictator, the world has enough of those already).  

Starting a book club was one of the best things I've done!  I met an incredible bunch of women (yeah, there was 1 guy on the very first meeting but he never came back).  The book club has grown to 85 members (I never thought that would happen), and we are a very diverse group, at different stages in our lives, that share something in common -- a desire to think and discuss.  

From the Book club, we've had two spin-offs already: Trivia Night at the local bar and Board Game Night! 

What's not to love about this?

As Neil Gaiman mentioned on one of the best commencement speeches ever

"Fiction has two uses. Firstly, it’s a gateway drug to reading. The drive to know what happens next, to want to turn the page, the need to keep going, even if it’s hard, because someone’s in trouble and you have to know how it’s all going to end … that’s a very real drive. And it forces you to learn new words, to think new thoughts, to keep going. To discover that reading per se is pleasurable. Once you learn that, you’re on the road to reading everything. And reading is key.."

If you do decide to start your own Book Club and need help, BookRiot has an article titled "How to Start a Book Club that Doesn't Suck"  

And finally, here's what my Book Club is reading in 2018:

1. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (JANUARY)
2. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (FEBRUARY)
3. Watching Glass Shatter by James J. Cudney (MARCH)
4. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (APRIL)
5. The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman (MAY)
6. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover (JUNE)
7. Good Neighbors by Joanne Serling (JULY)
8. Exit West by Moshin Hamid (AUGUST)
9. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin (SEPT)
10. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (OCT)
11. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (NOV)
12. The Woman in the Window by A J Finn (DEC)

I hope you enjoyed reading this post!  If you did, please leave a comment :-)

Why I started a Book Club

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Book Blogger A to Z Survey

Wednesday, June 13, 2018


Book Blogger A to Z Survey

Hi everyone! 
I just saw this post from A Bookish Peach, and it looked so interesting that I decided to tag myself! (That's pretty much the kind of freedom that comes with blogging: you can tag yourself and/or do whatever you want...) 

By the way, this survey was originally created by The Perpetual Page Turner, back in 2013.  Please pay her a visit when you have a chance!

Read below to see all of my answers :-)

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Hmmm...I'm pretty sure that's Anne Rice.  I will never forget the first time I read An Interview with a Vampire! I was obssessed by her books (and while on vacation in New Orleans many years ago, I ditched all my friends and went to one of her book signings).  

Best Sequel Ever:

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (from The Hunger Games Trilogy)

Currently Reading:

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Usually coffee but sometimes a glass of wine is required 

E-reader or Physical Book?

Physical books. I think my reading is 70% physical books, 20% audiobooks and 10% e-reader.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Ha! That's an interesting question, but since we're talking "Fictional" character, I would say Matthew Clairmont, the jaw-dropping good looking vampire from A Discovery of Witches.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

Hidden Gem Book:

Broken Open by Elizabeth Lesser

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

When my dad gave me 1984 by George Orwell.  We both read it and talked about it for hours.

Just Finished:

Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I'm not one to discriminate and usually will read anything that catches my attention, but, I'm not really into romance novels.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Wicked by Gregory Maguire

Major book hangover because of:

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult.  

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Not enough!  I'm actually in the process of turning my daughter's old baby room into a reading room so I can stack all my books there (and hopefully my family will stop complaining that my books are taking over the house).

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Preferred Place To Read:

Living Room sofa, by the window.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“Stories are webs, interconnected strand to strand, and you follow each story to the center, because the center is the end. Each person is a strand of the story.”  ― Neil Gaiman, Anansi Boys

Reading Regret:

Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy

Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series):

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

Love Anthony by Lisa Genova / The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini / Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

That’s a tough one.  This answer changes from time to time.  Right now I'd have to say Neil Gaiman and Lisa Genova (very different styles, I know).

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

I just found out that Anne Rice has a new book from the Vampire Chronicles coming out in October!!!

Worst Bookish Habit:

Judging a book by its cover.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Your latest book purchase:

The Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

Educated by Tara Westover

I would really LOVE to see some of you join me and answer this survey as well!  
If you do, please link back to this page :-)

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Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

Thursday, June 7, 2018



Happy Thursday everyone!

I'm really excited to be joining the #BlogTour for Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl.  I'd also like to send a BIG Thank You to Rockstar Book Tours for allowing me to be a host today!

Read on for book + author info, my review, and don't forget to check out the GIVEAWAY!


Pub. Date: June 5, 2018

Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Mystery
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 336
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonAudibleB&NiBooksTBD

Once upon a time, back at Darrow-Harker School, Beatrice Hartley and her six best friends were the cool kids, the beautiful ones. Then the shocking death of Jim—their creative genius and Beatrice's boyfriend—changed everything.

One year after graduation, Beatrice is returning to Wincroft—the seaside estate where they spent so many nights sharing secrets, crushes, plans to change the world—hoping she'll get to the bottom of the dark questions gnawing at her about Jim’s death. But as the night plays out in a haze of stilted jokes and unfathomable silence, Beatrice senses she’s never going to know what really happened.

Then a mysterious man knocks on the door. Blithely, he announces the impossible: time for them has become stuck, snagged on a splinter that can only be removed if the former friends make the harshest of decisions. Now Beatrice has one last shot at answers--and at life.

“It’s always the one we worship the most we know the least”.


Five friends get stuck in a time loop called Neverworld Wake.  Only 1 can survive.  Would you be able to choose who? 

This book is about friendship, betrayal, forgiveness, life, death and the world in between.

Marisha Pessl's first Young Adult novel is captivating and full of unexpected twists.  Each character is mysterious in his/her own way and each chapter peels another layer of the truth. Exposes another secret.  Changes your mind regarding who should survive.

Being trapped in time allows them to discover what really happened to Jim, the friend that died during their senior year.  It also gives them a chance to understand how crucial the passing of time is and how every tiny action and detail can affect the fabric of time.  

What I liked best was the author’s attention to details and how she carefully linked events that brought them to where they are.  She also placed a few thrilling twists that will keep you guessing till the very end. 

You will not be able to put this book down, and if you do, you will find your mind drifting back to Neverworld

I highly recommend Neverworld Wake.  I rated 4 stars on Goodreads.

This was my first novel by Marisha Pessl, but I will definitely read all her other novels!!!


Marisha Pessl grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, and now lives in New York City. Special Topics in Calamity Physics, her debut novel, was a bestseller in both hardcover and paperback. It won the 2006 John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize (now the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize), and was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. Her new novel, Night Film, comes out August 20, 2013.

As an added bonus, check out Marisha's Playlist:


3 winners will receive a finished copy of NEVERWORLD WAKE, US Only.
Click Here to enter. Good Luck!

Tour Schedule:

6/1/2018- YA Books CentralExcerpt

Week Two:
6/4/2018- Two Chicks on BooksExcerpt
6/5/2018- Bookish LifestyleReview
6/6/2018- Tea With Mermaids- Review
6/7/2018- Trendy Simple LifeReview
6/8/2018- A Dream Within A DreamReview

Week Three:
6/11/2018- Books Coffee and RepeatReview
6/12/2018- NerdophilesReview
6/13/2018- Life of a Literary NerdReview
6/14/2018- Jena Brown WritesReview
6/15/2018- Once Upon a TwilightReview

Week Four:
6/18/2018- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
6/19/2018- Book-KeepingReview
6/20/2018- A Gingerly ReviewReview
6/21/2018- Cindy's Love of BooksReview
6/22/2018- RhythmicBooktrovertReview

Week Five:
6/25/2018- BookHounds YAReview
6/26/2018- Under the Book CoverReview
6/27/2018- Smada's Book SmackReview
6/28/2018- HauntedbybooksReview
6/29/2018- The Cover ContessaExcerpt

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