Book Club ~ Annabel by Kathleen Winter

I belong to a Reading Group/Book Club. The book that we just finished reading is, Annabel by Kathleen Winter. {Image attribution: Goodreads} I did a little research and found that Kathleen Winter was born in the UK, but raised in Newfoundland and Labrador; this is where Annabel is set. It was published in 2010, and won the Thomas Head Raddall Award. It was also a shortlisted nominee for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the 2010 Governor General's … [Read more...]

Have you Read, A House In the Sky, by Amanda Lindhout?

I just finished reading the riveting memoir,  A House In the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett.  To say I found it difficult to put down would be a bit of an understatement. The book tells a story of, Amanda Lindhout, who is from Alberta, Canada. As a young child, living in an unstable and turbulent household, she collected and cashed in bottles. With the money she earned, she purchased old National Geographic magazines. She escaped into the descriptions and photos of the exotic places … [Read more...]

50 Book Club Choices ~ Have You Read Any of These?

I love the fall.  The heat and humidity of summer is a distant memory. Gardens have an abundance of flowers and produce and the Farmer's Markets are in full swing. While summer is always full of fun activities and family time...it is often not the, "lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer" that we imagine, in fact it is often a very busy time of the year. Another reason why I love the fall is the resumption of our book club.  We always take the summers off and I look forward to September when … [Read more...]

Have You Read The Birth House by Ami McKay?

The reading group I belong to chose,  The Birth House by Ami McKay, as our book choice for October. Synopsis: The Birth House is the story of Dora Rare, the first daughter to be born in five generations of Rares. As a child in an isolated village in Nova Scotia, she is drawn to Miss Babineau, an outspoken Acadian midwife with a gift for healing. Dora becomes Miss B.’s apprentice, and together they help the women of Scots Bay through infertility, difficult labours, breech births, unwanted … [Read more...]

“Proof of Heaven” ~ Does Proof Exist?

Late one night a couple of weeks ago, I was surfing the Internet {no surprise to anyone...lol} and noticed a friend on Facebook asking for suggestions of a good book to read. Another friend of mine responded with, "...you have to read,  Proof of Heaven, it's amazing". … [Read more...]

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom {Book Club Selection}

I have recently started reading The Kitchen House by fellow Canadian, Kathleen Grissom; it is our book club selection for the month of June. I have not yet finished reading it, but I can tell you this; I have it on my Kobo Arc and the first time I picked it up I read 40% of the book!  I can barely wait to finish it, so far I have found it to be a fast-paced, heart stopping,  thought-provoking look at life on a tobacco plantation in the 1700's. … [Read more...]

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green ~ Our Book Clubs Choice for April

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is the book the reading group I belong to read for April.  I love John Greens writing and I absolutely loved this book!    Seriously, how can you not love a book that contains this line: "I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once." … [Read more...]

11/22/63 by Stephen King – Our Book Club’s Choice for January 2013

~ 11/22/63 by Stephen King - Our Book Club’s Choice for January ~ December is a busy month for all of us, so when our book club first formed we decided not to read a book in December. Instead we all get together and go out for a nice dinner to celebrate Christmas.  {Let me just say, we have never regretted that decision...lol} We know our book list for the year so we often chose a larger book for January, as that basically gives us two months instead of one to get it read. Well, I am going … [Read more...]

The 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards – Have You Read Any?

I don't know about you, but I love to read!  I just received an e-mail announcing the winners of the 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards, the only major book awards decided by readers and I wanted to share it with you.   There were 1,156,852 votes cast and below are the winners. I am a bit embarrassed to say I have only read one of these books, can you guess which one? What about you, have you read any of the books on this list?  If so, do you feel it deserves the award? UPDATE - May 16, 2016 I have … [Read more...]

“Love You Forever” *sniff* *sniff* *sniff*

I was just on Facebook and saw that someone had posted a picture of this book... … [Read more...]

Our Book Club’s Choice for November – Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

"Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, Cutting for Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary … [Read more...]

In My Mother’s Kitchen by Trish Magwood

I could easily live with only one television channel, the Food Network, anyone who knows me even a little can attest to my great love of recipes, cooking, baking, and entertaining.   I love talking about these things, as well as comparing recipes and cooking techniques. I'm always surrounded by cookbooks and read them like most people would read a novel! … [Read more...]