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The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

Happy March! March is my month for hosting book club and I chose to have the group read The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom. Have you read any of his books?  I love them. Mitch Albom’s books are unique, make you think and each one draws you in to the story unlike so many others. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto is one of the unique stories and I managed to slide right into the characters lives and live there until I sadly finished the last page.
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Blossom by Christopher Lentz

Happy February! How is your reading going this year?  I hope you all are deep into a book and loving every minute of it. This month our book club choice was Blossom by Christopher Lentz.  The bookie who chose this book is personal friends with the author and wanted to support him and his first novel; I am so glad she did.  Blossom was a great choice and the best part of the evening was having Christopher Lentz join us for our book club event, it really doesn’t get any better.
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Go Set a Watchman ~ By Harper Lee

Have you read Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee yet?  How do you feel about this book being published?  The book is Harper Lee’s original writing of what would become To Kill a Mockingbird.  She submitted the manuscript and was turned down; while the publisher saw the potential, they asked her to re-write it, and To Kill a Mockingbird was born, it was published and became an important piece of literature. Go Set a Watchman, is one she didn’t want published and honestly…
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Do you remember reading To Kill a Mockingbird in High School or College?  I read it in High School and have seen the movie so remember the story but there is something about reading it now that gives me a different view point and a deeper understanding.  I hope it does that for you if you choose to read it again.
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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Wow, time continues to fly by, summer is over, the kids are back in school which means you should have more reading time right?   I haven’t, and I don’t have younger kids in school, yet I still feel like I am playing catch up on chores neglected over the summer. I finished our book for the September book club party, The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion and had a bit of time to sneak in another book, so am reading As Always, Julia; The letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto.  I had hoped to finish it and write a
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Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

I can’t tell you how much I loved this book.  Kristin Hannah has quickly become one of my favorite authors and I just can’t get enough of her books.  Her style of writing is like having a conversation with a friend and her ability to tell a story is rare. A few years ago I chose Homefront for book club and enjoyed that book so much.  Back in April I reviewed Fly Away and as you will read on that blog post, the book was touching and fantastic.  Part way through Fly Away, I realized it was the sequel to
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The Hummingbird House by Donna Ball

I did it, I managed to squeeze in another book before the next book club book and I just want to share it with you.  I was missing the girls from the Ladybug Farm series, so jumped in to read the last book, number 7 in the series, The Hummingbird House.  Although it is book 7 in the series, the woman are in the story a little, but the main focus is Paul and Derrick.  The artsy and eccentric friends set out to open their B & B, which is lovingly called The Hummingbird House.
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The Ladybug Farm Series by Donna Ball

Hello everyone, how are you and whatcha been readin’ lately? Summer is here and it is time for some great, fun books. I recently got back from an amazing vacation and I was lucky to find some great reading time  while I was gone. The last chat we had was about “A Year on Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball.  I fell in love with that book and couldn’t wait to read the rest of them.  Well, I did it, I have finished them all.  You must read them.
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A Year on Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball

Wow, I can’t even begin to tell you how much I loved this book. Being part of a book club has me reading books and authors I don’t know about or haven’t heard of; but have loved and can’t put down.  A Year on Ladybug Farm is one of those books. You know the ones, they have you staying up late, reading into the wee hours of the morning with a hot cup of tea, maybe letting work slide because you would rather read and go into the life of the story.
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The Husband’s Secret: A Guide for Book Club by Kathryn Cope

This book is one of a series of Reading Room Book Group Guides.  The Husband’s Secret is a complex story with many layers and trying to find the right recipe for book club questions was a bit tricky.  I started scouring online for helps and tips.  I ran across this book by Kathryn Cope and immediately downloaded it to my Kindle to start planning.
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