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Memoir of the Sunday Brunch by Julia Pandl

Memoir of the Sunday Brunch by Julia Pandl has been hanging on my Kindle for a long time, and it was time to devour the pages.  I didn’t read any reviews on the book, didn’t know much about it, but loved the cover and title, who doesn’t love Sunday Brunch? Memoir of the Sunday Brunch is a funny, coming of age story of growing up with 9 sibling and two parents living in the Midwest in much simpler times.  Times when kids roamed their neighborhoods, pranks were a common occurrence, chores were handed out and moving was part of life.

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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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As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis De Voto by Joan Reardon

Have you had a book that you keep intending to read, maybe even started it, stopped, re-started and then forgot what was happening, so you go back a chapter?  As Always, Julia is one of those books for me.  This book took me a long time to read and not because I didn’t thoroughly enjoy it, but I would read and then needed to get to a book club book.  Life just sometimes gets in the way.  I finally am a bit ahead in my book club reading, so I dove back in and was determined to get it finished.

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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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Born Standing Up: A Comics Life by Steve Martin

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a beautiful holiday season and had some quiet time to read. I had hoped to get a couple of books read and finished, it just didn’t happen.  I was lucky to have had time to read our January book club selection and what a fun read it was.

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Merry Christmas Book Lovers

Merry Christmas to all of you book lovers!  I hope you all have a beautiful holiday season with friends and/or family.  I hope you have time to fall into a great book and live there awhile.  Reading is a nice break from all of the craziness during the Christmas season. 

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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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Still Life by Louise Penny

Do you love a good mystery?  Mysteries are not a genre that I read much and I don’t know why because I like a great mystery.  My curiosity gets the best of me if it is a great mystery novel and I have fun trying to figure out who dunnit before the end of the book. Still Life by Louise Penny was chosen for our August book club party and it was a joy to read.  The story takes place in the tiny village of Three Pines in Quebec.  A village of artist’s and hunter’s where everyone knows your name.

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Never read a book through merely because you have begun it.

~ John Witherspoon

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