Our Picks

  • Weight of Silence- Heather Gudenkauf
  • The Castaways- Elin Hilderbrand

Monday, March 31, 2014

Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Well, it's been two years since I've posted on the blog but better late than never, right?!
We decided at our last meeting that we wanted to keep up to date on the blog.  So, here I am updating it from our last meeting, the night before our next meeting.  :)
Last month Amy L chose the book The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.  I think we all enjoyed the book, it wasn't a favorite for everyone but overall it was a good book.  As always, we had a great time catching up at Salty Iguana in Olathe.  See everyone tomorrow night to discuss Jodi's pick.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Bre's Pick

Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart - he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone - but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees.

This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place, things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

February Meeting- The Other Boleyn Girl

Kathryn's pick for February was The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory.

Two sisters competing for the greatest prize: the love of a kingWhen Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots as the king's interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Then Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king, and take her fate into her own hands.
A rich and compelling tale of love, sex, ambition, and intrigue, The Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe and survived by following her own heart.

What a great pick!  This book gave us a lot to talk about!  Many girls were intrigued enough with the story line that they researched more about this time period and learned about Henry VIII.  This was a long book, but it keeps your attention throughout.  There is just enough suspense, drama and sex to keep a reader interested!

(I couldn't get the pictures of us this month off my phone for some reason... I'm sure you girls are devastated that I didn't include a picture!) :)

Friday, January 27, 2012

January Meeting- The Night Circus

We met last night to discuss the last pick, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
This was an intriguing book, and many of the girls liked it.  It wasn't an "easy" read necessarily so you had to stay engaged and pay close attention to the dates and characters (which I personally have a hard time doing sometimes!).  It started out slow but a little over halfway through things started picking up more and began to make a little more sense.  I think we'd all agree that we probably wouldn't give it the amazing reviews that most other readers gave it, but it did give us a good discussion at book club.

Miss Natalie joined us for the meeting too!!

December Meeting- Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

In December we met to discuss the book Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. The majority of us thought the book was a little "peculiar" but many said they'd read the sequel if/when it comes out.

Thursday, December 1, 2011


An elephant never forgets....

Amy L pick!!!!!! Enjoy

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children , an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows..........