Our Picks

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

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.