Book Club Picks

So I'm in a book club.  Does that make me old? Whatever, it's fun and a great excuse to read books I never, in a million years, would have selected for my reading enjoyment. We are a few months into this thing and, so far, all of the books have been really great.

Listed below are the books we've read to date, with the current title at the bottom. If you would like to purchase a book and read along, click on the book title for a redirect to Amazon. Of course if you live in my neck of the woods, I'm happy to loan out my books to anyone who is interested.

Click here to join the book club group on Facebook. 

April 2019
Next Year in Havana
Author: Chanel Cleeton


"A beautiful novel that's full of forbidden passions, family secrets and a lot of courage and sacrifice." — Reese Witherspoon

We all agreed this book is historical fiction at its finest. I wasn't really interested in Cuban history, but this book really brought the country's revolution home for me in a way I never before understood. We are giving this one 6 Thumbs Up!

Lori's Book Review

May 2019
The Lying Game
Author: Ruth Ware

“So many questions....Until the very last page! Needless to say, I could not put this book down!” —Reese Witherspoon

“Once again the author of The Woman in Cabin 10 delivers mega-chills.” —People

“Missing Big Little Lies? Dig into this psychological thriller about whether you can really trust your nearest and dearest.” —Cosmopolitan

"So many questions"...indeed. This novel had us guessing until the very end. At the risk of being cliche, I'm calling this one a real "who-done-it", "page-turner".  Incidentally, none of us guessed who actually "did it", though some did have an eye on the guilty character. This novel is filled with suspense and intrigue.  5 Thumbs Up!

Lori's Book Review

June 2019

Missing Molly
Author: Natalie Barelli

"Everyone has secrets, and Rachel Holloway is no exception. She’s worked hard to keep the past where it belongs: dead and buried. And so far, she’s been very successful. But now the small newspaper where she works wants to produce a podcast on a cold case: the disappearance twelve years ago of young Molly Forster. Some secrets should never see the light of day, and as far as Rachel is concerned, whatever happened to little Molly is one of them. Rachel has a life now, a boyfriend she loves and a three-year-old daughter she adores, and she will do anything to protect them. But to do that, no one can ever know the truth: that she is Molly Forster." (From the book description on Amazon)

When this book was chosen as a "pick", the person who selected it read this book description to us and all six of us gasped at the last line. YUP...we were intrigued.  This book did not disappoint. It's a cool twist on your average thriller. The reader knows part of the truth from the very beginning. But is it really the truth?  An excellent read! Six enthusiastic thumbs way, way UP! 

Lori's Book Review

July 2019
Where The Crawdads Sing
Author: Delia Owens

#1 New York Times Bestseller
A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick

"I can't even express how much I love this book! I didn't want this story to end!"--Reese Witherspoon

"Painfully beautiful."--The New York Times Book Review

"Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps." (From the book description on Amazon)

Our book club was divided on this one. Some loved it and some didn't (the "some" includes me). While well written, some of us just didn't find the story plausible. This is a heartbreaking account of a girl who is abandoned by her mother at the age of six, and then left completely alone to raise herself by the age of 10.  She survives alone, living in a shack in the Marsh land of North Carolina. This one broke my mommy heart. 4 Thumbs Up.

Lori's Book Review

August 2019

When We Left Cuba
Author: Chanel Cleeton

Instant New York Times bestseller!

In 1960s Florida, a young Cuban exile will risk her life—and heart—to take back her country in this exhilarating New York Times bestselling historical novel from the author of Next Year in Havana, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick.

"Beautiful. Daring. Deadly. The Cuban Revolution took everything from sugar heiress Beatriz Perez—her family, her people, her country. Recruited by the CIA to infiltrate Fidel Castro's inner circle and pulled into the dangerous world of espionage, Beatriz is consumed by her quest for revenge and her desire to reclaim the life she lost." (From the book description on 

We loved Next Year in Havana so much we decided to read the sequel. The book club is currently reading this book. Check Back toward the end of September for my full book review.

Lori's Book Review: Coming soon

Time After Time
 September 2019

Author: Lisa Grunwald

A magical love story, inspired by the legend of a woman who vanished from Grand Central Terminal, sweeps readers from the 1920s to World War II and beyond. “Readers who enjoyed The Time Traveler’s Wife will be enchanted.”—Publishers Weekly

“I utterly loved this clever, charming, hopeful tale of true love against all odds.”—Ariel Lawhon, New York Times bestselling author of I Was Anastasia  

(From the description on Amazon)

Lori's Review: Coming Eventually

Current Pick
October 2019

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Author: Gail Honeyman


A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick

“Beautifully written and incredibly funny, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is about the importance of friendship and human connection. I fell in love with Eleanor, an eccentric and regimented loner whose life beautifully unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger; I think you will fall in love, too!” —Reese Witherspoon

No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine. 

(From the description on Amazon)

Lori's Review: Currently Reading

What book is next?
Stay tuned. New pick coming November 7

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