Monday, January 8, 2018

Book Review for "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking" {by Susan Cain}

TITLE OF THE BOOK: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
AUTHOR: Susan Cain
PUBLISHER: Crown Publishing Group 
READING LEVEL: Grade 5 and up 
GENRE: Nonfiction 

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

Our Star Rating:

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

"Echo" Book Club Ideas

“Music does not have a race or a disposition! Every instrument has a voice that contributes. Music is a universal language. A universal religion of sorts. Certainly it's my religion. Music surpasses all distinctions between people." – Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Echo tells 3 main stories: Friedrich, Mike and Ivy. All are children of preteen age, they all live in different times, places and circumstances. We get to read each one of their stories separately, and the power of music is what connects their stories in ways you wouldn't have guessed. Each character has a discrete story that could stand on its own, but all of them are linked through time and distance by a harmonica. I know, but don’t question it—just go with it! That’s the beauty of middle grade literature; you can start with a humble harmonica and end up with a symphony that stays with you long after the last note/page.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Book Review for "Echo" {by Pam Muñoz Ryan}

AUTHOR: Pam Muñoz Ryan
PUBLISHER: Scholastic Press
NUMBER OF PAGES: 600ish pages (sorry I did audio!)
READING LEVEL: Upper Middle grade
GENRE: Young adult fiction

BOOK SUMMARY: This novel combines four separate stories and weaves the tale of the harmonica that binds them together. Each story is focused on a child and how they find strength in this harmonica – even in some of the darkest of times. Though these stories are all different, the threads the characters share are beautiful and touching.

Our Star Rating...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

"Hunted" Book Club Ideas

We decided to read this book because it was coming out around the same time as the Disney movie Beauty and the Beast and this book is a retelling of that same fairytale. We liked that it was a little different than the original and had it's own way to tell a story and Beauty is a skillful tracker and hunter in this story. You will have to read it to find out more.

“To the girl
who reads by flashlight
who sees dragons in the clouds
who feels most alive in worlds that never were
who knows magic is real
who dreams
This is for you”
Meagan Spooner, Hunted

Monday, May 29, 2017

Book Review for "Hunted" {by Meagan Spooner}

AUTHOR: Meagan Spooner
PUBLISHER: Harper Teen
GENRE: Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them. 

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance. 

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?
Our Star Rating...

Friday, May 26, 2017

"Kids of Appetite" Book Club Ideas

"We are all part of the same story, each of us different chapters. We may not have the power to choose setting or plot, but we choose what kind of character we want to be."
- David Arnold, Kids of Appetite

- Example of the Invitation to Book Club - 

Hello fellow chapters! You are invited to an evening full of Heartfeelers and Super Racehorses (no sideways hugs permitted).

I'm not sure about you, but Kids of Appetite contained some of my favorite one-liners of all time. I laughed out loud and I cried out loud, all before page 50. I'm so excited to chat with you all about the memorable characters and feelings. So many feelings! I genuinely can't wait to share Vic and Mad with you all!

xo Alix

If you haven't read this book then you must put it on your "To Read" List ASAP. David Arnold is a literary genius and amazingly this is only his second book. He is also the author of Mosquitoland which was widely praised. 
I know I know you might be saying that Contemporary Novels aren't your thing but trust us you won't be mad you picked up this book.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

"Kids of Appetite" Book Club Food Ideas

There are so many good ideas in this book. They talk about food all the time. We chose some of our favorites to eat at book club but I am sure there are many more you could have chosen from. This was a night full of good food and lot's of ice cream.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Book Review for "Kids of Appetite" {by David Arnold}

TITLE OF THE BOOK: Kids of Appetite
AUTHOR: David Arnold
PUBLISHER: Viking Books for Young Readers
GENRE: Teen, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

BOOK SUMMARY: Vic Bennuci is a 16 year old boy who suffers with Moebius Syndrome. He’s a grieving teen who runs away from home with an urn of his dad’s ashes and a set of instructions on how to spread them. He then happens to stumble upon the best friends of his life; a diverse group of kids who help him complete his task.  A honest and heartfelt story of love, loss, acceptance, and adventure. 

Our Star Rating...

Monday, April 17, 2017

"The Boys in the Boat" Book Club Ideas

👆🏼 The official complete title to the book 👆🏼

This was such an amazing book club book to discuss and read about the history of the 1936 Olympics and the events in the U.S. around that time. Whitney had a fun time coming up with ideas for the night. When we first arrived we were surrounded by patriotic themes and Olympic themes.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Book Review for "The Boys in the Boat" {by Daniel James Brown}

TITLE: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
AUTHOR: Daniel James Brown
# OF PAGES: 416

Daniel James Brown’s robust book tells the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

The emotional heart of the story lies with one rower, Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not for glory, but to regain his shattered self-regard and to find a place he can call home. The crew is assembled  by an enigmatic coach and mentored by a visionary, eccentric British boat builder, but it is their trust in each other that makes them a victorious team. They remind the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together—a perfect melding of commitment, determination, and optimism.

Drawing on the boys’ own diaries and journals, their photos and memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, The Boys in the Boat is an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate story of nine working-class boys from the American west who, in the depths of the Great Depression, showed the world what true grit really meant.

Our Star Rating was...

Monday, April 10, 2017

"The Boys in the Boat" Book Club Food Ideas

The rowing boys in this book are constantly hungry and so we knew that the food should be an important part in our book club night. But these boys also grew up in the Great Depression where food was really scarce. We though it would be perfect to have the Breakfast of Champions which was perfect for our Boys in the Boat. Who doesn't love breakfast for dinner too!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Book to Movie 2017 {April - June}

I am so sorry I am getting this out so late. I have been super busy lately and realized I hadn't done it yet. So hopefully you have enough time to read before you see it. There are a ton of movies coming out in all different kinds of genres. Hope you enjoy seeing some of these on the big screen or streaming them to your computer.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

"Gemina: The Illuminae Files #2" Book Club Ideas

 What an amazing book club night. This photo shows how magical it was. We asked the group which book they liked better: Illumina or Gemina. It was about 50/50. You know how most of the time the second book in a series just doesn't live up to the first or final book. Well in my opinion I like book two even more. I didn't think the authors could make me fall in love with another couple from this series but I pretty much LOVE Nik and Hannah.
(maybe even more than Kady and Ezra and that is saying a lot if you have read the first book)

I am very excited to see how these two authors finish this story in book 3. I am going to have a hard time waiting until October for that book. And I can't wait to see what the cover is going to look like.

“Her eyes shining with the light of it. Beneath, between, beyond.Along the endless circle.Down the ceaseless spiral.And waiting for her on the other side? Just like he promised....“A whole sky of different stars.” ― Amie Kaufman & Jay KristoffGemina

Monday, February 27, 2017

Book Review for "Gemina" {by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff}

TITLE: Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2)
AUTHOR: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
# OF PAGES: 659
PUBLISHER: Knopf Books for Young Readers


Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The saga that began with Illuminae continues on board the space station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of BeiTech’s assault. Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter, Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while they are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum may be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival. The fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Briefing Note: Told through a compelling dossier of found documents—and featuring guest journal illustrations by bestselling author Marie Lu—Gemina hurls readers into an enthralling new episode that will leave them breathless.

Our Rating:

Friday, January 27, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017

Book to Movie 2017 {January - March}

There is a huge variety of books this quarter becoming movies and tv shows. From novels, to fairy tales, to graphic novels and then to Young Adult fiction. So there should be a movie for everyone. Check out these books that are hitting the big screen in the next couple of months.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Book Review for "Daring Greatly" {by Brené Brown}

TITLE: Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, by Brené Brown
PUBLISHER: Avery (an imprint of Penguin Random House)
PAGES: 249
READING LEVEL: For teens and adults
GENRE: Non-fiction

Author Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, studies human happiness and the things that destroy it. In "Daring Greatly," Brené teaches us the danger of shame and the pursuit of perfection and encourages us to courageously embrace ourselves and others—imperfections and all.  


Monday, January 9, 2017

Our 2016 in Review

It's that time of year to recap on all our 2016 Book Club Picks. We had such a great year and none of these books disappointed us. I have all the links below to each month. I hope your book club gets to read some of these books. I didn't realize this till I was going over everything but half of our books have been made into movies. I love seeing a book come to life on the big screen. Hopefully they decide to make some of the other books movies like The Nightingale, A Darker Shade of Magic and Illuminae. I'm crossing my fingers.

Monday, January 2, 2017

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Friday, December 30, 2016

"Anne of Green Gables" Book Club Ideas Part 2

Did you grow up reading Anne of Green Gables or watching the movies? Most of us at book club did also. But there were a few of us who didn't know anything about Anne. 

It is never too late to read this story that is loved by the world and maybe you will fall in love with it too.