Saturday, November 28, 2020

2020 Books We Read

Hey guys. I’m alive!! Better late than never right?!  I’m finally getting around to posting our book picks for the year, sorry I’m so behind. Which books on our 2020 list have you read or which ones do you want to read? I’d love to hear your thoughts on our lineup! Don't forget to share these books with your book-loving friends who might be interested in some new reading suggestions! You can also follow us on Instagram @deliciousreads

2020 Book Club Books

JANUARY: Come as You Are
By Emily Nagoski

FEBRUARY: The Name of the Wind
By Patrick Rothfuss

MARCH: Recursion
By Blake Crouch

APRIL: The Calculating Stars
By Mary Robinette Kowal

MAY: Serpent & Dove
By Shelby Mahurin

JUNE: The Moment of Lift
By Melinda Gates

JULY: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
By Gail Honeyman 

AUGUST: The Starless Sea
By Erin Morgenstern

SEPTEMBER: A Discovery of Witches
By Deborah Harkness

By Neal Shusterman

NOVEMBER: Stardust
By Neil Gaiman 

DECEMBER: The Strange & Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
By Leslye Walton

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

2019 Delicious Reads - Books We Read

You've been asking and I'm finally getting around to announcing our Delicious Reads 2019 book club list! 

2019 Delicious Reads Book Club Books Monthly

A little background into how we pick our books...
We've found that it's easiest if we pick all our books for the year at once. There are always so many good books to pick from and it's easy to pick 12. What’s hard is trying to ONLY pick 12 lol!

We go through several rounds of voting before we finalize our selection and we do our best to pick books that are diverse in genre, characters, and story. 

We always pick at least:
1 Classic
1 Historical Fiction
1 Non-Fiction
1 Middle Grade
1 Halloween Read
The rest of our books are usually a mix of Young Adult and General Fiction picks. 🤔Which books on our 2019 list have you read or which ones do you want to read? I'd love to hear your thoughts on our lineup! 

JANUARY: Muse of Nightmares
By Laini Taylor

FEBRUARY: A Monster Calls
By Patrick Ness

MARCH: Circe
By Madeline
APRIL: The Three Musketeers
By Alexandre Dumas

MAY: Before We Were Yours
By Lisa Wingate

JUNE: The Princess Bride
By William Goldman

JULY: Little Fires Everywhere
By Celeste Ng

AUGUST: Educated: A Memoir
By Tara Westover

SEPTEMBER: The Handmaids Tale
By Margaret Atwood

OCTOBER: The Lost Queen
By Signe Pike

NOVEMBER: The Bear and the Nightingale
By Katherine Arden

DECEMBER: Wishtree
By Katherine Applegate

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Book Review: A Little Princess

TITLE OF THE BOOK: A Little Princess                                                                     
AUTHOR: Frances Hodgson Burnett
PUBLISHER: Charles Scribner's Sons
GENRE: Fiction, Classic, Children, Young Adult

A Little Princess is a story about a young girl named Sara who is sent to boarding school by her well meaning father. Sara is sweet and imaginative and keeps her friends at school entertained with wonderful tales and stories she creates. After receiving some heartbreaking news, Sara is forced into servitude from the heartless Miss Minchin. To survive those hard times, Sara imagines herself to be a princess to keep her spirits up. A story of imagination, compassion, and triumph.


For the most part everyone really loved this book. It was such a sweet and fun book that was a quick read. The main character Sara is very lovable. She was odd, interesting, compassionate, self aware, self confidant, and just a well rounded character. We loved all the stories she would tell and how imaginative she always was.
She used her imagination to stay strong. We discussed how using you imagination like that can be a great escape from the real world. Just like reading, it's an escape and that's one of the reasons it's so wonderful. We really discussed the different stories we tell ourselves, and how perception is our reality. Our self talk, what are we telling ourselves all the time?
We like how Sara used the word "princess" as such a positive thing. It wasn't the negative spoiled meaning of being a princess. When she imagined herself to be a princess it was to be her best self no matter her circumstance, her high expectations for herself, and just her attitude toward everything.
We discussed a lot about not being reactive to negativity and how fear can be such a powerful motivator. It was decided that one of the main messages of the book was to have courage, be kind, and how our lives aren't about what is happening to us, but what we are telling ourselves.

A few favorite quotes from the book;

-“When you will not fly into a passion people know you are stronger than they are, because you are strong enough to hold in your rage, and they are not, and they say stupid things they wish they hadn't said afterward. There's nothing so strong as rage, except what makes you hold it in--that's stronger. It's a good thing not to answer your enemies.”

-“Everything's a story - You are a story -I am a story.”

-“Whatever comes," she said, "cannot alter one thing. If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside. It would be easy to be a princess if I were dressed in cloth of gold, but it is a great deal more of a triumph to be one all the time when no one knows it.” 

The 1995 A Little Princess movie is so fantastic and highly recommended. They stayed very close to the book.