Christmas Gift Guide

A Virtual Book Club



We had a newfangled idea over on The Blended Blog- it's a Virtual Book Club of sorts that let's us gather and read without really leaving our home.  Currently we have 30 some women involved and are getting the hang of things.  We chat using an app and take turns suggesting books.  If you're interested in joining us- you can be as active or inactive as you want, just head over to the Blended Blog and sign up.  Today we're sharing our reviews of the books we read.

In February we gave 6 suggestions picked by Alison, Sheila, Whitney, Lana, Katie and myself.  We will all be reviewing them, along with some other bloggers in the group in the link up on The Blended Blog.  Head over there to see what everyone thought.

As for me, I read 5 of the 6 books and I didn't read one only because it wasn't available at the library, so I'll read it when it's available.  Here is what I thought:



Alison's pick: The Fifth Season.  This is out of my niche and is very fantasy, but I'm glad I read it as it's an award winner with crazy good reviews.  Sorry, I actually didn't read it but listened to it on audible, which might have been a mistake as there are word that I think I would have kept in my brain longer had I been able to see them.  I'm a visual learner.  The concept for this book is pretty neat and the twist is really good.  I don't want to give too much away...for me, as a non-fantasy reader it was much more difficult to wrap my brain around the dystopia that the author had created but I did connect with one of the characters enough that I'm tempted to read the next book to see what goes down.

Sheila's pick: At Home in Mitford .  This is the one I didn't read and want to simply because the ladies who read it called it a peaceful read and sometimes that is just the thing I need.

Whitney's pick: All the Missing Girls.  This novel reminded me of Girl on the Train but it didn't quite have me as gripped as I was when I read my first mystery/thriller.  The way it is written is a pretty neat concept (backwards) and it all comes together in the end which I really enjoyed.  This was a quick read and would be good to take on a hot holiday for the beach.  I didn't feel tons of attachment to the characters and was actually kinda annoyed by the protagonist, Nic, for most of the story.

Lana's pick: A Man Called Ove.  This very well may become a top 5 of my favourite books of all time.  I had zero expectations going into this one and actually listened to it while I was forced to lay down and close my eyes for a day after eye surgery. Well, I ended up crying and laughing and feeling all warm inside.  The protagonist (pronounced Ou-Vah) made me think of my Grandpa Park/Dad in many ways- actually that was a point made by lots of the women who read it.  He is the type of person that even if he had his quirks you come to love him in the end and find him endearing.  I think what I loved most about this book is the voice the author uses..it's the way he phrases things...very moving.   So moving, in fact that I picked up another one of his books (Britt-Marie) and loved it just the same.  So now I'm on the mission to find another. I may have found a new favourite author.  I highly recommend this book. Also- the movie is just coming to the Roxy in Saskatoon- can't wait to see it!

Katie's pick: Big Little Lies.  I read this one last year, so I really didn't "read" it this month, I did however, start watching the HBO show based on it with some crazy good actors and am loving it.  Seriously though, I haven't met a Liane Moriarty book that I haven't liked.

My pick: A Long Way Home. I kinda cheated picking this one as I had just read it for my neighbourhood book club and really enjoyed it.  Mostly because it isn't something I would typically pick up and man, I'm glad I did.  Holy perspective.  Could you imagine being a 5 year old and lost. IN INDIA nonetheless.  The movie that is out right now, Lion is based on it and I have yet to see it.. this story is quite remarkable and it really makes you grateful for the blessings we have in our life.  My heart ached through the whole book as he searched out his lost family.  Definitely pick this one up!



Alright- I think I was supposed to review my book, but hey, I felt wordy I guess.  Now head over to Katie's blog to see what she thought of the book.

Comments

  1. I really want to see lion and now I want to read the book!!

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  2. There are a few on this list that I want to read! I am not good at listening to books - I always zone out - maybe I'm a visual learner too. I'm also watching the Big Little Lies series and so far it's very good!

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  3. I'm impressed that you read almost all of them! I'm keeping a list.

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  4. I did the TBB too, and I didn't get to read the Man called Ove due to library holds ahead of me- I read another of his, My Grandmother told me to tell you she's sorry, and it was SO good. He has a very interesting way of writing, and I thinnk I would love this book- I like the Mitford book, and I am not sure if I would continue the series. It was a respite for me from the drama and thrill that I usually go for, so I would def. put it on the TBR pile! Fun reading this month for sure!

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  5. this almost makes me want to read... except that I"m the slowest reader EVER... ugh

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  6. I'm so glad you stepped out and read my book :) I think your thoughts on audiobooks is why I haven't really jumped into the fray. Heck, half the time I don't know how to say the names in my book, but I know what they look like!

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  7. Girl, how in the world did you work, mother two children, travel, housekeep, exercise, prepare meals, etc., etc. and read all but one of these books. Well, I guess you had read one earlier but STILL!!! A-mazing. Don't you love Audible? But I agree, there are books where the language is so rich that you want to see the words. I listened to Lilian Boxfish Takes a Walk. It is a feast of beautiful words, incredible descriptions. I wish I had had the book to see the words, the text as I was hearing it. To highlight passages and memorize descriptions. But I didn't. One description that I made myself memorize was "mackerel sky". So good.

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  8. I want to read that first one! I already checked and they don't have it at TD's library :-( Might have to request it in! And A Man Called Ove. . . . . Top 5 Deena! Wow. I will have to check that one out.

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  9. Ok, I'm impressed that you read 4 books! I know some were audio but still, sometimes those take longer because you can't skim! I'm impressed that it made your top 5! I'm still waiting for it! Getting closer!

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  10. To-read lists are my favourite.

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  11. Zone out- yes..I always do that.

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  12. It was a really good read, I can't wait to see the movie too.

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  13. I just bought that book this weekend and can't wait to get into it. Thanks for having fun with us!

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  14. Lol- no time wasted around here :) I love beautiful words...and am now imagining a mackerel sky

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  15. I saw how some of the words were written and I would have been pronouncing them so wrong had I actually read it.

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  16. I've read all of Liane Moriarty's book so I'll check in with the book club and share my thoughts on this one too.
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