Third Rule of Book Club: Be…

Our second meeting went monumentally better than the first one. We got to sit and chat about last months book, which gave everyone thoughts of forgiveness, strength, and hope. The next book was chosen and it’s one that I’ve read before. I’m happy about this because I get to share a book I really liked with others.

Not only that, we needed something different this go around. We’ve had miscarriage, abortion, bad parenting, strength, divorce and a host of other strenuous topics. I’m glad we got to choose a good old fashioned psychological thriller.  We need a break from life. For most, reading does that for us. I definitely don’t want to spend all of my time reading tough and emotionally triggering books.

So…Our September book is:

Invisible

by James Patterson and David Ellis

Have you read this book? Did you like it? Hate it? Learn from it? Leave a comment below! If you haven’t, feel free to join us this month and in the end for the discussion.

 

Invisible

Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire.
Not even Emmy’s ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison “Books” Bookman, will believe her that hundreds of kidnappings, rapes, and murders are all connected. That is, until Emmy finds a piece of evidence he can’t afford to ignore. More murders are reported by the day-and they’re all inexplicable. No motives, no murder weapons, no suspects. Could one person really be responsible for these unthinkable crimes?

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Second Rule of Book Club is to not….

Lose confidence!

So the next book for the club has been chosen! This one I’m on the fence about. On one hand, I don’t want to read anything religious about loss or traumatic experiences. As someone who has been through serious ones, with my pregnancy losses, I try to steer clear of anything that is going to give me THE SOLUTION to all my woes. As if all of my emotions, thoughts and sufferings can be boxed up and solved with one well timed mantra.

On the other hand, I want to delve deep and see if it could really help me, you know? I could always use a confidence boost. As someone who went through the feelings of shame and feeling less than as a woman, I could definitely gain a bit of ‘I’m A Badass”. I could also get a different vibe from the book entirely. I want to see if there’s a possibility I could get some healing, some peace. Maybe someone else learned something I have yet to discover. I couldn’t turn away the chance that it might actually heal my soul.

The next book, for August, is From Chaos to Confidence by Dr. Joyvina Evans. Have you read this book? Did you like it? Hate it? Learn from it? Leave a comment below! If you haven’t, feel free to join us this month and in the end for the discussion.

 

from chaos to confidence
August 2018

Have you ever wondered why you had to experience traumatic difficulties in your life? Do you currently struggle to identify how you can bounce back from these unfortunate circumstances you were left to deal with? Do you wonder how you can obtain confidence and strength after facing difficulties?

Get ready to examine your life and learn to never be ashamed of your story, past hurts, and traumatic experiences, because God can use it to inspire others. Get ready to release shame from past hurts and mistakes, strengthen your confidence, and start accomplishing the will of God for your life

Book Club: First Meeting Woes

Hi all!

This was a tough one. I believe the first book club meeting always is. It’s often hard to get schedules on the same track and things on the right page for something that is so brand new. For us, we have such different genre preferences that a book club that is ‘fair’ will always ask for it’s members to be understanding, wanting to participate and willing to step outside of their comfort zones. Of course, despite these things being said in advance, you will always lose some one or ones.

Just think, some people aren’t willing to look outside of their own present wants and desires to be apart of something greater, something amazing that will benefit them greatly in the future. It’s not for everyone.

I’ve always loved being a part of an all women’s book club because I want to make more female friends. As we’ve seen, it’s hard to do that as an adult. Work, school, home; no matter your obstacle, I believe you should always take time out to do something you love to do and to find a platonic someone to do it with.

I need that. I am currently in school, striving to eventually get my master’s degree, revising my book to pitch later this month, beta reading, writing a piece for an anthology, working a new job and I’m also reading books for the other reviews I’m writing. Don’t forget to add on the fact that I just spent forever trying to find an apartment and finally we are moving in.

I need a break from life! Not only do I get to join a group that likes to read, I get to stop the craziness, grab a coffee and get to know people from different walks of life. I get to sit with like minded people and talk about books, authors, and our latest book mark finds. I love that! That’s why this means so much to me. It’s why I want it to work. If not, I’ll have to start all over.

If so…I’ll have to put out an ad “Nerd Friend Looking for Nerd Friend” and who knows what will come from that!

Good Readdance,
Jade

First Rule of Book Club Is…

Heya,
I’m so excited!!! There goes that word again.

So I need more friends. More friends that read, more friends of common interests, more female friends. My guy is great but there is just something about a genuine female friend that you can call your own. Not like a pet, but something akin to family. Something stronger than family.

So obviously…I created a book club. I posted in a few of the book groups I’m apart of on Facebook and several women answered. I’m so happy. I’m going to be reading books anyway so why not make a few friends while I’m at it?

Anyway, so…ever the planner (which, I’m not really but am I about this sort of stuff? idk, IDK!), I created a google folder with documents in it for rules and guidelines and book club stuffs. I love it! So our first official meeting is in August. We used a choosing method, where it rotates every month, and the first book and Chooser have already been selected!

For our first book, we are reading Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. It sounds really interesting and is apparently very famous, but I hadn’t heard of it before now. The cover and synopsis are below.

I am adding a category to the books tab so that I can write posts about our club and all things book discussion! This will be great!

Good Readdance,
Jade

 

Little Fires Everywhere

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides.  Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

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