Book Club Bookshelf

Welcome to the Book Club Book Shelf

After joining a book club, reading my first book and I was hooked.  I kind of feel like I am back in junior high. I was an avid reader, I believe it was because it took you somewhere or you had never been. My favorite was Nancy Drew. She was my best friend, maybe even my imaginary friend. She and I have so many exciting times together. I also spent a lot of time at the library, my second favorite thing or place to be. 
But that dead guy in her storeroom might just put a kink in her plans. Unless she can figure out who killed him, and why, she might never open for business . . .  

Buried in Beignets by JR Ripley

Welcome to Table Rock, Arizona, the place where folks who aren’t too keen on the ‘mainstream’ move to. Maggie Miller has come here to forget about her dead husband. OK, so he isn’t really dead. That’s just what she tells everybody. Recently divorced, Maggie flees Phoenix and the sight of her husband and his new wife and moves to Table Rock to be closer to her own family. She’s also planning on opening her own beignet and coffee business, Maggie’s Beignet Café.  

Five Minutes by Nick Lewis & JR Ripley

She’s fine.’  ‘She’s in shock.’ The blonde’s blue eyes flashed warning signals. ‘She’s a witness to a murder. Heck, she might be a murderer,’ he said, lowering his face to mine and searching my eyes as if a written confession might be rolled up in my cornea somewhere.  ‘I didn’t kill anybody. I found him like that. Then I called Information.’  ‘You called Information?’ The medic looked confused. I guess it was because she was a blonde.  ‘Not on purpose. I got confused. Then I called you guys…….

Wedding Thrashers by JR Ripley

Amy’s getting married! Yes, that’s right, after all this time, Amy is getting married. But wait…which Amy? Is it Amy Simms or that other Amy? You know the one I mean, Amy-the-ex, Amy Harlan, as in ex-wife of Derek Harlan who himself is currently Amy Simms’ boyfriend? Wedding bells are ringing and necks are being wrung. Ouch, that’s a bad pun, I know. And it just might end up being a bad day for a wedding. Sorry, Billy, but that’s no Idol threat.     

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

“The nightingale tells the story of two sisters, separated by years and experiences, by ideals, passion, and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France.”–Back cover.

Where The Crawdads Sings

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.

The Light We Lost

Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other’s hearts.

This devastatingly romantic debut novel about the enduring power of first love, with a shocking, unforgettable ending, is Love Story for a new generation.

The Fun Widows Book

Mia used to be fun. She was the class clown; a member of the mile high club; the mom who made her sons giggle with her bad British accent and well-placed tickles.

But three years after the death of her husband, there’s no time for that. She’s the only parent they have.

Now, her memoir is out and she has to promote it. But how to sell herself when her heart is still broken? And so her three best friends–Chelsea, Rachel and George–organize her book tour in their respective hometowns

Little Fires Everywhere

Intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.

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.

Long Walk, Short Pier

”Seasoned Romance” Blaire Copeland is told she’s going through ‘the change.’ Between hot flashes and mood swings, she tries to figure out what she’s changing into. Blaire heads south to Eventide, her family home on Isle of Hope, Georgia, to reflect on what it might mean to change and to take a long walk off a short pier. Where will she land?

Inheriting Edith

A single mother who inherits a beautiful beach house with a caveat–she must take care of the ornery elderly woman who lives in it. For years Maggie Sheets has been an invisible hand in the glittering homes of wealthy New York City clients, scrubbing, dusting, mopping and doing all she can to keep her head above water as a single mother. Everything changes when a former employer dies, leaving Maggie a staggering inheritance: a house in Sag Harbor. The catch? It comes with an inhabitant: the deceased’s eighty-two-year-old mother, Edith. 

Tiny Beautiful Things

For more than a decade, thousands of people have sought advice from “Dear Sugar”.

First through her online column at The Rumpus, later through her hit podcast.

Tiny Beautiful Things collects the best of Dear Sugar in one volume, bringing her wisdom to many more readers.


The Benefits of Joining a Book Club

           As Told by a “Rookie Reader”…​

  1. It has brought me back into doing something I truly love, Reading.  
  2. Joining the Book Club, I’ve gotten to know a lot of my neighbors and have made some great friends.
  3. Socializing, we have Snacks and Adult Refreshments LOL..I am always up for a Glass of Wine or 2+…but who’s counting.🤩

Just A Little Q & A

  • Have you thought about joining a book club?
  • Are you part of one already?
  • What are the rules in your book club?     
  • What books have your read lately?
  • If you aren’t in a book club, is there a reason why?
  • Do you have anything to add to my list?


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