July 2011 Book Club

Our book club follows the same calendar as the school year: we come on strong in September and are diligent readers all the way until December when we need a lighter read to coincide with all the holiday madness.  The winter and spring we go in and out depending upon the school breaks.  By June, we have so many kids’ activities the reading goes a bit slower and by July…it seems to stop!
For July we read Vixen (The Flappers)by Jillian Larkin.


Our rule is the hostess picks the book for the following month and we read it. We do not require a synopsis or vote.  Terri very nicely offered us a vote and this is what we selected.  Wendy, who was unable to attend,  emailed me to ask if she had the right book because it was described as a historical fiction for young readers.  I did a little research and  discovered Lovely Reads, a blog written by a teenager named Grace, who gave it 4 stars, rated it PG-13 and said it was a light, beach read.  I bought it, opened it on my Kindle and decided to check in with my book club two weeks before our meeting.  Turns out no one bought, borrowed or read it.  Hmmm… this is where being me gets to be tricky (see my earlier posts May Book Club and June Book Club to get more scoop on our book club).
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To see a synopsis and reviews visit: Barnes & Noble
As much as I appreciate a serious, thought provoking book – I am a sucker for a good mystery and/or romance for the beach.  I love Sue Grafton, Janet Evanovich and I have read my fair share of Debbie Macomber.  Here are a few summer books I have been engrossed by and ones I am looking forward to reading this summer:
I could not put the Twilight Series down – I was sucked in, no pun intended, and did not come up for air until I had read every last one.  Same goes for Sue Grafton’s ABC Mysteries.  I am looking forward to V is for Vengeance due out November 2011.   If you are unfamiliar with these books, be sure to start at the beginning of the series…so good!
This Summer I will be reading these just released books.  While you can jump in at any time, both titles are part of series, so I try to read them in the order they were published.
As for our book club…we did meet and I let it slide that only Terri and Heather read the book.  Hey, every now and then you have to go with the flow!

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  1. Oh I’ve never heard of the Flapper Series. I have a HUGE pile of books next to my bed that I’m desperately hoping to get to soon but I seem to keep getting busier instead of slowing down – help!!

  2. If I could tear away from the computer I might actually read the things with pages in between the two covers that are collecting dust!!!

  3. Love a good book! And have read many of your picks. Have yet to download any on my iPad yet tho.
    xo Cathy

  4. Thank you for your nice comments on my blog! Any interest in doing a guest post on summer entertaining? You can find my email on my blog. Best, Kate

  5. I know, I got “sucked into” the Twilight novels too! I totally tried to hide it as I was riding the train… don’t think it was effective though; those books are so distinctive. Oh well! Have you read this?! It’s the unpublished Midnight Sun, the first novel from Edward’s perspective, via Stephenie Meyer’s site. I was so captivated that I read the whole thing off my iPhone: http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/pdf/midnightsun_partial_draft4.pdf

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