*If you are new here, WELCOME! For Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, I provide your book club with a brief summary, a recipe, and discussion questions in that order!
Wow. This book. Gail Honeyman, you are amazing. This book dealt with so many HEAVY topics with humor and grace. That’s probably why this was featured for Reese’s Book Club. Rumor has it that Reese (Witherspoon) is planning on making it into a major motion picture soon!
In the beginning, I think it’s safe to say that Eleanor Oliphant is not a very likeable character, but, by the end, I was cheering loudly for her. What a triumphant character and novel. If your book club hasn’t read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, I highly recommend it. It will surprise you and leave you smiling.
I was actually able to listen to it on audiobook, which was fantastic. I loved listening to Cathleen McCarron’s Scottish accent. She also nailed Eleanor’s sarcasm and the bone-chilling Mummy voice. If you’re able to, I recommend listening to it.
If your book club is reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, I’ve created some book club questions and a recipe to facilitate your group meeting!Continue reading
*If you are new here, WELCOME! In this post, I’ll share 14 Christmas Romance Novels for Hallmark Fans!
In my last post Hallmark Christmas for Booklovers, I shared gift ideas for booklovers who also love Hallmark shows. Specifically, I highlighted these shows: Chesapeake Shores, Cedar Cove, When Calls the Heart, At Home in Mitford, and Love Comes Softly. If you love those shows or are an avid Hallmark fan and are looking for unique gift ideas, check out the post.
In this post, I’m going to share 14 Christmas Romance Novels for Hallmark Fans. I hope you enjoy this list of delightful holiday-themed finds for the Hallmark lover and reader in your life and buy a couple for yourself while you’re at it.
Let’s start with this factoid–Did you know that Hallmark has it’s own publishing company? That’s right, the eponymous Channel has it’s own line of books.Continue reading
*If you are new here, WELCOME! For The Light We Lost, I provide your book club with a brief summary, a recipe, and discussion questions in that order!
The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo was a book that kept surfacing in various places on the internet for me, so I decided to read it. It’s been a featured book for Reese’s Book Club and received rave reviews many places. I, personally, have decided not to “review” books here and offer a star rating and I think this book is a perfect example of why.
Jill Santopolo’s writing in The Light We Lost was superb. There were several lines that really made me stop and think. Often, I had to set the book down and walk away for a while to process the reactions it stirred in me. To me, this is a sign of great writing.
All of that said, this book seems to be very polarizing. You either love it or hate it. You can read the wide range of reviews on Amazon or Goodreads. Again, this is what I think makes a great book club book–one that gets you thinking and talking whether you love or hate the characters. It is a great example, though, of how people can experience books so differently based on their own life experiences, opinions, and values. The very reason I steer clear of rating books.
I hope your book club will consider featuring The Light We Lost if it hasn’t yet. It will definitely spur a good discussion. Below, I’ve provided your group with several book club questions and a recipe for The Light We Lost.Continue reading
*If you are new here, WELCOME! In this post, I share 20 Christmas gifts for Hallmark fans who love to read!
The air is cooler. The leaves are turning vibrant colors. You’ve been given the green light to order a variety of spiced items–pumpkin, apple, cinnamon–without being publicly shamed. You’re looking forward to the holidays that are just around the corner. The shopping, the family, the food.
the shopping, the family, the food. The other two sound nice, but end up ruining the third by giving you massive amounts of heart burn.
In truth, what you are really looking forward to are the nights spent in cozy pajamas beneath a pile of blankets watching the endless stream of Hallmark Christmas movies. Amiright?
That Hallmark sure knows how to to set up some romantic expectations. And deliver every time. It doesn’t matter how corny the meet-cute is, or how obvious the ending appears, I can’t peel myself away. I have to hang around for that kiss. You know, the one you get in the final two minutes of the show. Man, I’m getting excited just thinking about it. I cannot wait.
So, if you’re like me, a romantic
sucker at heart and you want to treat yourself, or if you know someone who is and want to make your shopping a little bit easier this year, check out this list. 20 Christmas Gifts for Hallmark Fans Who Love to Read is full of gift ideas for anyone who loves Hallmark Christmas movies and also loves to read!