Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Tuesday Thoughts About....

...book club!

I love book clubs. I've belonged to and started many over the years. The main reason I love book clubs is that it exposes me to literature and genres that I wouldn't ordinarily pick. I've discovered some great books that way---Pope Joan, The Sparrow, Into the Forest, and The Hunger Games---to name a few.

Well, book clubs aren't perfect. Mistakes are made. It's rare, but it happens.

This month, we are to read The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison. I'm about half way through and so far, I'm really enjoying it. I'm at the beach with my friends---several of them are in my book club. We were slightly discussing the book in that where people are in the book, have you started the book, etc.---some have finished---only to discover that there are two books titled The Silent Wife. Two of the girls had read the WRONG book---including the one who picked it!!!

Turns out there are two books by the same title. The other Silent Wife is by Kerry Fisher. They both pop up on Amazon, but the Kerry Fisher one shows up first because the author's name is first in the alphabet. An easy mistake to make.

I sent out an email to the rest of book club alerting them to the situation. After a little email discussion as to which book really was the correct one, I discovered that several others read the wrong one. What to do? Easy! We'll discuss both books! Since book club is still two weeks away, there is plenty of time to read the other book! That's a WIN for me! Any excuse to read!

BTW---both books are cheap. Fisher's book is $3.99 and Harrison's is $1.99---Kindle version on Amazon. Both books are really good---or so I've been told. I'll let you know when I get to the next one.

What have you read lately that you would highly recommend?

Which reminds me. I'll be doing the picking in July. Since I'm going to England in September with some book club members to meet up with our British book club member, Diane---who lives there, I'd like to read something set in or about England. Any recommendations? I've found one called The Forgotten Seamstress. I'm just afraid it might be "fluff." I'm looking for a good one that will teach us a little something too. Let me know!


  1. Oh my goodness, so many to choose from! Are you thinking of something set nowadays or something historic like 'The Other Boleyn Girl'?

    1. I love Phillippa Gregory and have read many, many of her books. I prefer historical. I'm happy to hear your list of favorites. I just heard about a book called The Mysterious Death of Miss Jane Austin today. I've already put that on my list.

  2. Try Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs. It is set in the time period just after The Great War (WWI), so I learned a bit about that period while reading it. We're heading to the English Countryside this summer. I just finished A Weekend At Blenheim, which was interesting from a place perspective but disappointing from a story perspective. Next on my reading list are short books on Shakespeare and Churchill, and a little cozy read - Murder in an English Village. Do let us know what you pick up next.


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