Sunday, March 31, 2013

Chick-Lit Choices for APRIL!

Here we go ladies! I wanted to lighten up the book choices for April. I have chosen a few books that I think will be good and they have been on my "to-read" list for a while. Check out the books below, and then cast your vote.
Voting Ends:
April 6, 2013

April Meeting:
April 27, 2013

1. Cocktails for Three-Madeleine Wickham

Cocktails for Three
Roxanne: glamorous, self-confident, with a secret lover -- a married man
Maggie: capable and high-achieving, until she finds the one thing she can't cope with -- motherhood
Candice: honest, decent, or so she believes -- until a ghost from her past turns up
   At the first of every month, when the office has reached its pinnacle of hysteria, Maggie, Roxanne, and Candice meet at London's swankiest bar for an evening of cocktails and gossip. Here, they chat about what's new atThe Londoner, the glossy fashion magazine where they all work, and everything else that's going on in their lives. Or almost everything. Beneath the girl talk and the laughter, each of the three has a secret. And when a chance encounter at the cocktail bar sets in motion an extraordinary chain of events, each one will find their biggest secret revealed.
   In Cocktails for Three, Madeleine Wickham combines her trademark humor with remarkable insight to create an edgy, romantic tale of secrets, strangers, and a splash of scandal.

2. Watermelon by Marian Keyes
Watermelon (Walsh Family, #1)
Marian Keyes begins Watermelon with a rather inauspicious romantic opening when the heroine's husband leaves her for Denise from the flat downstairs the day their first child is born. Claire, the deserted wife and mother, returns to her family in Dublin and, after going through the required stages of "Loss, Loneliness, Hopelessness and Humiliation", begins to feel much better--so much better that when James tries to win his way back into her affections, he gets more than he bargained for.

3. I've Got Your Number-Sophie Kinsella
I've Got Your Number
Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!

Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree. He wants his phone back and doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading his messages and wading into his personal life.

What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other’s lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls, and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents . . . she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.

4. She Went All The Way by Meggin Cabot
She Went All the Way
There are a few places screenwriter Lou Calabrese would rather be than crammed into a helicopter with Jack Townsend, star of her claim to fame, Copkiller, and whose ex just ran off with Lou's ex. Talk about uncomfortable. But when, halfway out to the isolated arctic location where Copkiller IV is currently shooting, their pilot turns murderous and their helicopter crashes, Lou realizes her day has just gotten a lot worse.
Now, while family and friends back home fret over her disappearance, Lou is on the run in the arctic wilderness with America's sweetheart Jack Townsend and only the contents of her purse, his pockets, and their mutual knowledge of survival movie trivia to keep them alive. Can these two children of Hollywood put aside their differences and make it back home without killing each other? Or much, much worse, actually start to like one another?

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Happy MARCH Reading!

Well, it was close, but we have a winner! 
This month we will be reading

Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes

I have looked for the book and Amazon had the best price. (other than the library=free) Barnes and Noble at Polaris was sold out and they were $22!

Anyway, we will be meeting about the book on March 30, 2013 at 5:30pm.
We will meet a my house. If you have any snacks that maybe you read about in the book, please bring it to share! I will let you know what I will have on the facebook page. Be sure to RSVP to the event via the facebook page as well so I can get an idea of how many will be coming. 

Don't forget your $2.00 dues. 

Bring your journal for the quiz!

Bring your book. 

I hope you enjoy the book and am excited to meet!


Sunday, March 3, 2013

Time to VOTE for MARCH2013

Because we had such a close vote last month, I am going to include a few from the last vote. Take a bit of time to read the summaries and vote for what you think you would like to read and discuss! Vote on the right side of the blog.

VOTING CLOSES MARCH 6th, 2013! ((We need to get some time to read))

1. The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard

One beautiful summer afternoon, Jody Linder receives shocking news: The man convicted of murdering her father is being released from prison and returning to the small town of Rose, Kansas. It has been twenty-three years since that stormy night when her father was shot and killed and her mother disappeared, presumed dead. Neither the protective embrace of Jody’s three uncles nor the safe haven of her grandparents’ ranch could erase the pain caused by Billy Crosby on that catastrophic night.
Now Billy Crosby is free, thanks to the efforts of his son, Collin, a lawyer who has spent most of his life trying to prove his father’s innocence. Despite their long history of carefully avoiding each other in such an insular community, Jody and Collin find that they share an exclusive sense of loss.
As Jody revisits old wounds, startling truths emerge about her family’s tragic past. But even through struggle and hardship, she still dares to hope for a better future—and maybe even love.
(from Barnes and

2. Defending Jacob by William Landay

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.
Every parental instinct Andy has rallies to protect his boy. Jacob insists that he is innocent, and Andy believes him. Andy must. He’s his father. But as damning facts and shocking revelations surface, as a marriage threatens to crumble and the trial intensifies, as the crisis reveals how little a father knows about his son, Andy will face a trial of his own—between loyalty and justice, between truth and allegation, between a past he’s tried to bury and a future he cannot conceive.
Award-winning author William Landay has written the consummate novel of an embattled family in crisis—a suspenseful, character-driven mystery that is also a spellbinding tale of guilt, betrayal, and the terrifying speed at which our lives can spin out of control.
(From Barnes and

3. Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
New York Times bestseller
They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.
Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.
A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart? (

4. Chore Whore: Adventures of a Celebrity Personal Assistant by Heather H. Howard

Chore Whore: Adventures of a Celebrity Personal Assistant

I have been used, abused, lied to, and cheated on, blamed, shamed, screamed at, and ridiculed. I've been scammed and damned, had my ass kissed, my reputation dissed, and my face spat on. All in the name of working as a celebrity personal assistant . . . a CHORE WHORE!
After twenty years of working thanklessly for a dozen high-powered Hollywood hotshots, Corki Brown has had enough. She's sick to death of handling elaborate extortion deals, washing groupies' dirty underwear, and having to whip up intimate dinners on no notice for spoiled stars, each with his or her own bizarre dietary demands. And now her ten-year-old son is starting to exhibit some disturbing signs of Tinseltown weirdness. It's time to get out, but escape won't be easy. . . . (

Check them out... Make a choice...VOTE! 

Happy Reading!

*Night Road* Meeting Success!

February's book, Night Road, was an emotional roller coaster that had us questioning the role of parents and grief. At the meeting, we were joined by my cousin, Alissa, and her daughter. With that... a few members brought their kids to keep them entertained while we discussed and ate. And boy did we EAT! It was delicious. Here are a few pictures from the festivities! 
Night Road by Kristin Hannah
 -Chocolate Chip Cookies-
 -Hot Cheese Dip-
 -Jude's Cheese Quesadillas-
 -Making a Quesadilla...-
 -The Book Inspired Menu-
*Updated Decor*

Here is what our menu consisted of:
1. Mia, Zach and Lexi Cheese Quesadillas
2. Jude's Fruit Salad (fruit salsa)
3. Lexi's Ice Cream From Amour
4. Hot Cheese Dip
5. Chocolate Chip Cookies

Check out the next post to VOTE and get started on your reading for the END of March!

-Happy Reading-