Looking For A Good Read?
Try A Book Club
I belong to a neighborhood book club, and we celebrated our one-year anniversary this month. Subsequently, during this past year, we have shared a dozen great books and as many fun-filled and thought-provoking evenings. Therefore, we are always searching for the next good read.
Since, being bitten by the love bug of reading for as long as I can remember, I am always hunting for the next good book. Ultimately, the thrill of getting lost in the archives of new places and other’s lives makes reading good books one of my favorite pastimes. And, oh what fun it is to share the books that I have been found to be a good read!
After joining the book club, I realized that sharing is the best, the bomb! While discussing and reviewing a shared book, the lightbulb moments start clicking. “I’ve never thought of it that way.” or “Oh, I missed that part.” are typical remarks throughout the evening. Without a doubt, a book club is a fantastic way meet new people with like interests and share the love of reading.
October’s reading selection was Faithful, by Alice Hoffman.
Faithful is a compelling novel which takes us on a journey of great tragedy and the losing of oneself in survivor’s remorse. While she is driving on black ice, a tragic accident happens. Fortunately, Shelby is saved by a stranger and survives. Alas, her best friend Helene is now comatose for life. To this end, Shelby Richmond finds herself lost, isolated and forever changed. Upon our entering into Shelby’s world, we begin to examine the powers of fate, faith, family, and love, then the finding of redemption and love.
Faithful is a novel that explores the heavy burden of grief and guilt. At last, we witness how the faith, hope, and the support of her surrounding angels bring Shelby to the discovery of her calling and a better life.
After an evening of insightful discussion, our club gave Faithful a thumbs up! Undoubtedly, Faithful is a club-worthy good read.
By the same token, if you are looking for a few more book recommendations, be sure and check out a couple previous posts here and here.
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Ready To Read?
Reading a good book is out and out one of my favorite past times!
Because I love reading, I also love sharing books that I have read. Here are some of my recent reads from the first half of the year with a short, personal review. Since, the summer has been really busy, I listened to several of these on audio. In fact, I found the audio versions really enjoyable, especially the ones with foreign accents. On account of, it made the experience so real. Plus, a couple were perfect in audio as I went about my daily walks. However, my most common method of reading is on my iPad. Since, I like to read a couple different books at a time the iPad works wonderfully for me. Wherever I go, my library is always in my tote .
This list was filled with a variety of different topics ranging from historical, to spiritual and some easy summer reads. I love the light reads for summer, but I have included some past picks from my book club. I always enjoy getting recommendations for books from someone who has read them. Maybe, you can find a few interesting books from this list!
Hurrah For The Weekend!
What’s in store for your Saturday morning? It’s a gorgeous Saturday morning here. The sun is shining and today’s temperatures are perfect. So I’m headed out to our local farmer’s market and a brunch with my hubby.
Game Time Inside Exactech Arena at the O’Connell Center
Saturday afternoon and Florida Gator basketball in the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on the campus at the University of Florida.
It was an extraordinary fun treat for the entire family.
I always love watching our Florida Gators play.
The newly renovated center is amazing!
Happy Thanksgiving Friends
Thanksgiving week has begun. Time for planning, prepping and travel.
It’s also time for reflection and most important gratitude, Thanksgiving.
I would like to take a moment and express my gratitude for each and every one of you. Family and friends, old and new. I’m truly blessed to have you all in my life.
The Fall Orchid Show at
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Mid-October and it’s time to visit the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens for Gainesville’s Orchid Society‘s show and plant sale. This event is always a treat!
A Perfect Morning For A Car Show
On Saturday the City of Alachua held it’s first Annual Car Show.
This is the first year for the City of Alachua to host a fall car show.
Last Saturday was one of those magnificent fall mornings. It was sunny and bright with a slight nip of fall in the air.
We decided it was a good day to take the boys on a little excursion. Jake and Rex love to go to festivals and car shows. They especially love all the attention they get from the passers by.
The World’s Largest Occupied Bat House
Halloween is coming soon. Are you feeling a little batty? Not to worry, I’ve got just the outing for you.
How about a trip to the Bat House and Barn?
Did you know that the University of Florida is home to the World’s Largest Occupied Bat Houses?
Great Reads For Fall
Are you looking for a good book to read this fall?
I’ve got two fantastic suggestions for you.
Our neighborhood book club recently held our October meeting.
The book that we were reviewing for the month is “State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett.