What Happens at Book Club, Stays at Book Club

I mean really, book club is like the girl’s version of fight club anyway, right??  

Okay, so probably nothing like fight club at all.  It’s MUCH better!  If you currently are a  member of a book club (and probably not the ones sponsored by a book store, library, or Oprah) you might know what I’m talking about.  The book club I belong to is comprised of a hodge-podge of terrific ladies who all share a love of reading, books, wine, time away with other women.  (I jest, honestly we do like some of those other things too!)
We trade off on who hosts and we all suggest and select the books we read.  Some are serious, some are NY Times Bestsellers, some are young adult series (HP, Twilight, Hunger Games), we once did a comic book, I mean we are a group of ladies who will try to read mostly anything.  Recently one of our founding member wrote and published a book, I’ve read it, reviewed it (on Amazon and B&N) and I now am the proud owner of a signed copy of the book!  
Besides the camaraderie that book club offers, I am always slightly awed by the magic of how books (and wine) can bring people who are so different together to become such amazing friends.  Seeing these lovely ladies the other night gave me that sentimental feeling deep down inside my heart that a person feels when they “go home.”  You know what I mean, that place where you are truly happy and just able to relax and be yourself knowing that you are surrounded by people who love and respect you.  (… and can appreciate your warped sense of humor and off-collar remarks when it comes to convincing them of the value in reading Fifty Shades of Grey.)
As usual, I digress and get off topic.  Believe it or not this was initially going to be a post about what I’m currently reading and what I’ve read recently. Which I will get to.  Probably. Okay, going there right now…  I promise.
So, in the spirit of rekindling our awesome, hubbys-allowed-at-their-own-risk (trust me they almost never risk it except for a brief jog through the kitchen to stock up on snacks), bring a bottle of something to drink, make sure someone remembers the chocolate, oh and at least make sure one person has a copy of the book for the love of all things holy, book club, I thought I’d make a list (with links) of some of my favorite reads we’ve done over the years and some of what I’ve read recently!  Nothing better than getting a summer reading list ready just in time for the kids to get out of school!
Bossypants by Tina Fey
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Asperkids by Jennifer Cook O’Toole
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James – I’ve already read the series, but the girls will be starting this one soon
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – I had read it years ago so opted for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
The Snowman by Jo Nesbo – If you read & liked the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, you’ll likely enjoy this as well, I did
The Fat Man by Ken Harmon
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell – currently $2.99 on kindle!  YAY!
And here’s my most recent reads that I’ve enjoyed (I’ve read more and have a huge list/pile still to get through, but these are the favs at the moment):
Sleeping With Paris by Juliette Sobanet
The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clanson – short, but interesting read on financial planning and preparedness told parable-style which is probably the only reason I read it in the first place… 
I, Spy? by Kate Johnson – up to date on the entire series and waiting eagerly for the next one to come out… hint, hint, Kate… waiting on you! 😉
How To Date A Werewolf by Rose Pressey – fun series and easy to read and enjoy
Celtic Storms by Delaney Rhodes – fun series as well!
And many more are in the process of being read and waiting their turn.  😉
So, what have you read recently?  Oh, and because sometimes we also talk about the books we read at book club, any suggestions for good questions on Fifty Shades?
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