Thursday, January 14, 2010

Jason will be doing a shuttling service Friday and Saturday nights. I hope this works out for him and helps bring in the extra money needed. I'm just glad he has agreed to stick with Hotel Park City too so he can keep his foot in the door and hopefully get promoted. I just got our ward's 2010 Book Club list done and I am really excited for it. It was hard to keep it to just 1o books. We skipped January because of my procrastination and December we have a dinner. Let me know if you've read any of these. I've only read The Hunger Games (loved it!) Anyways, here is the list:

1) The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
2) The Quilter's Apprentice by Jennifer Chiavernini
3) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
4) Three Weeks with My Brother by Nicholas Sparks
5) Sarah: Women of Genesis by Orson Scott Card
6) Grace Works by Robert L. Millet
7) An Experiment in Criticism by C.S. Lewis
8) Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
9) The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan
10) The Pearl by John Steinbeck

Not a bad lineup eh? I always try to get a little bit of everything from easy read, self-help, religious, non-fiction, classic...etc. I've read most of these authors and love their work and trust them. The others I was told by close friends that they were good, so I feel good about this year. I just miss all my book clubbers from Washington and California. Our group here is pretty small. Maybe this year it will get bigger. I plan on reading lots more books but these are the ones that are set for the book club. If you have come across any great books, I'd love to get referrals.
I just finished the second book of the Lightning Thief series. Logan used to HATE reading and by starting to read to him Fablehaven (great book bytheway) he has caught the bug. He only liked it when I read to him...but after the 4 fable haven books, and the first lightning thief book he now reads on his own. He took #2 to school and would read ahead, he would go in my reading chair in the living room and read on his own. I haven't wanted to do a cart wheel and scream YAHOO for a long time. But seeing him do that is such a "Awesome Mom" moment! I got Tyler reading and Logan and now onto CJ. I missed my window with Brayden. He doesn't like reading but he will do it for school and he has enjoyed a few books. So maybe there is still hope.
I'm reading David Copperfield right now and love it. I love how the classics are so proper. Seriously, they can be ripping someone to pieces verbally but they do it so eloquently. So great! Well, I encourage you all to find a few good books to read this year and let me know if they are good or not. If you need a few suggestions let me know! I got lots of great ideas. If you'd like to be on a cyber book club...go to It's a great website with tons of people. It's like Facebook for readers. Great place to keep track of what you've read and what you want to read. It makes you feel smarter as you add on all the books you've read. We all like to feel smart once in a while:)
Peace, love and joy in January and GET A LIBRARY CARD:)


  1. I've read the Goose Girl before. Thhought that was a good one. I'm not a big reader (I just can't keep my attention on one thing for too long) but I do enjoy the books I do read.

  2. I've read Goose Girl, Hunger Games, and Sarah - all good books. The movie based on Lightning Thief comes out Feb 12th and it is all Spencer wants to do for his birthday!

  3. I loved Hunger Games. Have you read book 2 yet? ...ummmm Catching Fire? It was also soo good. I had a hard time when I was done with it, cause I didn't want to be done with those characters until the third book.
    I also read Three Weeks With My Brother. I liked it. You really get to see where Nicholas Sparks gets his inspiration.
    I read one of the Orson Scott Card books. Can't remember which one though. It was okay. interesting.
    and I just watched Mansfield Park a few weeks ago...does that count? ;)
    looks like you have a great lineup. We tried to do a bookclub here, but it really didn't work.

  4. Brayden doesn't like reading?? He's totally missing out. Fablehaven and Percy Jackson are some of the best series. I can't say much about the books on the list, because they all look like books I wouldn't like... But who knows? Maybe I'll try Hunger Games someday.

    --Jarom (In case you didn't know. :D )