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A Milestone At Book Club

Today, our book club will be discussing its 75th book. We started in 2005. While the membership has changed over the years, there are two of us who have been there since the beginning. When I first tell people I’m in a book club, they inevitably ask why since I read so much on my own. My response is that while reading is a solitary activity, sometimes you have to talk to someone about the book you just read. Sometimes it’s not enough to have finished unless you can tell someone about what you just read.

One reason that I think our book club has lasted this long is that we read a variety of different genres. The only rules we have are no Virginia Woolf and no romance. Otherwise, members are free to choose what they like. We’ve read classics, Shakespeare, mysteries, “chick lit”, non-fiction and everything in between. Sometimes people pick books no one likes. Sometimes we pick books everyone likes. Most of the time, there is a split. But there is always a discussion.

Another reason I joined a book club is I wanted to expand upon what I read. I have always been a big reader, but have usually contained myself to mysteries and non-fiction. I wanted to read new and different books. Stuff I wouldn’t normally look twice at. I love that I have expanded my catalog and found some books that moved me and that I would never had read if it weren’t for book club.

I also like book club because I have good friends there and it’s usually the only time I see them. Since I met Mike and got married and have two jobs and Patrick and Felicity at home, I find myself having no time to spend with my friends. I barely have time to breathe most days. This is a guaranteed time that I can spend bonding over books, the sometime idiocy of our mates, and gossip about mutual friends. I know that when I get to book club, no matter the book choice, it will be a couple of hours of fun.

I’m going to end this post with a list of books I loved, but would not have read were it not for the seven other ladies who share a passion for reading.

Water For Elephants

The Secret Life of Bees

The Art Of Racing In The Rain


Sara’s Key

This Is Where I Leave You

Hotel On The Corner Of Bitter And Sweet

A Lucky Child

One Hundred Flowers


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I was listening to Books on the Nightstand a couple of weeks ago and Anne mentioned the book she couldn’t wait for us to read was Ghostman by Roger Hobbs. It sounded interested. So, at the end of a very long and very emotionally difficult week, my lovely husband suggested that we had some extra money and if I liked, I could go buy a book. Fast forward half and hour. I’m standing in my local Barnes and Noble. I have a copy of Ghostman and a copy of Beautiful Ruins (another book recommended on BOTNS). Normally, I would have bought both. But after a text to my lovely husband, I had to choose. So I chose Ghostman. Ironic because two days later at book club, the pick was Beautiful Ruins. I got home and started the book. I was done three days later.

The plot revolves around “Jack Delton”. He’s a ghostman. His job is to help people disappear after they pull a heist. He gets a call one day from a former jugmarker (the person who plans heists). Jack screwed up a job for the guy and so now he owes him a favor. He has to take care of another heist gone wrong at a casino in Atlantic City.  “Jack” gets on a plane to Atlantic City and trouble ensues in the form of an FBI agent on his tail, a potential leak, and the jugmarker’s arch enemy finding “Jack” and trying to kill him. The book also contains flashback chapters that explain how Jack ended up with the jugmarker and how the heist went wrong.

That is about all I’m going to say about the plot. The book is a wild roller coaster ride. I loved every page. The author obviously did his research into the criminal element. The book has elements of a great spy novel, a great con, and a great crime thriller. I’m sure there are technical things wrong with the book, but I didn’t notice them. I was too caught up in the plot twists and turns and wondering how “Jack” was going to defeat each challenge he faced. Each one seemed insurmountable.

If you like thrillers, I high recommend this thrill ride of a novel.


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