Book Club

I love to share my books, recommend my favourites, and talk about what I like about them. I rarely don’t like something about a book. It is someone’s heart and soul so you have to find something to like! Click here for my list to date.

“The Dinner” by Herman Koch

The DinnerI totally didn’t know what to expect with this book. It was very popular but I thought it was going to be another ordinary book. Well I was pleasantly surprised…and deeply disturbed! This book takes you down paths you never thought possible. It makes for a great ethical debate. How far would you go to protect your kids?

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“Before I Wake” by Robert Wiersema

Before I WakeThis book was written by a local Victoria author, Robert Wiersema, who I worked on an event with many years ago at Bolen Books. This fiction book takes place in Victoria, so the scenes he describes are especially vivid for us locals. The opening scene has a tragic car accident at an intersection I go through all the time. For ages I always thought about that accident when I drove through, forgetting that it was actually just a story. A very thought-provoking book, it won a number of awards and is really worth a read.

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“The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Guernsey LiteraryThis book is really special, even though the title is hard to remember when you are trying to tell people to read it! It takes place on the small island of Guernsey during the German Occupation, and it truly is a delightful book. Much of the book is a series of letters, making it  impossible to put down. Make sure you have a day available to just read, because that is all you will want to do. The saddest part of the book is that one of the authors, Mary Ann Shaffer, passed away prior to it being published, which means there are no more books to be written by this wonderful author. Her co-author (and niece), Annie Barrows, is also known for her children’s books, Ivy and Bean.

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“Beautiful Ruins” by Jess Walter

Beautiful RuinsI was blessed to be able to travel to Italy this summer with my husband. Before I left a good friend told me to read Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. So I bought it, packed it with me and it was so surreal reading it on the beaches of Monterosso, Italy! I could smell, feel, see and breathe the whole story. So if you have been to Italy, or ever plan on going to Italy, then this is a sweet read.

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“The Book of Negroes” by Lawrence Hill

Book of NegroesThere are so many great things about this book. It is a fascinating history, especially the Canadian role in the issues of that era. It is written by a Canadian (who also happens to be the brother of Dan Hill of “Sometimes When We Touch” fame).

Lawrence Hill had to actually change the name of the book in the United States, Australia and New Zealand as the title was too controversial. So in those countries it is known as Someone Knows My Name. It has won a number of awards and recognitions.

I learned a lot from the book (and I shed a lot of tears too). Published in 2007.

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“Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon

OutlanderMy friend Karen tried to get me to read this book for years. I mean years and years. And I just couldn’t get into it. Tried a couple times. But then I was home sick for an extended period so decided to give it one more try. Well the timing was right. I couldn’t out it down. Swept me back to those romance novels I used to sneak off my mom’s bookshelf when I was a kid. But Outlander is way better cause you actually get some history too! So in honour of the tv series currently playing in Sunday nights, I had to mention Outlander (and the multitude of books in the series which I have yet to get through all of them but the show has me wanting to continue them now). Heard the author Diana Gabaldon at a book reading years ago. Can you imagine coming up with an idea and keeping that series going for almost 25 years now. Published in 1991.

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Trailer for the show!

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