Book Club Mom’s August recap – books, movies, authors and a mish-mash!

I’m not an organized blogger. Therefore I never know how a blog month is going to go. That’s how I like it. This month, I read Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray. At over 800 pages, it took a lot of time and concentration to read and I had very few blogging ideas during that time. So I focused on the book and stayed away from the blog. Once I finished, I felt refreshed and then came the ideas!


I read three books in August:

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

Notes from a Public Typewriter – edited by Michael Gustafson and Obooksliver Uberti


I shared some football books:

Books for football fans, and anyone who likes a good story

What’s That Book? Football for a Buck by Jeff Pearlman


And I watched two movies! That’s unusual for me, but I’ve been in that mode lately. I’m also working my way through The Office and have finally reached the episodes I’d never seen.

What’s That Movie? Free Solo –
a film by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin

The movie Charly and Flowers for Algernon


Indie Authors Wendy Koenig & Biff Mitchell

Have you met these indie authors yet? Be sure to check out their profiles!

Who’s That Indie Author? Wendy L. Koenig

Who’s That Indie Author? Biff Mitchell

If you are a self-published or indie author and would like to be featured, email me at bvitelli2009@gmail.com for more information.


And while you’re at it, get up to date with romance writer Jill Weatherholt because she has a new book out – A Mother for His Twins!

BC Mom’s Author Update: new Harlequin Love Inspired novel
by Jill Weatherholt


Random and spontaneous book posts are lots of fun – that’s one reason I like blogging so much. It’s great to have full control over what I do. Sometimes I’ll get an idea while I’m brushing my teeth, taking a walk or talking to someone at my library job. Then it’s just a matter of typing it out:

 Book Talk – The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore

Grammar check – three word mistakes – let’s admit we aren’t perfect!

Creative book cover posts – have you noticed this trend?


I hope you had a good August! Did you read anything good? What was the best part of your month?

Thanks for visiting – come back soon!

23 thoughts on “Book Club Mom’s August recap – books, movies, authors and a mish-mash!

  1. I’ve had a busy month too, Barbara, so I missed some of these posts. At the moment I’m reading ‘Too Much Lip”, a Miles Franklin Award winner by Melissa Lucashenko, and listening to ‘The Art of Growing Up’ by John Marsden. I’ve just finished listening to ‘What School Could Be’ by Ted Dintersmith. I’d highly recommend all three.

  2. Your monthly review prompted these thoughts: I’ve read and reviewed Jill’s wonderful novel A Mother For His Twins; now I’m reading The Ripple Effects by Pam Tebow, Tim’s mother. Did I mention this before?

    Right now, I’m gearing up for my memoir launch on the 14th while remaining vigilant: The monster Dorian is powering up at the southernmost tip of Florida. Schools will close this week, at least until Thursday; bridges will close, we brace for the storm, praying for safety.

  3. Thanks to you and your previous reviews, I’ve just finished reading Sounds Like Titanic. Quite a different memoir – sad, edgy, thoughtful, surprising, insightful. I’ve recommended it to a good friend whose son is a violinist and plays for a symphony in NC. Have you figured out who “The Composer” is??? I’m reading Normal People, recommended by my library (Sally Rooney – only 28 and getting heaps of praise from nearly everyone). Also reading (audible) Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict – who wrote The Other Einstein. Looking forward to reading Jill’s book next! Oh, and over vacation I read the Indie books Calmer Girls by Jennifer Kelland Perry (very good YA) and Supply and Demand by Roy McCarthy (novel about sex trafficking). So much talent out there in the Indie author world!

    1. Hi Pam – I’m glad you liked Sounds Like Titanic – it’s a bit different, but I thought the author was true to herself in her memoir. Some people might not like that she didn’t name The Composer. I understand her reasons, but some quick searches point to who it probably is. I guess she didn’t want to make him out as a fraud because he’s done good things for a lot of people. Also, I agree with your comment about Calmer Girls – I thought it was very good – you should read Calmer Secrets – it only gets better! (Hope you see this, Jennifer Kelland Perry 🙂 ) And I also agree that the indie market is loaded with talent – probably scaring the established publishers. Thanks for reading and commenting. Hope you’re having a nice Labor Day Weekend!

  4. For even a slower blogger month, you managed to do a lot! And I’m excited to hear you’re watching The Office! I binge it often. I still think they should’ve ended the show after Steve Carrell left, but it’s still a great show!

    1. Almost finished with Season 8. I was skeptical when Steve Carell left the show, but I have to say, Andy Bernard has become my favorite character since then. And OMG, Robert California – I hated him at first, but now I think he’s a great addition. Glad to have found a fellow Office fan!

  5. Well, it’s a very interesting mish-mash indeed, Barbara. I hope your summer has gone well. I’m trying to eke every moment out of what’s left, but it’s hard when I have two books out at roughly the same time. Don’t ask me why I allowed that to happen, okay?

  6. It appears to me, Barbara, that August was a full month for you! Thanks for all the good reads you bring my way. I’m especially intrigued by Notes from a Public Typewriter, and I just received Jill Weatherholt’s new book. The historical fiction work you mentioned in this post regarding the argument between George Westinghouse and Thomas Edison intrigues me since it includes a lawsuit; when you retire from a law firm after almost 40 years, you look for books with law firms and lawsuits in them.

    1. Hi Sherrey – that’s so interesting – I wonder if I’ll do the same when I retire from my library job – look for books about libraries! Thanks for stopping by and commenting – hope you’re enjoying a good book right now 🙂

  7. Hi Barbara, Since I began blogging about one year ago, my movie/netflix watching is minimal (Winter season here soon and husband and I bonding time may change this). I still love book suggestions, especially when we camp. I want to find a way to download Jill Weatherholt’s book on my Kobo (all downloading references are to a Kindle? I will investigate further). I really enjoyed all of “The Office.” My husband and I started Netflix “Life in pieces”. Witty snippets for our “date night.” September will be a good month:)

    1. Hi Erica – sounds like you know how to keep things balanced! I’ll have to look for Life In Pieces – I’m always looking for a good show, but the next one I’ll watch is going to be “You” and after that “Ozark.” Hope you’re having a good night – thanks for stopping by 🙂

    1. Thanks, Perfectly Tolerable 😉 I did have a good August. It’s good to keep the blogging balanced with the real world. Because I blog for fun, I prefer to have some spontaneity, but generally I’m an organized person. But it’s fun to be loose with one or two things in our lives, right?

    1. Hi Teri – OH, I am enjoying it very much – almost finished with Season 8 – just one more season to go. I like to relax at night with an episode or 2. Thanks for the visit – hope you are doing well 🙂

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