On blogging and menu pages

If you’re interested in seeing what I’ve read since the beginning of Book Club Mom, check out the yearly “Books of…” in the top menu. Here’s a quick run-down of them:


Books of 2013

Book Club Mom was born in 2013. Understanding blogging takes a while and learning how to write proper book reviews takes even longer. So this was the year of figuring it out. But I read a lot in 2013. Classics, new books, Young Adult and several random books. And some terrific 5-star reads, including Gone With the WindThe Giver, To Kill a Mockingbird and Life After Life.


Books of 2014

This year I read a lot of short fiction and re-read some of my favorite children’s books. I also mixed it up with my favorite classics – Jane Eyre, The Great Gatsby, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Lord of the Flies, a wildly popular book of the time, Me Before You, and one of my favorite reads of the year, The Interestings.

And 2014 was also the year when I re-read my all-time favorite book, Youngblood Hawke!


Books of 2015

This year I read a variety of genres, including short fiction, and dipped into some nonfiction. I remember loving The Sound and the Fury when I was in college, but I had a hard time getting through it this time! I re-read one of my favorites, The Grapes of Wrath and read Julius Caesar because one of my kids was reading it in school.

I had never read Slaughterhouse Five and was blown away by it. What a book! And of course, All the Light We Cannot See was an unforgettable story. Some popular books and some fun ones rounded out the year.


Books of 2016

This year I did two things that were different. I started writing articles based on books I’d read for a website. And I got a job in a public library. I did my first summer reading challenge which had me reading different types of books. I also renewed my interest in thrillers and historical fiction. I went on a Hemingway kick and reread A Farewell to Arms, The Old Man and the Sea and read A Moveable Feast for the first time. And this was the year I read some great indie and self-published books, including Eating Bull by Carrie and Calmer Girls by Jennifer Kelland Perry.  Some nonfiction rounded things out, including The Ghost Map, which one of my kids had to read for his freshman seminar in college.


Books of 2017

2017 was a different year because I started to get more into thrillers. It’s fun to mix them in to other types of books. I also started helping out with the Whodunits Mystery Book Club at the library where I work, so I took up mysteries. That’s a genre I hadn’t read much of before and I read some excellent ones like Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter and The Lewis Trilogy, which is set in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. I did our library’s summer reading challenge again and read some different books, like The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin and Black Beauty.

I also read two books by my author friends, The Seneca Scourge by Carrie Rubin (don’t read this on an airplane! 😬) and Calmer Secrets by Jennifer Kelland Perry, a great sequel to Calmer Girls.


Books of 2018

2018 was the year I started listening to audiobooks. I’d never tried them and wanted to “hear” what they were all about. Although I still prefer reading books, I found that listening to audiobooks was a fun way to pass the time while I was walking or doing things around the house. I learned, however, not to listen while I was cooking because of a measuring incident while listening to a thriller!

I read some excellent nonfiction this year, including Killers of the Flower Moon, Educated and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. And I continued to enjoy several of my blogging/writing friends’ books, including The Bone Curse by Carrie Rubin, The Storyteller Speaks by Annika Perry, Second Chance Romance by Jill Weatherholt and Death in a Mudflat by Noelle Granger.


Books of 2019

2019 was a great reading year. I listened to more audiobooks, read mysteries for work, and talked more with my work friends about what books were hot, which led to me reading (and listening to) Long Way Down and What If? and reading Lab Girl and The Beneficiary. I read a few debut books that became really hot during the year, The Silent Patient and Miracle Creek.

Several 5-star reads included In Cold Blood, Less and Where the Crawdads Sing.


Books of 2020

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27 thoughts on “On blogging and menu pages

    1. Thank you, Tammie. I got a little obsessed with making these pages – but now I’m glad I did. My early reviews are pretty bad. Some day I will go back and polish them up a little. Thanks for the visit and Happy Monday 😉

    1. Hi Laurel-Rain – it’s a great way to remember what you’ve read. In fact, that was the main reason I started blogging. It’s grown into other things too since then. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  1. Thank you, Barbara, for the quick run-down. Gone with the Wind is one of my favourites. I found several more books that we’ve both read and I agreed with your ratings: The Old Man and the Sea, The Kite Runner, The Art of Racing in the Rain, When Breath Becomes Air, The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl, and Defending Jacob. I’ll see if I can borrow some of your Top 15 favourite from my library. Happy reading!

  2. Thank you so much for the mention, Barb. (Btw, do you prefer Barb?) And you should talk about The Sound and the Fury with my husband. I wouldn’t read it after he said it was a little hard to get through. 😁
    A Farewell to Arms broke my heart!

    1. Hi Jennifer – Barb or Barbara works for me – friends and family call me both. Just no “Barbie” 😉 I’m not sure if my memories were clear about The Sound and the Fury, although I do remember having an enthusiastic professor who explained a lot while we read it. I found it difficult to get through this time, so good choice to opt out after your husband read it! Oh, A Farewell to Arms – I love that one. I’m pretty sure I also watched the movie – I’m going to have to look it up. I feel like there were some famous actors in it – Ingrid Bergman or Grace Kelly? Carey Grant? I’ll let you know!

  3. Barbara, what a terrific summing up of your blogging years and I’m in awe of all your reading and reviews! There are some very familiar books (including my own … awww, thank you!)

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