Book Club Mom’s February recap

Hi Everyone! So the crocuses you see here made an early appearance this month. We got to enjoy them for a week or so until our bunnies had them for breakfast. Oh well, it happens every year. More flowers on the way!

In case you missed anything, here’s a quick rundown of February’s posts:

Book Reviews:

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak – an interesting novel about the last minutes of awareness of a prostitute who is murdered in Istanbul, based on the idea that the mind continues to work in the moments after death. Read my review here.

A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny – this is my second Louise Penny book in the Inspector Gamache series, set in Canada. You don’t have to read them in order. She’s a very good writer and I’m sure I will read more of her books. Check it out here.

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett – I loved this book about a nearly-adult brother and his sister whose stepmother casts them out of their home after their father dies. There’s so much more to the story than this, though. It came under heavy fire in my Facebook discussion group, but I’m holding firm that Ann Patchett has written another great book. See why here.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb – I’ve been wanting to read this book about psychotherapy for almost a year and I’m so glad I finally got to it. Gottlieb is a best-selling writer, psychotherapist and advice columnist and she writes about her own experiences as both therapist and patient. See my review here.

What’s That Book?


The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper – blogging friend Tammie Painter shared her review of this charming part slice-of-life, part humor, part adventure, and part mystery novel. See what she says here.


Who’s That Indie Author?

Meet Berthold Gambrel, science fiction, horror and fantasy writer and author of The Directorate, The House of Teufelvelt, 1NG4, Vespasian Moon’s Fabulous Autumn Carnival. He’s a combination pantser/planner and the proud owner of a flip-phone. Now that’s something we should all consider! Read his profile here.

Say hello to Deanna King. She writes fictional crime, fantasy romance and children’s stories and is the author of Gracie’s Stories, Twist of Fate – A Jack West Novel  and has a new Jack West novel in the works. Deanna thinks print books will always be around and could go the whole day without checking her phone. Meet Deanna here.

Miscellaneous Posts:

Digital Shelf Shocker! – I have an embarrassing number of TBRs on my Kindle.
10 commonly misused phrases – always fun to see what we get wrong!
Fiction or nonfiction? Twitter reading poll results – which do you prefer?
Meet my top commenters! – a big part of blogging
The happy coincidence of my blog and my job – it’s a great combo

Hope you had a great month. March on to March!

Thanks for visiting – come back soon!

18 thoughts on “Book Club Mom’s February recap

  1. Barb, blimey! 😀 A wonderful selection of posts for this shortest of months! 😀 I’m smiling how you had to stand by The Dutch House and will order this from the library to read! Your choices have always been a hit with me!

    1. There were some tense exchanges and attacks which I found unnerving and baffling – that would only occur on Facebook- you never see that on WordPress. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you do like The Dutch House – the cover itself is beautiful!

  2. Hi Barbara, Your crocuses remind me how cherry blossoms are blooming around here. I should make a point of taking some photos. I just read your wonderful review of “The Dutch House.” I am a little curious about the facebook ruckus, yet not curious enough to check out facebook. I have this book on my library list. I enjoy Louise Penny’s books, although I have not read this one. I will need a long camping trip this year to catch up on some of these wonderful books. Thank you for the reviews and recommendations.

    1. Hi Erica/Erika – thanks for visiting my blog. Even though the bunnies got the first round of crocuses, a second round sprung up and so we are enjoying some color again. Thanks, too, for the compliment about my review of The Dutch House. It wasn’t a huge ruckus on FB – just a few people really disliked the book and were pretty vocal about it. But the group eventually got through it. I have read two Louise Penny books for my library job because I run the mystery book club. I think Penny is a very good writer. I hope you are planning a nice long camping trip to give you time to read. Thanks again for the visit – hope you are well 🙂

    1. Hi Ann. Yes, aren’t they pretty? I like how sturdy they are and of course how they are one of Spring’s first arrivals! Thanks for reading 🙂

  3. You’re so organized. I’m just happy if I get a post out once in a while these days – LOL. Thanks for all you do. Cheers!

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