Books to Pen happenings

Hi Everyone,

Thought you might like to see what’s happening over at Books to Pen this week. I have two new 100-word flash fictions and last night, I posted the second episode of Luann Is Lying. Here are the links in case you’re interested:

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Luann Is Lying – Episode 2

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New flash fiction over on Books To Pen

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick note to say I’m over on Books To Pen with a new 100 word flash fiction. This one’s called “Chicken.” Click or tap below if you’re in the mood for a quick story!

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Joan Walsh Anglund, artist, poet and children’s book creator

Last week, I read that Joan Walsh Anglund passed away on March 9 at age 95. One of my favorite books as a young girl was A Friend Is Someone Who Likes You. When I was in Kindergarten, I bragged that I could read it, and soon found myself at the front of the class at story time. I didn’t really know how to read it or anything else, but I knew most of the book by heart. I stumbled through a few pages, but the pictures carried us through and no one seemed to care. I like to think it was because the story and pictures are so nice.

A Friend Is Someone Who Likes You was published in 1958 and was selected as one of the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books that year.

You can read my review here and Anglund’s obituary in Publishers Weekly here.

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Book Club Mom’s February 2021 Recap

Hi all! I hope you are doing well. Thanks to everyone who visited my blog this month. I very much appreciate your support! February was a pretty good month. We got a lot more snow, but now most of it has melted, except for a big pile the plows made on the island in our cul de sac.

Unrelated to books, this month I participated in the 24th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count. For four days, I counted the different types of birds I saw in our backyard. I downloaded and app called Merlin Bird ID on my phone and it helped me identify them. The data goes to researchers at the National Audubon Society, Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Birds Canada and helps them learn more about how birds are doing and how to protect them and the environment. I had a lot of fun doing it and the app was easy to use. This is a global event and anyone can participate. If you’re interested in doing it next year, you can learn more about it at

I also got back in the reading and blogging swing this month. Here’s a rundown of what I read and other posts.

Book Reviews

Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise by Scott Eyman – 5 stars

The Perfect Wife by Blake Pierce – 3 stars

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing – 4 stars

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane – 4 stars

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – 4 stars

Who’s That Indie Author and Author Updates

Angela Paolantonio

B. Lynn Goodwin

Tammie Painter

What’s That Book?

Torn Between Worlds by Nancy Blodgett Klein – reviewed by Darlene Foster


Perfect characters and situations gone wrong – books with perfect in their titles

Share your thoughts on What’s That Book – an invitation to you!

Spring is only a couple weeks away – are you as ready as I am?

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Perfect characters and situations gone wrong – books with perfect in their titles

What is it about perfection? Though impossible to achieve, we like to strive for the perfect job, house, relationship, etc. In books, the pressure is off. Seemingly perfect fictional characters are fun to read about because we can watch (from a safe distance) when it all goes wrong! Here are some perfect books I’ve read and a few more you might like.

Recently reviewed:

The Perfect Wife by Blake Pierce

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

The Perfect Roommate by Minka Kent

More choices here:

The Perfect Marriage by Jeneva Rose

The Perfect Letter by Chris Harrison

The Perfect Guests by Emma Rous

The Perfect Neighbor by Blake Pierce (Book Nine in the Jessie Hunt series)

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Book Club Mom’s January 2021 Recap

We are in the midst of a winter storm and pretty much snowed in with more to come. I was just beginning to think we were going to have an uneventful winter.

January came and went! I only read three books this month, but I’m already on track to read more in February.

Here’s a quick recap of book reviews and other things:

The Searcher by Tana French

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders

Blog views and other obsessions – two great tools for your blog – I’ve been spending a lot of time on Canva, which I talk about in this post. I have much to learn, though.

I featured two indie authors this month and have more lined up. Look for new Author Updates too!

Who’s That Indie Author? Kaitlyn Jain

Who’s That Indie Author? Bruce W. Bishop

Based on all the comments, I think we all had fun with this “How Well Read Are You” challenge. If you haven’t tried it, hop over and see!

How well read are you? Take this challenge and see!

Books on my list – based on the above challenge

What’s happening now? After finishing The Woman in the Window, I was in the mood for another psychological thriller and recently finished The Perfect Wife by Blake Pierce. Keep an eye out for my review. Right now I’m reading a new biography by Scott Eyman – Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise. It’s long, but I’m enjoying it very much and will probably review that before I get The Perfect Wife review out. I have two more books lined up. The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel and My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing.

Pretty soon, I’m going to get up from under this blanket and make some soup for dinner. Back to work tomorrow! What are you doing on this winter day?

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Books on my list

Last week I shared a link to a reading challenge from and we had a lot of fun seeing how well read we were. Today I went back to the list of 500 books and picked out these to read. I’m hoping to get to them this year because they are books I had already wanted to read.

What was funny about the list is that these two books are already on my schedule to read for our mystery book club at work

Have you read any of these books? Leave a comment and let me know what you thought!

(By the way, today I tried out the tiled image and gallery options from the new block editor and I think they worked out pretty well.)

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How well read are you? Take this challenge and see!

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My book club friend (hi S!) sent this link to our group and we had a lot of fun seeing how we did. There are 500 books on the list and the challenge says if you’ve read 10% of them, you are well read.

I thought this was a good one because it reminded me of books I’ve wanted to read, but somehow never go to. I was also glad to see that some of the ones I haven’t read are on my mystery book club’s 2021 reading list.

Here’s the link:

Happy reading!

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Book Club Mom’s Best Reads of 2020

Happy New Year Everyone! I’m all for saying goodbye to 2020, but it’s always good to remember the positives that occurred this past year too. In my case, I read a lot of great books! Today I’m sharing the best of the best.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles 

You by Caroline Kepnes

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

A Mother for His Twins by Jill Weatherholt

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

Howard Hughes: The Untold Story by Peter Harry Brown and Pat H. Broeske

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

A Hero of France by Alan Furst

Yellow Door by C. Faherty Brown

Members Only by Sameer Pandya

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker

Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Near Prospect Park by Lawrence H. Levy

Sadie by Courtney Summers

It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way by Mary Rowen

The Raft by S. A. Bodeen

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

The Last Pilgrim by Noelle Granger

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

I already have some good books lined up for 2021 – how about you?

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Happy Holidays from Book Club Mom!

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are having a nice holiday season,
different as it is this year. Best wishes to you all!