Book Club Mom’s March recap

I don’t think it’s possible to write a light recap of March. Or to write anything that we don’t already know. We’re all going through, or are about to, some version of stay-at-home restrictions, as well as the fear of getting sick. So I’ll just say that I’m working to find new ways to spend my time, inside our house.

The picture above is from the bird feeder we put out on our deck. All winter, there was no activity, but now it’s a hot spot for a few different kinds of small birds. It’s perfect timing to have something like that to look out at.

Here’s a rundown of what happened on my blog in March:


Book Reviews

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

No Place Like Home by Rebecca Muddiman

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

Maid by Stephanie Land

The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian


Short reviews from 2013

Fahrenheit 451, The Art of Racing in the Rain and The Weird Sisters

Rebecca, Little Bird of Heaven and The Sun Also Rises


Who’s That Indie Author?

Stevie Turner

David Ruggerio

Gary D. Hillard

Michael J Moore


Author Update

Oskar’s Quest by Annika Perry


What’s That Movie?

The Aviator – a Martin Scorsese picture starring
Leonardo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett


Blog Views and other obsessions

Free Photo Library on WordPress

Coping with the Coronavirus


Miscellaneous Posts

Books to Pen – Book Club Mom’s creative writing blog

Books to make you laugh


How are you all doing? I hope everyone is healthy and able to manage at home, whether you are working or not working, and that you are finding the groceries and other things you need. Leave a note in the comments section and tell us how you are managing.

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Book Club Mom’s January recap

Hi Everyone! In case you missed anything, here’s a quick rundown of January’s posts:

Book Reviews:

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles – Oh my gosh, what a great book. Check out my 5-star review here.

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins – a long book, but totally worth the effort. Read my review here.

You by Caroline Kepnes – addictive reading and a great show. Just finished watching Season 1 – it was fun comparing the book and the show. See my review here.


Author Updates:

Mary Rowen announced a fresh and beautiful new look to Leaving the Beach. Check it out here.

David Meredith shared news of the new audiobook version of his award-winning book, The Reflections of Queen Snow White. Find out more here.


Who’s That Indie Author:

Ritu Bhathal – author of new book, Marriage Unarranged, in her self-described genre, Chickpea Curry Lit – Chick Lit with an Indian Twist! Meet Ritu here.

Matthew Williams – author of memoirs and writer of poetry: Something Changed: Stumbling Through Divorce, Dating and Depression; A Familiar Stranger. Visit Matthew’s post here.


What’s That Book:

Author and blogging friend Tammie Painter shared her thoughts about A Prisoner of Birth by Jeffrey Archer. Read her review here.


Miscellaneous Posts:

Youngblood Hawke by Herman Wouk – still my favorite!

New York Public Library’s Top 10 Checkouts of All Time

Books about neighbors – stay away from that window!

On blogging and menu pages

On YouTube today – outrageous socks and a great book


Hope you had a great month. Here’s to more great books in February!

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Book Club Mom’s November recap

Well Thanksgiving week threw me for a blogging loop and, while I did read a book during that time, I didn’t get on my blog much!

But I had a good November, so here’s a rundown in case you missed anything:


Just three books this month, but sometimes that’s how it goes.

Back of Beyond by C. J. Box – we read this for my mystery book club at the library where I work. Our whole group gave it high ratings. C. J. Box writes a lot of books and he knows what he’s doing!

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben – I like Harlan Coben’s books, but this one was a little disappointing. Still, I’m sure I’ll read more by him.

Less by Andrew Sean Greer – By far one of the best books I’ve read all year. Less won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2017. I highly recommend it.


BC Mom’s Author Update:
Author Roberta Eaton Cheadle announces
publication of Through the Nethergate

BC Mom’s Author Update is open to all authors who have news to share.
Email me at bvitelli2009@gmail.com for more information.

I introduced two indie authors this month, Cage Dunn and Chloe Helton. Be sure to visit these posts and say hello:

Who’s That Indie Author? Cage Dunn
Who’s That Indie Author? Chloe Helton

If you are a self-published or indie author and would like to be profiled on Book Club Mom,
email me at bvitelli2009@gmail.com and I’ll send you a template.

I love thinking about book trends and here’s one I discovered:

Books with commanding titles – a new trend?


Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. Here are the top 20 on my list:

Book Club Mom’s top 20 historical fiction books


Source: brainsonfire.com

I’m always thinking about blogging and the news that Instagram has been considering permanently doing away with “likes” got me talking. I’m not an Instagrammer, and I don’t care much about Facebook, but I think WordPress bloggers want to see the likes.

Blog views and other obsessions – followers, views, likes and comments


Images: Pixabay

We all make grammar mistakes, so it’s good to review some of the rules:

Grammar check – past tenses of dream, learn, dive,
loan and lend – what are they?


Just a sentimental memory as we gear up for the holidays:

Thanksgiving Memories When You’re Small


And this post got a lot of discussion. Most of you think the classic editor is the way to go. Someday we will all have to move to the new WordPress block editor. Despite the negative comments, I’m still considering the switch.

Blogging with the new WordPress Editor – are you using the blocks?

That was my month – how was yours?

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Book Club Mom’s October recap

Image: Pixabay

I’m a little late in sharing my October recap. Here’s a rundown of some good book talk!


I read three books this month. Of the three, my favorite was Refugee by Alan Gratz. Although it’s a Young Adult book, I put it in the “must read” category for all readers.

We Are All Good People Here by Susan Rebecca White

Refugee by Alan Gratz

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs


Image: Pixabay

My post On the touchy topic of ratings and reviews generated a lot of great discussion. Opinions vary on the merit of star ratings, especially the 3-star ones. I’m sticking with my approach, which reflects the Goodreads ratings. Three stars means I liked the book! If you haven’t already checked in on this post, take a look and leave a comment.


On Who’s That Indie Author, we said hello to indie author Kit Falbo, who writes science fiction and fantasy fiction. In my favorite quote from the interview, Kit talks about his love of reading and how it led to becoming a writer, “Books were my best friends during the entirety of my teenage years. They presented my first mental experiences of many ideas and concepts more than shows or television. How could I not want to write?” Learn more about Kit and his books, The Crafting of Chess and Intelligence Block here.


 The Nobel Prizes in Literature 2018 & 2019 were awarded in October to Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke. I have not read these well-respected international authors, but I enjoyed learning about them and their books. You can check out my post here.

Images of Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke from Wikipedia.

Halloween has come and gone, but spooky reads are great throughout the year. This month, I shared some books and short stories, just right for the Halloween season (and beyond).


I also helped celebrate the publication of Pamela Wight’s new children’s picture book, Molly Finds Her Purr. Pam is one of my loyal blogging and Twitter friends. You can learn all about Pam and her books here.


And some sad news for me. Some of you already know that my mother passed away on October 20. I took a break from the blog and wondered how or if I should talk about it here. In honor of my mother and her 94 years, I made a collection of books about mothers and children. Some I’ve read and others I want to read. You can view this post here.

I hope you all had a good month and have some good things lined up for November and the upcoming holidays.

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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?

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