On YouTube – Books I own but haven’t read, part 2!

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Just a quick note sharing today’s video. I’ve accumulated more books that I’ve never read! I hope you’ll stop by and see 🙂

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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 listchallenges.com 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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Books on my radar for 2021

It’s that time of the year – you know, when we look to anticipated books of the new year. I found these in a recent post by The Bibliofile: The Best Books of 2021 (Anticipated). Here’s what I picked from Jennifer Marie Lin’s list. All blurbs are from Amazon:

Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson (March 23,2021)

I love psychological thrillers and this one caught my eye.

A bride’s dream honeymoon becomes a nightmare when a man with whom she’s had a regrettable one-night stand shows up in this electrifying psychological thriller from the acclaimed author of Eight Perfect Murders.


Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid (May 25, 2021)

I enjoyed Reid’s debut novel, Daisy Jones & The Six so I was excited to see that she’s written a new book.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six . . . Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of twenty-four hours, their lives will change forever.


The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah (February 2, 2021)

I’ve read and enjoyed two books by Kristin Hannah, The Great Alone and Firefly Lane. I also have The Nightingale on my TBR shelf. I like when I find an author I enjoy because of the promise of new books to read.

From Kristin Hannah, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone, comes an epic novel of love and heroism and hope, set against the backdrop of one of America’s most defining eras―the Great Depression.


I don’t always like to line books up to read because I get discouraged when I can’t get to them right away. The publication dates of these are spread out so I’m hoping to be able to fit them in. I’ve also requested them on NetGalley so we’ll see if I’m lucky enough to be approved.

What books are you looking forward to reading next year?

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Digital Shelf Shocker!

I always knew I had a few unread books on my Kindle, but wow! I recently made a tally of my Kindle library and was shocked to discover I had 117 unread books, waiting patiently in the dark virtual world for me to get to them.

Like a lot of people, when I first got my Kindle, I downloaded a lot of free public domain books, many of them classics. It was great! Did I read them? Um, a couple, but not really. Some were ones I’d read in college and wanted to re-read. Some were books I felt I should read. You know how that goes. I had good intentions. I still do.

Then I joined NetGalley and downloaded a bunch of those. NetGalley is still waiting for my reviews and I feel bad about that. I also added books by my blogging friends that I want to read. Then there are eBooks that friends and family have given me. I will read all of these, but how to fit them in?

Three of the books on my Kindle are library books that will disappear soon. I just finished 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak and I’m racing to read the other two: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett and Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb.

And don’t talk to me about my real stack of unread books, also waiting. Tick, tick, tick…

What a mish mash! But it’s not a crisis. Everything can wait, right? Do you have any of these books waiting for you too?

How many unread books have you been hoarding on your eReader? Leave a comment and let’s have a confessional!

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Book Club Mom’s July recap – walking, planting, reading and dreaming

We’re still in the middle of summer, but when July comes to a close, I always feel the rush of days and weeks, hurtling towards fall. And even though fall is my favorite season, my house will be a little less full in a month…children leaving the nest.

I’m also in the middle of my library’s summer reading challenge. This year, it’s called A Universe of Stories, created to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing. So I’ve been reading and listening to books outside my usual genres, to complete different categories of the challenge. I listened to two audio books on my walks and I managed to squeeze in a couple books of my own choice, too!

Check out my reviews here:

Sounds Like Titanic by Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman

Audiobook review: Roar by Cecelia Ahern

Honor Girl – A Graphic Memoir by Maggie Thrash

Audiobook review: Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman,
narrated by Cassandra Campbell

Those People by Louise Candlish


I was happy to meet a new (to me) indie author, Jennifer S. Alderson. If you haven’t met Jennifer yet, please stop by and say hello!

Who’s That Indie Author? Jennifer S. Alderson

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


I also posted and author update for Geoffrey M. Cooper. His new medical thriller, Nondisclosure, is available now:

BC Mom’s Author Update: new medical thriller by Geoffrey M. Cooper


I also did a little dreaming this month, wishing for unlimited time to read some best sellers and some classics.

Book Club Mom’s dream list TBR

Book Club Mom’s classic dream list TBR


There have been more Friday Fiction shenanigans in a new chapter of “A Man and His Phone.” Feel free to jump into this little series and relive the drama of the twenty-something dating world!

Friday Fiction – A Man and His Phone


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I like to think about grammar and new word uses – can you relate to that? Here’s a post about the more recent trend of the word “relatable.”

Grammar check – is relatable a real word?


After reading Those People by Louise Candlish, I thought about all the despicable characters in books I have read, and then I made a list!

Books with unlikable characters – can you add to the list?


I watched The Right Stuff movie as part of the Universe of Stories challenge. Even though there was a lot of hype about the movie when it was released in 1983, I had never seen it!

The Right Stuff – the book by Tom Wolfe, the 1983 movie and how we got to the moon


And last, I was happy to be featured on Norah Colvin’s blog in her special School Days, Reminiscences feature. Be sure to visit Norah’s blog below:

School Days, Reminiscences of Barbara Vitelli


Did you have a good month? What was the best book you read? For me, I’d say Sounds Like Titanic.

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Book Club Mom’s dream list TBR

I don’t keep an official TBR list, but I always have a dream list of books I want to read. Oh, but if time weren’t such a problem, how many more books I would read! If I had unlimited time (and resources), I’d buy a bunch of the latest books that have caught my eye, load up my bookshelf and settle myself into my favorite chair. What would be on that shelf? Here’s that list:


An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

The Bees by Laline Paull

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman


Factfulness by Hans Rosling

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance

The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

Layover by David Bell


Less by Andrew Sean Greer

The Lost Man by Jane Harper

The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner

Naturally Tan by Tan France


New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

Our House by Louise Candlish

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Recursion by Blake Crouch

The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali


Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

There There by Tommy Orange

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead


One of the reasons I don’t make an official TBR list is because I feel pressure to stick to it and that takes the fun out of it. I hope I’m not jinxing it by posting the list! What’s your TBR strategy? Do you make a list? Do you feel obligated once you do?

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Book Club Mom’s April recap – showers and flowers

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True to form, April came in with showers and today, on the last day of the month, there are plenty of flowers.

I was busy this month with more than just reading and blogging, and I took an unexpected week off from WordPress and all social media. I returned with energy and new ideas, some of which you will see in May!

Here’s a recap of my posts, with a bit of commentary, just in case you missed something.


I reviewed three books this month – all very good reads!

The Banker’s Wife by Cristina Alger

The Glass Room by Ann Cleeves

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley


I posted about my blogging slump which led to a great discussion. Check out the comments and see how other bloggers feel about taking breaks from their blogs.

Blog views and other obsessions – when the slump sneaks up on you!


I made one YouTube video and I am still learning about what works on YouTube and will be making improvements in the coming months. Are you a YouTuber? What has your experience been like?

Thanks to my kids for giving me some good advice and exciting ideas for the future!

On YouTube today – catching up with Book Club Mom


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My Grammar Check post about whether you should correct someone’s grammar generated a lot of comments.

The general consensus was to keep mum unless you’re a proofreader.

Grammar check – speech is silver, silence is golden!


I introduced one indie author – H. W. Bryce and wrote a post about how to submit a profile to Who’s That Indie Author. I’ve lined up some new authors for May, so get ready to meet some new writers! In the meantime, check out Bryce’s book of poetry for some thoughtful insights.

Who’s That Indie Author? H. W. Bryce

And if you’re interested in being featured, learn how to Introduce yourself and make connections on Who’s That Indie Author!


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As anyone who likes to read knows, the “To Be Read” pile grows and grows. But making lists is part of the fun. Wondering where to get some good book recommendations? Visit your library – where browsing is always fun and books are free!

How to make a good book list – visit your library!


I’m working on some new ideas for May and I’m thinking about restructuring my blog posts this summer. I think it’s good to shake things up from time to time. Next month is looking good to me – here are those flowers I told you about!

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How was your month? I hope you had a good one!

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How to make a good book list – visit your library!

I’m surrounded by books at my library job and, as I travel through the stacks, I’m inspired by the many books on display. I also do a lot of book talking with my work friends and with people who come up to the desk. Yesterday, I walked over two miles and the sights were good!  Here’s a list of the books I’ve seen or heard about during my recent travels.

Take a look and be sure to check out the linked reviews by our fellow WordPress bloggers – it’s a great way to connect with readers!


Fiction

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles – reviewed by HappymessHappiness
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones – reviewed by Bookshelf Fantasies
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate – reviewed by Traveling with T
Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata – reviewed by Cover to Cover
Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reis – reviewed by Jenna Bookish

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly – reviewed by Dressed to Read
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders – reviewed by Hannah and Her Books
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee – reviewed by Ally Writes Things
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward – reviewed by By the Book Reviews
The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson – reviewed by BooksPlease

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead – reviewed by Simone and Her Books
The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn – reviewed by Angie Dokos
There There by Tommy Orange – reviewed by I’ve Read This
When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger – reviewed by Rainy Days and Mondays
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – reviewed by Fictionophile

Nonfiction

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery – reviewed by Shelf Love
Hunger by Roxane Gay – reviewed by Taking on a World of Words
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren – reviewed by Kavish and Books

I’ll be reading Lab Girl for my book club and I know I’ll get to the rest one day – just a matter of time! What are you reading right now? What do you recommend?

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On YouTube today – catching up with Book Club Mom

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Wondering what I’ve been up to? Pop over to YouTube and see what’s new with Book Club Mom and what books are coming up!

What have you been up to?

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