About our bookclub-we met when our boys were in kindergarten, they are now in their late 20’s! We discuss our books over dinner, we travel together, we have an annual Christmas party, we have suffered loss, survived cancer, attended weddings and now there are grand babies. When we first started we were consistent in our reading of books and discussions, now we are less than consistent. But the friendships continue and I feel blessed to have such caring, fun, giving women in my life.

I wanted to share some of our favorites over the years. Perhaps you are taking time off for the holidays and have a little extra time for some reading or maybe just a couple of stocking stuffers. I hope you enjoy our suggestions as much as we have.

Suggested Reads (alphabetical order):

Defending Jacob This is from 2013 but I always keep it on my must read list as it is so intriguing and so unexpected. You will understand once you read it:)) “How far would you go to protect your child? It is a test of devotion. A test of how well a parent can know a child.”

Something in the Water A page turner from page one! “while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water…”

The Art of Racing in the Rain Even if you have already read this book, now in these trying times, is the perfect time to reread this touching novel. “a heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope—a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.”

The Only Woman in the Room A novel based on the life story of screen icon Hedy Lamarr. “she devised a plan to flee in disguise from their castle, and the whirlwind escape landed her in Hollywood.”

The Other Wife A psychological thriller and the perfect airplane read. “his father has been brutally attacked, his world is turned upside down. Who is the strange woman crying at William’s bedside, covered in his blood”

The Mists of Avalon Truth be told I was the only one that liked this, no one else got thru it. But I love it and add it to every must read list. You will love this too if you can get past the confusion of names in the beginning, you get lost in period pieces, and you enjoy reading about Camelot’s court. Its a long one, perfect for travel!

We have also read classics:

In Cold Blood

The Catcher in the Rye

Cheers to bookclubs and friendships that last!