If given the choice, most moms would jump at the chance to join a book club. Tantalizing reads paired with good wine make it an appealing proposition. My suggestion is to select a title that best suits the personalities of the group. Whether it’s a light read or an emotional journey of sorts, try to make it a memorable night for everyone. If you are thinking of starting a book club, or just looking for suggestions for your group, here are five hot picks in bookstores this fall.
If you are in the mood for a laugh-out-loud romp of a read, I highly recommend Sad Desk Salad by Jessica Grose. What better way to entice your friends to join your book club than to engage in a light-hearted conversation. The story centers on a fictional woman blogger who feasts on the latest celebrity scandal du jour. This book is guaranteed to be a surefire hit with all moms who adore pop culture and new media.
For those readers who are tech-savvy, check out Susan McBride‘s latest release In the Pink: How I Met the Perfect (Younger) Man, Survived Breast Cancer, and Found True Happiness After 40. Available only as an e-book, this 100-page title is a must-read for those looking for a feel-good inspirational narrative. Sometimes all it takes is one heartfelt story to help us appreciate life’s simple blessings.
Break-out author Kaya McLaren has written a jewel of a read well-suited for book clubs. In her debut novel How I Came to Sparkle Again, she explores the lives of three women who are at a crossroads in life. A story of second chances taking place in the fictional town of Sparkle, Colorado, this pick would be perfect choice for a close-knit group of friends.
If you are looking for the ultimate page-turner filled with hope and redemption, check out Borders of the Heart by Christian radio personality Chris Fabry. Set in the desert of Tucson, Arizona, it’s a thrilling love story that explores the moral conscience of one man who makes a life-changing decision that will forever haunt him.
My personal favorite for book clubs this fall is Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio. Her gift of adeptly connecting the past with the present to create a compelling story sets her apart as a truly noteworthy author. Set in Seattle in 1933 and present day, it’s the tale of two women spanning several generations who both experience the rarity of a ‘blackberry winter’ during the most trying times in their lives. If you read only one book this year, make it Blackberry Winter.
When a twist of fate landed Jennifer Vido at the ‘Reading with Ripa’ roundtable discussion with Kelly Ripa, her entrÃ©e into the publishing world officially began. As an author, columnist and book reviewer, Jennifer dishes the scoop on the latest happenings in the world of publishing. Her popular author interview column Jen’s Jewels appears on library websites around the country. Visit her website at www.jennifervido.com or follow her on Twitter @JenniferVido.
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