I’ve spoken about my love of books so many times, and while most of you will have heard this story, we are nearing 35,000 of you out there so I’m quickly going to share it again for anyone new here:
I am a child of divorce, I would say that I lucky in the sense that my mom made it a priority in our house that nothing was changing, other than my dads address, she made sure to have him over for dinners, we spent birthdays and holidays together, and to this day I have never heard my mom say anything negative about my dad, I say I was lucky in that as I know that isn’t always the case. She also didn’t want the closeness of our family to slip away, because we may not have had a ton of money growing up, but we were that family that did EVERYTHING together, and that was something she wanted to remain intact, so she brought home a book called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and every night we would sit at the dinning table after dinner and my mom would read aloud for one chapter per evening. She had always encouraged us to read as children but something felt different about this, having all of us gathered in one spot listening to her read to us, and the younger kids chiming in with questions, it was an incredible bonding experience that you would never get sitting on the couch watching a movie, it felt intimate and sacred, we never had friends over on nights that we read because it was OUR thing. Once Harry Potter started being made into movies we would spend hours standing in line to go see it on opening night, in fact one time we spent hours in the pouring rain waiting to get in, and yet we were so excited for the movie we played mind games to help the time pass and didn’t really pay attention to the rain lol. In high school I branched out to Jane Austen and the Bronte Sisters and fell in love with literature in a way that I can’t really describe, and every year I read Wuthering Heights at Christmas and Pride and Prejudice in the Fall, books take us to so many wonderful places I can’t fully put into words the love I have for them.
So I thought this Summer I would do something a little different, I want to have a Summer Book Club, I have picked out 3 different books that we will read this Summer and then we can do a Facebook Live to discuss them that I will save and put up on YouTube! The Lives will happen in June, July, and August, and so lets take a look at the books:
(FaceBook live on June 30, 2018 @ 5PM PST)
Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at sixty-three, has been a central pillar of the women’s movement for decades, a figure who inspires others to influence the world. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greer- madly in love with her boyfriend, Cory, but still full of longing for an ambition that she can’t quite place- feels her inner world light up. And then, astonishingly, Faith invites Greer to make something out of that sense of purpose, leading Greer down the most exciting path of her life as it winds toward and away from her meant-to-be love story with Cory and the future she’d always imagined.
(Facebook Live on July 30, 2018 @ 5pm PST)
With courage, grace, and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of World War II and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women’s war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France—a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.
(Facebook Live on August 30, 2018 @ 5pm PST)
After a party when her parents are away, eighteen-year-old Kerry Dowling is found fully dressed at the bottom of the family pool. The immediate suspect is her boyfriend who had a bitter argument with her at the party. Then there is a twenty-year-old neighbor who was angry because she didn’t invite him to the party. Or is there someone else who has not yet been seen on the radar? Kerry’s older sister Aline, a twenty-eight-year-old guidance counselor, is determined to assist the Prosecutor’s Office in learning the truth. She does not realize that now she is putting her own life in danger…
You can find all the books linked in the iTunes Store or at your local book store. I can’t wait to get started on this and I am so excited to hear your thoughts on the books!!! You can watch the video for this post here.