Skinnybones
“I had to admit, making people laugh was a lot more fun than sitting quietly at my desk.” Alex makes people laugh – often intentionally, but sometimes not. He is always the smallest kid on his Little League baseball team, but when faced with a year of being in the […]

Skinnybones by Barbara Park


Salt to the Sea
“There was something the war couldn’t take from me either. The Nazis couldn’t stop the wind and the snow. The Russians couldn’t take the sun or the stars.” Nearly 9,000 souls were lost at the bottom of the sea when the Wilhelm Gustloff sank. It had carried 10,000. The ship […]

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys


Radium Girls
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore After visiting the Trinity site in New Mexico, I’ve been fascinated by the stories behind the people who work to create the first nuclear bomb. Many didn’t even know what they were working on, but only knew their one small part. The Radium Girls is […]

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Rita's Story
“Looking back now, I can see that all of this was God, gently, gradually, separating me unto Himself, preparing me for the life to which he had called me, and which I so wanted.” Miracles do still happen. Rita Klaus experienced one by just asking. She grew up always knowing […]

Rita’s Story by Rita Klaus


Among the Branded 1
“The letter could sit on a shelf, along with Isadore’s number, collecting dust, becoming less meaningful to me as the months and years went by … But my belief in fate was strong, one that I couldn’t shrug off with apprehension.” In Among the Branded, little does Stephanie know that […]

Among the Branded by Linda Smolkin


Martin Luther
I don’t feel like I read as much in September as I have been this year. I think I was adjusting to school starting and a new routine for me – all the children are in school full-time this year. I also started the month focused on finishing Lonesome Dove […]

Sarah Anne’s Bookshelf: October 2017



Dreamland
“One way to view all that had happened was as some enormous experiment to see how many Americans had the propensity for addiction.” Dreamland is an important book. Today, in America, there is an opiate epidemic. People are using, overdosing and dying. Families are broken. The foster care system is […]

Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam ...


In The Unlikely Event
“Life is a series of unlikely events, isn’t it? Hers certainly is. One unlikely event after another, adding up to a rich, complicated whole. And who knows what’s still to come?” Miri Ammerman is a typical 15-year-old girl, worrying about fashion, boys and school. Life with a single mom seems […]

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume


The Women in the Castle
Welcome to the online book club for The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck. I just finished the book late last night and I was thoroughly engrossed in the story. Just when I wanted to find out something about The Women in the Castle, the plot would include that, which kept […]

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Confessions of a Domestic Failure
“How can my life be exactly how I want it to be but feel like such a daily struggle?” Ashley Keller is a stay-at-home mom, doing her best every day to tackle the domestic life – and failing. She is tired, her house is dirty, the laundry pile is high, […]

Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan