Welcome to my blog. If you're addicted to books, like I am, then you've come to the right place. I mostly write about books and my experiences reading them. These are very personal book reviews. (If you can even call them book reviews...) I’m a true believer that none of us lives in a vacuum. When you read a book, watch a movie, listen to a song, etc., you absorb that art form into your life experience, and it changes you. But you also change it, because no two people see anything the same way. The way I interpret a novel may be totally different from the way you will. It’s still the same novel, but the meaning for each of us is unique. Once you express that meaning, it changes the art. So these posts are about how these books fit into my life. I’d love to hear how they fit into yours. Please make comment and share your experience.

BABB page

I am dedicating this page to the book club that my co-workers and I started.  I named our little group the Bad Ass Book Babes partly because of my BAB rating factor, but mostly because it's a group of totally awesome, smart, interesting women!

Here is our reading schedule with links to the corresponding reviews.
  1. August 2011 - The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler, click here for review.
  2. September 2011 - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson, click here for review.
  3. October 2011 - Emma by Jane Austen.  (Our first selection left us all wanting to read (or re-read) the Jane Austen books, so we are planning to read one approximately every other month until we have read all six!)  Click here for review.
  4. November 2011 -Atonement by Ian McEwan, Click here for review.
  5. December 2011 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (We are swapping a Jane Austen for this one because we want to read it before the movie comes out and KDL didn't have a BCIB available for it until December 2012!) Click here for review.
  6. January 2012 - Things We Couldn't Say by Diet Eman, Click here for review.
  7. February 2012 - Shanghai Girls by Lisa See Click Here for Review.
  8. March 2012 - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Click Here for Review.
  9. April 2012 - The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney
  10. May 2012 - We are taking a month off...
  11. June 2012 -  Little Bee by Chris Cleave
  12. July 2012 - Jane Austen selection TBD
  13. August 2012 - A Stronger Friendship: One Town's Extraordinary Story of Hope and Faith by Anna-Lisa Cox
  14. September 2012 -Jane Austen selection TBD

Fuschia highlighted months we are utilizing Kent District Library's "Book Club in a Bag" (BCIB) feature.  The program gives book clubs a bag of 14 book copies and a sheet of discussion questions.  We don't have 14 people in our club, so I will always have extra copies.  If you are local to Grand Rapids and you know me and want to read the selection along with us, let me know and I'll loan you a copy.

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