International Reads Book Club


Book Club

The International Reads Book Club just had its first month in November 2013.  We read The Slynx by Tatyana Tolstaya.  The Slynx could be described as a Russian satiric dystopian novel.  It will bring to mind while reading other great dystopian works like 1984, Fahrenheit 451, and A Clockwork Orange.  This was not an easy read […]

December 2, 2013

The Sense of an Ending


Book Club, Book Reviews

I was so happy to have been pushed to read The Sense of an Ending by my book club.  It has been on my TBR for a while and on my shelves for about 6 months.  I enjoyed this book so much that I’ll be holding it up as an example of why short, sweet, […]

October 13, 2013

The Personal History of Rachel DuPree


Book Club, Book Reviews

It is 1917 and Rachel and Isaac have been married for fourteen years.  They left Chicago to settle in the South Dakota Badlands to farm a large quantity of land bought together.  Rachel and Isaac’s love and family grow through harsh winters, excessive droughts, and back-breaking chores while trying to raise children and make a […]

April 7, 2013

Stranger in a Strange Land


Book Club, Book Reviews

Stranger in a Strange Land is a novel I’ve heard so much about for a long, that is, not really hearing what it was actually about.  I’ve heard masterpiece, brilliant, bestselling classic (and that was also written on the front cover of my edition), great book, etc.  So in my mind I pictured a great […]

March 12, 2013

Cutting for Stone


Book Club, Book Reviews

How in the world did I get through 2009 and didn’t read or hear about this book?  It was simply AMAZING! What’s it about?  Well, it’s about culture, love, separation, devotion, betrayal, family, and so many other things.  It’s hard to talk about this book without giving away the plot and I don’t like writing […]

January 13, 2013

46. The Hobbit


Book Club

The Hobbit was one of those books that has been on my TBR list for a very, very long time.  I didn’t really know what to expect from it.  I’d heard so many things about Tolkien’s writing some good, some excellent, and some even saying that it was overrated.  It’s strange the view we can […]

December 9, 2012

43. I'm Down


Book Club, Book Reviews

I remember wandering around Borders a couple of years ago, on summer holiday in the States, looking for something different to read.  I ran my eyes along the shelves combing for a good book to read and I happened upon I’m Down.  The book is pitched as:  “Mishna Wolff grew up in a poor black […]

November 17, 2012

40. The Paris Wife


Book Club, Book Reviews

I finally finished the second book of the year for my book club, The Paris Wife.  Frankly, I’m not really sure about this book.  At the end, it left me wondering what Paula McLain was really trying to tell me.  I’m sure she must have a secret crush on Hemingway.  The Paris Wife is a […]

October 21, 2012

34. The Fountainhead


Book Club, Book Reviews

On a rainy cool day twenty-two years ago, I walked to the famous Shakespeare and Company bookstore www.shakespeareandcompany.com  on the left bank of Paris.  I had two hours to kill before catching my train back to Normandy.  I didn’t have much money on me, but I was determined to find a treasure since I was […]

September 24, 2012

19. Unbroken


Book Club, Book Reviews

Well this book was a real surprise for me, but also for my book club!  I didn’t originally vote for it but it passed the cut for the list of books to read for my book club 2011-2012.  Everybody enjoyed the story and said they learned so many things.  Reading the synopsis frightened me.  I […]

June 9, 2012