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Sunday, July 5, 2009

August Book Selection Voting - 07-05-09 to 07-08-09

Below are the August's book suggestions that were chosen by club members.

August's book genre is "Romance"

For August's book suggestion, please review the books below.

Members, please vote on the book you would like to read for August's Book of the Month. Every member should vote including those who suggested a book.

For those who suggested a book, you may vote for you own book or vote for a book suggested by the other members.I provided a video interview by the author or a video related to the book. The ones that don't have a video, I could not find a video for the suggested book.

To vote, members please comment on this blog post and not on the forum. Voting will begin July 5th to July 8th. Voting will close at 11:00 pm PST June 8th. If there's a tie, I will make the final decision. I will post the selected book for August Book on July 9th. Thank you for voting!!

Wendy's Selection:

On Mystic Lake
by Kristin Hannah

Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books (April 27, 2004)

Annie Colwater's husband has just confessed that he's in love with a younger woman. Devastated, Annie retreats to the small town where she grew up. There, she is reunited with her first love, Nick Delacroix, a recent widower who is unable to cope with his silent, emotionally scarred young daughter. Together, the three of them begin to heal. But just when Annie believes she's been given a second chance at happiness, her world is turned upside down again, and she is forced to make a choice that no woman in love should ever have to make. . .

Source: Reading Guides


Good Reads

Tracy's Selection:

The Pact
by Jodi Picoult

Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
Publisher: Avon; Very Good edition (August 29, 2006)

In this contemporary tale of love and friendship, Jodi Picoult brings to life a familiar world, and in a single terrifying moment awakens every parent's worse fear: We think we know our children… but do we ever really know them at all?

For eighteen years the Hartes and the Golds have lived next door to each other, sharing everything from Chinese food to chicken pox to carpool duty-- they've grown so close it seems they have always been a part of each other's lives. Parents and children alike have been best friends, so it's no surprise that in high school Chris and Emily's friendship blossoms into something more. They've been soul mates since they were born.

So when midnight calls from the hospital come in, no one is ready for the appalling truth: Emily is dead at seventeen from a gunshot wound to the head. There's a single unspent bullet in the gun that Chris took from his father's cabinet-- a bullet that Chris tells police he intended for himself. But a local detective has doubts about the suicide pact that Chris has described.

The profound questions faced by the characters in this heart-rending novel are those we can all relate to: How well do we ever really know our children, our friends? What if…? As its chapters unfold, alternating between an idyllic past and an unthinkable present, The Pact paints an indelible portrait of families in anguish… culminating in an astonishingly suspenseful courtroom drama as Chris finds himself on trial for murder.

With this riveting psychological drama, Jodi Picoult explores the dynamics of intimate relationships under stress-- from the seemingly inexplicable mind of a teenager to the bonds of friendship and marriage. Few writers have such a gift for evoking everyday life coupled with the ability to create a level of dramatic tension that will keep you up reading late into the night. The Pact is storytelling at its best: wonderfully observed, deeply moving, and utterly impossible to put down

Source: Jodi Picoult Website


Trashionista Review

Amanda's Selection: **Amanda selected any book from Richard Paul Evans so I chose the one with the highest rating

The Gift
by Richard Paul Evans

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1ST edition (October 9, 2007)

There is no hurt so great that love cannot heal it.

Nathan Hurst hated Christmas. For the rest of the world it was a day of joy and celebration; for Nathan it was simply a reminder of the event that destroyed his childhood until a snowstorm, a cancelled flight and an unexpected meeting with a young mother and her very special son would show him that Christmas is indeed the season of miracles.

Source: Barnes and Noble


Barnes and Noble

Margie's Selection:

Sundays at Tiffany's
by James Patterson

Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Vision (June 1, 2009)

Jane Margaux is a lonely little girl. Her mother, a powerful Broadway producer, makes time for her only once a week, for their Sunday trip to admire jewelry at Tiffany's. Jane has only one friend: a handsome, comforting, funny man named Michael. He's perfect. But only she can see him. Michael can't stay forever, though. On Jane's ninth birthday he leaves, promising her that she'll soon forget him.

AN UNEXPECTED LOVE Years later, in her thirties, Jane is just as alone as she was as a child. And despite her own success as a playwright, she is even more trapped by her overbearing mother. Then she meets someone–a handsome, comforting, funny man. He's perfect. His name is Michael...

AND AN UNFORGETTABLE TWIST This is a heartrending story that surpasses all expectations of why these people have been brought together. With the breath taking momentum and gripping emotional twists that have made James Patterson a bestselling author all over the world, SUNDAYS AT TIFFANY'S takes an altogether fresh look at the timeless and transforming power of love

Source: James Patterson Website


Barnes and Noble

Theresa's Selection:

Black Hills
by Nora Roberts

Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: Putnam Adult (July 7, 2009)

A summer at his grandparents' South Dakota ranch is not eleven-year-old Cooper Sullivan's idea of a good time. But things are a bit more bearable now that he's discovered the neighbor girl, Lil Chance, and her homemade batting cage. Even horseback riding isn't as awful as Coop thought it would be. Each year, with Coop's annual summer visit, their friendship deepens from innocent games to stolen kisses, but there is one shared experience that will forever haunt them: the terrifying discovery of a hiker's body.

As the seasons change and the years roll, Lil stays steadfast to her dreams of becoming a wildlife biologist and protecting her family land, while Coop struggles with his father's demand that he attend law school and join the family firm. Twelve years after they last walked together hand in hand, fate has brought them back to the Black Hills when the people and things they hold most dear need them most.

An investigator in New York, Coop recently left his fast paced life to care for his aging grandparents and the ranch he has come to call home. Though the memory of his touch still haunts her, Lil has let nothing stop her dream of opening the Chance Wildlife Refuge, but something...or someone...has been keeping a close watch. When small pranks and acts of destruction escalate into the heartless killing of Lil's beloved cougar, recollections of an unsolved murder in these very hills have Coop springing to action to keep Lil safe.

Lil and Coop both know the natural dangers that lurk in the wild landscape of the Black Hills. But now they must work together to unearth a killer of twisted and unnatural instincts who has singled them out as prey

Source: http://thebestreviews.com/book20795


Errant Dreams Review

Dianne's selection:

The Princess Bride
by William Goldman

Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
Publisher: Harcourt (October 8, 2007)

Originally published in 1972, William Goldman's delightful abridgement of S. Morgenstern's classic tale of true love and epic adventure, The Princess Bride, has reached an enormous audience, thanks greatly to Rob Reiner's wonderful film version featuring Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Andre the Giant, and William Goldman's sharp and vivacious screenplay. If you enjoyed the movie, you're certain to treasure the newly published 25th-anniversary edition for many years to come. It's a delightful, romantic, and entertaining read

Source: Barnes and Noble


Barnes and Noble


  1. Okay folks, my vote goes to... "The Princess Bride". Loved the movie!! :0)

  2. Hi Maria,

    I am voting for James Patterson Sundays At Tiffany's .....hands down. I saw the film Princess Bride when it came out, read the gift when it first came out a few years ago and even though I like Jodi Picoult The Pact sounds more like a murder msytery then a love story. Just my 2 cents. And my vote :) I will participate in what ever is chosen. Good luck everyone.


  3. Jodi Picoult - everything she does is amazing!

  4. I want to read The Princess Bride out of those listed :)

  5. I vote for Black Hills...I like Nora Roberts.
    I've already read the Princess Bride...it was good, but I don't want to read it again.
    That Jodi Picoult one sounds horribly depressing and after the book we just read for June, I could use something a little more upbeat.

  6. I vote for Nora Roberts. She lives in my town and owns a bookstore. If anyone wants an autographed copy of the book let me know. She always has some in her store.

  7. I would like to read On Mystic Lake. I have loved everything written by Kristin Hannah.

  8. i vote for Sundays at Tiffany's or On Mystic Lake b/c out of all it sounds like the only romance stoies in my opininon. i don't want to read a murder/mystery/love story, lol.

  9. My vote goes to Sunday's at Tiffany's. I love the books by James Patterson. This one I have not read yet.


  10. of course I love The princess bride - and I would like to vote for it - but I think it's a bit wrong to vote for my own choice! LOL!! All sound pretty interesting - but I think I'll vote for Sunday's at Tiffany's!