Book Club Week 1

Hello Friends!

I have decided that today is the day to start the LaLa Land Sunday Book Club!

Each week I am going to start a thread and share the books that I am currently reading and in the comments you can share what books you have been enjoying and between us we can make some recommendations, discover new titles from other readers and get a general discussion going.

I think this will be an opportunity for us all to get together as a community and share some gems, get to know each other and generally have a pleasant time. This will be a no judgement zone. It doesn’t matter to me what interests you as far as literature goes and it should not matter to others either.

I have recently reading Food Truck Mysteries by Chloe Kendrick. It is a series of short stories about a young entrepreneur called Maive, who inherited a food truck from her late Aunt and along the way has become accustomed to solving the many mysteries she seems to regularly encounter.


There are 14 stories so far, I am not sure if there will be any others. It is a really easy read. Short chapters, about 15 per story and I think it is a fun and charming little series.  The books are told in first person and I have the protagonist really comes into herself throughout the series. It is also a steal for 99p on the Amazon kindle store!

I am almost at the end of this series, so I will be looking for something new to read very soon. I am very open to genres, as I do not have a particular favourite, I more go for something that catches my attention. So if you have any suggestions, please feel free to share them for me and everybody else.

The book club is going to be trial and error, so let us see how we can shape it to be successful. If it becomes something, then I will consider making a Facebook group for it, so you guys have more room to share. Let me know what you think.

Also, if there is anyone out there who has any artistic skills, who could make a better book club logo than the one I made, I would be eternally grateful!

Until next time, let’s get to reading!







  1. Hi Sarainlalaland – what a great idea. Count me in. My recent reading is The Gift by Cecilia Aherene which was a nice gentle read, I gave the book to my sister-in-law after I finished it as I had the book for £2 in Tescos with a newspaper offer. The book follows two men, one is rich and powerful the other is homeless. In essence I would say it’s a modern take on Scrooge.

    Before that I read Keeper of Lost things, on my kindle and I loved the secondary female character rather than the lead character. The main character inherits her bosses house, he was famous author before he died. He collects lost items from the street. Her legacy is to find the owners of these objects – including a box of ashes. The secondary character is a girl with Down Syndrome who has her own powers of finding the lost objects owners.

    I still think there could be a follow up to this book. But what I loved most was that the author wrote a lot of it when she was on chemotherapy – I so identify with her on that. Having sleeplessness and treatment for cancer opens your eyes to what’s really important and to follow your dreams.

    I’m 3/4 through Stephen King’s Bazzar of Bad Dreams a collection of short stories but just now his character has wished for someone’s wife to have ovarian cancer (she doesn’t) but it was a bit too personal so had to stop reading for a while…even though I have read all of his books.

    Im chasing my writing dreams at the moment and even if I don’t succeed at least I tried – authors, writers and bloggers all encourage me to write – like you. Thank you.

    Looking forward to everyone else’s recommendations.

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  2. I seem to do all my reading when I’m on the London Underground doing a regular journey that takes about 1 hour and involves no changes. I’ve just finished reading The Honey Makers by Diana Saville. This book was a bit of a blind date. I was attracted by the cover as one day I hope to become a bee keeper. The story is about a woman who is married to an older man. She wants a baby and he doesn’t because he already has children. She does end up getting pregnant though. It’s well written and the author’s knowledge of gardening, beekeeping and antiques makes for an interesting read.

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  3. This is a wonderful idea!

    I recently finished Lilly Ledbetter’s memoir titled “Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond.” I’m currently reading Ruth Ware’s novel titled “The Woman in Cabin 10.”

    Here’s the link to my Book Review on Lilly Ledbetter’s memoir:

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  4. I am reading Eleanor and Park. YA fiction about two somewhat awkward teenagers in love- pretty sure it’s set in the 80s or thereabouts. It’s relatable to my life since in high school I was much like Eleanor.

    I am also listening to Anne of Green Gables. A classic that brings me back to my childhood dreaming about being Anne.

    I just finished OCD love story. That was also very relatable to any one with OCD, sometimes it was a bit over the top and stereotypical but still a good read.

    I finished listening to Before we were Yours. Sad. So sad. Focuses on the true story 1930s-1950 practice of stealing babies and Children and selling them to the highest bidder that happened with the Tennessee Children’s Home society during that time period. It’s a fictional story that draws from real life accounts. It’s told from two different time periods during the height of the tragedy and on current times looking back. While it’s sad I still think it was a really good read.

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  5. Actually, I’m about to start reading ‘Turtles All The Way Down’ by John Green too! I have been reading two books this week, one called ‘The Edge of Physics’ (which I didn’t enjoy very much as there was loads of descriptive language but not much substance) and a motivational book about being a great leader, which I’m not really enjoying either, haha.

    I really don’t like to stop reading books I’ve started part way through. But because I have a long reading list I think sometimes it’s a good idea to do that 🙂

    Book Club is a great idea, Sara, thank you!

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  6. Great idea. I started a book club about ten years back. It was a very fulfilling experience. Of course it was not an on-line thing although we shared comments via emails. We met twice a month and followed Oprah’s picks. The most intense was reading Eckhart Tolle’s book The Good Earth. Looking forward to see what evolves.

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  7. I am doing a book club with my friend at the moment, practising for when we are brave enough to go out to a ‘real’ book club!

    We first read Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, a light hearted, silly-but-fun novel about a Sheikh from Yemen who wants to introduce fishing to his country, using the skills of a sceptical fishing scientist from the UK. Also a film starring Ewan McGregor 🙂

    We are now reading Burial Rights (or Rites?) about a murder in 1820s Iceland. Really interesting read, definitely recommend it.

    Next on the list is The Trouble with Goats and Sheep. No idea what it’s about, but I think it’s from the perspective of an 11-year-old girl.

    They all have book club questions in the back of the books!

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  8. Good idea Sara, I’m currently reading 329 years awake by Ellie Maloney. It’s a conspiracy, mystery sci fi story which spans hundreds of years and many lives.
    It’s not your normal read but I’m finding it very entertaining.
    I have some art skills… What kind of logo do you have in mind?

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  9. Thanks for the recommendation! I am so excited about a book club! Always looking for more to read!
    I just finished an Australian novel called “The Reef” by Di Morrissey, it was a very easy and enjoyable read and took some very unexpected turns. Its an older book but I got given it by a friend and really enjoyed it. It has a bit of everything in it for sure: Romance, adventure, mystery, life.
    I’m also listening to on Audiobook “The Handmaids Tale” by Margaret Atwood which they have just made a TV series out of. It has some really interesting ideas about the role that women and men play in society. Looking forward to checking out the TV series once I finish!

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      1. I’m not sure if I love the Handmaids but it does pose interesting questions. I know, I’m such a sucker for a good romance haha 😛 I think books have totally ruined me for real life romance 😉

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      2. Well they just aren’t realistic. That is something we learn over time. Yes a romantic moment is great, but their lives don’t carry on once the pages stop turning. We however, carry on and then the realness kicks in.

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  10. I’m reading The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson (Longmire Mysteries). I haven’t decided how much I like it yet. The Healthy Writer by Joanna Penn and Dr. Euan Lawson is good inspiration for writers and anyone with a sedentary job to be healthier. I’m looking forward to reading Beneath a Scarlet Sky.

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  11. I usually read fiction. But currently I am reading ,Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain (2012). And I felt like I found my bible. It is helping me to understand myself and people around me. The book is nice blend of information,anecdotes, incidents. The author has put lots of effort in research and then presenting that research in reader friendly way.
    Also two days back I finished Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Isiguro and it is kind of sci-fi but emotional and heartbreaking.
    Happy to share what I am reading. Thank You

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  12. I’ve recently got back into reading (I’m a natural bookworm but life got in the way). After I’ve Gone by Linda Green and My Husband’s Wife by Jane COrry were both enjoyable. I’m also reading a lot of non-fiction, on a bit of a self-development theme. My two favourites by Isabel Losada: The Battersea Park Road to Enlightenment but my real favourite is Sensation. It’s so worth a read by anyone.

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  13. This is lovely, I need to take the time later to go back through all the comments and find new ideas for my TBR list. I have just finished The Immortalists, has anyone else read it? I am on the fence, would love to chat about it.

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  14. Books: Iliad (by a woman), Tonight No Poetry Will Serve, Rich; River of Heaven (haiku); Ancient Nahuatl Poetry; Frost collection; Turing’s Cathedral; Rebecca; Pox (history of syphilis); Vintage Clothing; Spenser Fairie Queen

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  15. Im currently reading Heaven by V.C Andrews, the books are all well written but there’s something weird about them that keeps me attracted. They never end happy or sad, just somewhere in the middle like life.

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  16. Just started reading ‘the sixth sense’ by David Baldecci, read one other book by him and I thoroughly enjoyed his writing, I definitely would recommend his books.


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