Friday Morning Bookclub

April 1, 2020

Book Recommendations From One Of Our Members

Filed under: Uncategorized — susanbright @ 10:38 pm

Here are two  books that I have read during this stay at home and read period:

Hunting Party
The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley is a quick page turner of who done it and why. From the opening chapter, we know that someone has been killed. As old college friends and partners get together for a secluded New Years getaway, each discovers many things they never knew about each other. While old baggage and feelings are uncovered amongst the college friends, you will be guessing until the end what truths will be revealed.
A great escape book for being stuck home at night. When I read the acknowledgments, I learned that this book is being made into a movie.

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes is a historical fiction, based on women who brought books to people by horseback in Kentucky from 1935-43. These women, know as packhorse librarians brought books and magazines to people who lived in the remote parts of the Appalachian Mountains. Some people had never read a book and the idea of a free book or magazine to read was unknown. These librarians faced many challenging obstacles. Although, I thought the book started off slow, midway in, I started to understand the struggles of life back then that I had never knew before. This book is also being made into a movie.

What books have you read during your stay at home and read period?


March 29, 2020

Dear Fellow Readers…….A Letter From One Of Our Members

Filed under: Uncategorized — susanbright @ 10:14 pm

I am not a writer, but I am a reader, and I wanted to write to you all with a reminder of the benefits of a good book. During good and bad times it is always nice to escape into a good book. Now is one of those truly challenging times, and I just read a really good book that I wanted to tell you about. The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman was hard to put down! Yes, it is a story that takes place during the Holocaust, and I know many of us are trying to keep to lighter topics, but this one offers a very different perspective from the typical Holocaust narrative. This book takes a mystical approach, following the story of a golem, an animated being that is created from inanimate matters.  A golem can be a victim or villain, but in this case is a hero. I don’t want to give the story away, but do want to share that it has special meaning when you consider everything it means to be a mother.

We are living in a very difficult time, but we have so much to be thankful for. Reading about what people during the holocaust were facing has made me grateful. I am grateful for my family, friends, my dog and the heroes in our society who are working to keep us healthy and safe. We can see each other on facetime and talk on the phone. We are not alone. This too shall pass, and I pray we all stay healthy. I believe in the power of the human mind, and I know we will conquer this beast.

Pick up a book and escape. I highly recommend The World That We Knew.


the world

What books have you read recently that you would like to recommend?




March 27, 2020

Life In The Time Of Corona

Filed under: Uncategorized — susanbright @ 10:59 pm


These last couple of weeks have been unlike any our generation has ever lived through before.  In a matter of days all of our lives have been turned upside down.  Social Distancing has become the new way of life. We are having our groceries delivered to our door and are wearing gloves to open our packages. We are working from home, cancelling group meetings of all kinds and spending more time alone than in the past. We have no idea what tomorrow will bring or when all of this will end.

What better time could there be to revitalize this blog? We may not be able to meet in person to discuss our monthly book at this time but there is no reason we can’t continue to share our thoughts and opinions. We need each other more than ever.

In the coming weeks I hope to share book reviews from some of our members. If you would like to try your hand at writing a review please email me at

We would love to hear what you are reading. Is there a book you would like to recommend? Your comments are always welcomed and appreciated!


January 8, 2020

Four Generations of Audio Book Enthusiasts! Could it be Genetic?

Filed under: Uncategorized — susanbright @ 11:44 am

I am hooked on audio books, a condition I have been dealing with for quite a few years now. It turns out that I am not the only one in my family to have this audio book bug. My 92 year old mother, 36 year old daughter and 3 1/2 year old grand daughter are all afflicted with this strange condition. I can’t help but wonder. Is this is a hereditary trait? Does it only run in women?

I never leave my house without having a book downloaded on my phone. It is second nature. Get in the car. Buckle up. Start the engine and push play. A drive without an audio book is torture. My “happy place” is sitting in my favorite chair, beading board on my lap working on my latest jewelry project with an audio book playing in the background.  Emptying the dishwasher or doing laundry doesn’t seem like much of a chore when you are in the middle of a good book and what could be better than cooking while being entertained with a riveting story..

My daughter can often be spotted on the metro, buds in ears listening to an audio book, and my mother in her apartment with an audio book blasting from her dvd player. None of this surprises me, but when I discovered that my not quite four year old grand daughter is also hooked on audio books, I couldn’t help but wonder. Does this audio book bug run in families? Could it be Genetic?

Anyone else out there with this affliction? Where is your favorite place to listen to an audio book? What books have you been listening to?




December 17, 2018

Sharing The Love Of Reading!

Filed under: Uncategorized — susanbright @ 4:49 pm

Yes, it is that time of the year! Once again, our book club purchased and distributed a wrapped book to each of the 162 first graders at a local Baltimore City School.


The children were excited about their gifts and and couldn’t wait to unwrap them.

class 2

They loved their Pete The Cat Books (who doesn’t love Pete The Cat) and dove right in!

class 3

And we were thrilled to be able to put a smile on their faces, share our love of reading and to receive their lovely thank you notes.

Happy holiday’s from the Friday Morning Bookclub!

December 10, 2018

A Blast From The Past

Filed under: Uncategorized — susanbright @ 2:44 pm

Check out some of our cutest 4 legged readers!


Do you have a four legged reader in your family? Is so, please email a picture to

September 14, 2018

This Month’s Book: The Great Alone By Kristin Hannah

Filed under: Uncategorized — susanbright @ 9:14 pm

Please join us in reading The Great Alone. We welcome your thoughts, comments and of course book recommendations!

Great alone

December 26, 2017

Happy Holidays From The Friday Morning Bookclub!

Filed under: Uncategorized — susanbright @ 8:30 am

As you may have noticed, it has been a LONG time since I have posted anything on this blog. That does not mean that I have not been reading! There is always time to read, however writing about it is a whole other story. I am not going to make a New Years resolution to start posting again because I am afraid that is one resolution I will not be able to keep!

The Friday Morning Bookclub is still alive and like everything else in life is evolving and growing! We have lost several members due to life changes and moves, but have gained others. We are still meeting one Friday morning a month and still trying to share the love of reading.

This year we wrapped and delivered a book to every first grader in a local elementary school. The children loved their books and we hope they will each take their book home, read it, and  discuss it with their friends and family.  Perhaps one day they too will join a book club!


Emily 2

October 25, 2016

Help Us Rate Our Books! How Would You Rate Everything I Never Told You?

All votes and comments are welcomed!

October 16, 2016

Everything I Never Told You. A Review By Ann Walter

Filed under: Book Discussions,Everything I Never Told You — susanbright @ 10:37 am


“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know it yet.” So begins Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng.

Was it murder? Was it suicide? Or was it something else? The reader spends most of the novel thinking one thing, only to be surprised at the end with the truth. Yet, the book is more than a thriller. It is a family drama of exceptional insight with beautiful plotting and beautiful writing. By no means a ” feel good” story, it is nevertheless a book that leaves you thinking long after you put it down.

The year is 1977, the setting, a quiet all-American town in Ohio, where everyone knows one another and nothing like this has ever happened before. While the crime drives the narrative, each family member becomes more real as layers of their character are peeled back: James, the Chinese father, who has felt defined by racial stereotypes all his life; Marilyn, the Caucasian mother, whose dreams of being a doctor were shelved by the demands of marriage, family, and the times; Nathan, the older brother, whose brilliance is overlooked; Lydia, the golden child burdened with all the frustrated aspirations of her parents; and Hannah the overlooked child, a silent but keen observer of everyone in her family.

Ng creates people who are trying to do the right thing from their own perspective, and their conflicts come about because they don’t realize that situations look completely different to someone else. Although the characters are all flawed, they are presented in a nonjudgmental way that lets the reader care about their struggles and their sincerity.

Things I Never Told You moves gracefully back and forth in time, into the aftermath of the tragedy as well as the distant past, and into the consciousness of each member of the family, creating a series of mysteries and revelations that lead back to the original question: what happened to Lydia?

What did you think about this month’s book? All comments are welcomed and appreciated!

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