Friday Morning Bookclub

June 5, 2020

A First For Us!

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It seems like the Friday Morning Bookclub has been meeting one Friday a month for ever. The truth is I have lost count, but it is well over 20 years.  From time to time we have had to cancel a meeting because of weather or summer vacations, but this is the first time we have had to cancel three meetings in a row, with no idea when we will be able to meet in person again.

I guess it is time to reinvent ourselves and try something new! This month we will be meeting via Zoom to discuss American Dirt, a book we selected months ago before we had ever heard of Covid- 19. I for one thoroughly enjoyed the book and am looking forward to discussing it!


If you have any tips for hosting a zoom book club meeting we would love to hear from you! Happy reading!


April 15, 2020

Quote Of The Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — susanbright @ 8:40 pm

I came across this quote and thought it was worth sharing. I think we all can use a little inspiration these days. Be well everyone!

Bad things can happen, and often do–but they only take up a few pages of your story; and anyone can survive a few pages. ― James A. Owen

April 8, 2020

Finally…A Book I Could Get Into!

Filed under: Uncategorized — susanbright @ 8:07 am

Reading has always been an escape for me, however lately I have been having a difficult time getting into any book. I have downloaded and started reading two or three different books only to give up after just a few pages. All were books I had been wanting to read and ones that I know I would enjoy if I could just stick with it, but my mind just seemed to wander.

In 5

When I started listening to In Five Years, I was hooked, and I must give credit to the narrator Megan Hilty. The story was engaging for sure but the narrator’s voice brought the main character Dannie to life.

Dannie Kohan had it all.  She had just interviewed for her dream job and her boyfriend David had proposed to her over a romantic dinner. The future looked good for her and she knew exactly where she would be in 5 years. She would be married to David and working at one of the most prestigious law firms in Manhattan.

When she went to bed that night with a ring on her finger, she was on top of the world, but when she woke up only a few hours later, she was not only in a strange apartment, but she was wearing a different ring and was with a different man, a man she had never seen before.

Even more shocking was the date shown on the television screen. It was still December 15th, but the year was 2025, five years in the future.This man seemed to know her and when he climbed into bed with her, she did not resist. Was this a dream,or could it be some kind of premonition?

When Dannie woke the next morning, she was back in the year 2020. Everything was as it should be, but she could not shake the feeling that everything had changed and as hard as she tried she could not forget this man or the way he had made her feel.

I don’t want to give too much away,  but needless to say Dannie and this mystery man’s lives will collide in a most surprising way. In Five Years is a story about love, friendship and yes heart break and it was just what I needed to get me reading again.

Has anyone else been having trouble reading? Any recommendations?

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

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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

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

Great alone

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