Friday Morning Bookclub

Who Are We?

The Friday Morning Bookclub is a group of women who live in the Baltimore area and share a love of reading. Ten years ago, I was working   full-time, and had two children that attended McDonogh School. I loved to read and as soon as I finished a book, I wanted to discuss it with someone, so my poor husband would have to listen to me rattle on about the book I had just read. Although he was always a good sport about it, and actually acted like he was interested, I decided that I had better join a book club. Finding a book club that fit into my schedule was not easy. I did not want to meet at night or on the weekends. My office was closed on Fridays so I began asking around to see who would like to join a Friday morning book club. The original members were either friends  or other McDonogh parents. Originally there were twelve of us and we met once a month at different members homes. Our group has changed somewhat over the years as people have moved or gone back to work and others have invited their friends to join.

We now have 16 members and meet once a month at The Cross Key’s Cafe, which has a lovely area to sit with sofas and chairs. It is almost like meeting in someone’s home, except better because no one has to cook! From time to time we invite guests to our meetings, engage in author phone chats or have an author join us to discuss their book.

We do love to hear what other people are reading and invite all book lovers to join our virtual book club via the blog! We invite you to read along with us and share your thoughts as well as participate in our polls.

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  1. Hello Ladies of Friday Morning! My name is Jen Miller. My debut novel, The Year of the Gadfly, just came out from Houghton Mifflin. It’s an academic mystery and coming-of-age story about a young journalist who talks to the ghost of Edward R. Murrow. I grew up in Chevy Chase, MD and the book was inspired by a series of local events–including the death of my high school boyfriend and my brother’s role in exposing a cheating scandal at his very prestigious Maryland prep school. I’d love for you guys to consider bringing Gadfly to your book club–and I’d happily come and visit in person as well. Oprah Magazine calls Gadfly “engrossing” and chose it as a must-read for May. Anyway, I hope you’ll consider! Best, Jen

    Comment by Jennifer Miller — June 8, 2012 @ 8:52 am | Reply

  2. Dear Ladies:
    I love to read and look forward to following your blog!
    Best wishes from a fellow bookworm,

    Comment by Julie Hansen Intuitive — July 8, 2012 @ 11:23 am | Reply

    • Hi Julie, Thanks for stopping by! Read anything really good lately? Have you read Many Lives, Many Masters by Dr. Brian Weiss?

      Comment by Susanbright — July 8, 2012 @ 2:42 pm | Reply

      • So funny you asked that! I read it many years ago but have been thinking of picking it up again. It had a profound affect on me. I just finished The Reckoning by Alma Katsu (second in series)….very dark but intriguing! Best wishes-Julie

        Comment by Julie Hansen Intuitive — July 9, 2012 @ 10:12 am | Reply

  3. Hi book clubbers – my sister used to live in Baltimore, so I have fond memories of the place. I belong to two book clubs in Cape Town (one serious, the other boozy). I would love to know what you’re reading. I started my blog because so many of my friends asked me to suggest a good book to read, but I haven’t written on it for ages because I’m bogged down by work and studies. Hope to get back to it soon and then I can recommend books to you! Nella

    Comment by Nella — September 2, 2012 @ 11:40 am | Reply

    • Welcome Nella! We would love to share book recommendations with you! I know what you mean by getting bogged down with work! I have not been reading or posting as much as I used to for the very same reason. Have your book club’s read anything really good lately?.BTW, I just went ahead and corrected your typos. Hope you don’t mind…it is what I do!

      Comment by Susanbright — September 2, 2012 @ 12:14 pm | Reply

  4. Have any of Joy Fielding’s books ever been on your roster? Will one ever be?

    Comment by Resa McConaghy — September 10, 2012 @ 6:02 pm | Reply

    • Hi Resa, We have not read any of Joy Fielding’s books, but there is no reason why we couldn’t. I read See Jane Run a long time ago. Have you read any of her books lately that you would recommend? Our next book is Story of a Beautiful Girl. We would love you to read along with us!

      Comment by susanbright — September 10, 2012 @ 8:14 pm | Reply

      • I’m making plans to go home to be with my Mom in her last days. I will need a book. “The Story Of A Beautiful Girl” sounds perfect to me. I can apparently buy it At Chapters Indigo in Canada. I have one more shooting day, then 2 days of wrap. I can buy one before I head home. I’m very excited.
        Joy Fielding is not only a fabulous writer, but she is an incredibly lovely person. She is my N’s first cousin, my cousin-in-law, and I am very proud of that.
        I’ve read her most recent book “Now You See Her” and it is very good. I’ve read 75% of her books, and am aiming to read them all. So far my favorite is “Grand Avenue”. “Still Life” is very recent and totally riveting. It’s a real page turner!

        Comment by Resa McConaghy — September 11, 2012 @ 6:35 pm | Reply

  5. NOVEL FOR REVIEW: A Soul’s Calling, 340 pp., Wanderlust Publishing House, ISBN 13-978-0-61569-535-8

    Dear Friday,

    Sorry to approach you through your comments but I could find no email address to send this to. And, I know your time is limited and have to be very selective in the books you review, but I would count myself very lucky if you considered my book A Soul’s Calling for review on your website.

    A Soul’s Calling is a memoir about a man who listened to his heart instead of reason. The book, a work of speculative non-fiction, is part travelogue, part hiking adventure, with shamanism and magic woven throughout.

    A Soul’s Calling transports readers to Nepal’s rugged but enchanting Khumbu Valley where mountains speak and nature is imbued with a special kind of magic. The novel is an inspiring modern day adventure that weaves the timeless themes of living an authentic life, the consequences of power, and what a man would do for unrequited love.

    Scott, a forty-something attorney, is average in every way except one. He has a connection to the Other Side. He speaks to Spirit and Spirit speaks to him. He sees, hears, and interacts with an invisible realm that is beyond ordinary human perception. When Scott learns his soul has been spiritually compromised he travels to the ancient kingdom of Nepal to win it back. Once there, he hikes the Himalaya carrying a mysterious bundle and a stick laden with prayers from Luminous Beings hoping to come face to face with the greatest mountain on earth: Mount Everest. As his journey unfolds, Scott is called on to battle his fear of heights, the thin air, and his physical limitations. Powerful, sweeping, and deeply moving, readers will search their hearts as the book draws to a stunning conclusion.

    If this sounds appealing, I would be happy to provide your group of sixteen with a Kindle copies through Amazon. I’d even be open to speaking with your book club in person, but we’d have to arrange it via skype because I reside in the northern New Jersey and you are down in Baltimore.

    To read an excerpt from the book, please visit or you can view it using Amazon’s Look Inside feature here:

    With every best wish,

    Scott Bishop

    Comment by Scott — January 25, 2013 @ 9:43 am | Reply

  6. I was emailed by somebody who said you were interested in my book, Murder in the High Himalaya, the non fiction account of the murder of a Tibetan nun escaping from Tibet across the Himalaya. The book is called Murder in the High Himalaya. I’m happy to talk to your book club. You can read more about it here:

    Comment by Jonathan Green — April 17, 2013 @ 8:18 am | Reply

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