The Book Club Blog

Books for any occasion and other life stuff

Book review – Maggie Rose by Sharlene Mclaren


Thank you, Cathy for your book review.

This is book 2 in the Daughters of Jacob Kane series… and wow it blew me away.

I loved book 1 (Hannah Grace) but this one… what can I say… it was great…. funny, endearing and heart-tugging beautiful.

You dive straight in a journey along with Maggie Rose as she leaves home in Sandy Shores for the big city of New York and the Sheltering Arms Refuge (orphanage) where she will be working.  Along the way you also meet the children, the others who work in the orphanage and a reporter who has had a tragedy in his life and needs healing.

This was one book I couldn’t put down.

Now comes the long wait for book 3 which only comes out around September 2010.

( We look forward to hearing about the next one in September!)

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Its a Magical World

The beginning of Spring means the sunshine and flowers come out to play. Not quite Summer so the intense heat has not hit just yet, which means its the perfect time to indulge in some light hearted reading.

Reading which reminds us why we are alive and brings smiles and giggles to the face. Reading which relates to that which is true. Reading for pure pleasure’s sake. Its the lighter side of life as we know it, though some of the realities of the less lighter side come out too.

So, to celebrate Spring, I present to you, our loyal readers, The Best Cartoon Books, taken from the library of Imsonotablogger:


calvinThis is one of my favourite strips by Bill Waterson. And if we can imagine dancing to classical music at 78rpm at 1 in the morning, then that should be sure enough to bring a smile to our faces!

Here is a list of the books that I own and have read and can vouch for each of them bringing something magical to your day. You know that feeling of, ‘Just don’t have the energy to do anything’ well, this certainly perks up the spirit and sends those frown lines on a bit of a holiday.

Yukon Ho!

Sunday Pages 1985 -1995

The Calvin and Hobbes 10th Anniversary Book

Its a Magical World

The Days are Just Packed

Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat

The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes

the Essential Calvin and Hobbes

the Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes

Take your pick and Happy Reading!

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First up, thank you all for your comments and warm welcome, we feel all tingly inside as the excitement begins to grow.

There has been a great response to the online bookclub and this is how it will work.

In order to join you need to submit a review.

We have a submit review tag at the top of our home page, please head along there with the review that you would like to see here. It will be sent through to us, and we will then publish your post.

We do not have any ‘banned’ books but we will decide wether we think the book that you are reviewing is right for this blog space. We are looking for all genres and are hoping to have a wide variety of books ranging from chick lit to murder mysteries, poetry to philosophy, recipes to religion. There is no hard and fast rule as this is meant to be a community and as we all know, any community has diversity, which is what we would like to portray at this book club. Saying that, we are not looking for sleaze:-)

So, pour yourself a glass of vino/cup of coffee/mug of tea, haul out those chocolate biscuits and put finger to keyboard and get reviewing.

(We are also here to help if you need to purchase a book as a gift and require some help in deciding what to buy. Both Shayne and I are well read and can put that knowledge to the test! If we are unable to help, we can ask our readers for their opinion. Gift sorted!)

Please note that we are also hoping to have a ‘second hand bookshop’ within this blog which will allow you to purchase books at a fraction of the cost compared to an IRL bookshop.

So get those reviews in and let’s get this show on the road!


And here we are!

Our first online bookclub.

So very exciting!  But how on earth did we get here?

A little while ago Imsonotablogger asked me what I thought of the idea of a Book Club Blog, as she had not been able to find one to join in her area.  We chatted about it, but nothing more was done (as far as I know).

Then last week I posted a review on The Help by Kathryn Stockett. And received a few comments about putting a sidebar thingie up with my Recommended Reads.  Then yesterday I posted about my IRL Bookclub and asked my readers if they would be interested in an On-line Bookclub.

The response was overwhelming.

So here we are.  Thanks largely to The Man for setting this site up.  Neither Imsonotablogger or I are familiar with WordPress but I’m sure we’ll find our way around sooner  rather than later. Otherwise we might drive him mad with our continual requests to change this, do that, make this look pretty.  He has been very patient with us (or me) so far.  Thanks G!

The idea is for people to become ‘members’ of our bookclub.  And take it in turns to review books that they loved reading.  That touched them.  That spoke to them.  That made a difference in their lives.  Be it murder mysteries, real life challenges, religion, romance, chick-lit, faith – whatever.  A book that you think is worthy of a review and that is a great read.  Or a crap read too, so that we don’t waste our hard earned cash.

Others can then give their 5c worth.

We have lots of ideas.  But we’re going to start off slow and simple.

Sound like a plan or what?

If you’re interested in becoming a member, please leave a comment in the comment section or mail timeout or imsonotablogger

Keep your eyes peeled for the first book review coming shortly…