Welcome to Book Club!! April’s book selection

I love to read.  So much so that it bears saying again.  I love, love, love to read!!  I’ve looked for a book club to join for a while now and I haven’t found anything so I thought what better than an online book club.

I’ve been wanting to do this forever.  In fact it’s one of the major reasons I started my blog.  So here’s to our first inaugural meeting!!

Here’s the rules: {although I am so laid back that I hate to have rules at all}

I will announce the Book Club selection around the first of the month and give us until the end of the month to read it.

We will hold discussions in the comments about the book.  I will provide some questions but feel free to go off script.

If you have a suggestion for a book selection for us please email me by clicking here or using the contact me button up top.

This book club will be very informal.  I want it to be about the joy of reading and discovering literary treasures.

So without further ado, our First Book Club Selection is:


Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

by Jamie Ford

**warning plot synopsis coming.  If you are like me and don’t like to go into a book knowing anything about it then please skip the next 3 paragraphs**

In the opening pages of Jamie Ford’s stunning debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

This simple act takes old Henry Lee back to the 1940s, at the height of the war, when young Henry’s world is a jumble of confusion and excitement, and to his father, who is obsessed with the war in China and having Henry grow up American. While “scholarshipping” at the exclusive Rainier Elementary, where the white kids ignore him, Henry meets Keiko Okabe, a young Japanese American student. Amid the chaos of blackouts, curfews, and FBI raids, Henry and Keiko forge a bond of friendship–and innocent love–that transcends the long-standing prejudices of their Old World ancestors. And after Keiko and her family are swept up in the evacuations to the internment camps, she and Henry are left only with the hope that the war will end, and that their promise to each other will be kept.

Forty years later, Henry Lee is certain that the parasol belonged to Keiko. In the hotel’s dark dusty basement he begins looking for signs of the Okabe family’s belongings and for a long-lost object whose value he cannot begin to measure. Now a widower, Henry is still trying to find his voice–words that might explain the actions of his nationalistic father; words that might bridge the gap between him and his modern, Chinese American son; words that might help him confront the choices he made many years ago.

I absolutely fell in love with this book.  And it remains one of my very favorites.  I am so very excited to have it as our first Book Club Selection.  Be sure to check back here for the Meeting at the end of April.  Happy Reading!!

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  1. I'm in the middle of another book and a Bible study right now, so I may be late getting started on this book…but I would love to read it.
    When my father was military and we were stationed in Guam when I was in the 5th grade, there were camps on our base. I felt so bad for the people there and often wondered what ever happened to them.
    I love your wallpaper here..did you design it yourself?

  2. Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper says:

    What a great idea to start an online book club through your blog. I will have to check regularly to see what you are reading next.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I'm a new follower of yours now.

  3. To Sew With Love says:

    thanks for the invite, Connie! you have a lovely blog. new follower here ^^)

  4. Phyrflie says:

    Hmm..with a day and a half left of the month, wonder if I can get it read in time? LOL If it's really good, I can, now to just to find me a copy lol Love this idea, if i can't make it on this book, I'll join in on the next one :)

  5. Jessica @ My World - Made By Hand says:

    Awesome…awesome. I requested the book through my library system today. Hopefully I get it soon. I'll link back to you this afternoon :)

  6. Great Idea!!! I am in the middle of a bear right now for my own book club (Cutting For Stone), but I have heard of this book and it keeps popping up in my recommended books on amazon, so this must be a sign that I should read it! I will dive in when I finish my current read and hope to join in on the convos!


  7. Jessica @ My World - Made By Hand says:
  8. Madeline says:

    Awesome! Count me in!

  9. By the Bluegrass says:

    I love reading! It's one of my favorite past times. I have reviewed six books on my blog (they are short reviews and are on two separate posts) I plan to do a book review each month. I'll have to check into this book, after I finish the one I'm on. I'll follow you, so I can check back on your May selection.

  10. Ooohhh….I am so excited to have found this! I love book clubs!!

  11. AdventuresFrugalMom says:

    new follower from blog hop

  12. A Helicopter Mom says:

    I'm following you back! I'm running myself ragged trying to get my blog up and running, but I'd love to join your book club in the future. :)

    Have a great weekend!
    A Helicopter Mom

  13. The Paper Princess says:

    Dear Connie

    Thanks for joining me at Create With Joy! I LOVE your blog and am delighted to follow you back! :-)

    Your online book club – and your first book pick – sound marvelous! I don't have the time to read much fiction these days, but based on your synopsis, this is a book I would definitely check out! I am making special note of your online book club on my list of Book Resources.

    Have a fabulous weekend!


  14. Chris Graham says:

    I happened upon your blog 2 weeks ago and I am an avid reader. I found the April book at the library, what a delightful read. I am about 3/4 through with it. Thank you so much.I most likely would have never noticed it if you had not featured it. Can't wait for the May book.
    Thank you.

  15. What a great resource!


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