September’s Book Club

So I’ve already talked about My Girls and about Our Book Club.  I’ve also already admitted to being a horrible reader before Book Club started.  That has all changed my Friends.  I now have stacks and stacks of books and can’t get enough of them.  Woo-to-the-hoo!

Okay, so since I wasn’t blogging during the first few months of our Book Club, let me catch you up:

We started out reading Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers.  This literally was a book I could. not. put. down.  Oh it is SUCH A GOOD BOOK!  I finished it on Spring Break {after staying up way too late}… What an amazing start to our little club that this read was.  I cannot wait to read this with my daughter one day.  A MUST READ.

redeeming love

Then we went on to Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.  So moving and emotional.  Great book.

When the peak of summer hit we turned to Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist.  Great book that’s an easy and enjoyable read.  A plus is all the great recipes including the one I shared here.

blueberry crisp golden

For our September meeting, we read The Light Between the Oceans by M. L. Stedman.  Without giving much away, I will say that we all agreed that this book flooded us with just about every emotion.  We were happy, sad, angry…  you name it we all agreed we felt it.  Good book very worth reading….  and great book to discuss with friends.

sept book

So yes I LOVE that I’m now a READER.  But what I love even more is the excuse to hang with my Girls.  The rule for Book Club is come ready to go straight to bed…..  Put on your pjs, wash your face — then come over for a fun night!  We meet in the evening so the idea is to be comfy…  and able to fall into bed at the end of it without getting home late and having any work to do.

And food, there must be food……  For September, since the weather was showing us the way to Fall I decided to whip up a batch of soup {one pot for the Girls, one pot for my family}….

chicken pot pie soupAs has been the case from the beginning of our meetings, I tried out a new recipe.  We all agreed this one is a keeper….  and will definitely become a staple in my house.  It’s Chicken Pot Pie Soup by Edie at Life In Grace.  It is warm and comforting and PERFECT for a cold fall night.  I served big bowls of it with hot crusty bread.  SO good!

pumpkin magic bars

Dinner together is great.  But dessert is a requirement.  This September here in Indy, it got very cool and crisp.  The craving for apples and pumpkins was impossible to fight.  Enter Pumpkin Magic Bars by Bakers Royale.

Growing up, my Grandma Nini always made Magic Bars at Christmas.  They were perfect every year.  And even though I’m not sure why, Magic Bars just make no sense to me any time of the year other than Christmas.  Until now….  with the addition of pumpkin I get to enjoy this treat now!

pumpkin magic bars up closeGraham Crackers | Pumpkins | Apples | Coconut | Salted Almonds | Chocolate Chips…..  All coated in the spices of Fall.

What Great Book Have You Read Recently?



  1. “Redeeming Love” is the book of ALL books! WOW!!!! Words cannot describe… Sometime you might want to check out “The Atonement Child” too – I promise you will NOT be disappointed! I have been curious about “Bread and Wine,” so I must check that one out soon. Thanks for the book suggestions! Have you read “Same Kind of Different as Me” yet? I remember that was on your reading list. You will need tissues for that one. Just sayin’. Have a great weekend! xo

  2. Your book club sounds great. Ours just started in January. (I had been in a club for years and years that my best friend started, but sadly after she passed away from breast cancer a few years ago, the book club sort of disintegrated.) We just met last week to discuss the Count of Monte Cristo. It was such a long book, I just couldn’t get it finished! We have a month off to read what we want and to gather ideas for the next six months. I remember loving Redeeming Love, and someone has already mentioned Orphan Train. I am going to check into your other choices as well. Thanks for sharing!

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