Our Q & A for The Borrower

A librarian and a possibly gay ten year old boy embark on a road trip.  The decisions they make and the realizations that occur make for a great book club discussions.  Stella and I did not always see things as black and white.

Visit our Q & A for The Borrower here.


Our Rating for The Borrower

Maxine enjoyed the story until they took their show on the road.  

Stella thought it was a brilliant first book by the author.

View our Boutique Ratings for The Borrower.


Ready for a new book to fall into....

Maxine and Stella are back from summer and are excited to share The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai with you. 

Happy Reading!!!!


Best Books of Summer 2014

While many of you, this first week of September, are sharpening your pencils and packing your backpack, I am trying to reshelf my summer reading books.  Unconsciously, I started to put them in order of appreciation.  This got me thinking, what were some of your favorite reads this summer?  Here is my top three,

The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
The Long Way Home by Louise Penny

Check out my complete list Maxine's Summer Reading List 2014



Ladies and gentlemen, I hold in my hand the last book on my summer reading list.

Maxine's Summer (2014) List


The Beauty of it All

Today I was shelving the books that accompanied me in airports, around the pool, seaside and even waiting in line on my European vacation.  As I was perusing my notes I realized that not one book was a source of disappointment.  Was it because my choices were spot on?  Or was it because with this scenery and a cold drink, everything is BETTER? Whatever the reason, this summer has been filled with interesting characters, great mysteries and wonderful companions.  Who could ask for more?




Unique Bookstore in Santorini

After a day at the sea, and a late afternoon siesta, it is time to hit the streets of Santorini. Tonight we find ourselves in Oia, the town where all the famous Greece pictures are taken. While taking in the breathtaking scenery I stumbled across this amazing bookstore, Atlantis Books,




Summer Break

Stella and I will be taking a much needed summer break.  We will continue to post on this blog and review a book or two.  In September, we will be back 'Boutiquing' books, right down to the book club gathering.

Have a restful and joyful summer.


Maxine's Summer Reading List 2014

So many great books and so little space and weight.  That is my dilemma this summer.  My goal is to read all the hardcovers once I am home.  Paperbacks will accompany me to the beach.

Maxine's Summer Reading List 2014


Summer Reading List 2014

"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen.  The man who never reads lives only one."

` George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

My summer list is almost complete and I cannot wait to dive into their lives and live them.