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Wednesday
Jul222015

Quiet

The next book on my summer reading list was Quiet:  The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain.

This was a hard book for me to get through.  A bit too much analyzing while not offering new insight.

I honestly believe most of us are "ambiverts" (those who exhibit both extrovert and introvert qualities) and this type was not discussed in detail.

I did find several quotes that resonated with me,

"Don't think of introversion as something that needs to be cured."

"We have two ears and one mouth and we should use them proportionally."

Tuesday
Jul072015

Eleanor and Park - Book 1

I chose Eleanor and Park to read first from my summer reading list.  After a hectic June I wanted to be able to wrap myself up in an "easy" novel.  In one sitting, I was more than a third done.  I was completely taken by Park (little less on Eleanor) and knew I had a real treat in my hands.

To be 16 and in love and watch them each interpret their relationship was heartwarming and real.

Pick up this book today and share it with others.

Monday
Jun222015

Maxine's Summer Reading List 2015

The month of June is running away from me.  However, I see light at the end of the tunnel and I sense that my world will slowly stop spinning around me.  I am eager to dive into my summer reading books.  One has been on my TBR pile for so long that the cover is yellowing.  A few are new this summer and two have been recommended.  Bring on the long lazy days of summer and let the reading begin.

Maxine's Summer Reading List 2015

Wednesday
Jun032015

Summer Reading List

 

 

Ahh summer time.  Blazing sun, refreshing drinks, calmer days and of course a tantalizing book.  I am editing my list now.  Two books will be new releases, a few are oldies that are continually rotated to the bottom of my pile and the remaining few are suggestions by friends.  Before I get ahead of myself, I better edit and post the Q & A for the last boutique book until fall.

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Monday
May112015

How did Major Pettigrew Rate?

Based on certain criteria, here is how Major Pettigrew's Last Stand was rated by Maxine.

MPLS Ratings

Monday
May042015

The Book Boutique Presents.....

The next book taken from the shelf is MAJOR PETTIGREW'S LAST STAND by Helen Simonson.  A funny, witty and loving story that will satisfy many a reader.

"Life does often get in the way of one's reading."

Thursday
Apr232015

From the desk of Stella...

It is with much sadness that I pen my last blog post and my farewell to The Book Boutique.

Five years ago, two friends met for a coffee and the idea for The Book Boutique was born. I have learned more than I ever expected and have truely enjoyed every moment of this adventure. From the learning about website setup, to layout and design, to the polishing of my writing style and I even enjoyed learning to code with HTML. I'm a book nerd not a programmer so this was a pleasant surprise. The thing I enjoyed most of all was working with my dear friend Maxine. I will miss selecting titles to 'Boutique', our discussions of themes, setting or the sense of the ending, and planning the parties to accompany book club gatherings. I believe you still owe me a dirty martini. 

"Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul."  Joyce Carol Oates

I wish Maxine all the best and continued happiness with The Book Boutique.

Happy Reading & Cheers!!!

Monday
Mar232015

Spring Break

The Book Boutique will be going through a transformation in the next few weeks.  While we concentrate on these changes, a new 'boutiqued' book will not be posted.  Come back soon.  

Happy Spring

Thursday
Mar122015

Book Club Meeting

Our book club get together suggestions for To Kill a Mockingbird is now posted.  Everything you need from invitation ideas, food inspiration from the novel and a drink or two.  Gathering with friends to discuss a classic is a great idea.

To Kill a Mockingbird Novel Gathering Ideas

Monday
Mar022015

To Kill a Mockingbird Q & A

The questions and answers section for To Kill a Mockingbird are now posted.  A book that can be discussed for hours, years, decades.

To Kill a Mockingbird Q & A Section