The Nature of the Beast


It was like returning home for me.  Familiar characters, plot twists and a mystery I did not solve, although I came close this time.  A wonderful read from cover to cover that once again is left open ended. Perhaps there will be another Louise Penny on my TBR shelf in the near future.  One can only hope.


March in the Summer

I am a big fan of the novel Little Women.  I cannot walk by a bookstore without browsing the shelves for various book jackets of this classic, especially when I am on holidays.  Then why has it taken me so long to read March by Geraldine Brooks?  I have no good excuse. 

This summer I sat down with a cold drink and poured over the pages of this novel.  The story told from the father’s point of view was enlightening.  If anything, I now love Little Women even more.  Give this book a read you will not be disappointed.



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."


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.


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


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


How did Major Pettigrew Rate?

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

MPLS Ratings


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."


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!!!


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