A Novel Idea

“The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” ~ Mark Twain

I acknowledge the official start of each season. Considering they have such a short life, seasons deserve each day that falls on their shift of the very difficult task of being beautiful. Today marks the first day of summer and if it’s any indication of what it holds, New Jersey is in for a hot one.

The summer heat slows the pace of everything, except the rate of growth of my lawn and garden, the amount due on our electric bill, and the mass production of saber toothed green heads (aka horse flies) and mosquitoes (aka NJ state bird). It’s not that we have less to do but that we are less inclined to do it. So we find ourselves with more time to do things that require the least amount of energy: going to the beach, sitting on a shaded porch sipping martinis — I mean iced tea — and reading, to name a few.

NJ Shore

Today, after returning from the beach, while I was sitting on my shaded porch enjoying a cold beverage and reading, I had a light bulb moment. Since Scout is still working on his primary reader of “Fun With Dick and Jane” and has no desire for literary discussions, I thought we could form a Fairfield House Book Club!


Books have always been important to me. They are links of human experiences shared between strangers that bond us through the story and make us kindred. Many of you have written saying you love to read but never make the time to do it. Perhaps this is the motivation or permission you need to open a book and rediscover the wonderful world of the printed word.


Here’s how it works: we will commit to reading one book that I will choose from suggestions left in comments. Hopefully, we can read one per month. At the end of the month we will discuss the book online. If you are interested in participating leave a comment. If you have any books to suggest, include that as well.

I will have a give-away next week open to those joining in for the book decided upon. Are you with me?



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18 Responses to A Novel Idea

  1. Ana María June 21, 2012 at 12:11 am #

    Count me in! It sounds like a wonderful idea.

    I am currently reading, “The Book of Lost Fragrances” by M. J. Rose. It is a suspense novel built around fragrance, ancient Egypt and Paris (what more could you ask for!) I’ve also recently devoured several of the Aimee Leduc mysteries set in different areas of Paris. They definitely are “light, summer reading” and I highly recommend them.

  2. Rhonda @ BlueCreekHome June 21, 2012 at 1:21 am #

    Hello friend!

    How are you? I just read your beautiful story in LC magazine and it was just amazing. I don’t buy into the theory of reincarnation, but if I did, I think you surely were a teller of stories in a previous life!

    I love your book club plans – I would love to commit but all my spare time is spent sewing, painting, etc. I still cannot believe that I have 3 booths and the Etsy shop to keep up with!!!

    Happy summer!

  3. Susan G June 21, 2012 at 4:43 am #

    I could be…. right now I am reading “Game of Thrones” (I have the other 3 to read also, and I am getting ready to read a new fantasy novel, I am being sent to review and will have a copy to give away on my blog…that day will be Aug 1.

    I have no suggestions at this time. (as all the books I have lined up to read are thrillers, and not all people like them.)

  4. ain't for city gals June 21, 2012 at 4:49 am #

    Hi Deborah, I would love to do this if it is not through e-mail.. I have started reading again ( a lot) in the past year. I find that I really enjoy it and spend way less time on the computer! Hope things are going well for you…xo

  5. Parsley June 21, 2012 at 8:02 am #

    Well…I am always torn between cross stitching and the book by my bed. I would like to join in for at least the first book to see if I can juggle it…count me in!

    Currently I’m reading a modernized version of Pilgrim’s Progress. Sage is quite a book worm. He reads to learn from history and great minds. I am not sure many would enjoy his reading list but maybe he and Thomas could start a book club :). LOL

  6. Joyce G June 21, 2012 at 8:07 am #

    I would love to participate – I like to read but do it too sporadically ….. maybe this will keep me going :)
    I’m up for any book you choose!

  7. Jennifer June 21, 2012 at 8:33 am #

    I am IN! Ana Maria’s suggestions sound good to me! Elizabeth Goudge books are amazing, and incredibly discussion worthy as well…they take me awhile to work through though! But I’d recommend them to anyone.

  8. Becky June 21, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    Sounds fabulous, Deborah!! I wish I could commit to it, but just one too many irons in the fire right now! The weddings have put me behind in just about every area, so my reading, for now, will have to consist solely of God’s Word. I’ll check in to see how the club is going, though!

    Hope all is well with you, dear one.
    Have a lovely day

  9. Laura Ingalls Gunn June 21, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    As a child at times I felt as if books were my only friend. Now as an adult I drag Sweet Boy to the library at least once a week. We also love to go to estate sales and see what other people have read. Last Thursday I bought a beautiful blue book entitled “Menfreya in the Morning”. It’s about a grand old house by the sea and cost a whopping 25 cents. Although I don’t have hours to read right now every evening is ended with at least a few pages.

    When the Fashionista was a girl she loved books so very much that the worst form of punishment I could dole out was to say “No reading today.” She would beg, plead, cry. Today her tiny apartment contains no less than 5 bookcases.

    Now I have to tell you that I dropped out of my last book club. They wanted to drink wine (which I was fine with) but then they discussed everything but the book. No thanks.

    They say you can tell a lot about a person by the books they read. Of your stack of 5 I have read all but one and a dear friend has promised to send a copy to me. :)

    Yes, you and I are good friends for a reason. Although Edgar Sawtelle I loved up until the end and will never read again. Your other selections I could read over and over and over. I am particularly enamored by Miss Austen. Probably because her descriptions of characters and settings are so vivid.

  10. Laura Ingalls Gunn June 21, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    I forgot to leave my recommendations.

    One should read the entire “Anne of Green Gables” series by L.M. Montgomery at least once in their life. “Pillars of the Earth” by Ken Follet is also a favorite.

    While I have read almost every single book on the Oprah book club list I have to say I find that she is a dark reader. I myself do like a happy ending. The characters in the Mitford series by Jan Karon never fail to bring a smile to my face.

    Oh and the Brontë sisters….I could go on and on.

  11. Debbie June 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    Sounds like fun. I love to read just about anything. I too am a sucker for a happy ending. Look forward to seeing what you pick.

  12. Emily June 21, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

    I will definately participate..is this you taking on my “to do list” challenge?

    I saw the book The Wild.. on oprahs book list. It looks good!

  13. Zuzu June 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    Hi Deborah,

    With no snow on the ground, we are entering the crazy-busy season at our house. And I do not purchase books, but read what the library has… so I’m not sure if I could participate if you are reading anything recently released.

    My favorites are Jane Austen and Wilkie Collins. I look forward to finding out what your first book will be – perhaps I will be able to join in!

    Wishing you all a lovely weekend,

  14. Stephenie from Decorating addiction June 23, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

    Hi Deborah-

    What a Great idea! I’m currently reading three books and getting acclimated to my new job but I love the idea so much that I’d love to participate. I’ll read just about anything. Can’t wait to see what you choose!


  15. val June 23, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

    Yeah! I’m in, I love to read,

  16. Angela @ Cottage Magpie June 26, 2012 at 2:17 am #

    What a great idea! I’m in! :-) I love Regency novels, classics, and chick lit (British or otherwise). I know, kind of a wild departure, but what can I say? I’m a sucker for a funny romance. I’ll ready pretty much anything you pick unless it’s horribly sad or depressing, in which case I’ll skip. But that’s just me, I know many people really love a book with a good cry.


  17. lisa moran/Bilancia Designs June 28, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    Hello Deborah!
    Happy Summer to you!
    I smiled as I read about NJ, the beach… yes, I believe we’re in for a HOT one this year.
    Thank God for central air. :)
    Your book club sounds wonderful, and I would love to be able to say YES, but time does not permit me to at this time, unfortunately. Life has never been more chaotic for me as it is now, and i find it hard to even keep up with my website these days. Too many irons in the fire, I suppose.
    I’m sure it will be a lot of fun, with some great followers/friends!
    I hope to see you over the summer or perhaps the Fall?? :)
    Have a wonderful weekend. Stay cool!

  18. Victoria July 2, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    I’m going to give it my best–

    I was looking at your books and just a week or two ago I bought the complete works of Jane Austen. Too funny.

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