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Balance Book Club

  • February 1, 2016
  • By Brittany
Balance Book Club

Hi all!  How was your weekend?  I always find facing a Monday to be a little daunting so I like to start off with a good thought for the week because it helps give me something to look forward to!  This week’s good thought is that my mom is coming to stay with us for a month and she arrives on Wednesday.  Yay!! Looking forward to that!  

For the longest time now I have been wanting to join a book club.  Something about it just sounds really fun.  Plus I love to read and my husband jokes that he is quite jealous of the attention I give my Kindle (side note– I don’t know why I delayed so long in buying a kindle. I used to read books on my iPhone! This is a huge upgrade).  I recently joined a book club and I’m really excited about our upcoming meetings but I thought it might also be fun to start a little book club on the blog too.  Personally, I’m always looking for great book recommendations so I’m hoping this little club can help you out and in turn, all I ask for are a few book suggestions!

My first book club edition is Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.  The book opens with the death of 16 year old Lydia Lee.  We then go back and forth between the past when Lydia was alive and the present, witnessing how Lydia’s death has impacted her family.  Set in the 70s, Lydia is second generation American-Chinese. Her American born father struggled growing up with Chinese parents and feeling like he never truly belonged or fit in.  We learn that his main goal for his eldest daughter is to have her fit in and be popular.

everything i never told you


Lydia’s mother, on the other hand, is a fair haired and eyed Caucasian who is less concerned with Lydia’s popularity and more so with her studies.  Having never fulfilled her dream of becoming a doctor, she is pushing Lydia to pursue that dream in her stead.

Lydia’s death brings chaos to the life of her parents and her two sibblings, Hannah and Nath.  As her death threatens to tear the family apart, we slowly learn the impact the family had on Lydia’s life and death.

Thai book was a quick read and the author immediately drew me in with her poignant and descriptive development of the characters.  The story is part mystery, part an examination of human and familial relationships and part observation of mixing of cultures.

Although the book deals with difficult and sad issues, it ends on an uplifted note and the reader feels at peace with the way the author chooses to sketch the future for her characters.  

Verdict: A short, easy but non-sleazy read with a poignant and reflective feel to it.

If you want to join in on the discussion, next month we will be reading Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan.

Readers, how do you approach Monday’s?  Are you a big fan of books?  What’s the last great book you read?

By Brittany, February 1, 2016
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  • Holly
    February 1, 2016

    Great idea to weave in a book discussion — it keeps our mind nourished and fit, too!

  • Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    February 1, 2016

    That’s awesome that your mom is coming to stay with you for awhile! I’m sure it’ll be so nice to have her around.

    Hope that you enjoy your book club! I used to be in one and it was fun. I enjoy reading as well, but find that I don’t have that much time for it… or rather, when I do have time for it my eyes are crossing with tiredness and I just want to watch something on TV before I go to sleep! Ha. For Christmas I got a book about how the organic food movement got started, so I hopefully will get around to reading more of that soon.

  • Jessica @ Absurd She Wrote
    February 2, 2016

    I am addicted to my Kindle! My sister and brother pooled their money to buy me one for Christmas 2012 and I’ve been using it daily ever since. The last great book I read was Left Neglected by Lisa Genova, who writes about fiction about people coping with newly acquired disabilities or conditions. Sounds heavy but it was funny and lovely.

  • Natasha
    February 6, 2016

    I will give this book a try. Great idea!

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