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Saturday Book Club

Reading has always been something I’ve really enjoyed. However, between work, running, volunteering, and just finding a few moments for myself, it is something that often gets pushed to the back burner.  This is a sad realization as a wanna-be writer/blogger.  Reading not only expands my vocabulary and encourages my imagination, but also helps me appreciate different writing styles.

Vocabulary expansion did not stop in English AP high school. No matter how educated you are and how much of a literary genius you may be, I believe there is always more to learn, especially in the writing department.

I am making it a point to get books back into my life. I’ve missed the outlet that books creates, the one that lets your mind be whisked away to another place. Whether it be looking at life through the eyes of a beautiful, wise dog (The Art of Racing in the Rain, read it please) or laughing along with Jenn in “Such a Pretty Fat,” books are a complete mental release.

Recently, I joined the Blogher Publishing program for their new group BlogPaws. All the ads for Petfinder and other animal related items on the right side of the blog relate to Blogher.  One really great perk of the Blogher group is the Blogher Book Club.  When I became a part of the Blogher group, I signed up to join their book club.

What that means is that every so often I will receive a book in the mail from the Publisher to read prior to its release date.  I’ll give my honest opinion on the book in my blog and will be moderately compensated for my review.

Imagine my excitement when I received my first book yesterday evening.  I felt like I was back in school, with an assignment that I couldn’t wait to dive in to. I’m sure some of you know the feeling, right? I can’t be the only one that used to get excited about book related homework assignments.  True to course, I immediately started to read “The Lake of Dreams” by Kim Edwards last night.

In all honesty, when I received the invitation to review this book, I was slightly hesitant. I’m sure many of you are familiar with her previous book, “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter.” It was a New York Times Best Seller; a highly touted novel.  Unfortunately, I had a terrible time getting through the book. Some books just aren’t for everyone.  But after reading the synopsis of “The Lake of Dreams,” I was in.

Although I’ve just started, my interest has been captured. The first 50 pages did not disappoint. I hope the momentum continues; I can’t wait to share my opinion with you.

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