For The Moms and Dads Who Love To Read…The MMC Book Club

The MMC Book Club was founded in August 2017 as an online community for book lovers. We started out with just our team members and have slowly grown to include members around the world.

Our book selections are varied in genre and theme. From classics to the newest must-read book, we cover a little of everything. Because that is what our book club is – readers of many ages, backgrounds, preferences, and locations. 

I like to brag that it is the most low maintenance book club you will ever be a part of! Our members can read a monthly selection or not; they can contribute to online questions or ignore them entirely; they can ask questions or never say a thing. If you are interested in joining our book club, click here. Follow our page and join us!

Here are the monthly reviews of our books, with commentary from our members and even a few author interviews. Come back every month to see what we are reading!

 

October Book Club: Final Flight Final Fight

When you hear the term WASP, what do you think of? If your first thought was not about the Women Airforce Service Pilots, don’t fret. It’s something I had not heard before I read our October book, Final Flight Final Fight: My Grandmother, the WASP, and Arlington National Cemetery by Erin Miller. And now after reading about them, […]

September Book Club: A Woman Is No Man

I enjoy reading stories that are fiction yet based in real life. The events may be altered, and the names may be entirely fake. The settings and the plot are at the discretion of the author, who can and will spin a tale that enchants the reader. But I like knowing that under this fictional […]

August Book Club: Mrs. Everything

Jennifer Weiner is an accomplished fiction author. I have read several of her books, and they all include women who overcome trials and or adversity in many forms. These women are real. They have emotions, complexities, and do not always end up in a “happily ever after” but more in a place of contentment.  I […]

Friday Favourites: Fantasy Books to Get Lost In

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July Book Club: A Good Marriage

You’ve heard it before: every marriage or relationship has its ups and downs. Its lows and highs. Its triumphs and failures. And its secrets. But this month’s book asks us, “What makes a ‘good marriage?’” In A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight, several couples in a wealthy New York City borough find themselves (and their […]

June Book Club: Queenie

In this book club, most of us are mothers. We may or may not be married. We may be younger or older in age. We may even be a father! But for the most part, we are mothers. We are settled into routines of parenting, work, and domesticity. So reading our book this month might […]

May Book Club: The Testaments

But among these bloody fingerprints are those made by ourselves, and these can’t be wiped away so easily. Over the years I’ve buried a lot of bones; now I’m inclined to dig them up again – if only for you edification, my unknown reader. If you are reading, this manuscript at least will have survived. […]

April Book Club: The Catcher in the Rye

For book club this month, I chose The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. I originally chose it because I assumed most of us would have read this classic and figured it would be an easy recap. I vaguely remember its presence on a reading list in high school and thought others would have […]

February Book Club: My Friend Anna

You are out with a group of friends, eating dinner or getting a drink. The bill comes along, and a friend offers to get it for the group. You all do this, alternating who pays and sharing the responsibility. With close friends, this is increasingly common. I do this often with my best friend and […]

December Book Club: The Alice Network

We. Love. Historical. Fiction. I knew that The Alice Network by Kate Quinn had to be a pick for our book club. The reviews were great, every other book nerd I know recommended it, and again, our club loves historical fiction. It’s an entertaining way to learn about events and facts, especially if you are […]

November Book Club: The Last Romantics (and a Surprise Interview)

“This then is the true lesson: There is nothing romantic about love. Only the most naive believe it will save them. Only the hardiest of us will survive it. And yet. And yet! We believe in love because we want to believe in it.” This excerpt is from the final page of “The Last Romantics” […]

August Book Club: The Library Book by Susan Orlean

When you hear the word library, what is the first thought or image that comes to mind?  I picture shelves upon shelves of books. I see people of all ages and backgrounds. I see the elusive second floor of the main library in my hometown, which seemed mysterious to my child eyes. I smell books […]

July Book Club: Nine Perfect Strangers

When I think of a luxury wellness resort, I conjure up images of calm and serenity. I see spa treatments and carefully curated, nutritious meals. I imagine yoga, meditation, and an overall sense of peace. In short, it sounds like a perfect break for a mother of four. But “luxury” and “wellness” can be subjective […]

June Book Club: The Immortalists

The Immortalists: It is 1969 New York City, and the Gold children are looking for a little fun. Word had spread through the Lower East Side of a psychic woman who can read fortunes. The four adolescent siblings set out to find this woman and seek answers about their futures. They all possess the desire […]

May Book Club: Educated by Tara Westover

Imagine that your very first day of school was at the age of seventeen. This is the age that Tara Westover, the author of Educated, entered her first classroom.  Tara and her six siblings were raised by Mormon survivalists in Idaho. Her father’s fears of the end of the world and paranoia about government influence […]

April Book Club: The Tattooist of Auschwitz

It is a familiar tale. Boy meets girl, boy pursues girl, boy and girl fall in love and live happily ever after. But in The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris, the familiar yet unconventional tale occurs among war, genocide, torture, and pain. It is a story about the Holocaust and the tragedies that occurred […]

Library Love: How I Traded Scrolling for Stories and Curbed My Social Media Use

  I always loved reading. There were three children’s books that I read (by memory, is that still reading?) to my dad every night for at least a year or so. I loved one of those books so much that as a kindergartner I thought it would be a good idea to read one aloud in the […]

March Book Club: At Home in the World

Imagine this: you are offered the chance to travel the world for 9 months. You can work remotely, thus providing an income during your travel. You can visit anywhere and in any order. You are limited only by funds and time; the itinerary and the world are your oyster. Oh, and you are taking your […]

February Book Club: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

I’m fine. Everything is fine. We are fine. How often do we repeat these sentences? More importantly, how often are they accurate and honest? In our February book club pick, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, we meet a woman who shows that even when stated, everything is not always fine. And when it is not, […]

January Book Club: Raven of the Sea and an Interview with Author Stacey Reynolds

Romance novels often get a bad rap. Book snobs (like myself, I will admit) tend to label them poorly and eschew the genre entirely. But Stacey Reynolds, author of Raven of the Sea and this month’s book club pick, does not care. She pointed out the romance genre is always popular and read by many […]

December Book Club: The Perfect Mother

The perfect mother: a title bestowed upon the best moms and coveted by many. This woman can balance everything. Her children are carefully dressed and well-behaved. She can manage a career and be present at home and for all family events; she is expected to provide food for every function and to volunteer for everything. […]

November Book Club: The Favorite Sister

As we enter the holiday months – with all the parties, commitments, and celebrations – I wanted to give our book club a lighter read. The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll was our choice. This self-described beach read follows the stories of a group of female reality TV stars who battle for fame, money, and […]

The Busy Mom’s Guide to Finding Time to Read

As a mom, it’s difficult to find time to read. When I was a kid, I was always reading. I loved fiction and poetry. I devoured both the classics and The Baby-Sitters Club. I fell in love with the rhymes of Shel Silverstein and identified with Jo March’s independent streak. When I was in college, […]

October Book Club: Girl, Wash Your Face!

Have you heard of this month’s book? A book that everyone claims is a “must” read? A book that seems to pop up in conversations and social media constantly? One that is so popular that you are 84th on the library wait list (this happened to one of our readers)?  Oh, so you have heard […]

September Book Club: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

In its most simple definition, a book club is comprised of a group of people drawn together to read. The members can share their interpretations and opinions; food and drinks can be shared; life experiences can be drawn from the words or meanings of the books. The members are different and united by their common […]

August Book Club: Little Fires Everywhere

Parents know that rules are necessary. Rules keep order in the chaos of raising children; they provide structure and expectations; they are the yardstick to measure anything from behavior to development. Rules are a guideline to life. In Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, rules are the foundation of Shaker Heights and its community. Now […]

May Book Club: Beneath a Scarlet Sky

If you are reading along with our Military Moms Blog Book Club, you know that our monthly selections are a variety. Our selections range between fiction and nonfiction, and our genres are limitless. I enjoy when a book is suggested by one of our members; I enjoy it even more when that choice has a […]

5 Reasons to Take The Kids to Your Local Library This Summer

  I’m a book nerd through and through. I have ALWAYS enjoyed nothing more than losing myself in a good story. In an effort to pass this passion along to my kids I have heavily depended on our local library. There are so many benefits to having access to a place like this. But I […]

April Book Club: The Invention of Wings

I admit – I judge a book by its cover. I know, all our parents and grandparents have advised us against this (and we are probably telling our children this same adage), but in this sense, I mean it literally. I look at a book and can usually tell if I want to read it […]

March Book Club: A Stranger in the House

It was all about the title for our March book club selection, A Stranger in the House, by Shari Lapena. A little intrigue, a little mystery, and some good cover art really sucked me in – I could not wait for all of us to start this book.  I do not like to give too […]

MilMB’s Book Club Presents an Interview with Candice Curry, Author of “The Con Man’s Daughter”

Tragedy, neglect, addiction, manipulation – all these words can describe “The Con Man’s Daughter” by Candice Curry. Yet, this memoir is so much more than this. It is a story of triumph over tragedy, love over pain, and forgiveness in all its forms. This book brought out a wide range of emotions and thoughts for […]

January Book Club: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

“‘As you yourself have said, what other explanation can there be?’ Poirot stared straight ahead of him. ‘That is what I ask myself,’ he said. ‘That is what I never cease to ask myself.’” January’s book club choice was Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. This book is a classic murder mystery set in […]

January Book Club Questions

If you are like us, you are finally getting back into what is normal life after the holidays. Between the holiday parties, school events, days off, and the massive amounts of food consumed during those few weeks … it is no surprise that things might have slipped between the cracks — like us virtually meeting for […]

December Book Club Discussion Questions

I know that December is a busy month for all of us. Between school functions, concerts, work parties, holiday traditions, and time with family and friends, it’s a miracle that anyone has time for anything else! That is why our December book club choice, Class Mom by Laurie Gelman, was ideal – a light, shorter read […]

November Book Club: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

When our MilMB Book Club chose When Breath Becomes Air for our November book club choice, I knew that this would be a thoughtful and intellectual memoir. I had many friends who raved about the book, and book reviews were all positive. Yet, I was not prepared for how much this slim book would move me […]

November Book Club Discussion Questions

Military Moms Blog presents …. the MilMB Book Club! For our November book club selection, we chose “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi. In this slim and beautifully-written memoir, a neurosurgeon writes about love, loss, trauma, and life itself.   Every good book club meets to discuss the book, to share ideas, and to […]

Presenting Military Moms Blog Book Club!

Our team of contributors and founders are avid readers and writers.  A book club seems like a necessity, right? We can all choose a book, read it, discuss it, and share ideas with one another. But for our group, this is a bit more difficult.   We are not a city blog but an international […]

Don’t Be Rude; Please RSVP!

I dropped by my neighbor’s house the other day and was pleasantly surprised when she offered me the cutest little dessert. She had a whole tray of them sitting on her kitchen counter. I asked her what the occasion was. She told me she hosted a Book Club that morning for a group of spouses […]