Different Drummer

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions,perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." ~Henry David Thoreau

Tuesday, January 31, 2012


January - Left to Tell, Immaculee Ilibagiza
February -  Darcy's Story, Janet Alymer
March -  Before the Dawn, Dean Hughes
April -  Guernsey Literary and
               Potato Peel Pie Society
            by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows
May - Good Night, Mr Tom, Michelle Magorian
June -  A Fresh Start in Fair Haven,
           by Sharon Downing Jarvis
July - Profiles in Courage, John F Kennedy
August -  The Secret Garden,
               by Frances Hodgson Burnett
September - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
October -  The Host, Stephanie Meyer
November -  Hallelujah, J. Scott Featherstone
December -  The Christmas Sweater, Glenn Beck

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Union Quilters Review

"Union Quilters" by Jennifer Chiaverini was a disappointment to all of us.  We felt that the book was not engaging and that the characters were flat.  Several of us had read other books in the Elm Creek Quilters series which we enjoyed much more.  We know that Chiaverini has the ability to develop characters in depth (because she did in her other books), but in Union Quilters, she failed to do so.  We weren't invested in the characters in this book, so the book failed to sustain our interest.  I had to push myself to keep reading.  The Civil War was the story in this book whereas we would have liked to know more about the characters.  "Union Quilters" is definitely not her best book. ~ Carolyn


January - The Glass Castle, A Memoir,
              by Jeanette Wells
February - Twilight, Stephanie Meyer
March -  Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis
April -  The Fisherman's Lady,
           by George MacDonald
May - Can't Wait to Get to Heaven,
           by Fannie Flagg
and for Our 10th Anniversary Celebration~
June - The Bronze Bow, Elizabeth George Spear
July & August - The Distant Land of My Father,
                      by Bo Caldwell
September - At Home in Mitford, Jan Karon
October -  The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde
November - Tall Grass, Sandra Dallas
December -  Red Bird Christmas, Fannie Flagg

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


January - Princess Academy, Shannon Hale
February - The Wedding, Nicholas Sparks
March -  Davita's Harp, Chaim Potok
April -  Stolen Lives, Malika Oufkir
May -  Digging to America, Anne Tyler
June -  Ladies Auxilliary, Tova Mirvi
July - Flag of our Fathers, James Brady
August -  A Girl Named Zippy, Haven Kimmel
September -  Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen
October -  A Thousand Splendid Suns,
               by Khaled Hosseini
November -  Amazing Grace, Eric Metaxas
December -  The Christmas Jars, Jason Wright

Monday, January 23, 2012


January - Across Five Aprils, Irene Hunt
February -  Christy, Catherine Marshall
March -  Peace Like a River, Leif Enger
April -  The Giver, Lois Lowry
May - These is My Words, Nancy Turner
June -  Small Change, The Secret Life
          of Penny BurfordJ. Belinda Yandell
July - 1776, David McCullough
August -  Nicholas Nickleby, Charles Dickens
September -  Aint No River, Sharon Ewell Foster
October -  Maisie Dobbs, Jacqueline Winspeare
November -  Plainsong,  Kent Haruf
December - The Sunflower, Richard Paul Evans

Sunday, January 22, 2012


January - The Long Walk, Sladomir Radicz
February - Emma, Jane Austen
March - Death Comes to the Archbishop,
            by Willa Cather
April - Cold, Sassy Tree, Olive Burns
May  - The Word of Wisdom, A Modern
          Interpretation by John and Lea Widstoe
June - I Heard the Owl Call My Name,
           by  Margaret Craven
July - The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
August - History of Joseph Smith,
              by His Mother, Lucy Mack Smith
September - Hannah and Her Daughters,
                    by Maryann Fredriksson
October - Blink, Malcom Gladwell
November - Song of the Buffalo Boy,
                   by Sherry Garland
December - Return to Christmas,
                  by Chris Heimerdinger

Saturday, January 21, 2012


January - The #1 Ladies Detective Agency,
               by Alexander McCall Smith
February - Random Harvest, James Hilton
March - Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
April - All Creatures Great and Small,
          by James Herriott
May - Fishers of Men, Gerald Lund
June - Wish You Well, David Baldacci
July - Invincible Louisa, Cornelia Meig
         We Alcotts, Fisher and Rabe
August - The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
September - Hoot, Carl Hiiasen
October - A Thief of Time, Tony Hillerman
November - Cane RIver, Lalita Tademy
December - Midnight Carol,
                  How Dickens Saved Christmas
                  by Patricia K Davis

Friday, January 20, 2012


January - Charly, Jack Weyland
              Sam, Jack Weyland
February - Mt. Vernon, A Love Story
               by Mary Higgins Clark
March - Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli
April - The Blue Bottle Club, Penelope Stokes
May - As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner
June - The Single Shard, Linda Sue Park
          Anson's Way, Gary D Schmidt
July & August - John Adams, David McCullough
September -  The Blue Castle, L M Montgomery
                  The Dream Mine Story,
                    by Norman C Pierce
October - The DaVinci Code, by Dan Brown
November - Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
December - Skipping Christmas, John Grisham

Thursday, January 19, 2012


January - In the Eye of the Storm, John H Groberg
February - The Scarlet Pimpernel, Baroness Orzchy
March - The Hobbit, JR R Tolkien
April - Having My Say, Sarah and Elizabeth Delany
May - Emily of New Moon, Lucy Maud Montgomery
June - Endurance, Shackleton's Incredible Voyage,
            by Alfred Lansing
August - Leadership and Self Deception, Arbinger Institute
September - My Name is Asher Lev, Chaim Potok
October - The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
November - Cat Running, Zilpha Keatly Snyder
December - The Quiet Little Woman, A Christmas Story,
                  by Louis May Alcott

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


January - The Dark Frigate, Charles Boardman Hawes
February - Papa Married a Mormon, John D Fitzgerald
                House of Many Rooms, Rodello Hunter
March - Sarah, Orson Scott Card
April - Gift From the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh
May - Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Anne Tyler
June - Walden, Henry David Thoreau
July - Gifted Hands, Ben Carson
August - Letters for Emily, Cameron Steve Wright
September - The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
October - The Witch of Blackbird Pond
                by Elizabeth George Speare
               Calico Captive, Elizabeth George Speare
November - The Kitchen God's Wife, Amy Tan
December - A Stranger for Christmas, Caroly Lynn Pearson
                  The Modern Magi, Caroly Lynn Pearson


January - Harry Potter, vol1, J.K. Rowling
February - The Master Puppeteer,
                 by Katherine Patterson
                  Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom
March - Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Patterson
            Biography of Florence Nightengale,
             by Lyston Strachey
April - Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
May - To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
June - Standing for Something, Gordon B. Hinckley
July  - The Cherry Orchard, Anton Chevkov
          The Merry Wives of Windsor
            by William Shakespeare
August - Friendly Persuasion, Jessamyn West
September - The Greatest Generation, Tom Brokaw
October - Bellgrave Square, Anne Perry
November - Watership Down, Richard Adams
December - The Life of Our Lord, Charles Dickens

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


January - I Don't Have To Make Everything all Better,
                 by Gary and Joy Lundberg
February - Seventh Son, Orson Scott Card
March - A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shulte
April - Mrs. Mike, Benedict and Nancy Freedman
May - Dear and Glorious Physician, Taylor Caldwell
June - Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
July - Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Ben Franklin
August - Undaunted Courage, Stephen Ambrose
September - Walking Across Egypt, Clyde Eggerton
October - Pit and the Pendulum, Edgar Allen Poe
November - Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemmingway
December - The Mansion, Henry VanDyke
                     Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
                     Nativity Story in Luke


June - The Bronze Bow, Elizabeth George Speare
July - Children of the Promise, vol. 1, Dean Hughes
August - Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis
September - Oh, Pioneers, Willa Cather
October - Sign of the Beaver, Elizabeth George Speare
                  Education of Little Tree, Forrest Carter
November - Follow the River, James Alexander Thom
December - Two From Galilee, Marjorie Thomas