I got ridiculously lucky a few months back and, in my Facebook feed of 5 million very important cat and food posts, saw that Mom of the Year‘s Meredith Spidel was going to be at my local library! What the what?! I had no idea this amazing mom blogger lived so close to me.
Here’s the best part … she’s pretty darn awesome! She sat down and talked to me (I strangely didn’t scare her off … I KNOW!), gave me lots of blog advice and then (GASP!) asked me to dinner!!! At the risk of sounding like a love sick school girl, I, like, totally flipped out.
On our first date At our dinner, we found out that we are total soul mates have a ton in common including, but not limited to: a love of margaritas, great fashion, and fantastic books.
Then she said those three little words that every girl dreams of hearing …
“You complete me”
“Let’s do something together with our blogs!”
Before she could take back her suggestion and yell, “Restraining order, please!!” I jumped on board and told her I would love to do something with her.
So here we go, peeps!! WE’RE DOING A BOOK CLUB! I am so excited because …
A. I love books.
B. I love Meredith.
C. I love you guys.
(but especially Meredith)
D. I love to talk/write about books to the point that I frequently make people nauseous. But not with you guys!! Cause you’ll all be book lovers too!!! We’re each other’s “people”!!!!
Soooooo, Meredith kindly let me pick the first book, which was as anxiety producing as you can imagine
and then times that by ten and add in a mini panic attack … yeah, you’re about a third of the way there.
Here it is! My pick!! I think it sounds so interesting and I’m DYING to know what you guys think of it! We will be reading through the month of September and then both Meredith and I will be sharing with you our thoughts. She and I both are really hoping to have a dialogue with you guys … and, of course, more book recommendations from you!!
(Here’s the link to Meredith’s much more rational explanation of our new venture)
“In this gripping domestic thriller, Caroline Thompson Googles herself and discovers a past she doesn’t remember.
HOUSTON WRITERS GUILD 2014 MANUSCRIPT AWARD WINNER
What would you do if you searched your own past and uncovered something shocking?
In this gripping domestic thriller, a group of privileged suburban moms amuse themselves by Googling everyone in town, digging up dirt to fuel thorny gossip. Caroline Thompson, devoted mother of two, sticks to the moral high ground and attempts to avoid these women. She’s relieved to hear her name appears only three times, citing her philanthropy. Despite being grateful that she has nothing to hide, a delayed pang of insecurity prods Caroline to Google her maiden name—which none of the others know.
The hits cascade like a tsunami. Caroline’s terrified by what she reads. An obituary for her sister, JD? That’s absurd. With every click, the revelations grow more alarming. They can’t be right. She’d know. Caroline is hurled into a state of paranoia—upending her blissful family life—desperate to prove these allegations false before someone discovers they’re true.
The disturbing underpinnings of The Memory Box expose a story of deceit, misconceptions, and an obsession for control. With its twists, taut pacing, and psychological tenor, Natiello’s page-turning suspense cautions:
Be careful what you search for.”
Hope it sounds as interesting to you as it does to me. Now, GET READING!!!