January Book Club

How about a little strength training to kick off the weekend?

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Today’s workout focused on upper body strength training and included three sets of two different exercises per muscle group. I probably could’ve increased the weight a bit during some of the exercises but I wasn’t feeling overly ambitious. I think I’m ready for round four of Tina’s Best Body Boot Camp to begin on Monday for a little extra motivation!


Breakfast this morning started with a  bowl of Quaker Cinnamon Life cereal.

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The cereal was a buy one, get one free deal at Publix this week and a total impulse buy. Cinnamon Life reminds me of snacking at my friend Michaela’s house when I was younger. Her family always had Cinnamon Life in their pantry and digging into the cereal this morning made me miss her! Isn’t it weird how food can trigger such strong memories? At least I’ll be seeing Michaela a couple of time this year for her bachelorette party and wedding!

I also had a small apple on the side and ate a cup of key lime Greek yogurt for a protein punch.

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January Book Club

It’s time to pick the January book for the PBF Book Club!

The PBF Book Club is an online book club that is open to anyone! We simply vote for a book to read from the three books listed below (taken from your suggestions on the PBF Facebook page) and on Monday, February 4, I will post my review along with discussion questions for book club participants to answer in the comments section of the post.

If you are a blogger and post a review of the selected book on your blog, you can email me a link to your review post (pbfingers@gmail.com) before February 4 and I will include a link to your post in the roundup of blogger book review links.

Please vote for the book you would like to read below. I will announce the winning book Monday afternoon.

The Fault in Our Stars

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

The Age of Miracles

On an ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia awakes to discover that something has happened to the rotation of the earth. The days and nights are growing longer and longer; gravity is affected; the birds, the tides, human behavior, and cosmic rhythms are thrown into disarray. In a world that seems filled with danger and loss, Julia also must face surprising developments in herself, and in her personal world—divisions widening between her parents, strange behavior by her friends, the pain and vulnerability of first love, a growing sense of isolation, and a surprising, rebellious new strength.

The Secret Keeper

During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime. A crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy—her vivacious, loving, nearly perfect mother.

Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress living in London. The family is gathering at Greenacres farm for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this may be her last chance, Laurel searches for answers to the questions that still haunt her from that long-ago day, answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past.


  1. says

    I just looked all three books up on Amazon–“The Fault in Our Stars” has 5-stars in reviews! Wow, I’ve never seen that (esp. with almost 2,000 reviews).

    I bought the BOGO Life cereal, too! You gotta eat that stuff quick–its good but the soggy factor is out of control.


  2. says

    I will chime in with so many others and and sing the praise of John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars. It was my favorite book of the year, and I usually like more actiony YA books (Divergent, Hunger Games, etc.) Not only did it make me crush hard for the way John Green writes, but it also made me want to memorize poems and tell my parents that I love them more and appreciate life for what it is right now. BUT, I finished it, a sobbing mess in a way that only Steel Magnolias can render me, and I had two speeches to give at work the next day (in Japanese, which I spoke little of). So, be careful when you finish it.


  3. says

    Julie, I am trying to do better about blogging. Few questions: 1. is there an app you use on your phone when you take pictures and then upload to your blog? What is the quickest way to do this? 2. What is the best way to gain readers?

    Thanks, Julie. I love reading pbfingers 🙂


  4. Lindsey says

    I LOVE The Fault in Our Stars. I’ve probably read it five times and cry through it each time but it’s such a beautiful story!


  5. says

    finished the secret keeper last night!! i haven;t been able to invest in joining of late (sticking to the books i can get free), so pick that one so i can play! i’d also love to introduce new folks to Kate Morton, though this isn’t my number one Morton pic (The Forgotten Garden is….though i as also my first and more of a true “literary mysetery” since books were pretty key….there IS a book in the current mystery and it does have meaning, but it isn’t as entwined)


  6. says

    I love anything by Kate Morton – I hope I will have the time to read this one with the group! I read “The Age of Miracles” recently and really enjoyed it. I found it to be a more realistic dystopian novel. It was an adult novel, but it followed a young adult, so I think it’s a nice change from some of the more in-your-face dystopian YA literature, but still remains true to those themes.


  7. Angie says

    Yesterday I read The faults in our stars and let me just tell you, I love it! Such a beautiful story in a complex and kind of really hard scenery. I hope that it goes up for next month book club


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