Book Club



Every Single Day

Recently, I had the great honour of meeting local sports hero, Colin Fewer. He’s a runner who’s won countless road races and broken I don’t know how many records. Colin spoke with a group of us competing in a ten mile race next Sunday.

At one point, someone asked Colin how often he trains. His answer was quick and concise.

Every day.

I think I may have been the only person not shocked by this answer. Of course he runs every day. That’s why he’s the best.

Know who else follows this philosophy? Stephen King. He writes every day. That’s why he’s the best at what he does.

Time and time again I meet people who say they want to write a book. They say they want to earn a full-time living from their creative work. Then, they offer up one excuse after another about why they haven’t written. I’ve been busy. I’m not feeling it. I had a dinner party to go to.

Sometimes, life happens. I get that – believe me.

But to achieve a goal, you have to work toward that goal every day. Every single day. That’s what the pros do.

The best part is that every day can start today.

Valerie Francis

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

Well, you’re not going to believe this. Reece Witherspoon and I picked the same book for our February book clubs. Sort of.  Late last year, I came across THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTIE by Marie Benedict and was fascinated by the premise. Benedict writes historical fiction, much like Philippa Gregory,

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Valerie Francis

A Girl Named Howard

This month, rather than recommend one book to read, I’m recommending the entire body of work of one author because Anne Rice, who passed away December 11, 2021, single-handedly revolutionized the role of vampires in literature.  Yes, vampires.  And the impact she’s had is more significant than you might realize.

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Valerie Francis

The Christmas Bookshop

If you’ve had it up to your eyes with holiday preparations and are looking for a light-hearted story to escape into, The Christmas Bookshop, by Jenny Colgan, might be just the ticket. The title is a bit misleading, in my opinion. Yes, there’s a bookstore. Yes, the plot unfolds in

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