Lakeland Book Club

Reading good books with good friends in North Idaho

Christmas Exchange 2013 December 6, 2013

Filed under: Christmas Exchange Book List,Reading List — lakelandreads @ 7:31 am

Gift Books

Heist Society by Ally Carter

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

The Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani

Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson

Little Princes by Conor Grennan

The Christmas Candle by Max Lucado

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Jacob T. Marley by R. William Bennett

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian

Winter Reading  Magical Books


book club this Thursday! December 3, 2013

Filed under: Housekeeping — lakelandreads @ 9:18 pm

Hello All!

Just a reminder that book club is at my house on Thursday at 7:30.  We are discussing Silas Marner by George Eliot.  We are also having our annual book exchange!  Bring a new or used book all wrapped up.  Excited to see everybody!!


Book Christmas Tree


December Book Exchange December 1, 2013

Filed under: Christmas Exchange Book List,Housekeeping — lakelandreads @ 1:00 am

December’s Book Club will be held at Joni’s house and will be our annual book exchange.  Please bring a wrapped book (new or used) to exchange.

Happy Reading!

Book Gift Exchange


Silas Marner | December, 2013

Filed under: Group Pick,Reading List — lakelandreads @ 1:00 am

Silas Marner by George Eliot

Selected by Group Pick

Silas Marner


Silas Marner is a novel by George Eliot. An outwardly simple tale of a reclusive weaver, in its strong realism it represents one of Eliot’s most sophisticated treatments of her attitude to religion. In Silas Marner, Eliot combines symbolism with a historically precise setting to create a tale of love and hope. This novel explores the issues of redemptive love, the notion of community, the role of religion, and the status of the gentry and family. While religion and religious devotion play a strong part in this text, Eliot concerns herself with matters of ethics, and it is clear that for her, ethics exist apart from religion. On the surface, the book has a strong moral tract; the bad character, Dunstan Cass, gets his just deserts, while the pitiable character, Silas Marner, is ultimately richly rewarded, and his miserliness corrected. Eliot’s text includes several pointed criticisms of organized religion, the role of the gentry, and the negative impacts of industrialisation.

This book was selected because:

It appealed to everyone at the last Book Club.  The Kindle Edition of this book is free on