Category: Women Who Love To Read

06/13/2019: Women’s book list for 2019/2020

2019-2020 FINAL Book Club Selections

JULY 8 – Nancy – Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

          Many copies available

AUGUST 12 – Florrie – Barracoon: the Story of the Last ‘Black Cargo’ by Zora Neal Hurston

          9 copies, 1 audio at KRL, many awards

SEPTEMBER 9 – Helen – The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates co-chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

          10 copies KRL

OCTOBER 14 – Phyllis – Overcoming by Michelle Obama

          50+ copies and electronic KRL

NOVEMBER 11 – Lene – Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

          18 copies and electronics KRL

JANUARY 13 – Carolee – Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

          8 copies, 3 large print and 1 audio KRL

FEBRUARY 10 – Nicki – The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See  

          9 copies and electronic KRL

MARCH 9 – Jean – Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis by Jared Diamond

          6 copies KRL

APRIL 13 – Jill – The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty 

          3 copies and electronic KRL

MAY 11 – Ruth – Educated: a Memoir by Tara Westover

          Dozens of KRL copies


  1. Check the library copies long before you need to read the book so you can place a hold if needed. Attached to this email is a list of the icons you will see next to each book type when you search – make sure you are looking at the correct book version, i.e. Eaudiobook versus Standard book, etc. before you put a hold or check it out.
  • Take notes if you read the book early so you can discuss it fully.

03/12/2018: Women Who Love to Read – The Golden Sun

Monday, March 12, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Phyllis Millard’s house.

We are reading The Golden Son by Shilpi Somay Gowda.

The first of his family to go to college, Anil Patel, the golden son, carries the weight of tradition and his family’s expectations when he leaves his tiny Indian village to begin a medical residency in Dallas, Texas, at one of the busiest and most competitive hospitals in America. When his father dies, Anil becomes the de facto head of the Patel household and inherits the mantle of arbiter for all of the village’s disputes. But he is uneasy with the custom, uncertain that he has the wisdom and courage demonstrated by his father and grandfather. His doubts are compounded by the difficulties he discovers in adjusting to a new culture and a new job, challenges that will shake his confidence in himself and his abilities.

Back home in India, Anil’s closest childhood friend, Leena, struggles to adapt to her demanding new husband and relatives. Arranged by her parents, the marriage shatters Leena’s romantic hopes and eventually forces her to make a desperate choice that will hold drastic repercussions for herself and her family. Though Anil and Leena struggle to come to terms with their identities thousands of miles apart, their lives eventually intersect once more—changing them both and the people they love forever.

Please bring a snack to share.

For more information please contact:

Lene Hajek at 253-857-6556

Book Links: Amazon | Good Reads

02/12/2018: Women Who Love To Read – How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming

Monday, 2pm, Bremerton – at Phyllis Millard’s Home

We are reading How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming by Mike Brown

The solar system most of us grew up with included nine planets, with Mercury closest to the sun and Pluto at the outer edge. Then, in 2005, astronomer Mike Brown made the discovery of a lifetime: a tenth planet, Eris, slightly bigger than Pluto. But instead of adding one more planet to our solar system, Brown’s find ignited a firestorm of controversy that culminated in the demotion of Pluto from real planet to the newly coined category of “dwarf” planet. Suddenly Brown was receiving hate mail from schoolchildren and being bombarded by TV reporters—all because of the discovery he had spent years searching for and a lifetime dreaming about.

A heartfelt and personal journey filled with both humor and drama, How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming is the book for anyone, young or old, who has ever imagined exploring the universe—and who among us hasn’t?

We are meeting at Phyllis Millard’s house.

Please bring a snack to share.

For more information please contact:

Lene Hajek at 253-857-6556

Book Links: Good Reads | Amazon

01/08/2018: Born a Crime

Monday, 2pm, Bremerton – at Carolee Effron’s Home

The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother: his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.

The eighteen personal essays collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love.


We are meeting at Carolee Effron’s house.

Please bring a snack to share.

For more information please contact:

Lene Hajek at 253-857-6556 or at

Book Links: Good Reads | Amazon

12/11/2017: Women Who Love to Read

Monday, 12:30pm, Olalla – Lene Hajek’s home in Olalla 

MONDAY, December 11, 2017 AT 12:30

This month we celebrate our Xmas party at Lene Hajek’s home in Olalla

We get together for lunch and we do NOT discuss a book

We do, however, collect children’s books to be donated to the Bremerton Foodline

Notice the earlier time and that this is a pot-luck lunch.


For more information please contact:

Lene Hajek at 253-857-6556


11/13/2017: Women Who Love To Read – The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

Monday, 2pm, Bremerton – at Phyllis Millard’s Home

In 1883, Thaniel Steepleton returns to his tiny flat to find a gold pocketwatch on his pillow.  When the watch saves Thaniel’s life in a blast that destroys Scotland Yard, he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori – a kind, lonely Japanese immigrant.  Meanwhile, Grace Carrow is sneaking into an Oxford library, desperate to prove the existence of the luminiferous ether before her mother can force her to marry.  As the lives of these three characters become entwined, events spiral out of control until Thaniel is torn between loyalties, futures and opposing geniuses.




Please bring a snack to share.

For more information please contact:

Lene Hajek at 253-857-6556

Book Links: Good Reads | Amazon

10/09/2017: Women Who Love To Read – The Inheritance of Loss

Monday, 2pm, Bremerton – at Phyllis Millard’s Home


In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga lives an embittered old judge who wants to retire in peace when his orphaned granddaughter Sai arrives on his doorstep. The judge’s chatty cook watches over her, but his thoughts are mostly with his son, Biju, hopscotching from one New York restaurant job to another, trying to stay a step ahead of the INS, forced to consider his country’s place in the world.

When a Nepalese insurgency in the mountains threatens Sai’s new-sprung romance with her handsome Nepali tutor and causes their lives to descend into chaos, they, too, are forced to confront their colliding interests. The nation fights itself. The cook witnesses the hierarchy being overturned and discarded. The judge must revisit his past, his own role in this grasping world of conflicting desires-every moment holding out the possibility for hope or betrayal.





Please bring a snack to share.

For more information please contact:

Lene Hajek at 253-857-6556

Book Links: Good Reads | Amazon

09/11/2017: Women Who Love to Read – Everyone Brave is Forgiven

Monday, 2pm, Bremerton – at Phyllis Millard’s Home

We are reading “Everyone Brave is Forgiven” by Chris Cleave

As World War Two begins, Mary–a newly qualified teacher in London, left behind to teach the few children not evacuated–meets Tom, a school official. They quickly fall in love, but this is not a simple love story. . . . Moving from Blitz-torn London to the Siege of Malta, this is an epic story of love, loss, prejudice and incredible courage.





Please bring a snack to share.

For more information please contact:


Lene Hajek at 253-857-6556

Book Links: Good Reads | Amazon

08/14/2017: Women Who Love to Read – Victoria’s Daughters

Monday, 2pm, Bremerton – at Phyllis Millard’s home.

We are reading:  “Victoria’s Daughters” by Jerrold Packard


The story of five women who shared one of the most extraordinary and privileged sisterhoods of all time.

Vicky, Alice, Helena, and Beatrice were historically unique sisters, born to a sovereign who ruled over a quarter of the earth’s people and who gave her name to an era: Queen Victoria. Two of these princesses would themselves produce children of immense consequence. All five would curiously come to share many of the social restrictions and familial machinations borne by nineteenth-century women of less-exulted class.




Please bring a snack to share.

For more information please contact:

Lene Hajek at 253-857-6556

Book Links: Good Reads Amazon

06/12/2017: Women Who Love To Read 🗓 🗺

Monday, 12:30pm, Bremerton



The book club meets at Phyllis Millard’s house in Bremerton.

This meeting is a pot-luck lunch.

We will be voting on the books we will read this coming year.

No single book discussion at this meeting.


For more information please contact: Lene Hajek at 253-857-6556 or