Welcome, to Floyd’s Book Club! Below you will find a list of the books I have read within the current month – complete with “Love,” “Weeping,” and “Donita” Factors. I even have links to the books on Amazon, for your viewing pleasure!

I sincerely hope that you find a book or two within this newsletter that catches your interest. Whether you pick one up at the library, a local bookstore, or on your E-reader – I wish you Happy Reading!

– Jana M. Floyd

Sunburn by Laura Lippman51i2hLp31ZL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_

I don’t remember where I heard about this book… probably a podcast.

Strange incidents keep happening around Polly, when all she is trying to do is survive. Everything seems to be masterfully orchestrated… but who is the pulling all the puppet strings?

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 1 out of 5 Teapots

*Donita Factor: This factor will tell you if there are any steamy bits in the book. The scale will be measured by Teapots of Steam. 1 being just a little steam and 5 being… well…. you get the picture.

The Writing Life by Annie Dillard31-oCiyJS6L._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_

Shout out to Rachael Herron, host of both The Writer’s Well and How Do You Write? podcasts, for this book recommendation.

I would consider this book a reflection collection of thoughts about the writing life. I would recommend reading this one slowly, taking the time to reflect on the ideas and thoughts presented.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears


They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall41QQ7tI1ajL

I heard an interview with the author on the Unlikable Female Characters podcast and immediately requested the book from the library. It’s one part thriller, one part mystery, and one part Clue (the board game and/or film) – with the seven deadly sins thrown in.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows51zSWUuPdTL._SX315_BO1,204,203,200_

Shout out to the wonderful Alissa Bimberg for the recommendation on this one! We plan to watch the Netflix film sometime in the near future.
Written entirely in the form of letters between several individuals following WWII, this book is full of charming characters and stories of a Nazi German occupation. I truly enjoyed this read.
Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 1 out of 5 Tears



Echo in Onyx by Sharon Shinn  51L+enFud9L._SX342_ (1)

If I had to guess, I suppose this book would go into the YA/Fantasy novel category.

A country girl, Brianna, become employed to Lady Marguerite, a princess with three echos – a clone of sorts, incapable of thought and only copy the host. When disaster strikes, both Brianna and Marguerite must pull together to survive.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop51NCJjP9AIL

This book is certainly not for everyone. Has some real weird/fanciful steamy bits. Just a warning.

A small future queen and witch child is struggling to survive in a very strange fantasy world/worlds. She find help from a slew of people, including a couple of demons and Satan. Kind of a weird book.

Love Factor: 2 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 10 out of 5 Teapots


Blood Sisters by Juin Charnell 51UzE6QmerL

*Trigger warning. This book deals with child sex trafficking.

Remember that Liam Neeson movie, Taken? This novel reminded me of that type of justice. As in, everything will be okay as long as you take the bad guys down. The End.

Love Factor: 1 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears


Spring by Ali Smith41etjy5BOOL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_

I cannot do better than the “blurb” for this book. So…

With an eye to the migrancy of story over time and riffing on Pericles, one of Shakespeare’s most resistant and rollicking works, Ali Smith tell the impossible tale of an impossible time. In a time of walls and lockdown, Smith opens the door.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

Favorite Quote: “I’m okay, she says. I’m doing my best in response to my situation and being as good-humored as I can while I’m doing it.”

Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield 51lD2JA-QIL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_

Remember that one film, 300? This is a re-telling of that story. And it’s definitely not as fanciful as the film.

With Persia threatening to take over the world, 300 Spartans stand in the way… and give their lives for eternal glory.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

Favorite Quote: “Men’s pain is lightly borne and swiftly over. Our wounds are of the flesh, which is nothing; women’s is of the heart-sorrow unending, far more bitter to bear.”

The Dead Drink First by Dale Maharidge46183531 (1)

I listened to this book while I painted my kitchen. Praise the sweet baby Jesus that my kitchen is no longer the color of fry sauce (it’s a lovely off white now).
I have read my fair share of WWII books and watched a number of documentaries and films on the subject. However, rarely have I encountered such a honest perspective from the family of a WWII vet. I found this book powerful and moving. Highly recommend it.
Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 1 out of 5 Tears

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann51PP3iTK8DL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_

I know this book was making the rounds in the last year or so, but I didn’t really know what it was about or had any interest until I heard the author on a podcast (Sorry, Donita, I don’t remember which one). I was hooked from chapter one. And I am getting the Jimmy Stewart film based on the events covered in this book from the library this week! *Shout out to Ramsey County Library!*
Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 1 out of 5 Tears

Favorite Quote: “I don’t know of a single Osage family which didn’t lose at least one family member because of the head rights.”

If you would like to send me a book recommendation, become a guest reviewer, or just want to chat about any of the books in today’s issue – please feel free to email me or comment on this post!


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4 responses to “FLOYD’S BOOK CLUB – JUNE”

  1. Jana, you are inspiring me to read more! I am just now finishing up an advanced reading copy of “The Book of Joby” (now in print but brought to me by my book selling spouse). It is a re-telling, updated book of Job combined with Arthurian Legend. The Devil is in the details! Also on my summer reading list is “On the Come Up”, a requirement for the class I am helping with this fall. It is turning out to be an interesting and relatively quick read. Lastly, the book I have been waiting for since a friend recommended it over two months ago, “The Library”. It has been a very long a patient Ramsey County library hold but I have faith it will be worth it. I need to pick this up from my local branch no later than Thursday!

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    • I am so glad you are feeling inspired! I would LOVE to add The Book of Joby and The Library to my reading list! Would you mind providing me with the Author Names?
      All of my requested books come off hold at once! For example, I think I have six checked out right now. And there is no way on God’s green earth I get them all read by the due date. There needs to be more hours in the day!

      Thank you for your comment and interest! Happy Reading!


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