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Kristy Bourgeous of the Mapleton 18th Ward Book Club, who recommended these books, said her club has become a group of good friends.

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MAPLETON — Kristy Bourgeous of the Mapleton 18th Ward Book Club said she has become dear friends with the women in the group as they have met and shared their thoughts and experiences with each other.

Deseret News: How did this book group start?

Kristy Bourgeous: Christine ten Bosch and Tammy Lamm, two neighbors and friends, decided to start it up for our neighborhood as a way for the women to get together and become better friends.

DN: What kind of books does your club read?

KB: We read everything. We have read romances, classics, self-help books, religious books and a lot of historical fiction.

DN: What have you learned or gained from being involved in this book group?

KB: I have gained insight and knowledge from the different books that we have read, but mostly I have gained a love for the women that come every month to book club. They have all become my dear friends. They are all intelligent, caring, insightful women who have a lot to share and give. Even though on first impression it seems like some of us are very different from each other, as we have shared our insights and life experiences with each other, I have found that we are all similar in the ways that matter.

DN: Which author, dead or alive, would you most want to attend your group and why?

KB: I think J.K. Rowling would be an author that would fit right into our group. If she suddenly showed up, it would be awesome.

Kristy Bourgeous of the Mapleton 18th Ward Book Club recommends:

Out of My Mind” by Sharon M. Draper, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 320 pages (f)

Edenbrooke” by Julianne Donaldson, Shadow Mountain, 272 pages (f)

To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, Harper, 336 pages (f)

The Persian Pickle Club” by Sandra Dallas, St. Martin’s Griffin, 208 pages (f)

Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand, Random House Trade Paperbacks, 528 pages (nf)

These is my Words” by Nancy E. Turner, Harper Perennial, 416 pages (f)

Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis, HarperOne, 256 pages (nf)

Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor E. Frankl, Beacon Press, 184 pages (nf)

Anne of Green Gables” by L.M. Montgomery, Tundra Books, 400 pages (f)

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China” by Jung Chang, Touchstone, 544 pages (nf)