Morning Meanderings… Have I Mentioned Lately That I Love My Book Club?

Good Morning!  Wednesday already can you even believe it?  I feel like the days are flying by and now I am only two days out from going to the Twin Cities for the Book Festival and Book Blogger Meet Up!  WOW!  I will talk more on that yet this week 🙂

Last night my book club met and reviewed The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.  Every October we read a Classic and this year we thought it would be fun to wear old-time hats.  My search went on after work yesterday where my goal was to go for the whole look.  We have two great second-hand stores in town and my first stop found me the best shoes for the look – in fact they looked a lot like the shoes on the book cover which to me was “SQQQQUUUUEEEEE” worthy.


The Book Cover
The Book Cover


My Shoes


However, my first stop had nothing for vintage hats.  SO…. I hit the second stop (one of my faves) and they had MANY vintage hats.  So I grabbed a couple of dresses and about five hats and of to the dressing room I went.  I left with the hat you will see in the pictures and a dress that you will not.  The dress was so awesome – black with a pick trim and lace around the bottom, it would have been perfect but was a size to small.  It was so cute and I can use it in the future and was such a low price that I could not pass it up (plus now it is an inventive!).  Maybe with a little luck by Halloween we can see that dress!  Or, err….. shortly after.  😛

We had a wonderful meeting and good food.  The way we choose our books for our next read is that we each are allowed to nominate one book.  Then we go around and we each get two votes and the book that receives the most votes wins.  This was our nominations:


The Boticelli Secret by Marina Fiorato

The Butterfly Garden by Chip St. Clair

The Recipe Club by Andrea Israel

The Wishing Trees by John Shors

Rough Country by John Sanford

Everything is Beautiful by Katherine Center

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

The Help by Katherine Stockett

I know right?  Look at that selection!  It was so hard to choose!  A few of these are currently on my shelf to be read!  The winning vote went to The Boticelli Secret.  That will be our November Bookies book club read.

I am off to work and then Group Power and tonight a planning meeting for Honduras.  It’s hard to believe out trip is really only about 6 weeks out.

I will leave you with a couple of pics from last night.  This is not the entire book club, just the ones who wore hats.


Around the table


Classic Hat Bookies


Have a super Wednesday everyone!  😀

28 thoughts on “Morning Meanderings… Have I Mentioned Lately That I Love My Book Club?

  1. Wow that’s a huge book club!! I admit I think I’d go a little crazy with that many people. We’ve had a couple months when we have tons of people come and we can never keep on a single conversation! I find 6-8 people to be perfect for discussion. 🙂

    1. Amanda, we finally put a freeze on members in January due to we had 18 and it was hard to find places to meet. Now we are averaging about 12-14 a meeting, there are always those who can not attend. 😀

  2. Oh, I love the vintage look! Reminds me of me, back in the day, and before Flower Power took over. We actually looked younger in our hippie garb than we did in the previous incarnations (which made us look like grown-ups!).

    I think I had that same hat! LOL

  3. Loved the hats and the whole idea of setting the stage for the discussion. I have not been successful in finding a book club and am very envious. Enjoy!

    1. Thanks Jill – I always thought all book clubs were like ours until I started talking about mine on here and seen how hard it is for some to get one going.

      I was really surprised, but even in my own area I find people are like “wow, you talk about the book? we just get together to eat and catch up.”

  4. Really fun night, although it felt like we were being kicked out by 8 p.m. That was strange, as we were their main business last night. Anyway- so fun to dress up in hats and loved the various and very different options of new books to choose from. Just a typo correction for you- It’s Everyone is Beautiful, not Everything. 🙂

    1. Kaydi – thanks for the correction! The book sounds awesome and I am going to look for that one too. 🙂

      I did have fun too. The place we were at probably isn’t used to such fun people…LOL 😛

    1. Thanks Lynne, I think I got an email on that and have yet to go back and visit the blog – I need to do that. 😀

      I feel ok… I am back and forth…. I think I am just fighting some virus going around….

  5. Looks like you guys had a great. I really wish I could get a book club started around here, but I live in a rural area and haven’t had much luck on that score, but I’m up for trying again in a month or so….

    1. Deb I started with two girls I worked with. It was 10 years ago and I had worked with the same people for 4 years at that point and thought it was kind of sad we didn’t know each other any better than saying hi at the time clock.

      I posted a note on the time clock – chose a book (Dance Upon The Air by Nora Roberts), put a time and place and waited. No one said boo to me about it.

      The day of the planned meeting I showed up at the restaurant pretty much planning to drink a diet coke and go home. Then two ladies showed up. We had a blast. And the next month,another one came. And for a long time we were 8 and then we grew again to 12, and now we are at 18.

      GAH! 😀 But a good Gah!

    1. Its funny Vivienne, we did that in the beginning because we were so small we didn’t want to hurt anyone feelings by not choosing their book. Then as we grew, we just left that rule in place. 😀

  6. What a great group. I need to check our library in my town (not where I worked) to see if they have a book club. They must have one, but I have never asked. The two at my old library were a bunch of little old ladies and they never discussed the books. It was a time to visit and nothing more.

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