There is a reason our book club has a wait list.
are a ton of fun.
We always enjoy taking our reads to the next level through excellent discussion not only on book, but author as well, often food to go with what we read, and occasionally (my favorites) we dress up.
When we chose Gone With The Wind for our Annual Classic Read I was so excited about the possibilities for dressing the era. When the buzz started with the girls saying they would make curtain dresses, having never read the book before I was thrilled with their enthusiasm…. making dresses! Way to go Bookies!!!
I was sent a link to the Carol Burnett spoof on the book…
Ahhh….. what exactly were the Bookies going to do?
There was a little buzz on our Facebook page. They were havig trouble finding used curtains for their dresses. I went to a Halloween shop and found mine …. it was called Goth Vampire but I figured if Scarlett could be who she was… she certainly could also be goth.
So book review night comes. I had it at my house, converted to the Plantation Tara for the evening. And as the girls entered… I was impressed with their creativity..
do not disappoint.
As you can see in the picture… several made the curtain dress! Kathy (far right in white) even had the curtain rod in hers! Between using old curtains, buying curtains, dressing in an ere looking dress, and being creative….
the Bookies take on Gone With The Wind like pro’s! You will notice up front we have a Mammy… and another surprise you can not quite see in this picture, but you will soon!
There she is… in the back to the left with a halo…. yes Gone With The Wind fans…. Lori dressed up as….
Yup. God’s nightgown.
The exclamation that Scarlett would frequently say throughout the book when she was frustrated. The first time in Bookie history that someone dressed as an exclamation. Nicely played Lori…
Laura, with the help of her mother, went all out and sewed up this cute little curtain number from new curtains. I told her she could wear this next year to our Gatsby party as well!
Of course… it wouldn’t be a Bookies book review without great food….
We had corn pone, Frankly My Dear I Don’t Give A Ham sandwiches, Butler Balls, shrimp creole,fried chicken, brownies, and sweet potato pie (recipe below) and a Scarlett OHara drink (recipe below).
We had an excellent discussion on the book. There is so much to talk about in Gone With The Wind! We all agreed that Ashley was NOT a catch. We discussed Scarlett’s relationships with her different husbands as well as with her children. She was indeed… a unique individual.
We also had good discussion over the author Margaret Mitchell… kudos to her for creating such a protagonist as Scarlett… what an unusual perspective for the times…. this headstrong woman who was not a nurturing mother or wife but instead always looking for the best way to support herself and her ambitions.
It was interesting also to hear the difference of thoughts from those in the group who had read the book before (very few actually), and those who had seen the movie, to those of us like myself that had not done either.
For a classic, the overall consensus was an average read AND not to bad for a classic rating – BELIEVE ME. A few of us, myself included, rated the book a 5 which is our top of our rating scale. See my personal review here.
Why Does Gone With The Wind make for a good book club read?
Gone With The Wind is indeed vast with pages, but worth the efforts for book clubs. The option to read or listen to on audio makes for a wide variety of discussion on both. There is much to discuss as a group from the civil war, to the reasons this is a banned book, to Scarlett herself as well as her relationships with others. AND the little extras you can do to make your discussion even deeper.
Please click here for group discussion questions and ideas for a group review
Sweet Potato Pie
you will need-
1 1/2- 2 pounds sweet potatoes
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 9 inch pie crust
- Boil sweet potato whole in skin for 40 to 50 minutes, or until done. Run cold water over the sweet potato, and remove the skin.
- Break apart sweet potato in a bowl. Add butter, and mix well with mixer. Stir in sugar, milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until mixture is smooth. Pour filling into an unbaked pie crust.
- Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 55 to 60 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Pie will puff up like a souffle, and then will sink down as it cools. ( as seen at All Recipes.com)
Scarlett O Hara Drink
2 ounces Southern Comfort
8-10 oz cranberry juice
1 squirt of lemon juice to taste
mix and serve over ice
I am linking this post to both Saturday Snapshots and Weekend Cooking.
20 thoughts on “Bookies Review, Food, and Getting Into Character With Gone With The Wind”
It’s very impressive what your book club went through for this book. All we do is sit around and discuss the book! Nice.
LOL…. when your book club gets to be 16 members we try to find things to keep it engaging. Its not mandatory but most of us get into the little extras 🙂
OMG you guys are THE MOST FUN!!! Love the puns and the costumes. And, of course, the food. And that Carol Burnett clip is the all-time BEST.
We did have fun with this one Candace. I am always impressed with what the girls come up with 🙂
Thanks for sharing your amazing groups of friends. I have never read GWTW, but I am prompted to now. I have a friend who has read it 3 times, as a teen, in college and later as a wife and mother. She says she found it different every time. Guess that’s the classic part!
I bet that is true… at different times you will come out it different ways.
What a fabulous event! Love the costumes and food. I’m old enough to remember when that Carol Burnett clip first aired. Still hilarious!
I had never even heard of the clip until we decided to read the book! 😛
What fun…love that logo at the top of the post, poking fun at Rhett’s remark; and could there be a more perfect “ending line” for a relationship?
I loved the curtain dress, too, and you have all outdone yourselves with yours. Thanks for sharing…and here’s MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST
mmmm…. ham. lol It was fun to dress up and now I have yet another interesting dress in my arsenal.
Thanks for sharing your post. It looks like such a fun book club! I can see why there is a waiting list to join!
My, what a ton of fun! Cheers from Carole’s Chatter!
I LOVE the God’s nightgown costume. If I ever need to dress up like a character from Gone With the Wind, that’s going to be my costume!
What a splendid idea!!
Wow, you guys always go ALL OUT! Looks like so much fun – great costumes this time! Glad you had a good time 🙂
Book By Book
How fun! I love the costumes and the creative menu! Wish my book groups did something like that. Last year we thought of dressing up as our favorite book character (from a book we read in the group) for Halloween but then all but two of us forgot!
I am glad you liked Gone With the Wind. I agree that it would be a good book discussion selection if groups are willing to give it a chance. We usually pick shorter books. Classics are a harder sell in my group though we did read The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.
Your book club is so amazing! And the recipes sound great!
Your book club sure knows how to have fun, and Scarlett O’Hara is one of my favorite drinks.
Love the way you make your meetings such an occasion. Makes our book club feel so tame we just about manage coffee, wine and potato chips.
How clever and creative your bookies are. Gowns out of curtains, and dressing as an exclamation. Sounds like fun.