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Here I Am

Well, here I am! You found me.

I have thought about starting to write a small blog for a while, and today is the day. I think it will primarily focus on the Bookclub that I belong to, which started 3 years ago. However, it could include recipes or even the on goings in my glamorous, dramatically, exciting life! Who knows?! The possibilities are endless.

I originally began Bookclub because I was struggling with reading. When I did read, it would only be 2-3 pages before my eyes got heavy and I was dozing off and I hardly ever read books to completion. I wanted to become a reader. In order to become a reader, I decided that the accountability of reporting to a group each month would keep me on task to complete books.

To start, I decided to ask friends via Facebook if anyone would be interested in joining a Bookclub. I got a few interested people and from there I began planning:

  • Bookclub will meet at my house on the second Tuesday of each month (7-9pm)
  • All participants will  have an opportunity to make book suggestions
  • The monthly selection will be drawn from a draw box
  • Bookclub is a great opportunity to read books that remove you from your comfort zone; Try a book that you may not have chosen to read on your own
  • Snacks and wine are a must

Now, 3 years in, I send emails regarding Bookclub and its meetings to 19 people. Perhaps that doesn’t seem like a lot, but when you are all reading the same book, and you all have very differing opinions and strong personalities, it is a lot of people.

We are a very casual Bookclub. Sometimes only 3 people can make a meeting, sometimes 15 show. It just depends on people and their schedules. It doesn’t matter much to me, I am reading and I am happy! I hope you will follow along as I continue to grow as a reader.

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2019 Bookclub Reads

This year, Bookclub decided to try something new! At our January meeting, we selected a theme for each month of the year. Anyone can submit a suggestion for the theme of a particular month, and the book chosen will be selected by random draw.

January – Educated by Tara Westover

February (Romance Theme)  – Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn

March (Quirky Theme) – This is How is Always is by Lauri Frankel

April (Thriller Theme) – House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

 

2018 Bookclub Reads

January – A Dogs Purpose by Bruce Cameron
February – The Rent Collector by Camron Wright
March – Dancing on Broken Glass by Ka Hancock
April – Elenor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
And
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Bali Kaur Jaswal
May  A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas
June – The History of Love – Nicole Krauss
And
The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah
And
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
September – The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
October- An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena
November – Tin Lily by Joann Swanson

 

Books and Food and Food in Books

Yes, it has been a while since I’ve written a post. Mostly because I found this whole concept of blogging to be intimidating! However, there is no better cure for intimidation (or anything for that matter), than a good meal!

I am about half way through A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, one of our summer Bookclub picks, and it occurred to me that I have read many books with deliciously strong food content. This got me thinking, is there a recipe for the Latvian Stew that was served at the Boyarsky?

Well, I googled it! To my surprise, I discovered that there is a whole website dedicated to food in books. Now, when you are reading a Louise Penny novel and wish that you could taste one of Gabri and Olivier’s creations at the Bistro, you are in luck! You just have to make it yourself.

Check out your favorite recipes from books at The Book Club Cook Book

You will not be disappointed, maybe just a little hungrier.

Cooking a book themed meal or treat for your Bookclub can really tie the discussion together. Unfortunately for my Bookclub, we meet after dinner and are usually too full to eat. That’s just poor planning! I did, however, recreate the molasses bread ever so present in the Kitchen House novel we read by Kathleen Grissom and I do recall it being a hit (see below).

Until next time, Happy Reading and Happy Eating!

kitchenhouse

2017 BookClub Reads

January – The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
February – The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
March – Watership Down by Richard Adams
April – The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff
May – All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
June – A Genleman in Moscow by Amor Towles OR All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
July – Summer Break
August – Summer Break
September – The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
October – Hello Darkness – Sandra Brown
November – Wonder by R.J Palacio and/or American Gods by Neil Gaiman

December

2016 Bookclub Reads

January – Through the Glass by Shannon Moroney
February – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer
March – The Stranger by Harlan Coben
April 
May
June
July
August
September – Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
October – Still Mine by Amy Stewart
November – All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
December

2015 Bookclub Reads

January – The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
February – Night road by Kristen Hannah
March – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
April – The Signature of All Things – Elizabeth Gilbert
May – The Quickie by James Patterson
June – In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
July 
August 
September – The Lost Wife by Alison Richman
October – Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
November – The Luckiest girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
December 

2014 Bookclub Reads

Bookclub began in April 2014. Here is the listing of books we read that year:

April  – Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
May – The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
June – The Marriage Bargain (Marriage to a Billionaire #1) by Jennifer Probst
July
August
September – Clara Callan by Richard B Wright
October – The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
November – The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty
December