Tuesday, March 7, 2017

"Gemina: The Illuminae Files #2" Book Club Ideas

 What an amazing book club night. This photo shows how magical it was. We asked the group which book they liked better: Illumina or Gemina. It was about 50/50. You know how most of the time the second book in a series just doesn't live up to the first or final book. Well in my opinion I like book two even more. I didn't think the authors could make me fall in love with another couple from this series but I pretty much LOVE Nik and Hannah.
(maybe even more than Kady and Ezra and that is saying a lot if you have read the first book)

I am very excited to see how these two authors finish this story in book 3. I am going to have a hard time waiting until October for that book. And I can't wait to see what the cover is going to look like.

“Her eyes shining with the light of it. Beneath, between, beyond.Along the endless circle.Down the ceaseless spiral.And waiting for her on the other side? Just like he promised....“A whole sky of different stars.” ― Amie Kaufman & Jay KristoffGemina

Monday, February 27, 2017

Book Review for "Gemina" {by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff}

TITLE: Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2)
AUTHOR: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
# OF PAGES: 659
PUBLISHER: Knopf Books for Young Readers


Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The saga that began with Illuminae continues on board the space station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of BeiTech’s assault. Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter, Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while they are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum may be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival. The fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Briefing Note: Told through a compelling dossier of found documents—and featuring guest journal illustrations by bestselling author Marie Lu—Gemina hurls readers into an enthralling new episode that will leave them breathless.

Our Rating:

Friday, January 27, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017

Book to Movie 2017 {January - March}

There is a huge variety of books this quarter becoming movies and tv shows. From novels, to fairy tales, to graphic novels and then to Young Adult fiction. So there should be a movie for everyone. Check out these books that are hitting the big screen in the next couple of months.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Book Review for "Daring Greatly" {by Brené Brown}

TITLE: Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, by Brené Brown
PUBLISHER: Avery (an imprint of Penguin Random House)
PAGES: 249
READING LEVEL: For teens and adults
GENRE: Non-fiction

Author Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, studies human happiness and the things that destroy it. In "Daring Greatly," Brené teaches us the danger of shame and the pursuit of perfection and encourages us to courageously embrace ourselves and others—imperfections and all.  


Monday, January 9, 2017

Our 2016 in Review

It's that time of year to recap on all our 2016 Book Club Picks. We had such a great year and none of these books disappointed us. I have all the links below to each month. I hope your book club gets to read some of these books. I didn't realize this till I was going over everything but half of our books have been made into movies. I love seeing a book come to life on the big screen. Hopefully they decide to make some of the other books movies like The Nightingale, A Darker Shade of Magic and Illuminae. I'm crossing my fingers.

Monday, January 2, 2017

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Friday, December 30, 2016

"Anne of Green Gables" Book Club Ideas Part 2

Did you grow up reading Anne of Green Gables or watching the movies? Most of us at book club did also. But there were a few of us who didn't know anything about Anne. 

It is never too late to read this story that is loved by the world and maybe you will fall in love with it too.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

"Anne of Green Gables" Book Club Ideas Part 1

We have been wanting to read this book for a while now and we finally get to discuss it. Check out these book club food ideas for Anne of Green Gables. Robin put together the perfect menu for our book club night. We hope that this will inspire you also.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Book Review for "Anne of Green Gables" {by L.M. Montgomery}

TITLE OF THE BOOK: Anne of Green Gables

AUTHOR: L.M. Montgomery

PUBLISHER: Puffin Classics (but there are over a thousand editions and many different publishers)


YEAR PUBLISHED: 2014 (Originally in 1908)

READING LEVEL: Middle Grader

GENRE: Classics

BOOK SUMMARY: The lovely story of a young orphan who is accidentally placed in the quiet town of Avonlea. Anne’s story of her scrapes and successes pulled our book club right into Anne’s world. This coming-of-age novel is full of characters you instantly love and stories you feel in your young-girl heart.

Our Star Rating is...

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Favorite Things of 2016

Every year at our Christmas Book Club we have a white elephant gift exchange and it can get quite heated with all the stealing of gifts. But we try to do a little different items each year. This year we decided to have each member that comes to book club that night bring their favorite item(s) of 2016. We wrap them and print out a card with a description and why we picked the gift. Then we take turns picking gifts. When you pick the gift you have to guess who brought it. If you guess right you get to open the gift. If you guess wrong it goes back in the pile until it is guessed correctly.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Book Lover's Gift Guide

We all know them. Some of us are them. Yes, the infamous BOOK WORM. Someone who'd rather be reading a book or discussing it more than just about anything else. So what do you do when it's time to get them a gift? You can get them a book (you can't go wrong with that and we have some new releases listed below too), but what if you want to get them something unique or in addition to that book they want? Here's the guide for you! Each picture is numbered so that you can get more info below as well as a link directly to the gift you're eyeing for a loved one. Or forget them, and get something literally literary inspired just for YOURSELF. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Book Club Picks 2017

We finally did it! We narrowed down our huge list of "To Reads" and picked 12 books that we will read next year for Book Club. We are so excited for these books and can't wait to share our Book Club Ideas with you.

Drum Roll Please!!!!!!

Monday, December 5, 2016

"Wuthering Heights" Book Club Ideas

Have you read the classic Wuthering Heights yet? If not you are not alone! Over 3/4 of our book club had never read it and it was SO FUN to hear everyones thoughts on this twisted tale!

Hopefully these book club ideas will inspire you to give this gothic tale a try.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Book Review for "Wuthering Heights" {by Emily Brontë}


TITLE OF THE BOOK: Wuthering Heights
AUTHOR: Emily Brontë
PUBLISHER: Thomas Cautley Newby
READING LEVEL: Adult/Young Adult 
GENRE: Classic, Fiction, Romance, Gothic       

BOOK SUMMARY: A story within a story. Wuthering Heights is a passionate story of the toxic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff.  When first published, this poetic masterpiece was extremely controversial for its immorality and its physical and mental cruelty. It has stood the test of time and is truly one of the most influential classics ever written.         

Monday, November 28, 2016

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" Book Club Ideas

"There is nothing like the silence and loneliness of night to bring dark shadows over the brightest mind." 
Washington Irving 

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow seemed like the perfect choice for an October book club read. Surprisingly, few of us had read the book, so we didn't know much about it except it was short and about a headless horseman. Or course, we all learned so much more about this Gothic tale and had a great discussion about how the short story came to be!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Harry Potter Book Club Food Ideas

As always, food is really important to us but it was ESPECIALLY important for our 10 year Harry Potter retreat!
Our menu was based off food mentioned through out the books and prepared by Hogwarts house elves. We had two different menus. One for our dinner feast and one for our English style breakfast. And we had a HUGE dessert and sweet shop bar we could graze from during the evening!

 Dobby aka Erika, was in charge of our Food Committee and she did such a fabulous job. Thank you so much Erika and everyone who was on the food committee!!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Harry Potter Book Club Costume Ideas

We had everyone pick a character to dress up as and made a list so that we wouldn't have any duplicates. Keep reading to see all the customer from the retreat.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Book Club Ideas

After discussing books 1-6 in one night we decided we would discuss book 7 the next day and really spend some quality time on it. Our book club member, Erika, was in charge of book 7 and came up with an incredibly interactive and creative way for us to relive the book! We playing a game she made up herself that split us all into 4 teams going on a Horocrux hunt!
Guys... Erika put SO much time and energy into this game, it was amazing!

Lucky for you, she has agreed to make it available to anyone who's daring (or nerdy enough like us) to use it for their own personal use! 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Book Club Ideas

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is my absolute favorite book in the Harry Potter series and I was thrilled when I received the opportunity to act as moderator. There are so many reasons that I love this particular book. Up until this point we have not learned much about Voldermort's past. Through the pensive and Dumbledore's memories we gain great insight into why and how Voldermort became the way he is. We are also introduced to a new character that is one of my favorites, Horace Slughorn. There are exciting spells and potions that are introduced (sectumsempra, felix felicies etc.), and of course the epic ending of the book where the beloved headmaster Dumbledore is killed by Severus Snape.