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. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Book Review for "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" {by Washington Irving}

TITLE OF THE BOOK: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

AUTHOR: Washington Irving

PUBLISHER: multiple



READING LEVEL: appropriate for teens and adults

GENRE: Classic/Gothic Fiction/Short Story/Speculative Fiction


The Headless Horseman haunts Sleepy Hollow. An outsider named Ichabod Crane moves to Tarry Town, where he tries to marry the daughter of the richest man in town. He's driven out of Sleepy Hollow by the Headless Horseman.


Friday, October 7, 2016

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Book Club Ideas

I feel so lucky to be apart of all the magic with this amazing Harry Potter book club party. I got to moderate book #5 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. 

There were so many different options to decide between for my decor item. I made the Prophecy Ords from this book for a fun DIY decoration. They were really easy and turned out pretty cool. They definitely look best in low.  

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Book Club Ideas {FREE Printables}

Goblet of Fire Book Club Delicious Reads
Moderating Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) for Delicious Reads was EPIC. The whole weekend was perfection. Each moderator went all out with discussions, activities, decor, and costumes.

Start off with a Goblet of Fire and have each person put their name in. I created my own version of the Goblet of Fire. I just used wood glue to attach a large wooden candlestick to a ceramic popcorn bucket from DI (my local thrift store). Then I painted them a wood color. My plan was to use this recipe for blue fire. My brother also suggested getting blue cellophane, cutting it to look like fire, and putting a light and fan in the bottom of the cup, which I think is an excellent idea.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Girl on the Train {Book to Movie}

This is the perfect movie to see this spooky season. A mysterious thriller that will keep you guessing all movie long. I have to say when I read the book I was surprised by the ending. It was not as crazy of a twisted book as Gone Girl but still interesting and a great page turner. 
I am really interested in seeing this movie because I love Emily Blunt and she plays the main character. 
So mark your calendars to go see
this weekend.
Opens October 7th
Rated R
112 minutes

Monday, October 3, 2016

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Book Club Ideas

I chose to moderate Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban because it is one of my favorites from the series! It always has been. 
We are introduced to dementors, transfiguration, Harry's godfather, Buckbeat, time-turners, and so many other things of the wizarding world! 


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Book Club Ideas

Hey guys welcome to Book Club Ideas for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I really liked this book and feel like we are introduced to many new "beasts" and this is where we hear about Tom Riddle's Diary (which later we know to become one of those things, I don't want to say in case you haven't read the whole series.) I moderated this book at our Harry Potter Retreat and there were so many things you could do for it. I had to choose which ones I would do because I couldn't do them all. Keep reading and find out all we did at our book club for this book.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Quarterly Book to Movie {October-December 2016}

There aren't that many Book to Movies coming out this quarter but they are really good Book to Movies! In fact no book to movies in December. Check out which books you should reads before you see the movie.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children {Book to Movie}

Get ready for the Halloween Spirit this month by going to see the new movie
It comes out September 30th
It is rated PG-13 and is 2hrs and 7 mins short
I don't think it looks too scary for my 9 year old so I might be taking all my kids to this. I really think they will all enjoy it.
This series by Ransom Riggs has become very popular since it's release in 2011.
Ransom Riggs

Friday, September 16, 2016

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Book Club Ideas

Hey Readers!
I'm Cami from Worthington Ave. and I'm stopping by Delicious Reads today to share about how I moderated Harry Potter Book One for the Delicious Reads Harry Potter Retreat.
I had a blast putting together fun things for this book, and I'm excited to share them with you!

Monday, September 12, 2016

5 movies that were better than their books

Unpopular opinion time: sometimes the movie is every bit as good as the book it's based on. And sometimes it's even better.

Hopefully no book lovers' panties are getting bunched reading this, but I have to admit that sometimes movies bring something special to the table that even a great book just can't deliver. Or sometimes, a movie turns a truly lackluster book into an awesome experience.

Of course, there are tons of movies that absolutely butcher the book on which they were based, but today's post is in honor of the movies that rocked it, and might even be better than the book they're based on. Just one girl's opinion here, of course, and you are more than welcome to disagree with me, as long as no one shows up at my house with torches and pitchforks :-)

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

DIY Harry Potter Cardboard "Mirror of Erised" Tutorial

DIY Harry Potter Cardboard Mirror of Erised
Photo by: Summer Nicole Photography
If you know me at all, then you know I LOVE Harry Potter.

 I was thrilled when Marissa from Raegun Ramblings asked me to be a part of her Happy Harry Potter Blog Series this year and WOW, the creativity and talent from all the bloggers participating is mind blowing!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Ten Years - Harry Potter

It has been a dream of Kelly's to have a Harry Potter Book Club. So this year being our Tenth Anniversary we decided to do a huge Harry Potter Retreat so that we could discuss all seven books.

At our last book club we gave everyone their Hogwarts Letter and Train ticket to the retreat.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

"Ready Player One" Book Club Ideas Part 2

“I created the OASIS because I never felt at home in the real world. I didn't know how to connect with the people there. I was afraid, for all of my life, right up until I knew it was ending. That was when I realized, as terrifying and painful as reality can be, it's also the only place where you can find true happiness. Because reality is real.”
Ernest Cline, Ready Player One
Some good advice from Ernest Cline. We could all use this advice with all the technology we have now and how much all of us have our noses in a phone. Put your phone down and go find happiness. This book has so much it can offer to you and I often think back on it.

Okay now for some ideas for your book club of Ready Player One.