Monday, September 26, 2011

"Paranormalcy" {by Kiersten White} Book Club Ideas


SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUB:
PARANORMALCY
By: Kiersten White
I was doing an internet search for some Paranormalcy book club odds and ends when I ran across this website that talked all about how the cover of Paranormalcy came to be!

  Melissa Walker has the whole story about the different cover ideas that you can read about HERE. It was really interesting to read some of the other cover ideas Kiersten and her cover designers came up with, its a funny read! But ultimately, in the end, they scratched all their original ideas before landing on the beautiful cover you see on the book!



PART l:
MISSION: To turn my ordinary book club members into OFFICIAL "IPCA" (International Paranormal Containment Agency) Agents.
I had this sign (tactlessly taped I might add) to my front door when everyone first arrived.
*I HAD PREVIOUSLY ASKED EVERYONE TO DRESS IN PINK, AS IT IS PART OF IPCA'S DRESS CODE!
Once you walked into the "IPCA Headquarters" (Utah Division) you were then prompted to find your ID CARD and were required to wear it at all times.
(And of course they HAD to be pink!)


I made a IPCA logo just like the FBI that sat next to the "official" ID cards.

We had a few visitors to this meeting and I didn't want to leave them out so I made sure to have extra ID cards ready.

PART II:
Details, Details, Details!
I found a sketch online that I thought could pass for Lend's drawing of Evie and photoshopped a few things out of it and added the little signatures at the top and bottom of the page.

Thanks to Angie's stack of PINK items we had several of these awesome hot pink lava lamps throughout  the room!


PART III:
Shall we mingle?
Here we have: Rachelle, Cassandra and one of our new members, Jennifer! Love these girls!

Here are three of our newest, loveliest members!
Megan, Diana and Kristi

WELCOME TO THE DELICIOUS READS BOOK CLUB GIRLS!!

Check out three of the most "Pink-tacularly"dressed girls you've ever seen! Angie, me and Kellie.
{I was so thankful that my sweetie grabbed these delicious pink shoes for me when he was in Japan last year, they were perfect for our pink dress code!}

Three of our fabulous faithful members:
Robin, Shalease, and Karen.
You girls look darling in your PINK!

We love when SISTERS come to book club together, it makes the whole experience that much more fun!
Here are two sets of our newest sister duo's!

(above) Caitlin and her sister Chanel
(below) Jen and her sister Melissa



PART IV:
Let's Eat!

These were both so "bleeping" good!


We always have the BEST FOOD, month after month, it seems like we just keep topping ourselves!
Thanks to everyone who helped with our phenomenal pink menu!


What a good looking group of girls!

Kellie, Jane, Rachelle and Cassandra



PART V:
GAMES, PRIZES & GIVE-A-WAYS

As I mentioned earlier in this post, I told everyone to come dressed in their finest PINK outfit for the

"Best Dressed Pink Contest!"

{And because it's the required attire for IPCA of course.}


And the winner of the best dressed PINK contest was.....ANGIE!!

Thank you all for indulging me, playing along and dressing up!

This is the prize I put together for the Best Dressed Winner:

1. A personalized and SIGNED copy "Supernaturally" {#2 in the Paranormalcy series}
2. SomeHOT PINK tights, you never know when you might need those!
3. Some hot pink and silver 'Shatter' nail polish
4. A compact mirror and tweezers to represent Evie's blinged-out "Tasey"
{Pink tasers are surprisingly hard to find}
5. And a few pink treats to nibble on while reading Supernaturally!

After that, it was time to take the FINAL IPCA EXAM!
Remember, there's no talking during the exam!
{It was quiet enough to hear a mouse sneeze during the quiz!}

I distributed the "Fairy Final Exam" first.
The tricky part about this exam was it was NOT based on any facts from the book. Nope, instead, I created a quiz based on old folklore throughout the decades and from all across the world!
{It made for a really quiet room and several confused faces but it was all in good fun!}


Above is an example of half of the Fairy quiz I put together so you can see what the questions were like.
If you want to take this quiz and see how you'd do then go HERE to download it! 
The WINNER of the Fairy Final was one of our new members, KIM!!
She won the Fabulous Fairy Survival Kit which included:
1. A loaf of BREAD {a must for all us agents!}
2. Two bottles of carbonated COKE{In case of a fairy emergency}
3. A protective charm made of IRON {always handy to have}
4. And the NAME of her designated fairy {in case of emergencies}

After everyone completed the quiz and proved they could handle fairies, I handed out these cards that fit on the backside of their IPCA ID badges. Each card was different, with a different fairy name and meaning which instructed the wearer to use only in EMERGENCIES.
{Fairies are no laughing matter.}
Then it was time for the last exam.
The Paranormal Creatures Exam to be exact.

I wrote down EVERY SINGLE paranormal creature that was mentioned during my reading of Paranormalcy and created one question based on each one.
Pencils ready?
Go!


This is the first half of the paranormal Quiz I put together (thank you Wikipedia) and if you would like to download it to see how you would score then click HERE to download the printable exam with answer key! 

JANE was the 1st place WINNER of the paranormal exam!

Inside Jane's 1st place prize was:

1. A copy of  Shakespeare's, "A Midsummer's Night Dream"
 {That book is loaded with fairies and paranormal creatures!}
2. The paranormal themed movie, "Stardust"
3. Some HOT PINK nail polish
4. And a pink treat

SANDRA was the 2nd place paranormal quiz WINNER!

Inside Sandra's 2nd place prize was:

1. The non-animated edition of, "Peter Pan"
{I love this version! And it has lots of paranormal creatures in it!}
2. A couple of little pink nail polishes
3. A pink treat to eat while watching the movie.

Caitlin was the 3rd place paranormal quiz WINNER! 

Inside Caitlin's 3rd place prize was:

1. Four keepsake twilight journals in a collectible tin
{For the obvious paranormal reasons}
2. A pink treat to eat while writing




PART VI:
THE DISCUSSION

Some of the questions that were brought up were:


-Did you enjoy Kiersten’s poking fun of the “typical“ paranormal creatures?
 *The creatures Kiersten has created are not what you would expect in most cases and she had a way of quickly ‘deglamorizing’ them.

-Who was your favorite character? {Mine was Reth, I love a good villain}

-What are your thoughts on the cover for Paranormalcy?

-Why do you really think the fay created Evelyn and Vivian? For what purpose? (pg. 311)

-What do you think Reth meant on page 331 when he  said, “You weren’t meant to release them, you silly child. You were meant to release me. Us.”


The entire PINK gang
"Normal is SO overrated..."

We're wearing our pink pouty faces
{Angie, me (Kelly) and Kellie}

The Delicious Reads book club would  like to thank Kiersten White for writing such a fun and entertaining book, we had a blast putting our book club meeting together!

We look forward to reading book two, "Supernaturally" and we will see you (hopefully) again in Utah when "Endlessly" hits the shelves! 

17 comments :

Bethany said...

looks like it was a super fun time! love you gals!

The Kitch said...

I am so so so sad I missed this!!! It looks like it was an amazing evening. I am never missing a book club ever again. Ever! I am excited for next week!

Anonymous said...

Great job on the blog post! I am looking forward to next week...

Melissa Coates

Jane said...

Kelly--You seriously rock! I had a blast that evening and love all your creativity and efforts you put into our discussions and time together!!

Karen said...

Another fabulous post! Any author would be lucky to have you reading their book with all the extras you come up with...thanks Kelly!

Kiersten White said...

Oh. My. Holy bleeping crap.

Can I join your book club??

Seriously. This is AMAZING. As my husband just said, "Your job is so weird. And cool." BEST BOOK CLUB EVER.

Rachele Alpine said...

Oh my gosh....that's the coolest book club ever! I want to be a part of it!

Sash and Em said...

this is so cute!!! awesome job, ladies!!

*Kelly* said...

I had a blast coming up with ideas for this book, probably the mist fun I've had putting one together so Thank You Kiersten for making it possible with your fabulous book!

Diana said...

This is wicked cool! Thanks for sharing! My little book club read Paranormalcy and went to the lecture at the Provo Library. It's so much fun to do book-ish things with friends!

Diana said...

The quizes you created look really great! When I click on the quiz links though a sign in page comes up. Is there another way to view them?

Kellie H said...

I don't know if we can top that one. It was so much fun. You are the best.

*Kelly* said...

Diana, the sign in is to The Box where I host all my printables,you just have to add an email address and password but if your uncomfortable doing that I can email you the quizes! Let me know!

Mary Campbell said...

Your book club is so fun. I tried to get something like this going with my book club, but no one else is interested. Here's a link: http://writersbuttdoesnotapplytome.blogspot.com/2009/11/dreamdark-evening-with-faeries.html - to when we discussed Blackbringer by Laini Taylor it's a fairy book too.

We used to do dinner, but we decided it was too much work and now we just have dessert. Looking through your blog has given me so many ideas that maybe I'll try to incorporate. Couples night sounds fun - maybe I'll try that. That's a hard one because so many of us need our husbands to watch the kids while we go out. Thanks for the writer events page - I'm a writer and I try to get to as many local author events that I can. Since I know so many local authors now, a fun thing I've been doing is inviting authors to our book club. Local authors are so nice and I bet you could get some to come as well.
FYI - I tried to read some of your book club reviews, but some of them said the page didn't exist.

Thanks for sharing your book club with us. Oh and I loved Paranormalcy too.

Kimberly Sabatini said...

You guys are awesome!!!!! You must be the best book club ever!!!!

Megan Parkes said...

Such a fun night! Thanks for welcoming me into the club! :)

Cynthia Von Oehsen said...

This is amazing, I am SOOOO inspired! I am an Upper School Librarian, hosting our Paranormalcy Book Club tomorrow, and I know my girls would LOVE your quizzes. I logged into The Box, but for some reason it's not giving me access. Any advice?