In 2008, I combined my love of books with my love of parties. The idea was simple... our family would choose and read a great book. I would invite others to read the same book. I would collect $5 from each participant, plan games, contests, decorations, food and prizes all focused on the theme of the book! The money given by each participant would allow an ample budget for loads of book club party fun! The parties have been wildly successful. As a homeschool mom, I'm proud to say that we learn a little something, too!



Read more here about me, my family and my Book Club Parties. Discuss with me upcoming books and parties, make book suggestions, discuss other books I've read or books you're reading. Also, hopefully (sometime soon) get complete BOOK CLUB PARTY INSTRUCTIONS for all the book club parties I've thrown since 2008!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty --- NOT

     NOT your ordinary fairy tale for sure, but amazing!  The first two books take place on earth after the 4th World War.  We meet a charming Prince, a cyborg mechanic named Cinder, her droid with a faulty personality chip and Cinder's evil stepmother and her two step-sisters who all live in China... the Common Wealth.  The second book introduces us to Scarlett who is French, a Queen-made mutant named wolf, a cyber-genious named Cress who is a prisoner in a satellite forced to do the Queen's biding and a rogue yet handsome and charming thief and pilot.  The third book takes place in Luna... yes, that would be the moon and people (lunars) live.  Unfortunately they are ruled by the evil Queen Lavana who is stepmother to the sweet, beautiful and mentally ill young lunar named Winter. 
    The way the author Marissa Meyer weaves this story together is incredible; no moon rock is left unturned!  Why is Cinder a Cyborg?  Where did the awful disease Letimosis come from? Why does Iko, Cinder droid, have personality like... well, a person?  Why is the Queen so afraid of "shells"?  Is Wolf good or bad?  What does the Queen want with Scarlett's gran who is a sweet farmer lady?  Why does Cress seek out Cinder?  Does Thorne have the capability of love and heroics?  Why won't Winter use her gift?  Why is Jason loyal to the Queen?  So many questions... but each one will be answered!  Cinder, Cress & Winter are three truly amazing books.  Read them, and you will see!
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Oh, I forgot... FAIREST and a collection of short stories follows.
I haven't read them, but I will!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

     Ove is a grumpy old man, but I couldn't help but love him... I mean truly LOVE him.  It is rare that I connect with a character like I did with Ove, but I found myself understanding him and wanting to know more and more about him.  As Ove goes about his highly structured life day in and day out holding true to his staunch principles and strict routines.  Ove has a short fuse, and people in the neighborhood call him "the bitter neighbor from hell."  Ove points out he's not bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time!
     Of course, there is more to Ove than meets the eye which is so often true.  His is story filled with love and laughter and too much sadness for Ove to bear.  As Ove plans his demise a chatty young couple with two young daughters accidentally flatter Ove's mailbox as they are moving in to the house next door.  What ensues is a  seriously funny heartwarming tale of unkempt frozen cats, unexpected friendships and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul.
     This story made me feel GOOD, and it made me cry... which is truly unheard of when it comes to books!  WOW is all I can say!!!

Friday, January 22, 2016

November 2015 - This is not a test!

Finally got to dress up like a zombie!!!  At least Tara, Tara's mom and Kaylie and I did!  Denise dressed in clothes she found in the dram department of the school we were all trapped in (by zombies, don't ya know) and Hannah, Patty and Ashley were eaten by us zombies for being boring!  We didn't love the book but it doesn't matter b/c we loved the party!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Parties Continue!

It's been a while, but it's time to REVIVE THE BLOG!  We named our book club party group:
THE BLOOMING LADIES BOOK CLUB (thanks to Sherry Bolen) ---
"The Bloomers" for short!
We've read so many books and partied hardy so many times since I last visited the blog. 
Here's a list:

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children ~ 2013
The Book Thief ~2014
The Great Gatsby ~2014
The Fault in Our Stars ~2014
Gone Girl ~2014
Dorothy Must Die ~2014
Unbroken ~2014
The Girl on the Train ~2015
All the Truth that's in Me ~2015
The Husband's Secret ~2015
The Magician's Elephant ~2015
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane ~2015
The Tale of Despereaux ~2015

We're all currently reading BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP, and I am in planning mode for our party right now. 

Remember, as a member of the blog, YOU are ALL authors meaning YOU can all post... so go for it!  Post about the books we're reading.  Post about the books YOU are reading... cute photos, movie trailers books turned into movies, book ideas, etc, etc, etc. 


Thursday, October 10, 2013

So happy to call Mrs. Terri Broome my friend and now author!  Her book The Ordinary Road is awe-inspiring, and her relationship with the creator of the universe inspires me to "press on" in my journey of surrender to HIM.  What an awesome book club party.  What a wonderful bunch of ladies.  So happy Pop read the book and was our honorary man visitor!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Glass Castle... Finally!

After delaying this book club party for practically the entire summer, we came together as a group of "bag ladies" and feasted as we discussed this Memoir of Jeannette Walls.  It is hard to believe that she and her siblings lived through the poverty and neglect they endured.  This book was EXCELLENT.  Best of all, there is a movie coming in 2015!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Book Club Changes!

Book Club Party no longer for teens... but for adult ladies and a few of our older teen girls when appropriate.  The first of the "new book club" party group was not without some drama, but we got through it and had a wonderful time discussing Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball which had many underlying themes and to top it off was simply a cute Christmas story. Our party, of course, involved food from the book provided by all... a couple favorites was Kaye's Spaghetti Meatloaf and Stacy's ice cream floats.  I was impressed that everyone knew so many of the answers to my questions, and the discussion was enlightening.  Our party ended with a Dirty Santa book exchange.  WHAT FUN!

Ani, Shelley, Sarah, Kaye, Julie, Tam, Rene'e & Stacy!
Thanks for taking the photograph, Clowee!

Ladies Book Club... food makes the party!