Basket of Flowers: A Recap

A week ago Thursday we met to discuss “The Basket of Flowers.”

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Funny Story Interlude: I accidentally read “A Flower Basket” which is a story about a fairy with a flower basket. I realized I was reading the wrong book when the previous blog posts said nothing about fairies. oops.

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We had a lovely chat. Drank warm drinks. And smiled at the baby that came along.

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We realized during the discussion that the electronic version had a different ending than the book version. However, each of us seemed happy with the ending that read and would have been disappointed if the version we read had ended the other way.

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The general consensus was that we liked the book, which is why I’m not ruining either ending πŸ™‚ It’s short; go read it for yourself!

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Our next book is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
Speaking of little women…

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Frankenstein: a recap

Frankenstein
“It made me use my brain” -Kyndra

I always look forward to book club night!
Thursday night did not disappoint!

My sister and I showed up at the same time…
wearing the same cardigan.
It happens. πŸ™‚

Paradise chai: kept my fingers warm and my tummy happy!

Our conversation covered everything from Frankenstein to Twilight, believe it or not! We even touched on Little Mermaid somewhere in the middle!

There also may or may not have been some singing of “Monster Mash” sometime throughout the evening.

Here are some notes I jotted down while we chatted:

~We would have loved to see how the monster spied on the family of peasants for so long without being noticed! (Personally this was my favorite part. Seeing how he learned about human nature, language and to sense moods and feelings fascinated me!)
~Surprised at how articulate the monster was, what a big vocabulary!
~Was there any residual memories from the brain used in creating him? Just wondering.
~The majority felt sorry for the monster, yet not excusing his actions. None of us felt sorry for Victor.
~Such a willingness to take human life showed a lack of humanity.
~Personally, I thought it would have been helpful if the monster had a big hat. πŸ™‚

Some plot things that left us wondering:

~What happened to Victor’s other brother? Did Shelley leave him unmentioned so she could create a sequel?
~The monster knew to take Victor’s notes when he left right after he was brought to life. How would he know these were important or that he’d ever want them?
~The idea that Victor could even create life was far fetched. Gen. 2:18 says it is not good for man to be alone. Definitely the case for Victor. Although if he hadn’t holed up in this apartment this would have been a short story.


Let me close with this spoiler and a question:
No one got their liver eaten every day.
Who do YOU think was the “champion of mankind” in this story?

A Dinner to Rival Mansfield Park

She arrived after a dinosaur dig. 

And turned the school house into an elegant dining hall.

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Everyone had a place or rather a part, unlike the Mansfield Park play. 

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Salad to begin with . . .

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Conversation starters . . . . under the ? that you see on the table . . .

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A friendly game . . .

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And of course dessert with pumpkin spiced lattes . . .

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And who was there? 

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Sad you missed the drink or want to make it for your next party?

Pumpkin Spice Latte

  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp canned pumpkin
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp cloves, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, and a pinch of ginger)
  • 1/2 cup brewed espresso or 3/4 cup strong brewed coffee

Cook all of the ingredients in a Crockpot for approximately 2 hours.

Cry, The Beloved Country recap

I love it when we meet for book club in someone’s home! It means a cozy setting and often yummy treats.



And of course great conversations!


Cry, The Beloved Country brought five of us together Monday night. Some thought the court scene gripped us the most, others found the hunt for Absalom our favorite part.

I know others read it and were unable to come. I’d love to know your thoughts on the book. Leave a comment if you feel so led.

“But there is only one thing that has power completely,
and that is love. Because when a man loves he seeks no power,
and therefore he has power.”
-Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country

Shane- a recap

“He rode into our valley in the summer of ’89… ‘Call me Shane,’ he said.”

As we gathered round a table in Paradise on Monday night, the general consensus of our little group was that while we don’t generally like westerns- and we probably aren’t going to start reading westerns- we liked this novel and would recommend it to our friends. Here’s what we had to say about it:

“It’s the best gun-slinging book I’ve ever read!”

“It puts me in a tombstone state of mind.”

“THE western to read. It’s not the gun-slinging, guy’s book I thought it was.”

“Gateway to the Westerns: a good book to read to get you into westerns.”

“I was surprised by the good story line. I’m not into westerns, but I recommend this one.”

“There are elements of a typical western, but the point of view & descriptions go deeper.”

I think Shane was a perfect pick for our book club. We want to challenge our perspectives and see the world through someone else’s eyes all through the reading of good literature. This little book gave us the opportunity to watch as little Bob’s family and town were rocked by the arrival of a mysterious stranger. Besides being a wonderfully entertaining story, the book gave us a good picture of life in the West, and left us all craving biscuits and a bottle of cherry soda pop.

I loved that the author, Jack Schaefer, was really descriptive at times, but he still left much to the imagination. We were full of theories on Shane’s past. Who was he really? What event haunted him as he rode from town to town? It was fun to guess, and our discussion was as hearty as Marian’s deep dish apple pie.

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See, the book suited everyone’s tastes πŸ™‚

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Just like Shane, it is time now to move on. Join us next month for Cry, the Beloved Country.

“He was the man who rode into our little valley out of the heart of the great glowing West and when his work was done rode back whence he had come and he was Shane.”

The Sunny Side – a recap

“Reading enlarges my vision of the world; it helps me understand
someone who is different from me. It makes me bigger on the inside.
We tend to see the world from our own perspective;
it is good to see it from the eyes of others.”
Gladys Hunt, Honey for a Child’s Heart.

This is a great explanation of the purpose of our book club. It’s also the reason we choose a book of short stories for this month. Broadening our Horizons. Seeing the world from the eyes of someone else.

None of us are men, none of us have just lived through WWII, and none of us are from England. (that I know of) All of these factors made this book a bit of a challenge for me.

I’ve heard short stories described as “delicious bites of reading for busy people.” I’m so used to reading novels, full of detail and developed characters. This gave me a new taste of a completely different writing style. (I did take a Short Story class back in college, but that’s been some years ago now.) The many cultural and linguistic differences, did make this less of a favorite for a few.

I did find a few “delicious bites ” quite humorous…

The Long Way Down – flippity, flippity flippity. Finding amusement in the small things. Living on the 5th floor is, oh, so much better than a lower level!

Enter Bingo – Oh, the process of naming a dog properly!

Sisterly Assistance – Not being understood is frustrating when it happens to me, hilarious when it happens to someone else!

The Obvious and A Warm Half Hour – husbands think and do things not.like.wives. πŸ™‚

These all came from the section entitled “Home Notes,” a favorite section of the five of us who made it on Monday night. I really enjoyed the small size of our meeting. We even did some reading aloud! Don’t you just love being read to!

In the end I think some would much rather read Milne’s classic Winnie The Pooh stories, but for now I think this book will stay in my collection.

If you were one of those who will not be keeping the book in your collection… maybe you’ve already disposed of it in your choice fashion… good! There are WAY TOO MANY books in the world to finish reading one that you don’t want to! πŸ™‚


Anne Of Green Gables: A Recap

Things were a little bit quieter than usual. 

But the coffee was soothing.  And I like seeing friends who don’t mind the fact that I have kid stains all over my shirt. 

The story . . . delightful.

I think I figured out why we weren’t as talkative.  Though Anne of Green Gables is truly a precious and heartwarming book . . . there isn’t any one particular character that we could . . . well . . . rip to shreds or judge . . . or hate.  It was a happy book.  Wholesome.  Heartwarming.

And happy books just make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  Like the foam on the top of my cappuccino. 

If you missed this book, I would encourage you to still read it.  (I have 80 pages to go. I so wanted to finish it before I wrote this blog post.)  It makes the world look a little greener.  It is a little oasis of felicity. 

And so, I’ll close with a little bedtime story . . . as it is time for me to go to bed . . . (brought to you by Book-A-Minute Bedtime Stories). 

(Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert send for an orphan boy to help out at Green Gables.)
Anne Shirley

I’m here.

Marilla Cuthbert

Anne Shirley, you are not a boy. Go back to the orphanage.

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If I work really hard, stay out of trouble, enrich your lives with my buoyant spirit, rescue you from the doldrums of your pragmatic ways, and touch the hearts of the townsfolk…then can I stay?

Marilla Cuthbert

Well, ok.

(Anne does all these things except stay out of trouble.)

THE END

April recap. May revealed.

April recap.


good discussion.


tea for everyone.


2 new book clubbers.


May revealed. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery


door prize. happy winner!


good times had by all!


Because I was not able to make it to this meeting I would LOVE to hear from everyone what you thought of A Tale of Two Cities! Leave a comment and let me know how the discussion went… and if you weren’t able to make it like me leave a comment with what you thought too!

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May
: Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery / Monday May 17th @ 7:00pm

June: The Sunny Side by A.A. Milne / Monday June 21st

July: Shane by Jack Schaefer / Monday July 19th

Monte Cristo recap

Monday night we discussed The Count of Monte Cristo! By far our longest book… but what a great adventure story! I loved the movie so when this book was suggested I was all about it! …But let me just say they are not the same story. And like normal, the book was MUCH better!

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If you weren’t able to finish it all… abridged or not… I would highly recommend pressing on! I like to think I’m pretty good at guessing “what’s gonna happen next”… but Dumas kept me guessing with surprises all along the way!

We had another great turn out with 8 ladies joining us!

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Many new faces! And I think they might be hooked and coming back for more!

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I wish every week was book club week! I love getting out and doing a girly thing like the book club with friends!

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Just when we were deep in discussion we realize that Paradise had been closed for 20 min! They weren’t kicking us out but they were definitely cleaning and shutting things down.

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A few were late to arrive… like poor Nicole knocking on the window letting us know she couldn’t get in! Never fear Borders around the block was open until 9:00. We finished up there… where they did eventually KICK. us. out.

Thank you everyone for coming!
Happy reading!
Sarah