2012 reading list (vlog)

January: The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Bring a friend month)
February: Happy To Be Here by Garrison Keillor
March: Emma by Jane Austen
April: The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (Tea party)
May: A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle
June: Les Mis by Victor Hugo (picnic)
July: Walking/Nature by Emerson and Thoreau
August: The Hiding Place by Ten Boom
September: Ivanhoe by Walter Scott (dinner party)
October: No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
November: A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
December: The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens (Christmas party)

This would be a great little list to save to your phone or print and keep in your purse! Anytime you’re out and about check the used book stores and sales racks for some of these great titles! We always meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month!

Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
Janet, Gwynne and Sarah


Spring Reading Thing 2011

Dear fellow Bookworms,

Thought I’d share this low-to-no-pressure reading challenge! (Did you catch that?… LOW to NO pressure!!) Katrina over at Callapidder Days is hosting a Spring reading challenge (March 20-June20.) I’d encourage you to check it out and maybe even sign up! It doesn’t matter what your reading goal is… 2 books or 20! If you sign up by March 24th you can have a chance to win some Amazon $$!

Here are all the details! Let me know if you link up. I’d love to see your to-read lists!! Here’s mine list in case you’re interested: reading goals.

fellow book lover,

PS: Spring is just the perfect time to read, don’t you think?! Windows open, curtains blowing in the breeze and adventures to be had on the pages of your next book!


Bookkeeping of sorts…

Two changes are happening with the book club:

Life can be busy, things change, schedules get scrambled, it happens, so we are making a change in which Thursday of the month we meet. Now we will meet on the second Thursday of the month.

The second change is a minor thing. We (the book club core) often has the next 6+ books planned ahead of time. Usually we reveal the next 2 books. Now we’ll keep you in the bigger loop of knowledge.

We aren’t the type of book club that requires commitments.
You can come whenever you want.
As often as you want.
Whenever we’re reading a book you like.
Or that you have time to read.


drumroll please…

The upcoming books:

March: The Tipping Point
April: Three Cups of Tea (at Tea’s Me on Saturday)
May: It’s a surprise!
June: no June meeting (July’s book is long)
July: Gone with the Wind (picnic at Geist Park)
August: A Girl Named Zippy (bring a friend night)
September: The Hobbit (dinner party)

I’m interested in your thoughts on these little changes. Feel free to leave a comment! Any books you’re excited to see on the list?


You probably have heard Borders is closing a few Indiana locations. It’s sad news. Thankfully, our location at HTC is NOT closing! (YAY!!)

Here are the locations that ARE closing:

Evansville, IN
Merrillville, IN
Mishawaka, IN
West Lafayette, IN

Carmel, IN
2381 Pointe Parkway
Carmel, IN 46032

Indianapolis, IN (downtown)
11 S. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

The Carmel or Downtown locations are probably not too far from most of you, maybe you can go check out the sales and find some of our upcoming book club books!

March 17th The Tipping Point
by Malcolm Gladwell

Saturday April 16th *on location*
Three Cups of Tea
by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

May is a surprise! Sorry, can’t reveal that one just yet! 🙂

Winter in Indiana

Maybe it’s because we’ve never met in January* before or maybe it’s just because it’s winter in this great Hoosier state… but last night was the first time we had to cancel and postpone a meeting due to weather.

If you didn’t get an updated email from Evite please email me. (sarahronk (at) gmail (dot) com)

Also on a book keeping note, if you’d like to be added to or removed from the Evite mailing list please let me know.

A Year of Living Biblically will be discussed
next Thursday Jan. 27th at 7pm at Paradise Bakery and Cafe

RSVP if you can make it!

*We usually read a long book for February and take January off.

In the news….

Michelle, one of our members, writes for Modern Handmade Child, an online magazine. In the current Autumn issue she wrote an article about starting a book club called Expanding Your Horizons. You might recognize some of the ladies in the pictures! If you’d like you can subscribe to Modern Handmade Child for free on their website.

In other news, our September book club discussion with be the same day and time as usual… BUT we’ll be meeting at Jodi’s house for a fancy dinner party! Watch for more details this week.

Discussion Questions Coming Soon…

Sarah was supposed to write a post today to get us thinking about our Shane discussion, but due to some internet issues, she’ll be writing it later this week.

In the meantime, here is some literary news that we thought we’d share just for kicks.

50 years ago, a classic was published. To Kill A Mockingbird is considered by many to be one of the best books of all time. You probably think so, too, if you’ve read it. If you haven’t, don’t despair! Who knows? Maybe it will make it onto our reading list sometime! Come on, who doesn’t love a little girl named Scout? (Article on the anniversary of the novel.)

Also, last year we read what was probably the most talked about/loved/hated book of the year, The Shack. Sadly, the author and publishers, once friends, have begun quarreling over what it is that always seems to divide people: money. (Read more about their shenanigans here.) Regardless of your opinion of the book, it’s always sad when friendships become lawsuits 😦

Well, stay tuned for discussion questions, I can’t wait to see you all next Monday! (and if you haven’t read Shane yet, there’s still time! Seriously. It’s really short. It’s really worth it.)

April 17th

Our April meeting is just around the corner and is going to be a fun one!

First of all, it’s at Tea’s Me Cafe!
Second of all, we’ll be revealing May’s book!
Third of all, someone in attendance will win a copy of May’s book!

Tea’s Me has a great lunch menu (so come hungry!) and a HUGE selection of tea…. even if you think you don’t like tea, I’m betting they can find something you do like!

Please email me if you’ll be joining us on April 17th. Tea’s Me is not a big place and with the size of our group we’ll need to make a reservation. ([email protected])

Also, when you email me let me know if you’d like to carpool. Janet will be heading up that arrangement since I will not be able to attend. (*sniff*) I’ll pass that info on to her and she’ll contact everyone and figure out the details of all that.

_____the facts_____

When: Saturday April 17th @11:00
Where: Tea’s Me Cafe
What book: A Tale of Two Cities
Why: lunch, tea, discussion.

_____future info_____

: a surprise to be revealed at April’s meeting / Monday May 17th

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

July: Shane by Jack Schaefer / Monday July 19th