March’s book pick was Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough and the first psychological thriller we’ve included in one of our boxes. This isn’t a genre that I read regularly but I found this one really intriguing and decided to give it a try. You guys knows I like to do something different each month and this book is definitely different! I think there are going to be a lot of mixed opinions on this one and that makes for some of the best book chats.
For this book club guide I chose a murder-mystery theme to go with our book genre.
• There are so many different ideas for this! Definitely check out our Pinterest Board to see some of the creepy snacks that you could make.
• I chose to create this bleeding cake. As you can probably tell, this was a total Pinterest fail! It turns out I am a terrible fake blood creator and mine was so thick it didn't run at all. Oh well! If you give this a try let me know if yours turned out better than mine!
• I also loved these blood spatter cookies (With my limited baking skills I thought the cake might be a little easier to recreate and not result in red food colouring all over my kitchen! With my cake fiasco I can't even imagine what a disaster these would have been.).
• If blood splattered desserts aren’t your thing, you could also go with a black/white/purple theme to match our box. This Vanilla Purple Cake looks delicious! If you search for ‘purple cookies’ in the Pinterest search bar all sorts of gorgeous creations show up.
• I also thought some red wine would pair perfectly with this novel. After all, we know Louise enjoys her wine (maybe a little too much?). These are definitely some Louise-sized glasses.
We’ll be hosting our book club chat in our Facebook group on Wednesday, April 5th at 8:30PM EST! All are welcome to join! Also let us know what you thought of this book in the comments below!
Our February box included two novels, The Break by Katherena Vermette and Wenjack by Joseph Boyden. I absolutely loved both of these novels and I hope you did too! Since both of these books have a similar theme, it made sense to combine them into one book club meeting but you could easily host two events. In all honesty, I had a lot of difficulty deciding what food to serve at this meeting. It pains me to say that I don’t have any Aboriginal friends who could advise me on what to make. If you do know someone of Native American descent, I encourage you to ask them more about their culture and bring those cultural aspects into this meeting.
I kept this meeting simple and cozy. I focused on candlelight and natural elements.
I hope you enjoyed both of these books! Join our discussion on March 15th in our online book club group. All are welcome!
We start off the new year with The Witches of New York by Ami McKay. I have been a huge Ami McKay fan since she came out with her first book, The Birth House (if you haven’t read it go and pick it up! Seriously, right now!). I knew this was a book I had to share with you. Adelaide, Eleanor and Beatrice are so lovely. I could easily see myself working in a tea shop with them, couldn’t you? There are so many amazing ideas you could use to bring this book to life for a book club meeting. I kept it simple but I encourage you to go all out with witchy goodness.
I wanted to channel the coziness and comfort of the tea shop and bring in a little bit of mysticism and enchantment.
Here are a couple of my questions but as always feel free to add your own!
“It was wild in here. Dangerous. Anything might occur.”
December’s novel was The Ballroom by Anna Hope. This book is beautiful and romantic. Sharston may have been a mental institution but the idea of the ballroom filled with stained glass windows, wooden floors, and eight fire places had me enraptured from the start.
Finally, the best part! Here are some of my questions for you about this book but as always feel free to add your own!
I hope you enjoyed The Ballroom by Anna Hope! Join our discussion on January 10th in our online book club group.