Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Book Club 3-Year Anniversary!

Little Bit of Class Little Bit of Sass
Hey gang!
When Andrew and I moved to Chicago in May 2011, a week after grad school graduation, I was so excited for our new adventure. 
However, without a job and without the large group of friends like I was used to having in Ohio and in DC, I was a little anxious after we arrived.
Luckily, Andrew's friends from MSU were here, my Little from my sorority was here, I met amazing co-workers (once I landed a job soon after moving) and I met a darling gal through a friend of a friend. Thanks to these lovely ladies (and their acceptance of my silly planning emails full of exclamation marks!!!), the Hardcover Hotties Book Club was born.
I am a firm believer in girls' nights: I think that even though they can be rough on the wallet and the liver, that they are essential for the soul. 
For the past three years we have met about once a month, rarely ever discussing books for longer than maybe twenty minutes at a time. We're basically a bar-hopping club, trying a new bar each meeting. Sometimes we read a book around a theme, sometimes we read books that were movies so we would watch them together and other times we'd just vote on whatever we wanted.
Needless to say, it's been a lot of fun and twenty or so gals are now on the emails. We even get together for cookie exchanges around the holidays.
Curious about what we've read over the years? Here's our list! 
(OK fine, if you do the math you'll see that we haven't been insanely consistent about reading a book a month. Whateves.)
  1. Bitter is the New Black
  2. The Stupidest Angel
  3. The Marriage Plot
  4. Growing Up Amish
  5. The Shadow of the Wind (personal absolute #1 favorite!!!!)
  6. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
  7. Prep
  8. The Paris Wife
  9. The Casual Vacancy
  10. Breakfast at Tiffany's (then we watched the movie!)
  11. Cold Mountain
  12. Wild
  13. Gone Girl (personal favorite!!)
  14. The Sex Lives of Cannibals
  15. The Great Gatsby (then we watched the movie!)
  16. Where'd You Go, Bernadette? (personal favorite!)
  17. The Cuckoo's Calling (personal favorite!)
  18. The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets
  19. The Wolf of Wall Street (I know it's raunchy but I really liked it! We also saw the movie!)
  20. This is Where I Leave You (personal favorite - I still need to see the movie!)
  21. Rules of Civility
  22. The Fault in Our Stars (I still need to see the movie!)
  23. The Book Thief (then we watched the movie!)
  24. Never Have I Ever: My Life So Far Without a Date
  25. The Silkworm (The sequel to The Cuckoo's Calling! Highly recommend!!)
Do you have any suggestions for what we should read next?
If you're in Chicago, please join! The more the merrier!


The Girl who Loved to Write said...

So many good books!

Unknown said...

I need to go back and read some of the ones you all read before I joined book club!!! -Steph