Thursday, May 27, 2010

Book Club

My friends and I just started a book club. We've been wanting to do this for awhile because we all love to read and also want to be in a book club with people we actually know. Plus, we wanted a reason to get together and eat junk food, of course. Our first book was chosen by my friend Margot. She decided on Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer. It's basically about the Mount Everest disaster in 1996 where eight climbers were killed by a 'rogue storm' {as stated by wikipedia}. I'm almost halfway through and it's a pretty haunting book. Krakauer is a great writer. He makes you feel like you were actually there. Plus it's a pretty terrifying story. He was lucky to get out alive. It's also about how Everest has been commercialized so much and how these competing companies would take completely inexperienced clients up to the summit for the right price. I don't know if they still do this or not, but I guess I'll know when I'm finished? Anyway, it's a pretty interesting read so far if you like non-fiction at all.

Krakauer also wrote Into the Wild, which I've also read and was amazing. You should check it out. It's about this college student from a very well-to-do family who, out of nowhere, sells all of his possessions and decides to hitch hike to Alaska and out into the wilderness. He tells no one in his family where he is going and he ends up dying there. {This is all in the basic synopsis, so don't worry, I'm not ruining anything for you.} Crazy good book though. Also very haunting.

We don't have our next book picked out yet but we want to do it soon so we can all have time to purchase it or order it, whatever, so we can have plenty of time to finish before our second meeting. Does that sentence even make sense? Sorry if it doesn't. Anyway, we are all going to write down a book title of our choice and draw from a hat. So do you have any good ideas for me? Right now the two that come to mind are Water for Elephants and The Help, both of which I've not read. Has anyone ever read a really great book club-worthy book that you suggest? Or have you read either of these two books and recommend one over the other?

On another note, I finally finished another project last night! Aren't you proud of me? {I also have some hand cramping, but I forged through.} I've made this hat for my nephew in the child size, but this is the first adult size I've made. What do you think?

Stella wears it pretty well, I think. I'm thinking of adding a little yellow flower to the side. Thoughts? Opinions? Cheap shots?

What other colors should I make it in for the shop?



  1. I love it! I also love the idea of the book club! My sisters and I tried to do it, but we sucked at keeping up and all reading :) Not to mention we live in 3 different states! I'll try to think of a few good ones I have read in my time :)

  2. Firefly Lane. Couldn't put it down, and as a mom with little time to spend, it was worth every page. Loved it!

  3. You will be so happy you started the book club. Joining mine is the best thing I've done in a long time. It's so much fun and feels productive even while you're socializing. The Help was fantastic - our club read that one. If you're a bunch of foodies that like to cook, I'd recommend The Sharper the Knife, the Less You Cry by Kathleen Flinn. Also, American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld. All good!

    That hat is so adorable - nice job! Black would probably be a best seller and something in a navy blue/denim yarn. Really, every color is going to look good in this pattern. So cute. How do you like having your Etsy store? I've considered starting one. Used to own a retail store and don't know if I want to deal with the bookkeeping and taxes and all that stuff again. What do you think? Is it worth it?

  4. I love the book club idea and would ask to join you guys if I didn't live in Owensboro... I don't read many books but I love Karen Kingsbury. Have you guys thought about any of the books on Oprah's book club list?

    Do you love Crazy Love? The guys are doing a study on this one right now and they seem to be loving it.

    I think the yellow flower would be a great idea. Maybe pin it on so you can have the option.