Book Club

Book Club
Ever since I was a kid, reading has been one of my favorite things to do.  I often have a few books going at any given time and I’m so lucky to be involved with the best book club ever.  Hey 3Gees!!  We have been meeting monthly for the last 8 years and they are some of the coolest ladies I know! 
 
Here I will share some of my favorite reads along with our book club’s monthly selections.  And for those of you also looking for fun menu ideas for your next book club get together, I will include food suggestions to go with each book!  Because let’s be honest…our group always has great discussions, but the food and wine are a very close second. 🙂 
 
Stop back here each month for the latest book and menu suggestions.  Better yet, subscribe here to get the posts sent automatically to your email!
 
Happy Reading!
 
Loved it!!  This is a sequel to Me Before You, which I loved even more.  I won’t say too much in case you haven’t read the first book (which I highly recommend!!!) but it is a nice wrap-up for those of you wondering what came next for the main character, Louisa.  A sweet love story, with a little sadness and a lot of humor and wit mixed in.  I love this author and have read all of her books – none of them disappoint.
 
Menu Ideas: Go with chicken carbonara pasta, a green salad, crusty bread and Louisa’s favorite, a nice Pinot Grigio.
 
Charming and hilarious.  This is a super fast, light read that will literally make you laugh out loud.  The main character, Don, is super quirky with some major social hang-ups (think Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory), and is on a quest to find a wife.  His unusual approach results in hysterical antics and unexpected love.  Don also has some interesting ideas about food, so there also are some fun options for book club menus.  I hear this is in the works to be a movie soon – CAN’T WAIT!!!
 
Menu Ideas:  My Book Club read this last month.  Our lovely hostess, Caroline, made a fabulous meal (and with the book’s theme) including lobster bisque, a tomato salad, and these adorable pastry roses for dessert.  Another option in the spirit of Don’s own weekly menu would be this lobster salad with avocado and mango
 
 
A love story taking place in the later years of life…for me, this was a teensy bit slow in parts but I still enjoyed the story and characters immensely.  Set in an English countryside village, the plot follows Major Ernest Pettigrew, a stuffy, retired widower who falls for the local Pakistani shopkeeper, Mrs. Ali.  Together they face the many internal and external challenges of their love, culture, and religion.  The best part of this book is the quaint setting and loveable characters, especially Pettigrew’s sarcastic humor and under the breath comments.
 
Menu Ideas:  Try this Chicken and Veggie Curry served with rice or Naan bread.  For dessert, definitely a lemon cake or these mini scones and plenty of tea!
 

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