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Posted on Mar 5, 2012 in Dear Diary, Food | 25 comments

Book Club: The Sequel

Alternate titles for this post: “That Time I Didn’t Actually Read the Book” and “Somehow I Still Manage to Make Everything About Vampire Diaries”.

Friday marked the second occurrence of Blogger Book Club, which the lovely Claire hosted this month.

Claire & Amy

Since Claire is an amazing hostess, she made a ton of gourmet treats for us. It turned out to be a rather good thing that she went so far above and beyond when it came to the food, actually, since almost every single of us in attendance ended up bringing wine. Evidently we were ALL very concerned with running out of wine this time, haha!


There was goat cheese dip (heavenly!), strawberry champagne cupcakes, almond cupcakes with caramel frosting, epic homemade sausage pizza that I unfortunately didn’t get any good pictures of, and so much more. Delicious!

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Veggies and Sarah

The conversation flowed as we all caught up with each other on the happenings that we hadn’t already read on each others’ blogs, haha. Eventually we adjourned to actually, y’know, talk about the book, which as you may have already posited from the opening sentence of this post, I did not finish. I don’t really have an excuse as to why. It’s a good read, and I’m looking forward to finishing it even though I know what happens now (confession: I actually really love spoilers). I just let time get away from me this past month, and made the poor (but certainly not regretted!) choice of restarting the Hunger Games series on the flight down to Florida. Which obviously meant that in between squealing like the little girl I am in Harry Potter World, I did nothing else but read until I had finished all three books again. (Read them. Srsly.)

Jess eyeing the table of goodies.

Anyway, I sat politely while the rest of the girls who actually did their homework discussed the amazingness of the novel, before eventually somehow steering the conversation into more familiar territory. I’m pretty sure the nuggets that I contributed included many references to my impending Harry Potter-themed birthday party (it’s happening. You have been warned.) as well as VEHEMENTLY advocating for everyone to watch Vampire Diaries. At one point I actually leapt up from my seat in exclamation, that’s how serious it was. (Watch it. Srsly.)

Me and Rachel

So as it turns out, even though I’m the worst book club co-founder ever, seeing as how I didn’t actually read the book we chose, I can still have a rockin’ good time at book club. And I fully intend on demolishing this month’s pick! We chose The Poisonwood Bible for April’s read, which I remember hearing tons about but have never read. As always, if you’re in the area and aren’t already on the email list, let me know if you’d be interested in joining in!

Are you a book club aficionado? Quite a few of the girls in the club seem to belong/have belonged to multiple ones!

PS: Check out my friend Sarah’s new blog: The Sarahverse!


  1. I read the Poisonwood Bible for my book club in St. Maarten a few years ago! I really enjoyed it but I’ll be interested to hear if you do… I don’t imagine it’s your normal book of choice but that’s what these clubs are for right? expand your horizons! also that food looked nomilicious- strawberry champagne cupcakes?! wow.

    • Hehe, right? I’m pretty sure that if I were solely in charge of picking the books for book club it would just be a steady rotation of all 7 Harry Potter books, The Hunger Games, and The Golden Compass. I love my young adult fiction!! 😉

  2. Are blogger dropouts in the DC area allowed to participate in the Blogger Book Club? 🙂

    • Of course! We are equal opportunity book clubbers! 😉 Let me know if you want me to add you to the mailing list!

      • Yes, please! Maybe this will provide the motivation to get the blog going again. If not, at least there are tasty looking treats and fun people.

  3. Hey!! I am actually looking for a book club in the DC area… but I don’t have a blog. I read lots of them though (and lots of books for that matter)…. =) Also, what was the book for this month’s book club (the one you didn’t finish…)? I’m just curious if I’ve read it.

    • It was The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morten. Have you heard of it? 🙂

      • Ahhh yes, I have heard of it (I used to work at a bookstore); haven’t read it though. Maybe that will be my next book. Right now I’m reading Eating Animals by Jonathan Foer and also I am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe. Sometimes I need both non-fiction and a novel. But they are both really good! You should read them sometime if you haven’t.

      • I LOVED that book! I’m not in a book club though 🙁 I have no blog. Sad.

        • Lulz. You can always join in on ours, Lala! No blog required, you just might get a little bored at some of the conversation if you don’t have one, hahaha.

  4. Oh Emm Gee I read The Poisonwood Bible in three days. It was So.Good.

    I would love to join a book club, especially now that I like wine. (That seems to be really integral.) Thing is, unless it’s a book for school, or something by either Eric Carle or Dr. Seuss, I don’t have time to read. Sadface. And also, first world problem.

  5. If I actually read fiction books, I would be happy to join a book club! I WISH I could get into fiction- I just can’t! (What is wrong with me, right?) I need to change that, because I bet a book club would be some serious fun (especially when you pair it with food!). And the goat cheese dip- you must elaborate on that! What else was in it?
    I’m checking out all of these gals’ blogs. I am always happy to discover (new to me) bloggers in the area!

  6. I really enjoyed The Poisonwood Bible when I read it a few years back. It’s a great book club pick because there is so much stuff in there that you don’t catch right away = great book club discussion.

    I think it’s funny that so many of us non-bloggers and current / soon to be residents of the DC area (ie me) are looking for a book club. Maybe something to organize at a later date (when I actually live there?). Enjoy!

  7. Oh no, did I miss the email about this?! I had asked to be added last time, but maybe the email went to my spam? Either way, I’d love to join in the next time!


  8. aaaah! I wish I lived further north! I would love to be in a bookclub but don’t know of any in my area (south of Quantico).

  9. Hi Gretchen! I have blog stalked you a bit and think you’re totally cute (found you from over at pfingers) your photos are gorgeous, as well!

  10. I’m not part of any book club per say, but I do have a group of friends who enjoys the same type of books. We just swap around and discuss at length when we have the chance. The Hunger Games was definitely one of those.

  11. So…I have been a blog “creeper” on your site for a while now! Such a fun read! I am a DC girl who would LOVE to join the book club! Are locations metro-accessible?? Like a true city girl, I am a walker 🙁

    • You’re in luck! Next month’s is totally Metro-accessible. I just added you to the email list! 🙂

  12. Love book club but miss my old one, moved across town so dont get over there anymore…

  13. I would definitely love to join in at some point. I have to confess that I’m already a member of another book club and I never read the books – I just attend for the social aspect. Gretchen – if you could see the book shelf I have filled with unread books, you would understand why. I might be the world’s slowest reader. But one of these days, especially if you’re reading something I’ve already read, I would love to come by!


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