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What to Wear: Hosting a Book Club

by Amanda Jane Jones

Fall has made it’s way to Michigan early this year. The air is cooler and the leaves are beginning to crunch under my feet. With the change of season, I often find myself in the mood for a new book. This is why, for my inagural hostess post, I’d like to feature a book club complete with a cozy cardigan and mug to make the event ensemble complete.

Any book suggestions for the fall season?


  1. Devon

    September 21, 2011

    Have you heard about the new cookbook clubs? Instead of reading a book each month, they pick a cookbook (such as the AWESOME cookbook in this post–one of my favorites). Each person selects a recipe (and who cares if folks end up picking the same one) and brings it. Wine or cocktails kick off the fun and then everyone chows down and discusses their recipe and thoughts on the cookbook. Doesn’t that sound like fun? I’m trying to find a crew here in Seattle.

  2. fanfamfun

    September 21, 2011

    cute outfit. i just finished ‘One Day’ (about 2 years after everybody else read it!) and it was such a good book! i highly recommend it x

  3. eden

    September 21, 2011

    i’ve been on a non-fiction kick lately… so if you like those –

    the hiding place, operation mincemeat, and unbroken are all great ones. the hiding place is the shortest of the three, and soooo good. it just makes you want to be a better person. (:

  4. Catherine

    September 21, 2011

    My friends and I started a classics book club – it is great reading those classics you always hear about but never really read. So far we have read: The Secret Garden, The Count of Monte Cristo and Huckleberry Finn!

  5. Rebekka

    September 21, 2011

    I love this so much. So much! And I have those glasses! And now I want the whole outfit. I recommend…hmmm….”A Pig in Provence” by Georgeanne Brennan.

  6. Julie [FerociousOstrich]

    September 21, 2011

    Adorable. My boyfriend and I just started our own book club…with the two of us…and he chose the first: Everything is Illuminated, by Jonathan Safran Foer. I guess I can’t really recommend it, since I haven’t read it yet..but I do love the cover 🙂

  7. Marlena

    September 21, 2011

    I loved Tana French’s FAITHFUL PLACE and Ann Patchett’s STATE OF WONDER. I actually have my book club tonight – 7 years going strong; we call ourselves Literati – where we’ll discuss BROKEN FOR YOU. It was OK, but I strongly recommend the books listed above.

  8. Erin

    September 21, 2011

    Currently reading The Invisible Bridge and really liking it. Also recently finished Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand and enjoyed it too.

  9. megwrites

    September 21, 2011

    I’m in the middle of Wildwood by Colin Meloy and so far it’s fabulous. I’m very excited for Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor to come out. I don’t know if those are good book club books, though. My favorite book to do for book clubs is Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton.

  10. Sara

    September 21, 2011

    Cute outfit…I just finished The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht and really enjoyed it. I thought it would be a good book club book.

  11. Liz @ Bella Vita

    September 21, 2011

    Love the outfit!

    As far as books go, I recommend “This is Not the Story You Think It Is…A Season of Unlikely Happiness.” It’s part of a “Reading List” I started on my blog. Read the review:

  12. rhiannon

    September 21, 2011

    love the outfit, super cute!

  13. Manding

    September 21, 2011

    this is a perfect fall outfit to cuddle up with a book ! and i’m useless… i need book recommendations too!

  14. Kacie

    September 21, 2011

    I love this! Those glasses are so great! I love them! Thanks for the links to that site!


  15. Sarah @

    September 21, 2011

    I’m all about the Warby Parkers. They are awesome. I love the idea of a book club in the Fall. Perfect time to curl up with a book.

    – Sarah

  16. Nikki

    September 21, 2011

    One day was great! And I really liked the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society.
    I wish I could just wear that exact outfit and read all day long!

  17. Melissa@Julia's Bookbag

    September 21, 2011

    ‘THE NIGHT CIRCUS’! It is supposed to be AMAZING and perfect for this time of year!

  18. Sugar Daze/Cat

    September 21, 2011

    OMG, love the idea of a cookbook club as suggested by Devon in first post!

  19. Katie

    September 21, 2011

    This is awesome! I’m in two book clubs, so it makes me even more excited to start the “season!”

  20. christina

    September 21, 2011

    I write a book blog -www.zuckerbü and will surley add this outfit to my closet!! I highley recommend Ruth Reichl’s books: Comfort me with apples or Garlic and Sapphires. Another great one is Helene Hanff. She is great!

  21. Rebecca

    September 21, 2011

    SIGN me up for the book club hostess position! 😉 This outfit is adorable!

  22. rooth

    September 21, 2011

    I am a big China Mieville fan – I really want to read Embassytown! Has anyone read that and know if it’s good?

  23. Flannery

    September 21, 2011

    The Help! Oh, The Help! It’s so good, I’m so glad I read it before I watched the movie. I think it’d be perfect for a book club – it’s just a wonderful read that kept me up late at night for a week! It’s lengthy, so it’s perfect to stretch out over a couple weeks.

  24. Amy

    September 21, 2011

    Two great fall books (because they take place in England which I think of eternally fall-ish weathre) are: “The Forgotten Garden” by Kate Morton & “I Capture the Castle” by Dodie Smith. Both have wonderful female characters and magical envinronments.
    I have to second the recommendation for “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” as well (another British one) — it is delightful!! It felt like a modern-day Jane Austen novel and I’ve been recommending it to everyone.

  25. Leah @ Freutcake

    September 21, 2011

    Love this and the tea cup completes the outfit nicely!

  26. Rachel

    September 21, 2011

    Very timely, I am sending out book club invites this week! I’ve never started a book club before. Wish me luck!

  27. Jen Bruton

    September 21, 2011

    I LOVE The Goosegirl! It’s juvenile fiction, but it’s so sweet. I read it with a ladies book club, too. 🙂

  28. jenny

    September 21, 2011

    Love the outfit! To prepare for the book club, we need an outfit for reading in the park or coffee house. Something that says “I am so intellectual I don’t care how I look, but my inner beauty is so great I can’t help looking amazing.”

    Chekhov’s Cherry Orchard is perfect this time of year. It is also a great time to start Sigrid Undset’s Kristen Lavransdatter trilogy so that you will be into the wintry parts when it is really cold.

  29. birdie to be

    September 21, 2011

    Great outfit! Wish I was there to join the party!

  30. bernadette

    September 21, 2011

    Currently reading Cutting for Stone in my book club – and loving it. We want to read The Leftovers next – looks amazing as well!

  31. Lindsay Marie

    September 21, 2011

    I recently read the Great Gatsby – which was great of course. I want to read the Crucible or the Scarlet letter as we approach Halloween, bc we will be in Salem, Ma. I recommend “The Sweetness at the bottom of the Pie”- its a cute, funny, witty murder mystery with an adorable main character…..everyone who Ive told to read it has LOVED it.

  32. Kim Kaas

    September 21, 2011

    blind your ponies by Stanley Gordan West. Great Inspirational Ready to cozy up with.

  33. Rosie

    September 21, 2011

    Cute post!

  34. Kristy | DIY Flowers Co

    September 21, 2011

    very nice outfit.. loving the shoes!!

  35. Jenny

    September 21, 2011

    I love scarier or darker books for Bookclub in October because of Halloween. Jekyll & Hyde, the black tulip, Frankenstein, Jane Eyre, Edgar Allen Poe, etc. Banned books month is September, so that is always a great list to choose from in the fall.

  36. carissa

    September 21, 2011

    so cute! i love amanda so much.

  37. Erin

    September 21, 2011

    Not sure I could pull of those pants… but I like the rest! My book club is currently reading A Visit from the Goon Squad, and it’s really interesting. Also, I had not heard Colin Meloy co-authored a book until this post’s comments. I hvae to check that out!

  38. Kim

    September 21, 2011

    I thoroughly recommend The Paris Wife. I just could not put it down, and read the whole thing over last weekend! Love the outfit, too. Perfect.

  39. MandyK

    September 21, 2011

    Love the outfit. Any thoughts on extending the club to the blog?

    amazing book club read would be middlesex!

  40. Jill

    September 21, 2011

    “A moveable feast” a set of memoirs by Hemmingway. PERFECT fall reading (and mostly based in and around Paris…)

  41. Alexia

    September 22, 2011

    I recently read A Reliable Wife and could not put it down, it’s definitely a page turner. One of my favorites of all time is The curious incident of the dog in the night-time, such a funny and insightful book. I am always on the lookout for interesting books to read, good luck with your book club. Can’t wait to see what you pick!

  42. Courtney

    September 22, 2011

    i would love to host a book club here in chicago (though i am sure there are dozens i don’t know about…) and this is the perfect adorable outfit for a book club hostess 🙂

  43. Laura

    September 22, 2011

    The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer is really great. When I read it, I thought that it would be great for a womens’ book club. The plot is basically about a town where the women stop having sex with the men and how it affects the whole town, from the women to the men to the children. I think it would make for a really interesting discussion!


  44. Jocelyn

    September 22, 2011

    the outfit is pretty cute, but not exactly rocket science to put together. do we really need help “dressing up” for book club??

  45. Sarah @ Designsgood

    September 27, 2011

    I really want to Read “The Buddha in the Attic” by Julie Otsuka. I’m also really interested in reading “Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy” by Caroline Kennedy. Adorable outfit!

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