Posts Categorized: Book Club

Book Club + Design + printable / Friday, 18 Nov 2016

Secrets of a Charmed Life quote and bookmark

Secrets of a Charmed life printable quote and bookmark

**First of all, if you’re not finished with the book yet, I must say that these questions have spoilers!** Have you enjoyed Secrets of a Charmed Life?? This is a story that I think many readers can relate to. We’ve all made decisions we might regret, or small decisions that changed our lives immensely – “Big doors swing on little hinges,” says W. Clement Stone. You’ve probably heard that before! It’s very, very true, and Meissner’s story centers on this truth and the characters’ abilities to bear the brunt of their choices. Here are a few questions for you to think about, but do read Susan Meissner’s questions in the back of the book (hello, they are far superior – it was tough to come up with more!). Secrets of a Charmed life printable quote and bookmark

This month’s featured illustrator one of my favorite fashion illustrators, Samantha Hahn, who handlettered a quote from the book as well as a classy lady and a bookmark. You can download the quote and bookmark below!

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Book Club + Design / Monday, 7 Nov 2016

Lars Book Club: November

Secrets of a harmed Life Lars Book Club

After lots of nonfiction reads this year, books about art and artists, a memoir, and a classic (Frankenstein), we thought it was again time for an engrossing, poignant fiction (our last was Before Green Gables!). Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner is a book that will keep you turning pages as you read about the lives of two sisters during a tumultuous time – the London Blitz in the early 1940s. The decisions made by the characters in Secrets of a Charmed Life become extremely critical to the course of their lives (as with ours), something we can, at times, only see in 20/20 hindsight. Meissner is a master storyteller, weaving past and present together in a touching story about choices, our motivations behind our choices, and who they ultimately affect. Be sure to follow along on our Instagram feed @larsbookclub , and tag us with #larsbookclub to show us how you’re reading Secrets of a Charmed LifeEnjoy!

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Book Club + Design / Friday, 28 Oct 2016

Lars Book Club: October

frankensteinBook club frankensteinWhat do you think of Frankenstein so far? Can you believe a teenager wrote this story?? And as part of a contest, too! On a dark night near Lake Geneva, Switzerland, in 1818. Lord Byron challenged his closest friends to create a ghost story. Shelley’s was published two years later. It was revised and printed again in 1831 (the version we are reading). Pretty amazing! If you’re reading it for the first time, has it surprised you?? This is my second time around, and I’m paying more attention this time. 🙂 OK, the tricky thing about a classic book like this is that you can find discussion points and questions just about anywhere. Coming up with some original questions was not easy, but we’ve thought of a few.

We partnered up with Emily Isabella as this month’s guest illustrator to create a lovely printable bookmark and quote that adds a little bit of beauty to the creepy! Download it below! Read on →

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Book Club / Wednesday, 5 Oct 2016

October Book Club: Frankenstein

Lars Book clubYou’ve seen him before: a towering, grunting creature, doing little else besides staggering around with arms outstretched. Maybe he’s…green? This is most likely the Frankenstein you know. And I’m here to tell you this mental picture is nothing like the original creation. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is one of the most famous horror stories ever written, yet subsequent film attempts have virtually left out the story of this unnamed “creature”, abandoned to fend for himself in a world that repeatedly shuns him. This is a heartbreaking story of scientific experimentation, creation, destruction, and ultimately, the need for love and acceptance. So, though this may seem to be a classic thriller, a creepy Halloween story, it might surprise you. The REAL, unforgettable story will still make your skin crawl, but it will also get your wheels turning and your heart aching.

There’s lots to discuss here, you stalwart readers! Follow along on Instagram @larsbookclub as we discuss Frankenstein, and also here on the blog for a mid-month post with in-depth discussion questions. Find the book here and then find a cozy spot on a chilly October evening. 🙂 Read on →

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Book Club + downloads + printable / Thursday, 22 Sep 2016

Lars Book Club: September

free printable artwork by Jill deHaan for The House That Lars Built How’s the reading going? Are you following along with our Lars Book Club Instagram posts? I get it – there’s ALOT of info in Michael Rosen’s Alphabetical. But I hope the facts and history haven’t made your eyes glaze over. If so, just skip to the next chapter! 🙂 There’s sure to be a topic to interest you. Have you picked a favorite chapter (or letter) yet? How Rosen researched each of the letters and themes associated with them is mind-boggling to think about. I’ve truly enjoyed learning about where the language I speak and alphabet I use every day comes from. We take so much for granted! Below are some questions to think about, plus a couple further reading suggestions.

This month we have partnered with letter artist, Jill De Haan, to create a beautiful quote from the book: “Every letter tells a story.” It’s available as a free printable as well as a bookmark in three different colors. Downloads below!  Read on →

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