I am convinced that there are few things better than cozying up with a good book on a cold winter day. Add some hot chocolate, a fuzzy blanket, and snow falling lightly outside and you might as well call it heaven. Hence why I created the Lars Book Club (Check out this months book here!). Not to mention, they make ideal gifts because you can customize it to anyone’s tastes. In case you are scrambling to find the perfect gift for a creative art-loving someone, we rounded up the best DIY and Art books of 2016 to help you out! They are all crazy beautiful and are sure to please the pickiest of recipients. Make sure to snag one for yourself while you’re at it! Read on →
I hope you enjoyed Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner for the month of November. Were you able to get some reading in? We’re on the last book of the year and have a bunch of fun things planned for 2017! Take it away, Julie… We all have an inner drive and inclination to create. Painting, printing, drawing, writing, composing, crafting, or even creating a home, an atmosphere TO learn and create…there are endless ways to shape and form the amazing ideas that generate from a creative mind! BUT, as any creative person knows, there are often stumbling blocks – the most notable one existing in your own head. Your own inner critic. And what a jerk it is, right?? Author Danielle Krysa will tell you how to use it and lose it! Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk: And Other Truths About Being Creative is a book to guide you, prompt you, and spark ideas to overcome blocks as you navigate and strive to accomplish your creative goals. As an artist, graphic designer, writer, and curator, Krysa herself has had lots of experience! I’ve followed her blog, The Jealous Curator, for years now, and love her collage work. Make sure you check it out!
Grab a warm drink, sit by the fire, and enjoy Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk (I just like repeating that title…). It’s an easy, fun, and inspiring read during the holiday season. Hopefully you can find a few moments to read about how to keep your creativity alive! Feel free to comment and follow along on our Instagram feed @larsbookclub . Show us how you’re reading along, and tag your awesome photos #larsbookclub !
Stay tuned for our mid month questions along with our guest illustrator of the month who will create an original bookmark and quote from the book.
And this month we partnered with the publisher, Chronicle Books, to give away a copy of the book as well as a mug. Read on →
**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!).
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!
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 Life. Enjoy!
What 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 →