Reading Between the Wines

Over the last few months a couple friends and I have tried starting up a book club. I had never been a part of one before and didn’t really know what to expect or how to start one. All we knew was that we liked to read, drink wine and eat some tasty food. Simple!

However, over the last few months it’s only been mildly successful because, well, we all have lives and sometimes they get in the way of reading a book each month. We would usually have an average of five ladies attend our monthly book club gatherings, but sometimes waaay less.

So at our last get together (I really don’t want to call them meetings for some reason), we decided that we were going to do some branding and recruiting, because we loved these monthly girl nights away from our husbands/boyfriends … and any excuse to drink wine and try out all those darn Pinterest recipes is a night well spent, right?

Reading Between the Wines

After having all sorts of fun and crazy discussions, we got serious … well, as serious as four women can be after consuming a few bottles of wine and decided that our official book club name would be: Reading Between the Wines. Extremely appropriate and even a little witty.

The book we will be reading over the next month is A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout.

house in the sky

I was the one that actually chose this book. I had heard of Amanda’s story on 60 Minutes and NPR of how she and her colleague were held hostage for 460 days by Somalian Islamic extremists. From what I heard it was an unbelievable story of survival and courage. I can’t wait to get started on it! You should read it too and let me know what you think.

The other thing that I am extremely excited about is all the food that these women make each month. It’s amazing! This month we had creamy Havarti cheese with grapes and bagel chips; a braided stuffed bread filled with feta cheese, hummus and pesto; grain crackers topped with caramelized prosciutto and red onions, and I brought mini S’more bites. What’s amazing is the food is always different each month, but equally awesome.

Smore bites

Yes, they look a hot mess, but the first run with any recipe will do that. I got the recipe from Sallie over at Texas Cottage. These little guys are dangerous!!!! I mean, who’s not to love graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows?

I’ll keep you updated with our Book Club’s antics and any books that we are reading. If you have any suggestions for books, recipes, wines to sample, by all means, let me know! 

Cheers to the weekend!

– Allie

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