Paperback Posse | The Vacationers Discussion Questions

It’s book talk time!

Personally, I think The Vacationers was the perfect way to start off the summer—it’s light and beachy, but still juicy enough to sink our teeth into a little. Like I mentioned at the beginning of the month, this book helped me get back into a reading groove last summer and I thought it would be great for anyone who had fallen off the book wagon a bit.

I can’t wait to hear what you guys thought! Let’s start with some discussion questions…

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Paperback Posse | July’s Book Club Read: Luckiest Girl Alive

The people have spoken! And by the people, I mean our small but mighty group of book-hungry ladies. This month’s virtual book club pick is Jessica Knoll’s Luckiest Girl Alive!

In case you’re a major geek like me (and if you’re here, I’m kind of assuming you are), I decided this month to collect a bunch of info about the book and its author. It’s kind of my new favorite thing to do.

July's virtual book club pick: Luckiest Girl AliveFirst, I poke around on social media like a total creepster. Jessica Knoll (like June’s author, Emma Straub) is pretty active around those parts. You can check her out on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. I’m usually partial to Instagram because it’s a people watcher’s BFF.

Then I usually do a little Google search on both the title and the author, which is how I found out Jessica—I can call her that, right?—used to work for both Cosmo and SELF and that Reese Witherspoon is set to produce the movie adaptation (which, according to Facebook, Jessica is writing).

In case that’s not enough for you, I also found:

That should be a good start, no? If you find other fun stuff on the book or its author, feel free to drop it in the comments! And don’t forget to tag yourself reading the book on social media with our #paperbackposse hashtag.

Also, be sure to check back tomorrow for discussion questions for June’s book, The Vacationers. We’ll be talking about it over in the FB group for the rest of the week!

10 Simple Sides for a Summer BBQ

With the biggest BBQ weekend of the year coming up (at least in the States), I thought it made perfect sense to share some simple (colorful!) side dish ideas for your barbecue.

Prepare to drool…

10 simple sides for a summer bbq

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Paperback Posse | July Book Club Vote

I still have another 70 pages or so to get through of this month’s book (The Vacationers), but it’s time for us to start thinking about what we want to read next month. Here are the choices, with lots of input from our Facebook group

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Good Samaritan Saturday | Free the Girls

“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” —Aesop

In hopes of talking less and doing more when it comes to helping others, I’ve decided to start a series I’m calling Good Samaritan Saturday. Each Saturday morning, I’ll post a little something you can do to start your weekend out with positive vibes by helping to lift someone else up…

free the girls bra drive

Ladies, let’s talk bras. If any of you are like me, you have a collection of them that you don’t actually wear. I have a rotation of about three bras that I can wear every day—let’s be real: I have small kids and no interest in dinner and a show. Anything overly lacy and skimpy has no practical place in my life right now. So they sit. And they take up space in my drawer.

Enter Free the Girls, a non-profit organization that collects gently used bras and donates them to survivors of sex trafficking as starting inventory for their own business selling the bras.

Is that not a fantastic idea?!

Improving the lives of women (many of whom were sold into slavery as children) and repurposing items that would have sat untouched in your drawer before finding their way to a landfill to do the same? Amazing.

I’m absolutely in love with this idea and am hoping to hold a bra drive this summer—so start collecting unwanted bras, local friends! If you don’t live in New York’s Hudson Valley, you can check for drop-off locations in your area.

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