At long last, after two years of prep the Paper & Glam Bible Study is here!
Today we kick off our first year of God & Glam together. But before we begin, let's talk through the foundation for the study and the heart behind it.
You may be thinking that the weekend after Thanksgiving is an odd time to start a year long study, so let's start there.
When does the new year begin?
Is it January 1st with new year resolutions and a fresh planner? Or does the time of our lives restart with the academic year, after the summer when it's time to leverage the energy of fall to cozy up and get down to business.
Today, we're talking about a third way to mark the time of our lives: The Christian Year.
Before I walk through our year in books, let's briefly discuss the framework and heart behind the Paper & Glam Book Club.
How are the titles chosen each year?
Our reading list framework is a three-way split between classics, fiction, and non-fiction. In addition, the list includes a work of children's literature and a young adult title. This structure ensures whether you're a devoted fan of pop-culture phonemes, literary greats, or a student of the human experience, you're sure to meet a book you can't put down!
The goal of the Paper & Glam Book Club is to read both deeply into each title as well as widely into many genres, thus expanding our literary horizons while experiencing each book within the context of community. Each title on the reading list received many votes from the Paper & Glam reading community, and at least one glowing endorsement from a monthly book chatter who read it and savored every page.
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Happy Watermelon Day, girlfriends!
Today, as my seasonal sisters all know, is Watermelon Day!
Here in sunny LA we have a very, humid and hot Thursday. It wasn't hard to convince me to create a cooling little watermelon snack. This one is the perfect thing if you want a quick, easy, and yet very festive healthy snack. I am bringing these beauties down to the pool with a book to end this Thursday with a little self care.
Here comes a quick tutorial:
Pick a watermelon.
The best tip for picking a perfectly ripe watermelon is to simply knock on them. If it sounds hollow with a hard shell, that's your girl!
Grab a sharp knife and some popsicle sticks.
Don't you love a recipe with two ingredients?! #easyglam
Cut the watermelon across the middle into 1-inch thick rounds. From these rounds, cut triangle pieces.
Make a slice in the rind about half an inch wide. Then do another one right next to the previous cut to create a home for your popsicle stick.
Then simply pop the popsicle sticks into the melon pieces and put them in the freezer for a few hours.
You have now created your very own, totally healthy, watermelon popsicles. Perfect as an after dinner treat while watching your glamflix or as a little pick me up while enjoying the last lazy days of summer.
If you wanna make them a little extra (extra delicious and an extra caloric investment), you can melt chocolate and dip the frozen popsicles. Roll them in shredded coconut, sprinkles or cocoa nibs before you re-freeze them for an hour. A little something for you fellow chocolate lovers out there!
Hope you are having a beautiful, seasonal week and this quick recipe can serve as an inspiration for tonight's dessert or tomorrow's snack-time.
Were you able to squeeze in a Watermelon Day celebration? I'd love to hear how you celebrated!
Lots of love from LA!
P.S. Can you tell I'm making a comeback? Two blogs, two videos, and quite a few instastories this week! I'm on a roll, sisters. ;)
Today I'm celebrating this very glam holiday by documenting the lipsticks that take me from January through December each year. Last year, I began this tradition and I've got a couple new favorites to add to the list of lips I love.
Before we get to my favorites, here's a few lipstick facts to get us excited and celebrating:
Coloring ones lips has been in vogue for thousands of years and at different times in history, both men and women colored their lips! In previous centuries, lipstick was made with berries and other natural items to stain the lips.
By the turn of the century (early 1900s), lipstick was considered to be quite risqué with only actors and actresses wearing it in silent movies. However, during the suffrage rallies in 1912, feminists were painting their lips as a symbol of emancipation.
In the 1920s, flappers wore lipstick to symbolize their independence. Who's ready for the party at Gatsby's?!
Much like Regina George claimed hoop earings in Mean Girls (Sidebar: Mean Girls' Day is October 3rd!), it’s alleged that Elizabeth Taylor demanded that no other woman on her movie sets wear red lipstick. She considered it her look, and apparently, imitation is not flattery!
In the UK, especially in Northern England, lipstick is called “lippy." Thank you UK subscribers for that fun fact!
Without further ado, here's your guide to seasonal lips all-year long:
Before I walk through our year in books, let's briefly discuss the framework and intention of the Paper & Glam Book Club.
How are the titles chosen each year?
Our reading list framework is a three-way split between classics, fiction, and non-fiction. In addition, the list includes a work of children's literature, a young adult title, and new this year, one book of poetry.
Whether you're a devoted fan of pop-culture phonemes, literary greats, or a student of the human experience, you're sure to meet a book you can't put down! You will encounter books that are both outside your comfort zone and a challenge for you to finish. The goal of the Paper & Glam Book Club is to read both deeply into each title as well as widely into many genres, thus expanding our literary horizons while experiencing each book within the context of community.
You will notice these titles are by no means the latest releases in the publishing world. This is by design. New releases are hot commodities, and therefore, difficult to procure at your local public library. Few pursuits enrich my life to the degree that avid reading does, and I want to ensure everyone is equipped to read along with an internet connection and library card.
If an advance screening of the best new books sure to pop-up on your social media feed is a priority, I cannot recommend the Book of the Month Club highly enough. A subset of the Paper & Glam Book Club joined for November, and we are discussing these titles informally on our Facebook group. If you're interested in joining us for this reading adventure as well, do so using this link and receive 30% off your membership and a book tote. Join by November 21st (Monday!) to jump in for November. Most of us chose The Trespasserfor November and plan to start reading it as soon as this month's study of Harper Lee is complete.
“Is there anything more satisfying than to keep abreast of the best new books of our time as they appear? In reading them, in enjoying them, in talking with others about them, we feel our day taking shape.” —Book of the Month Club founding statement, 1926
How do I join The Paper & Glam Book Club?
There are a few ways to get connected and read along:
Live Monthly Book Chat: Our main monthly event and connection point is the Book Club livestream. As in 2015 and 2016, Book Club is live the last Thursday of the month on P&G TV at 6 PM PST/9 PM EST (with the exception of November and December when we'll meet the third Thursday so we're reading around Thanksgiving and Christmas). Join us live and discuss the books along with our eight live chatters in real-time.
Facebook: Join the Book Club community on Facebook to discuss our monthly selections and all things reading-related. From reviews to memes, we've got reading covered. No spoilers allowed.
GoodReads: When you've finished our monthly book, join us in our GoodReads forum to share your thoughts with the group, spoilers welcome.
That's our 2017 set-up! Without further ado, please meet the 2017 Paper & Glam Book Club Reading List with a brief description of how each title fits in:
Here in Paperandglamland, we like to do things seasonally. This means January's read is a non-fiction motivational kick-starter to set our new year off with a bang. When Shonda Rhimes' book debuted this week a year ago, Katrina (one of our original live chatters entering her third year of service to Paper & Glam) assured me it absolutely must be 2017's January read. Since then, Year of Yes has been recommended by the readers in our community countless times, and I can't wait to crack the cover and start my 2017 of Yes.
When Glennon Doyle Melton released Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life, the title jumped off the virtual shelves right into my heart. I earmarked it for last year's reading list but cut it since we were non-fiction heavy. Now that Melton released her follow-up, Love Warrior, this is her year! As the publisher states, "Love Warrior is a gorgeous and inspiring account of how we are born to be warriors: strong, powerful, and brave; able to confront the pain and claim the love that exists for us all. This chronicle of a beautiful, brutal journey speaks to anyone who yearns for deeper, truer relationships and a more abundant, authentic life." Don't we all? Let's dive in.
It's a Paper & Glam tradition to start our spring with a fun thriller, so this March we're reading The Nest. When Katrina first introduced me to the Book of the Month Club, The Nest was a current selection. At the time I passed on joining, but this title followed me around until I gave in. Since I still can't open a web browser without seeing the cover, we might as well join 'em for a story of a trust fund in jeopardy endangering the futures of its four sibling beneficiaries. This is a tale, like its author, straight out of LA.
April is National Poetry month. This year we're celebrating by reading our first book of poetry together. If you're like me, you haven't read poetry since high school when assigned Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken. I've wanted to read Leaves of Grass since it featured prominently in The Notebook, so let's take our poetry to the park this spring and read Walt Whitman's American classic.
In July, the immutable Shauna Niequist is back with her latest! Let's learn to "live a life of meaning and connection instead of pushing for perfection. I'm tired of being tired, burned out on busy. And, it seemed, almost everyone I talked with was in the same boat: longing for connection, meaning, depth, but settling for busy." Sound familiar? Same here, sister.
Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies, which we read together in August of 2015, remains one of the highest rated by Paper & Glam readers to date. Moriarty is back on the reading list with her latest novel of six intricately woven stories meeting to form one epic tale: Truly Madly Guilty.
In November, Cheryl Strayed returns. Remember when we read Wild in 2014 in preparation to see Reese play Cheryl in the movie adaptation?! I picked up this book in Strayed's home town of Portland at Powell's Books in 2015. It's been burning a hole in my bookshelf ever since. This collection of columns from Cheryl Strayed's time as the once-anonymous advice columnist Dear Sugar are a "balm for everything life throws our way." Since life has a way of serving up a new curveball in almost every season, I'm excited to read Cheryl's raw and real insights into our human condition.
Lastly, December's read is another seasonal compilation of holiday stories written by the beloved and best-selling young adult readers. Let's curl up by the fireplace and get cozy, we've got twelve reasons next Christmas to stay indoors and fall in love.
To keep us organized and accountable to turning pages together in 2017, I created a Paper & Glam Book Club Planner Kit. The planner kit includes the 2017 Reading List and matching planner stickers for each book in the line-up.