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A Working Stiffs Manifesto- lots of laughs!


Hi Everyone! We had a great wrap up meeting for A Working Stiff’s Manifesto today! Lara, Andrea, Kristin, & I shared our favorite parts of the book over several glasses of champagne 🙂 

We are going with Lara’s suggestion for our next read : 


A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.
With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present. Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.
Place, date, and time for next meeting is still TBD! But we are probably looking at late August. 
Happy reading !!



Busted at Jimmy’s ;)


Hello fellow Book Club Members,

Aside from the sassy waitress busting us for sneaking in more than the 2 bottle max of champagne, yesterday’s meeting was a lot of fun! Thanks to those of you who brought the booze and contributed to the great conversation. We are sorry we missed the rest of you, but hopefully we can get caught up at the next meeting which will be on June 11th at the new restaurant called “Hendrix” in Ocean Ranch (Dana Point). We are going to meet at 12:00pm and discuss our new book, “May Cause Love” over brunch and mimosas, naturally. This is the book written by Liz’s friend, Kassi, about overcoming alcoholism and her abortion while studying abroad in Florence.


check it out here:

See you all in June, if not before 🙂



October’s meeting


Hello everyone!

To no one’s surprise, Andrea  delivered a beautiful book-club spread, full of bloody mary’s, mimosas, and breakfast treats! So sorry for those of you who missed it, but you were there in spirit! While discussing the most recent book “All the Missing Girls”, it seemed that it had mixed reviews. The group consensus was that it was a little hard to follow, since it was written in reverse, but I felt like it incited more discussion amongst the group, when compared to some of the other books we have read. I personally really enjoyed the story and liked how the last few “days” were fast paced and tied everything together. Overall, we all agreed that the book contained a few “didn’t see that coming” moments.

I also started to think back to all the stories we have read and was wondering what everyone’s favorites have been? Mine is still The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair. Kristen’s was Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies….which leads us to our next pic!

The next book will Liane Moriarty’s “Truly Madly Guilty” and the meeting will be for us girls only, (sorry babies and boys, you’ll have to plan a football club or something !!;)  at Earth Cafe in Laguna Beach. On November 13th, at 11:00 am. Hope to see everyone there!

August Meeting


In case you missed today’s meeting, we discussed  writing our very own suspense novel to appease our need for a good page turner- which our “choose your own adventure” picks sort of failed to deliver.

Kristin read “The Girls”, which she decided “accurately depicted the psyche of young and impressional ladies and how they could be influenced into joining cults”. What it lacked was the page-turning excitment that she had hoped for.  (I recommended she tries Mills, Jeannie. Six Years with God: Life Inside Reverend Jim Jones’s Peoples Temple.)

My month’s read was “In a Dark, Dark Wood”. A Story about a “hen” (bachelorette) party, gone murderously wrong. Although I really enjoyed this novel, I was hoping for more suspense vs. a “who done it?” type story. Come to find out…Reese Witherspoon is making it into a movie (surprised? …..yeah, me neither..)

Andrea started a book on parenting that discusses leaving your ego at the door, and letting your children become their own individual selves, instead of influencing them into becoming who you think  they should be.

Lara’s book, “Rumors” sounded like a fun summer read! It was a novel about a Nantucket community, where the players had many secrets to hide….and to share….. with each other, willingly, or not!

For the next round, we thought it would be fun to “half-read” a thriller, and then meet to speculate about the story’s resolution. So here’s the plan : Since we have several birthdays in the next month: Liz, Leslie, and Liz’s Husband, Tasso, we thought it would be fun to read half of the book and then speculate on how it ends, while having some celebratory drinks and food. For anyone who is interested in meeting up for this event, we are going to go out in (Laguna Beach, possibly?) on Saturday, September 17th

The book is “All the Missing Girls” by Megan Miranda.

it’s a “spellbinding, psychological, nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearance of two young women= a decade apart- told in reverse…..

S. Summary : It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for herailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched. 

Told backwards- Day 15 to Day 1- from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what REALLY happened to Corinne that night ten years ago 

READ ONLY TO DAY 9 if you’d like to discuss it on September 17th !!! 

If you choose not to/can not make the September event, please don’t fret! We will meet for a girl’s day on October 16th to officially discuss the book (and it’s ending) – 11:00 am at Andrea’s new home in Dana Point! We will do a potluck style event (details to come) 

looking forward to the fall!


Booked at the Blind Pig


Last week we brunched/lunched at the Blind Pig in RSM – it was a beautiful day on the lake! We welcomed two new members… Baby Sam was very happy to meet all the beautiful ladies, and we also officially dubbed Reese Witherspoon a member of the book club for nominating so many titles (#RWbookclub). So far she hasn’t been able to attend in person, but we’re hoping her people can make something work in the near future. The Luckiest Girl Alive was a real conversation starter and sparked a lot of opinions about the main character and her motives throughout the book. We decided that we only needed 2 glasses of wine to get through this book – which is a good thing! (We also decided we may need to revamp our rating system).

We decided that we can’t get enough of each other and so, even though our next official read isn’t going to have it’s day in court until July (see what I did there?), we are going to have a book club hang for Happy Hour on Saturday June 18th – no official plans yet, so if you have any big thoughts, send them our way!

CaptureOur next book club title is a fictional, half-historical, legal novel: The House Girl by Tara Conklin (buy it here) . Thanks, Jan, for nominating this title which goes back and forth between modern day New York and 1852 Virginia… looks exciting! We will be dishing & dining on Sunday July 10th @ 10:00 am on the Niguel Shores Bluff for another brunch picnic! Jan will have us all “on the list” again at the front gate, so RSVP (don’t forget the boys & the babes) and we will have more info sent out closer to the picnic date.


Other titles suggested this week:

The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Holly Jolly Holidays


B9okclubFirst and foremost, thank you to our fabulous hostess with the most-est, Andrea, for having us all over for our Holiday Book Party! Our cookie exchange was delicious and our White Elephant Book Swap was surprisingly successful! Can’t wait to do that again next year! We didn’t have enough people finish In the Heart of the Sea to make a movie date (but those who finished it loved it! All thumbs up!), but I know some people made movie dates of their own so hopefully those who want can make it out to watch.


b08f3387827c43e391d91009bc9b9c8eWhen it came time to pick our next title Holly offered up Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus (buy it here) and I may, or may not (definitely may), have gotten super excited because it is my all-time favorite read. Hopefully I didn’t oversell it because I think my reaction hijacked the book vote! It did end up sparking an interesting conversation about everyone’s favorite titles, which are listed below for future reference! I think we also forgot to pick a theme for the next read so let’s just call it Anything Goes!







This is what our next meeting would look like with an unlimited budget 🙂

Next book club meet up is scheduled for Sunday January 31st at 11:00 am, at my (Diana’s) house. I will email the address. Just remember to bring a title/summary for the next read and a drink or brunch item (fruit salad, cheese & crackers, etc.). I will prepare a warm egg dish and some snacks as well so I’m sure there will be plenty of food… I’m pretty sure having enough food has never been a struggle for us!




Also, dress code is black and white! Start reading soon and you’ll understand 🙂 Until next time, gals, happy reading, happy holidays, and a happy happy happy new year!


b3f18e421aef02f8d0b8f7a501edadfeOther Favorite Titles:

Celestine Prophecy – James Redfield

The Power of One – Bruce Courtenay

Written on the Body – Jeanette Winterson

Let the Right One In – John Ajvide Lindqvist