I’m Mallory Barnes, a fiction writer living in West Texas. My hope here is to encourage reading and discussion. In the digital age, we often live together so separately. Community and intellectual discussion are harder and harder to come by. I hope that Book Club Bites can help alleviate that by encouraging the birth and growth of book clubs.

The Vibrant Years Book Club Questions and Recipe

The Vibrant Years Book Club Questions and Recipe

The Vibrant Years is Sonali Dev’s newest novel and the first book from Mindy Kaling’s new imprint Mindy’s Book Studio. Yes, that Mindy Kaling. It’s a rom-com about three generations of Indian-American women navigating the throes of love. Insert one Millennial genius trying to code a revolutionary dating app. Add in two begrudging research assistants in her strong-willed, gorgeous grandmother and her career-stunted, timid mother. Top it off with a series of…unfortunate dates. And you have The Vibrant Years.

Pasteis de Nata

Pastéis de nata Recipe

With flaky layers made easy here by use of puff pastry and a custard filling, pasteis de nata is both an airy and rich dessert at once. You’ll love Madeline Martin’s take on the Portuguese treat as well as her new novel, The Librarian Spy.

Unique Gifts for Book Lovers

Gift Ideas for Your Book Club

Has your book club decided this is the year for a gift exchange? While a book is always a solid choice, you’re looking for something a little more unique. Or perhaps you are frantically searching for a gift for that book lover in your life who seems easy to please, but you know what they really want is a gift sprinkled with the magic of Hogwarts and as unique as Mr. Darcy’s love. (Raises hand guiltily).
Here’s a list of such fun and unique gifts for book lovers and book clubs that you’ll have whomever you’re shopping for, smiling from ear to ear.

The Librarian Spy Book Club Questions and Recipe

The Librarian Spy Book Club Questions and Recipe

Most book clubs will know Madeline Martin from The Last Bookshop in London and, with The Librarian Spy, she has delivered another WWII novel centered around book lovers. The novel follows two women – one in Nazi occupied France who works at a newspaper for the Resistance and an American librarian in war-neutral Lisbon who collects war propaganda in hopes of finding coded messages.