Mallory

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 Mystery of Mrs. Christie Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For The Mystery of Mrs. Christie, I provide your book club with a brief summary, a food ideas, and discussion questions in that order!

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie Book Club Questions and Food Ideas
The Mystery of Mrs. Christie Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

If you’re a fan of Agatha Christie, you probably know that in 1926 Mrs. Christie went missing for 11 days. When she surfaced, she claimed to have no memory of what happened during that time and to this day it remains a mystery.

That is until Marie Benedict hypothesized perhaps the most logical reason for Mrs. Christie’s disappearance in her latest novel The Mystery of Mrs. Christie.

While I was skeptical that Benedict could offer a plausible story for Mrs. Christie’s disappearance after all these years, I’m happy to tell you that she does! And she keeps the reader’s attention through the entire story.

Told from Agatha’s and her husband’s (Archie) perspective, the novel explores the time leading up to the disappearance, the missing days, and the reunion.

I love reading books that explore the lives of authors and this was no different. I especially loved learning more about Agatha Christie’s beginnings and it made me want to read more of her works.

The Flight Girls Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For The Flight Girls, I provide your book club with a brief summary, food ideas, and discussion questions in that order!

The Flight Girls Book Club Questions and Food Ideas
The Flight Girls Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

If you’ve read your fair share of WWII novels, you may think there isn’t anything new in the genre, but have you read any stories about the WASP? That is, the Women Airforce Service Pilots.

You may have heard about the Air Transport Auxiliary in England or the Night Witches from Russia, but the WASP were American women pilots employed during the war.

While they never saw combat, they paved the way for women in the Airforce and female pilots everywhere. I’m lucky enough to live near the National WASP museum and have visited and studied these courageous women.

Their story is fascinating and in Noelle Salazar’s debut, The Flight Girls, we get a picture of all they endured and accomplished. The novel follows one fictional WASP, Audrey Coltrane, as she experiences Pearl Harbor, signs up for service, and flies (literally) through the years of the war.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, I provide your book club with a brief summary, food ideas, activity idea, and discussion questions in that order!

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry Book Club Questions and Food Ideas
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

Are you a fan of indie bookstores? Do you love short story collections? How about novels about found families? If so, then Gabrielle Zevin’s hit, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, should be on your list.

The novel’s central character, A.J. Fikry, is an independent book store owner and widower living on remote Alice Island. When a young girl shows up in his bookstore with no family left to claim her, A.J.’s life takes an unexpected turn.

Rife with literary references, especially short story ties, the novel will delight readers who can’t resist a good book about books.

Klara and the Sun Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For Klara and the Sun, I provide your book club with a brief summary, food ideas, and discussion questions in that order!

Klara and the Sun Book Club Questions and Food Ideas
Klara and the Sun Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

If you haven’t heard of Kazuo Ishiguro, he is a Nobel Prize winner whose works, such as Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day, captivate readers. In his latest work, Klara and the Sun, Ishiguro tackles an A.I. infiltrated future society where Artificial Friends become the norm.

Unlike many A.I. centered tales, here the A.I. is friend not foe. In fact, the novel is told by an Artificial Friend, Klara, who longs for and is finally chosen by a child.

Klara is an unforgettable narrator who operates on reason and data, but prides herself in being more emotionally astute than her peers. In the novel, Ishiguro explores the depth of Klara’s emotional intelligence and its limits in a moving story of grief and hope.

You can definitely tell that you are in the hands of a master and, unlike many literary winners, the reading was anything but a slog. I was captivated from the moment I opened the book until the end.

Coping with Winter Blues: Ideas to Lift Your Spirit from Home

Coping with winter blues
Coping with winter blues

Redfin, a revolutionary company in the real estate market, reached out to me recently because they were featuring an article titled “Coping with Winter Blues at Home: Hacks, Habits, and Routines to Start Today.”

If you haven’t heard of Redfin, you can check out what they are doing in the real estate space at their website www.redfin.com.

I was happy to collaborate with them, especially when they reached out for ideas on “how cozying up with a spellbinding book can help improve someone’s mood through the dreary winter months.”

Yes. Absolutely. I agree.

I’d love for you to check out the entire post and hopefully find a way or two to lift your spirit during the winter months!

Here’s a brief snippet:

Coping with Winter Blues at Home: Hacks, Habits, and Routines to Start Today

“There are so many lovable aspects of winter – from the first magical snowfall and snuggling up by the fire, to scented candles and winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, and sledding. But, even if you live somewhere like Toronto, ON, and aren’t a stranger to cold weather, the short, chilly, and gloomy days of winter can make you want to disappear until the first signs of spring. This time of year, we don’t see the sun as much as we’d like and miss out on the much-needed serotonin boost and vitamin D. And, unless you live someplace like Tucson, AZ, these dark days are just a part of life. So, you may be wondering what you can do to cope with the winter blues.

Redfin asked us to share our best tip on how to boost spirits during the winter and ease that seasonal slump.”

Check out what Book Club Bites had to say!

Coping with Winter Blues at Home: Hacks, Habits, and Routines to Start Today

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Combat the Winter Blues
Combat the Winter Blues
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