Top Book Club Picks – Indie Reads!

*If you are new here, WELCOME! In this post, I’ll share Top Book Club Picks – Indie Reads – that Your Book Club Should Read!

Top Book Club Picks - Indie Reads
Top Book Club Picks – Indie Reads

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You may or may not realize that in the last decade scores of talented writers have decided to forgo traditional publishing and chosen instead to embrace a more entrepreneurial way of getting their books into the hands of readers.

For you, the reader, it shouldn’t matter how the book came to you, only that, for the 350 pages it was with you, it touched your life in some way.

Perhaps you read a self-published or small publisher book in the past and it…well, it wasn’t very good.

Well, let me tell you that times have changed.

What used to be a way for people who shouldn’t publish to get a dusty manuscript out too soon is now a viable option for talented authors to take control of their publishing careers and publish books that you, the reader, really love.

That said, it’s still difficult to find these gems on Amazon or elsewhere when the algorithm favors large publishing houses (including Amazon’s own Lake Union).

So today I’m featuring “Indie” books that you really should read as a book club! (In the future I’ll try to post more about the difference between self-publishing and small publishers, but this list includes a little of both!)

I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Lainey Cameron, whose book The Exit Strategy is on this list, for offering more than a few suggestions for this list when I asked.

Lainey is a champion for authors and you can find her fantastic podcast where she features the Best of Women’s Fiction, HERE!

She’s also an all-around great person and digital nomad whose Instagram account will have you sighing with jealousy at her fantastic adventures. If you don’t follow her, check her out!

Picnic in Someday Valley Book Club Discussion Questions

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For Picnic in Someday Valley, I provide your book club with a brief summary and book club discussion questions in that order!

Picnic in Someday Valley Book Club Discussion Questions
Picnic in Someday Valley Book Club Discussion Questions
Picnic in Someday Valley Book Club Discussion Questions
Picnic in Someday Valley Book Club Discussion Questions

If you haven’t checked out the previous post in the series where I share my thoughts on Picnic in Someday Valley and food ideas for your book club, check out that post HERE.

Picnic in Someday Valley

In this post, I’ll review the premise of Picnic in Someday Valley and share book club discussion questions that are sure to get your book club talking!

Apple Cinnamon Scones with Vanilla Icing

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For this post, I provide you with a delicious recipe for Apple Cinnamon Scones with Vanilla Icing!

Apple Cinnamon Scones with Vanilla Icing
Apple Cinnamon Scones with Vanilla Icing

If you’ve never had a scone, I am glad you are here! Scones are one of my favorite foods, but I only started eating them within the last five years.

If you love the flaky goodness of a biscuit with a little bit of crunch on the outside, but you wish for something sweeter like a blueberry muffin, then scones are exactly what you’ve been looking for.

Blueberry scones are my absolute favorite and maybe I’ll make a version to share here someday, but today I’m sharing an equally lovely apple cinnamon scone.

This recipe packed with apples and cinnamon will produce a flaky, but soft scone that will have you reaching for just…one…more.

While most apple cinnamon scone recipes out there just use a bit of cinnamon in the batter, I decided to add cinnamon chips for a twist.

Cinnamon chips are found in the baking aisle next to the chocolate chips and are sweetened morsels packed with cinnamon.

If you can’t find them anywhere, you can try ordering them online (HERE) or leave them out of the recipe. Just increase the diced apples by a 1/4 cup.

Cinnamon Chips

If you’re stopping by here while searching for recipes, you may not know that the recipes here are all inspired by books! This particular recipe was created after reading Picnic in Someday Valley.

If you love small town romances (think Hallmark) with a dose of mystery mixed in, then you’ll love this book. Check out more about this book HERE!

This recipe for Apple Cinnamon Scones combines apples, cinnamon chips, flaky dough, and rich vanilla icing for a delectable treat!

Picnic in Someday Valley Book Club Ideas and More

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For Picnic in Someday Valley, I provide your book club with a brief summary, food ideas, and more!

Picnic in Someday Valley Book Club Questions and Recipe
Picnic in Someday Valley Book Club Questions and Recipe
Picnic in Someday Valley Book Club Questions and Recipe
Picnic in Someday Valley Book Club Questions and Recipe

Are you a fan of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries? How about Hallmark romances? If so, then you’ll love this new book from the Honey Creek Series by Jodi Thomas.

Picnic in Someday Valley is the second book in the Honey Creek series and combines just the right about of mystery and romance.

Picnic in Someday Valley

Set in a small town with a cast of lovable, but quirky characters, Picnic in Someday Valley offers exactly what you love about Hallmark. With an extra dose of the romance (think PG-13 verses PG), but nothing too erotic, Thomas delivers a novel with several story lines that work together.

If you haven’t checked out the first book in the series, you can see my post on that book HERE. In fact, I recommend you read it first because so many of the characters in the first book return for the second.

And, who doesn’t love that?

I usually don’t do this, but I did want to provide a trigger warning for some readers. The main conflict in this novel arises from a serial rapist on the loose. That said, Thomas only writes books with happily ever after’s and this is no different!

If you are looking for book club food ideas and discussion questions for Picnic in Someday Valley, keep reading!

Sage and Pineapple Margaritas

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For this post, I provide you with a delicious recipe for Sage and Pineapple Margaritas!

Sage and Pineapple Margaritas
Sage and Pineapple Margaritas

With summertime just around the corner, I’m looking forward to whipping up some tasty and fun drinks to cool off after a long day. There’s something about sitting on a patio and sipping a drink during those beautiful evening hours when it’s still warm, but no longer scalding hot. It just feels like summer!

If you’re like me, then you’ll enjoy this delicious twist on a traditional margarita.

Sage and pineapple come together to add a sophisticated depth in this drink. Paired with the typical lime and tequila in most margaritas, the sage and pineapple compliment and then elevate the cocktail. It’s really delectable!

And, if you don’t have a beach vacation planned this summer, this sage and pineapple margarita will make you feel like you’re there even when you can’t be.

If you’re stopping by here while searching for recipes, you may not know that the recipes here are all inspired by books! This particular recipe was created after reading The Rosie Project. If you love reading, check out more about this great book HERE!

Part romance, part comedy, and part quirky–The Rosie Project takes a unique narrator (think university professor with Asperger’s) and tosses him into the deep end as he tries to find a wife through his own carefully calculated survey. That just spells disaster!

I loved the book, so if you haven’t checked it out, learn more about it HERE!

And, as much as I loved the book, I think I loved this sage and pineapple margarita even more! Be sure to whip up a few and treat yo’ self this summer!

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