The Book Charmer Book Club Kit

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The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins is the official April 2020 pick for the Peanut Blossom Book Club for Recovering Readers.

A copy of the book sits on the table.

Every spring, I try to include one “magic realism” title to our book club line-up. They are often the lighthearted titles I need as the weather gets lovlier.

This spring calls for even more lighthearted reads than usual as we are all home in quarantine. If your attention span feels broken, something easy and fun is just what the doctor ordered.

I hope you enjoy this month’s pick!

Peanut Blossom Book Club

This book club pick is one of the awesome books from our sixth year of book club.

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    What Is The Book Charmer About?

    “Sarah Dove is no ordinary bookworm. To her, books have always been more than just objects: they live, they breathe, and sometimes they even speak.

    When Sarah grows up to become the librarian in her quaint Southern town of Dove Pond, her gift helps place every book in the hands of the perfect reader. Recently, however, the books have been whispering about something out of the ordinary: the arrival of a displaced city girl named Grace Wheeler.

    If the books are right, Grace could be the savior that Dove Pond desperately needs. The problem is, Grace wants little to do with the town or its quirky residents—Sarah chief among them.

    It takes a bit of urging, and the help of an especially wise book, but Grace ultimately embraces the challenge to rescue her charmed new community.

    In her quest, she discovers the tantalizing promise of new love, the deep strength that comes from having a true friend, and the power of finding just the right book.”

    Get your copy of the book right here.

    The Book Charmer Book Club Discussion Questions

    I believe the best book club questions to spark a lively discussion in your group help readers make personal connections to the story.

    You can read about how to write the best book club questions on your own here, but hopefully these will get you started!

    Be sure to check out the official discussion in our book club group right here.

    Question 1:

    Sarah Dove has a gift for finding just the right book for just the right person. Has anyone gifted you a book that was just right at the moment?

    Question 2:

    One of the main themes of The Book Charmer is what constitutes “family.” Has your definition of family changed over your lifetime? How would you describe it when you were a child vs. now?

    Question 3:

    The Dove Pond Social Club always plans the fall festival so that it matches the year before. Grace comes in as a newcomer and helps shake things up. Have you ever been the newcomer with fresh ideas? How hard was it to encourage change?

    Question 4:

    Sarah gives Grace a copy of Little Women and it is the perfect match. Have you read Little Women? Was it a perfect fit for you, too?

    Question 5:

    Dove Pond is a close knit community, Sarah desperately tries to convince Grace to stay and become part of it. Do you feel you have a good sense of community? Would anyone try to stop you if you tried to leave? Do you have anyone you would try to stop if they tried to leave?

    Question 6:

    If you had to recommend a book to each member of your book club, which one would it be?

    Book Club Party Menu

    This month’s book takes place in a small town in North Carolina. For your book club party menu, why not serve some of these Carolina favorites:

    Start with a platter of Southern deviled eggs and a bowl of pimento cheese with butter crackers.

    For a dinner option, southern style baked mac and cheese with bread crumbs on top is always a staple.

    For dessert, try a classic North Carolina blueberry cobbler, just like the ones you might spot on the Sonker Trail.


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