Complete Book Club Plan for Meg & Jo [@bestiesbookshelf January 2020 pick]

January 17, 2020

If you’ve been following along with Me & Mrs. Bishop since we launched our bookstagram page last year, you probably saw we selected our January 2020 book club pick: Meg & Jo by Virginia Kantra.

Our goal moving forward is to put together everything here in one space for you to host your own IRL book club with your friends each month. If you can’t go to book club then you can pop over to our Instagram page on January 27, 2020 at 8 pm! We will be chatting about the book, and hope you’ll join us!

To kick things off this month, we thought it would be fun for each of us to share our thoughts on the book:

Mrs.Bishop: “Before starting Meg and Jo I was a little nerovus. Little Women is my all time favorite novel, so I was really worried about what would happen to my beloved characters in a modern retelling. Honestly, I think the author did a pretty good job. Once I got past the “OMG THE MARCH SISTERS ARE HAVING SEX!” part. I found myself really identifying with Meg in her marriage, with the balancing act of being a mother and a control freak. Her character was one of my favorites, as she has always been. I think Jo was pretty aptly portrayed. I kinda dug the writer turned blogger angle. The only character I had a problem with was the Dad. I really hated how the author turned him from a doting, loving father who took seriously his devotion to his church and country, into an absent father who has serious emotional/relational problems. Overall, I enjoyed the read and am looking forward to the next book!”

This Messy Season weighs in:
“I am always iffy about these contemporary rewrites, but Meg & Jo knocked it out of the part. It reminded me a lot of a book read four years ago called Eligible. I adored it, and as a blogger, I especially loved that Jo was trying to get her toe into the blogging community. I loved that modern twist, but Meg’s story as a stay at home mom, and being happy with that life really resonated with me. Like Meg, I always wanted to be a mom. So, it was nice to walk alongside her while she struggled to adore the life she has been blessed with. I loved the recipes and all the food talk, that was fun for me. Overall, this was a win for me and I loved it!

For play list music, head over to our Girl Power inspired Spotify playlist!
This would be a fun one to play as guests walk in and at a low volume during discussion! Speaking on discussion, we decided not to do any of our own discussion questions for this one. As the book has amazing source of questions in the back! We wanted to direct you guys over there.

For some snack ideas:

Serve a fun cocktail and name it after Amy!

For themed food items: try bacon wrapped dates stuff with goat cheese or another savory appetizer that uses goat cheese! Eggs would be a good one, collard greens and/or corn bread muffins. Consider turning into a potluck theme and ask guests to choose a dish that is talked about in the book and finding a recipe for it they have to bring in!

Get creative, read great books, and spend time with your friends!







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