Finer Things

The Finer Things Club Page

A book club for people like me: At the awkward age between old and young

who want to read a bit of both.



For those who aren’t familiar with the history of The Finer Things Club, I’ll elaborate.

The Finer Things Club began with me mentioning, innocent and totally clueless about where this would lead, that I would love to be in a book club, but that I hadn’t found many for folks my age, and that, honestly, I wanted a say in the book-choosing. My ever-ambitious mom immediately came up with an easy fix to my dilemma: Let’s start a book club.

The name “The Finer Things Club” was inspired by an episode of “The Office” – which is slightly embarrassing to admit. Pam, Oscar, and Toby had a refined and proper club named The Finer Things Club, where they discussed art, literature, etc.

A few months after my mom decided to host a book club, on March 12th, 2008, the first meeting of The Finer Things Club was held in our bonus room. Accompanying the 15+ girls (there are fewer now, but we still have many members) – all between the ages of 10 and 16. I was 12 at the time – was a whole lot of yummy food (e.g. fondue, chocolate covered raisins, Italian sodas -which by now have been substituted by juice-, cheese ball, crackers, etc. The menu’s been adjusted a bit as time’s gone on).

FT meets once a month. Previously, it’s been the second Friday of every month at 7:30, but we’re switching the times around to accommodate as many people’s schedules as possible. (Book club girls: We’re contemplating moving over to the first Friday.) We read one book each month that my mom and I have picked beforehand. Last month (on March 5th), we held our two year anniversary and celebrated by going out to see “Alice in Wonderland” (which we had just read and discussed).

FT has a not-so-strict schedule that my mom organized before we began…

I hors d’oevres – We line up around the ping-pong table/dinner table and serve ourselves (we sign in as we do this).

II dignity and order – My mom calms the incessant chatter of teenage girls (and, of course, it never quite goes away. We digress a lot).

III brief infatuations – We discuss other books we’d read and loved that month.

IV making headlines – People who have book-related headlines to announce do so.

V digestion and satisfaction – We discuss the book club book of that month.

VI footnotes – We address questions about the book.

VII welcome the debutant – We introduce the new book. Someone reads about 5 minutes worth of it, and we pass around slip sheets (slip sheets are bookmarks to most of us, but are also intended to have notes written on them. Also printed on the slip sheets are the date of the next meeting, the book title, and the author).

VIII au revoir – We say goodbye. It’s usually around 9:30 by this time.

Occasionally, we’ll do something special, such as watching a movie (we have a nine-foot wide screen and a projector in that room. It’s fun), going to a movie, etc. This summer, we plan to stay at a beach house my family likes and have book club there.

So that’s a bit on The Finer Things Club. The remainder of this page shall be used for frequently-updated information for the actual book club members. Below that you can find a list of the books we’ve read so far.

FT This Month

The Book: Divergent by Veronica Roth


In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

I’m sure you guys will love this! And I’m dying to know which faction you would chose!

I own a copy of this book, and I’m sure it’s in stock at all the major book stores. It might be harder to find at libraries due to the facts that it’s new and popular, but book club’s still a ways away, so you’ll probably be able to get your hands on a copy.

The Date:

Book club will be at my house, per usual, at… some point. Summer’s always a bit sketchy.


Don’t forget to join the facebook group if you have not been invited already! It’s the easiest way to get announcements out to all of you.


And, of course, if any of you or your parents have questions/comments, please email my mom.

FT Books Read:

1. The Giver by Lois Lowry

2. An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott

3. Shackleton’s Stowaway by Victoria McKernan

To Be Continued… (I can’t remember all of them.)

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