Book Club

Spark Joy Book Club | January 2018

Spark Joy Book Club is a small monthly book club reading books centred around joy. Each monthly meeting is held at different beautiful venues around Calgary. For our January meeting, we decided to meet at The Wednesday Room to discuss The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.

 All Work and No Play at The Wednesday Room

BOOK DISCUSSION

  • In the book, they talked about giving up a category of purchases that resulted in feeling happier. Have you experienced this?

  • Gretchen observes that "Outer order contributes to inner calm," and many of her resolutions are aimed at clutter-clearing. Do you agree that clutter affects your happiness?

  • Did reading the book make you want to try one of the resolutions? Which one?

  • What was the one most valuable thing you learned from The Happiness Project about happiness for yourself?

I've had quite a few people asked if they could join the book club virtually so if you would like to do so, please comment below with your answers to our monthly discussion questions. 

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Spark Joy Book Club | November 2017

Spark Joy Book Club is a small monthly book club reading books centred around joy. Each monthly meeting is held at different beautiful venues around Calgary. For our third meeting, we decided to have dinner at Donna Mac to discuss The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to Be Calm and Mindful in a Fast-Paced World by Haemin Sunim.

The restaurant was beautiful and food was fresh and delicious. My two favourite dishes that we ordered were the pistachio crusted carrots and the vegan cashew cheese tortellini. I forgot to take a photo so I am borrowing one that Becca from Bex Vintage took at the restaurant.

 Spark Joy Book Club November 2017 Meeting at Donna Mac

ICE BREAKER

  • What did you do for Halloween? 
  • Have you done anything hygge-ish lately?

BOOK DISCUSSION

  • Best chapter / passage (piece of advice)?
  • Have you checked out the author’s Twitter / Facebook feeds?
  • How did you read the book?  Straight-through, or as recommended (slowly, considering each passage)?
  • Compare this to the Little Danish Book of Hygge?  Are there parallels / themes that you can draw out?
  • Can you point to a specific passage that struck you personally – as interesting, profound, incomprehensible, illuminating?
  • Did you learn something new?  Did the book broaden your perspective?  How?

I've had quite a few people asked if they could join the book club virtually so if you would like to do so, please comment below with your answers to our monthly discussion questions. 

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Spark Joy Book Club | Sept-Oct 2017

Spark Joy Book Club is a small monthly book club reading books centred around joy. Each monthly meeting is held at different beautiful venues around Calgary. For our second meeting, we met at Alforno Cafe and Bakery as it felt like the perfect setting to chat about The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking.

We sat in front of a fireplace on a cozy couch drinking coffee/tee and eating cheesecake. Doesn't get much more Hygge than that!

 Spark Joy Book Club September October 2017 Meeting at Alforno Bakery

ICE BREAKER

  • Name one movie that you like where hygge is demonstrated or would be very hyggelig to watch. 
  • Name one place in Calgary that we can go to have a hyggelig time!

BOOK DISCUSSION

  • Has reading this book changed how you perceive winter, the most hyggelig time of the year? What are you looking forward to at the most?
  • Have you tried any new-to-you hygge ideas? or plan on doing incorporating more hygge into your life?
  • Excerpts from the book - Hygge is an atmosphere which is not only unimproved by spending more money on it, but rather, in some ways, the opposite. What do you think? 

I've had quite a few people asked if they could join the book club virtually so if you would like to do so, please comment below with your answers to our monthly discussion questions. 

NEXT MONTH'S BOOK

Spark Joy Book Club | Aug 2017

Spark Joy Book Club is a small monthly book club reading books centred around joy. Each months' meetings are held at different beautiful venues around Calgary. For our first meeting, we met at Phil & Sebastians in Mission and discussed The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.

 Spark Joy Book Club August 2017 Meeting at Phil & Sebastians Coffee Roasters - Mission

One of the ladies was visiting from Europe and I've had some people asked if they could join the book club virtually due to location so I thought it would be fun to post the questions we discussed here and you can comment below.

Ice Breaker

  • Your name and location if you would like to share
  • What was the last thing you watched on Netflix and do you recommend it?

Book Discussion

  • Did the book change your tolerance level for clutter?
  • What tips of part resonated most with you?
  • What parts of the book didn't click for you?
  • Has the book prompted you to tidy up while reading or after at all?

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