January 2019 Book Club Pick: The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton


Come join us in 2019 as we start our very own book club! First up, our January book club pick is The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton.

When I first moved into my house, I knew no one. At the time, we only owned one car, so I was a stay-at-home mom of a seven-month old forced to basically stay at home all day long. Over time, I slowly met some neighbors, but I’m not the type of person who usually makes fast friends.

Then one day, someone invited me to join their book club. Can I tell you, that invitation was a lifesaver!

Suddenly, I interacted monthly with women whom I could admire. At the time, I almost exclusively read classic books, but their book recommendations made me broaden my horizons and find the joy in modern literature.

After a three-year hiatus, my book club is starting up again, which got me thinking. What if Jaclyn and I could bring that sense of community to our blog.

Not everyone has a chance to be in an in-real-life book club. So why not join with us. Let us be your community. Let’s discuss books together and make some friendships along the way.

Each month we’ll pick a book reflecting one of the categories from our 2019 Reading Challenge. On the first of every month, we’ll have a post just like this one, explaining why we choose the book we did.

Then, about a week later, we will post discussion questions. One of our new favorite hashtags on Instagram is #readwithintention. Hopefully, our discussion questions will prompt us to go deeper. Not just “I loved it or I hated it.”

Near the end of the month, we’ll update our discussion questions with our viewpoints, and open up the post for your comments.

Let’s read together with intention. Let’s build a community of readers and have lots of fun along the way. Come join with us!

Following along on social media? Use the hashtag #pingelsistersbookclub!

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January 2019 Book Club Topic

A Book with More Than 500 Pages

Let’s kick off 2019 with a bit of a challenge: a book with more than 500 pages.

Finding a book this long can be harder than you think. Many books seem to top out at the 350-450 page count. Only 15% of the books I’ve read have been long enough to qualify for this category.

If you’re like me, when faced with a stack of books, you often reach for the shorter ones. I can read it in a day is usually my justification.

This month, let’s not read it in a day. For the January book club pick, let’s take our time to enjoy a book. Let’s delve into the story and characters. It’s winter anyways, so you’re likely to be stuck inside for long periods of time.

Longer books take extraordinary effort on part of an author. To keep a story engaging through 500 pages is a great accomplishment. Not all author’s can pull it off. Fingers crossed our January book club pick can.

Related: January Reading Challenge: Kick off the Year the Right Way


January 2019 Book Club Pick

book cover The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

The Forgotten Garden
by Kate Morton

Still reeling from the death of her beloved grandmother Nell, Cassandra is startled by an unexpected request her grandmother left her. Now Cassandra must rethink everything she thought she knew about her family history and piece together the truth of an abandoned girl, a book of fairy tales, and a forgotten garden. While she unlocks the mystery of her grandmother’s heritage, can she find herself in the process? Read more →

At 548 pages, The Forgotten Garden certainly hits the necessary length.

To be honest, one of the biggest reasons I chose this book was because it’s been on my to-read list for forever. Over 5 years!

I have to say, I enjoy Kate Morton as an author. I haven’t yet read her latest, The Clockmaker’s Daughter (another good choice for 500+ pages), but I enjoyed both The Secret Keeper and The Lake House, both of which I have recommended on the blog. If all goes well, The Forgotten Garden will join them on my recommendation list.

Find on:  Goodreads Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Book Depository


Let’s Discuss The Forgotten Garden

Head over to our discussion page to share your thoughts on The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton!


Coming Soon: February Book Club Pick

To give you sometime to get your hands on a copy (especially since it’s a newer book), we want to announce our February book club pick. Next month, Jaclyn will be leading the discussion on a book recommended to her by a friend.

book cover Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Are you living the life you want to live? You are capable of anything you set your mind to if you go all in. Stop the excuses, stop believing the lies, and become you were meant to be.

Find on:  Goodreads Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Book Depository


What are your feelings on our January book club pick?

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  • Reply DJ Sakata December 26, 2018 at 9:54 am

    This looks like something I need to read – thanx for the info

  • Reply Kate @ Bitch Bookshelf December 26, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    I might join in some months! Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply Rachael January 4, 2019 at 1:48 pm

      We’d love to have you as much or as little as your time permits!

  • Reply Bianca December 26, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    I’d love to join, but unfortunately my next few months will be crazy

    • Reply Rachael December 26, 2018 at 11:39 pm

      Feel free to come back and join when life calms down!

  • Reply Melissia @ Books and Sassy Lilacs December 26, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    I’m in! I already have the February book and have been planning on reading it. The January book is on my TBR list! I was in a local book club but now we all have young kids and it’s so much harder to make it work!

    • Reply Rachael January 4, 2019 at 1:47 pm

      Kids ruin everything! Just kidding. They do make things harder. Super glad to have you participate!

  • Reply Rachel @ Never Enough Novels December 28, 2018 at 11:02 am

    Looking forward to this! Also, love your choice for February 🙂 Both of these I’ve read but haven’t had a chance to discuss with anyone!!

    • Reply Rachael December 28, 2018 at 1:38 pm

      Yes, come back and leave some comments! We would love to hear your thoughts.

  • Reply Anonymous December 29, 2018 at 2:04 am

    2018 was a slow reading year for me so I can’t wait to start off 2019 with a challenge.

    • Reply Rachael December 29, 2018 at 9:19 am

      That’s okay. Feel free to jump in later, or just occasionally pick and choose a category that sounds fun to you!

  • Reply Brittani December 29, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    I’m excited to try this book challenge! One of my resolutions for the new year was to start reading and taking time for myself again. I’m glad I stumbled upon this page.

    • Reply Rachael January 4, 2019 at 1:46 pm

      We’d love to have you read along with us!

  • Reply Renee December 30, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Definitely in for February, have too many slated for January

    • Reply Rachael December 30, 2018 at 8:07 pm

      Totally understandable. We’d love to have you in February!

  • Reply Becky Turner December 31, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Just ordered this book! I’m in!
    This seems long…but winter is my favorite reading time. Can’t wait for the discussion to begin.

    • Reply Rachael January 4, 2019 at 1:46 pm

      So excited to have you!

  • Reply Diana January 5, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    I am definitely in. I tend to read the same genre and look forward to expanding my reading list.

  • Reply michelle polk January 14, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    So glad that I have joined your book club. I probably wouldn’t have read this book if I hadn’t! An excellent choice.

  • Reply Elisabeth January 24, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    I’m so thrilled to join your book club and can’t wait to chat about Girl, Wash your Face. 🙂

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