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October Book Club: Gone Girl + #Girlboss Giveaway!

Paper & Glam Book Club - Gone Girl

Today we discuss our October read Gone Girl!

First, profuse apologies this is almost two weeks late. I'm embarrassed this is going up mid-November. I hope you enjoyed reading Gone Girl through October and you're turning the pages of Wild in your homes with candles burning and coffee brewing despite my scheduling blunder. Let's jump into our discussion!

Below are four of my favorite things to consider while reading a book. Anything we should add? Let me know in the comments!

1. How did you experience the book?

Gone Girl is a psychological thriller at its best! As with If I Stay, Lauren captures how I experienced Gone Girl like we were sitting next to each other. On her blog she writes:

It was a rainy & windy evening in the Pacific Northwest. The Halloween lights around my apartment casting an orange glow, and a pumpkin latte candle flickering on my mantle. It might seem like a calm, relaxing place…but it did absolutely nothing to ease me. Gripping the book like it was my lifeline, my eyes scanning the pages ferociously, my mind with no room for anything but the plot and what would happen next.

This book, the more you think about it, the more brilliant it becomes. It has been the backdrop to my thoughts the last week or so, and I find the ideas of this story lurking in random places in my mind. Gillian Flynn painted this perfectly wicked story and with a plot that slams you with twists you will never see coming. How utterly brilliant. Speechless.

2. What was your favorite quote?

I was told love should be unconditional. That's the rule, everyone says so. But if love has no boundaries, no limits, no conditions, why should anyone try to do the right thing ever? If I know I am loved no matter what, where is the challenge? I am supposed to love Nick despite all his shortcomings. And Nick is supposed to love me despite my quirks. But clearly, neither of us does. It makes me think that everyone is very wrong, that love should have many conditions. Love should require both partners to be their very best at all times.

3. Has this novel changed you—broadened your perspective? Have you learned something new or been exposed to different ideas?

Gone Girl asks us to contemplate what happens when we morph into our best selves to please our loves. What happens when we can't sustain that identity? Feelings of betrayal? Inadequacy? Should our love be unconditional despite a shift in our beloved's identity? 

4. Lastly, book versus movie?

Book! The movie was very well done from casting, to acting, scenes, and suspense, but capturing the nuance of Nick's betrayal and Amy's revenge was next to impossible even in a movie with a 150 minute run-time.

If you'd like to keep talking Gone Girl, there is a video up on the Paper & Glam YouTube channel:

As I mentioned, November's read is Wild by Cheryl Strayed. In November, we'll follow Cheryl's adventure as she finds herself along the Pacific Crest Trail.

Lastly, a giveaway just for the readers! We will be kicking off 2015 with a bossy read this January, Sophia Amoruso's #Girlboss. Enter to win a copy by leaving me a comment below!

Want to see our monthly reads in advance? The Paper & Glam Good Reads Group lists our reads through February 2015! 

Happy reading,


Ashley L.

I absolutely love you sense of style and how you present even your book reads. I would definitely love to win a copy of and read #Girlboss. It sounds like such an inspirational story!

Paper and Glam

Hi Ashley! Styling is a passion of mine, thank you so much for the encouragement. Good luck with the giveaway and happy weekend!


I already got my copy of Wild and Unbroken for the book club and I snagged your daily devotion book choice as well. #Girlboss is the next one on the list and who doesn't love a giveaway!!

Paper and Glam


Your bookshelf is locked down, sister! Which devotion did you grab? Jesus Calling is my reigning favorite and I'm reading Hearing from God Each Morning by Joyce Meyer next year. This year, I'm reading Hope for Everyday by Billy Graham and honestly I wouldn't recommend it. It was all great truth but too evangelical for my taste. So excited to have you reading along with me! Xx, Lisamarie

Alex W.

So this book club idea is probably one of the coolest. I just stumbled across your YouTube channel (maybe two weeks ago [and my bookshelf redesign was inspired by your tour]), which led me to your blog and I really do enjoy your postings. I, too, have decided to pick up a devotional per your suggestion, I'm thinking of starting with Jesus Calling. #GirlBoss is definitely on my list of reads for this season. Oh, I had a real question, where did you find your pink NIV?


Welp. I ordered Hope for Everyday =/ . It hasn't arrived yet so maybe I can return it and order Jesus Calling instead. Thanks for the recommendation! I'm flying through Wild. Looks like I might grab another book to read before it's time for Unbroken.

Paper and Glam

Hi Alex!

Thanks for letting me know you're into my book club idea! Haha, that library has become quite the conversation piece. Who knew bringing home too many books from Powell's in Portland would create such a commentary?! lol I snagged my Bible right here ---> and it's a parallel version with the MSG & NIV side-by-side. I've gotten a lot of questions on Bibles, devotionals, journals, and pens so I'll be filming a video with my favs next month so we're all set for the new year!

Love from Denver,

Paper and Glam

Hope for Everyday is still a great read, it's just whatever gets you in the Word :) Just wanted to be candid that after spending a year with each, Jesus Calling is my reigning fav. With that said, Jesus Calling did leave me wanting a little more meat some mornings so it might not be a bad idea to read both side by side. I've been told Joyce Meyer hits it right in the middle, so I'm excited to read one of her devotionals through 2015.

So glad you're love Wild! I'm about 2/3s of the way through but really need to finish some books I started earlier in the year. I'm doing the Good Reads Challenge and I'm still 6 books away from my goal, yikes! It's just fun but I want to hit my pledge! Anywho, have you visited the library page? It's got my all-time favs listed in case you want to check out any of those titles. :)

Alex W.

Great, thanks so much!!!

Lindsay Honaker

I am trying to decide between a Passion Planner and an Erin Condren planner. I came across your YouTube channel and now I'm here! I love to read and am super excited about your book club. I don't know all of these specifics, so I have some poking around to do. I'm excited!

Paper and Glam

Hi Lindsay! Ohh tough choice. I love the Passion Planner, too! #junkie ;) For me that decision comes down to how my schedule works. Do you work a traditional job (M-F 9-5)? Or a freelance/hourly type schedule? Since I'm occupied M-F 9-5, the hourly layout of the Passion doesn't make sense. However, if I ever get the opportunity to try self-employment I'll be switching to a Day Designer with an hourly layout or a Passion Planner. One thing that also irks me about the Passion Planner is that the day starts at 8 and goes to 10. I love how the Day Designer hours are 6-9, just wish it was 5-9 for us early risers. ;) Anywho, so excited you're thinking of joining us for Book Club. Let me know if you have any questions!

Robin Koehler

I am looking for these at the library. Sounds like great choices in books to read/listen on tape. Thanks for sharing!

Paper and Glam

Hi Robin, definitely do! Thanks for reading :)

Lisa Wright

This is my first visit to your blog. I love it and will be subscribing. I have never been part of a book club, but it sounds like fun. I'm a workaholic and need to not be! Perhaps the book club will help that. Joining in December would be a good gift to myself. Thank you for sharing your ideas for a better lifestyle.

Paper and Glam

Good evening Lisa! Thank you so much for the support and excited you're reading along with us. Reading is so cathartic. I love to be transported to another life after a long day working. Plus it appeals to my achiever nature because I'm learning while I'm reading. ;)

Jenna Willson

I love your blog and YouTube channel! I originally came for the Erin Condren planner - but I love the book club idea too! If I find my copy of Wild, I'm definitely in for December!


Just found your blog, very nice! I live in Ca and I love to read!

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