Happy 3rd Birthday to Hump Day Book Club and more kudos for Twyla Tharp


Hello! (Hello again, hopefully, for some of you!) Hope everyone is having a great week! My book club meets the second Wednesday of every month, aptly named Hump Day Book Club, and today HDBC turns 3! We read 10 books a year – one per month, every month except for October and December. In October (today) we have our Annual Business Meeting where we’ll confirm who is hosting and who is presenting for the following year. We also decided early on not to read a book in December because there are already so many other things that take place: holiday parties, kids’ activities, the holidays, family travel plans, etc. We manage to find time to have a Christmas party in December and dirty Santa gift exchange, though 🙂 …


The first two years I was club Secretary (which basically meant I was in charge of compiling and sending the monthly newsletter), and had a blast doing it. It’s a great group of women who all bring something a little different to the table – err – living room. We rotate hostesses and presenters, so one lady is responsible for hosting (providing wine and her snack/dinner spread of choice). Another lady is responsible for guiding the book discussion. We usually socialize for about the first hour, then President runs through any businessy items, and then we talk about the book for about 45 minutes to an hour (longer or shorter depending on how emotional the book was/controversial the subject matter was/passionate the readers are).

Happy 1st Birthday HDBC!

{Happy 1st Birthday Book Club – Officers, October 2010}

So now you’ve been introduced! I’ll be posting on our book club book every 2nd Wednesday – feel free to join me, comment, etc… BUT since there is no book club book this month, I’ll go ahead and share the book I plan to propose for this year (I think I get to present this year…I was too far down the rotation last year, so no book for me…)

HDBC Ladies 2012

{Book Club December 2012}

So…why “more kudos for Twyla Tharp” instead of just “kudos for Twyla Tharp”??? Well, I have to admit that I first reviewed this book for a PR Class I took at Clemson. (Which, as it turns out, was one of my favorite classes, EVER, so kudos to Dr. V as well – I learned more in that class than in multiple others combined.) Anyhoo, I have already reviewed this book, and debated on choosing another today since I have done so, but 1) it’s so perfect for this week, launching my blog on my crusade for creativity and 2) it is JUST. THAT. GOOD.

Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit is one of those books that, at first glance, you may think it’s just for “creative people”. However, it should be read by all – people that create for a living, people that know they’re creative and don’t know how use it every day, people that don’t think they’re creative. I personally believe that there is a creative bone in everyone. You might not be a painter or writer, but you can parent creatively, you can solve problems creatively, you can find creative ways to store your laundry, or display pictures in your home, organize your files at work, or set the calendar on your smart phone. That creative bone might be in the very end of your pinky toe, but it’s there. I believe it.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, The Creative Habit, for me, is one of those books that I have starred and highlighted and written in, at this point, many of the margins. I’ve now read it three times, and plan to again. I won’t go on and on and on about all of the points

For me, this book altered my perspective on harnessing and maintaining creativity. I am sometimes struck by a muse – where I’ll just get these bursts of creativity where I have to write everything down or paint for hours on end. It has always been a struggle to tap into that when the muse is dormant. Tharp, a choreographer since 1965, offers advice, exercises, and guidance in being creative and staying creative, applying her own knowledge of creativity and practice.

This remains one of my favorite passages:

“A good idea is one that turns you on rather than shuts you off. It keeps generating more ideas and they improve on one another. A bad idea closes doors instead of opening them. It’s confining and restrictive. The line between good and bad ideas is very thin. A bad idea in the hands of the right person can easily be tweaked into a good idea” (Tharp, 2003, Pp.96).


Tharp, Twyla. (2003) The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It For Life Simon and Schuster: New York, NY

Let me know what you think if you decide to pick it up!

à bientôt j'espère

Oh, and P.S. – It’s my turn to host HDBC in November, so there will definitely be food/presentation pics next month!!!

Books read by HDBC thus far:

  • Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue mink Kidd
  • The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
  • The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larson
  • A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  • Little Bee by Chris Cleave
  • The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
  • 19 Minutes by Jodi Picoult
  • Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen
  • South of Broad by Pat Conroy
  • Sundays at Tiffany’s by James Patterson
  • Miss Kimble by Jennifer Haigh
  • Night Pleasures by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Two Kisses for Maddy by Matthew Logelin
  • The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
  • With Just One Click… by Amanda Strong
  • The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
  • Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
  • The Book Theif by Markus Zusak
  • An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff & Alex Tresniowski
  • Life is So Good by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  • Not Lost Forever. My Story of Survival. by Steven Jackson and Carmina Salcido
  • The Alienest by Caleb Carr
  • Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
  • The Fault in our Stars by John Green
  • American Gods by Neil Gaimans

Can’t wait to see what next year’s books will be!

Lauren is a Sr. Designer of Product Graphics for an international manufacturing company by day and a creativity crusader, designer, planner extraordinaire, artist and blogger in her “free” time. Follow her and The Olive Shoe on Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram! Please subscribe to receive emails, of course, come back and visit again soon!


  1. I completely agree with your view on creativity being something that can pervade any aspect of life. My nother created beautiful flower arrangements and still lifes of items in our home. She really had the eye, although she never picked up a brush or pastel in her life.

    And we so need it in this complex and challenging world. Where are the creative statesmen who can get us out of this embarrassing mess? Thanks for sharing the title, Lauren, I will definitely pick it up.


    1. I would love to see some of your mother’s artwork sometime! Please let me know what you think of the book after you read it. Thanks for the feedback! XOXO


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