Discussion: This Time Next Year

This Time Next Year

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I can’t believe we are wrapping up January! Not sure about you but it felt like this month flew by. I always enjoy the start to a new year and a chance to slowly establish some new rhythms and dream some new dreams. That’s why I adored this month’s read because it felt so very dreamy and fate filled. I can’t wait to dig into some of these themes with you in the comments–let’s do it!

xo- Ashley Brooke

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1. The novel begins on New Year’s Eve and continues to check in with Minnie and Quinn on these days in different years. What ramifications does New Years have for our characters? And what about you? Are you someone who looks forward to the New Year?

2. How do you think Minnie and Quinn’s parents affect their trajectories after that first New Year’s Eve?

3. Are you someone who believes more in destiny or that your life is the result of your own choices and decisions? 


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  1. January 28, 2021 / 7:44 am

    1. The novel begins on New Year’s Eve and continues to check in with Minnie and Quinn on these days in different years. What ramifications does New Years have for our characters? And what about you? Are you someone who looks forward to the New Year?

    I loved how this book took us through an entire year along with showing us flashbacks of previous years. You got a sense of how each character REALLY (ha!) felt about New Year’s Eve. I love that they each had a different, but complicated relationship with the day. I personally love and look forward to the New Year, but mostly because I’m all about a fresh start… honestly I feel the same way about Mondays! 😉

    2. How do you think Minnie and Quinn’s parents affect their trajectories after that first New Year’s Eve?

    Gosh, I thought this was wild! It’s crazy how two people, born on the exact same day, can lead two VERY different lives. But the one thing I think they both lacked was feeling seen for who they really where. They were, in many cases, the missing piece for each other all along.

    3. Are you someone who believes more in destiny or that your life is the result of your own choices and decisions?

    Oh, definitely team BOTH on this one!

    Can’t wait to hear your thoughts….

  2. Melissa Terry
    January 28, 2021 / 8:24 am

    1. The novel begins on New Year’s Eve and continues to check in with Minnie and Quinn on these days in different years. What ramifications does New Years have for our characters? And what about you? Are you someone who looks forward to the New Year?

    I think it’s a double whammy for them because it’s not only NY, but their birthdays as well. The day served as an obvious reminder they were getting older and time was passing by. Up until the last NYE, both Quinn and Minnie had negative experiences with the holiday so it’s almost like they (Minnie especially) were looking for the bad.
    For me, I don’t really love NYE but I do love New Year’s Day-football, traditional Southern dinner and goal setting is definitely for me!
    2. How do you think Minnie and Quinn’s parents affect their trajectories after that first New Year’s Eve?
    I think they both felt the weight of their birth stories throughout their lives. Even though they diverged and had vastly different experiences, both their childhoods were very affected by their parents and the events surrounding their birthdays.

    3. Are you someone who believes more in destiny or that your life is the result of your own choices and decisions

    I believe God ultimately has a plan for our lives but we also make choices and decisions that have great impact.

  3. Nicole
    January 28, 2021 / 9:38 am

    I loved this book!

    1. New Years is always something minnie really dreaded which is so unfortunate! I personally love New Years because I love fresh starts and it’s the end of my favorite holiday season of the year.

    2. Their parents greatly affected their trajectory. I think if the moms had talked together right away and clarified the name thing, they would’ve become good friends. Then, Minnie and Quinn would’ve grown up being friends too.

    3. I’m definitely 50/50…I like to take action and make plans, but I also always hope fare will step in with some greatness:)

    • February 2, 2021 / 9:49 am

      So glad you loved this book as much as we did!!

  4. Ashley Kersey
    January 28, 2021 / 11:16 am

    1. The novel begins on New Year’s Eve and continues to check in with Minnie and Quinn on these days in different years. What ramifications does New Years have for our characters? And what about you? Are you someone who looks forward to the New Year?

    It appears New Year’s Eve was more bad than good for both characters, but I think it had a lot to do with their expectations for the night, and/or holding on to a bad event that happened to have happened on New Year’s Eve.
    I do look forward to New Years now that I have children, because we have a tradition of opening a bag every hour starting at 7:30 until 11:30. Each bag contains more goodies to bring in the New Year at midnight (i.e. small fireworks, noise makers, hats, candy, sparkling grape juice). So the actual holiday is fun, but for me I am more on the school calendar time frame. A fresh start comes every September 1st, and I surround my goals for the years to be accomplished between September to September (could be because I am a football nut and September is a new football season, or my birthday is in September).
    P.S. I really enjoyed all their near misses and how they were in each others lives without realizing it.

    2. How do you think Minnie and Quinn’s parents affect their trajectories after that first New Year’s Eve?

    I think there is a lot to be said about the power of persuasion. If you hear negative speak as a child it will be very difficult not to be negative. I thought Minnie’s mother’s regrets and bitterness contributed to Minnie’s lack of confidence. That lack of confidence would result her making a poor decision at times. Quinn’s mother’s anxiety coupled with his Dad’s abandonment appeared to cause Quinn to be more guarded and unable to have an open life. It would be hard to let loose and have fun on New Year’s Eve or in life in general if you were so heavily relied on.

    3. Are you someone who believes more in destiny or that your life is the result of your own choices and decisions?

    Both for sure. However, I do feel choices have more to do with your life than destiny.

  5. Joni
    January 28, 2021 / 1:16 pm

    1. The novel begins on New Year’s Eve and continues to check in with Minnie and Quinn on these days in different years. What ramifications does New Years have for our characters? And what about you? Are you someone who looks forward to the New Year?
    They each have their life’s burdens to deal with and New Year’s Eve seems to magnify those burdens. I do look forward to the new year but like Minnie, I’ve always tried so escape the 12 o’clock moment.

    2. How do you think Minnie and Quinn’s parents affect their trajectories after that first New Year’s Eve? Isn’t it amazing what effect a parent can have on their children?! They both had such a negative impact on these two, yet loved them so much at the same time.

    3. Are you someone who believes more in destiny or that your life is the result of your own choices and decisions?
    I believe God has a plan for my life, as another commenter has also said. But I also believe I have free will to make choices and decisions.

    • February 2, 2021 / 9:50 am

      I’m with you Joni, it’s all about the way they grew up here… CRAZY!

  6. Betsy Storey
    January 28, 2021 / 1:32 pm

    1. The novel begins on New Year’s Eve and continues to check in with Minnie and Quinn on these days in different years. What ramifications does New Years have for our characters? And what about you? Are you someone who looks forward to the New Year?

    I definitely look forward to the New Year–I know its just a day but it really feels like a fresh start and like anything is possible. I can see how for Minnie and Quinn the day has extra weight because on their own, New Years and birthdays provide context for deep reflection on your life. So combining the two can be the source of great overwhelm or great excitement.

    2. How do you think Minnie and Quinn’s parents affect their trajectories after that first New Year’s Eve?
    I can totally see how the attitudes of the parents affected Minnie and Quinn’s personalities. Minnie’s mom in particular seems to be fearful and work from a place of scarcity which I think makes it easier for Minnie to believe in her own bad luck.

    3. Are you someone who believes more in destiny or that your life is the result of your own choices and decisions?
    I think we live in a world where things happen to us both good and bad that we can’t control and that’s the fate piece I guess. But I also think the decisions we make and more importantly the attitude we have can make a big difference!

    • February 2, 2021 / 9:51 am

      Poor Minnie, she had good luck all along and din’t know it!!

  7. Katherine McLean
    January 28, 2021 / 5:43 pm

    1. The novel begins on New Year’s Eve and continues to check in with Minnie and Quinn on these days in different years. What ramifications does New Years have for our characters? And what about you? Are you someone who looks forward to the New Year?
    I’m not a big NYE fan, but I LOVE the implications of a fresh start! I love the idea of a clean slate and getting to reset intentions.

    2. How do you think Minnie and Quinn’s parents affect their trajectories after that first New Year’s Eve?

    3. Are you someone who believes more in destiny or that your life is the result of your own choices and decisions?

    • Katherine McLean
      January 28, 2021 / 5:45 pm

      2. I really feel like their parents’ attitudes set the tone for how they looked at life and it was so interesting to watch that played out.
      3. A mixture of both! I think our individual decisions make up a lot of where we end up but there’s definitely some fate mixed in.

  8. Amelia
    January 28, 2021 / 10:41 pm

    1. The novel begins on New Year’s Eve and continues to check in with Minnie and Quinn on these days in different years. What ramifications does New Years have for our characters? And what about you? Are you someone who looks forward to the New Year?

    It was crazy to see how their storylines were so interwoven each year, I loved each near miss and the book over all! The dread they both felt for different reasons caused them to go through life with some pretty heavy baggage! Additionally, I really liked how they both looked forward to January 2nd with a sunrise (Quinn) and a brighter outlook (Minnie)! I don’t always look forward to New Year’s as I really struggle with patience and timing over things out of my control – but I do always take stock of my life around my birthday (October) and strive to achieve various things in another 365 day journey!

    2. How do you think Minnie and Quinn’s parents affect their trajectories after that first New Year’s Eve? The negativity that Minnie’s mom carried crushed her own soul and Minnie’s so so terribly, and Quinn’s mother’s brokenness also heavily weighted down his own heart and external relationships. I feel like both of them were struggling for so long to break free from various toxic mentalities they had adopted, and largely served as each other’s antidote for what ailed them. I’m so glad that gardening for anxiety was mentioned as a way to therapeutically address and work through what can progress so severely (Tara)! And participating in causes to bring aid to the community/world and foster more self identity (Bev)!

    3. Are you someone who believes more in destiny or that your life is the result of your own choices and decisions? TEAM BOTH!

    • February 2, 2021 / 9:54 am

      I loved those near misses too. Made it just feel so special!

  9. Melissa Inman
    January 29, 2021 / 2:10 pm

    Perfect choice to kick off the new year! Are you someone who looks forward to the New Year?
    Yes! I love fresh starts and setting new goals for myself.
    2. How do you think Minnie and Quinn’s parents affect their trajectories after that first New Year’s Eve? Poor Minnie was doomed from the start because of her mother’s feelings about her baby name Quinn being taken and her being born after him and missing out on the prize. Quinn’s mom thought of the name as lucky and it had meaning to her because minnies mother helped her in the hospital. So good vibes there.

    3. Are you someone who believes more in destiny or that your life is the result of your own choices and decisions? I’m more of the ladder thinker. But somethings are out of our control and that’s where destiny can come in.

  10. January 29, 2021 / 6:26 pm

    1. The novel begins on New Year’s Eve and continues to check in with Minnie and Quinn on these days in different years. What ramifications does New Years have for our characters? And what about you? Are you someone who looks forward to the New Year?

    It’s crazy how in the book Minnie thought that her luck was all about her name, but really her and Quinn had equally sad or bad NYE and New Years day. Minnie’s “luck” was really just her outlook on life, and as the book went on she discovered that for herself. Even the very last day when she was trying to beat the jinx it was really all in her head. I personally look at New Years as just another day. It’s a great way for people to create goals, but I think you should make goals all year long.

    2. How do you think Minnie and Quinn’s parents affect their trajectories after that first New Year’s Eve?

    This I think is huge! Their parents (and our own) affect so much in our lives. For them much of their personality or outlook on life came from their parents, and continued on with them each NYE.

    3. Are you someone who believes more in destiny or that your life is the result of your own choices and decisions?

    I believe that God has a plan for our lives, but he does give us free will. So while God directs our paths we do get to make our own choices and those come with consequences or blessings.

    I loved this book! This is the first book I’ve read along with the book club. So so fun!

    • February 2, 2021 / 9:57 am

      Mariah!! So glad you are here and reading along! I hope you enjoy!!

      xoxoxo

  11. January 31, 2021 / 5:28 pm

    1. The novel begins on New Year’s Eve and continues to check in with Minnie and Quinn on these days in different years. What ramifications does New Years have for our characters? And what about you? Are you someone who looks forward to the New Year?

    I think I agree with what someone above said, about the power of persuasion. Minnie in particular is extremely influenced by the story her mom has told herself about why they are “unlucky” as a family, and Minnie has allowed that to influence her life in a major way. Quinn also, cannot move past the guilt that he hasn’t done enough for his mother, so instead of seeking help, has tried to shoulder it on his own, and it has ruined his New Year, and many other nights. They are an interesting pair of characters, because I think Minnie realizes she has to take some responsibility for her own luck/destiny, and Quinn has to realize that he can’t do it all on his own, and it’s’ okay to let others in. I like the new year, the idea of a fresh start and the celebration that comes with that.

    2. How do you think Minnie and Quinn’s parents affect their trajectories after that first New Year’s Eve?

    I think Minnie’s mother’s attitude influenced Minnie’s attitude in a lot of ways; that they are where they are in life and cannot possibly improve it. Minnie just accepts that she is unlucky; that she should settle in her relationship, give up her business, and just in general not be good enough. Quinn saw what happened to his mother, particularly after his father left, and allowed it to believe that real, lasting love, wasn’t real, or something to be afraid of. Minnie had basically written off New Years Eve, and Quinn had written off all of his relationships/chances at true happiness. It was beautiful to see the parallels of the changes to their mother’s lives as they got to know each other and come to terms with their pasts, worked in combination with Minnie and Quinn’s finding themselves and then ultimately coming together.

    3. Are you someone who believes more in destiny or that your life is the result of your own choices and decisions?

    I think it is a mix of God/fate/destiny/whatever higher power you choose to believe in, putting certain things/people/opportunities in your path, but that is ultimately up to you to reach out and take advantage of them.

    • February 2, 2021 / 9:58 am

      Lindsay, loved your answers here! Thank you for reading along!

  12. Cindy
    January 31, 2021 / 8:04 pm

    1. New Years Eve definitely had different meanings for both characters. Minnie had a negative perspective but I felt like Quinn had a hopefully perspective. His tradition of watching the sunset on New Year’s Day made me feel like he had a better outlook than Minnie. I’m a very nostalgic person on New Year’s Eve. Something about time and the idea of leaving the memories of that year behind makes me feel sad.

    2. Minnie’s mom let herself get consumed by what happened on the New Year’s Eve Minnie was born. She transferred this negative energy to Minnie making her feel self conscious her entire life. Quinn’s mom’s anxiety and lack of self worth got passed down to Quinn consequently making him feel insecure about relationships.

    3. I believe in destiny but I think you can direct that destiny based on your choices.

    Such a cute book! I absolutely loved reading it!

  13. Alisha
    February 1, 2021 / 2:10 pm

    1. The novel begins on New Year’s Eve and continues to check in with Minnie and Quinn on these days in different years. What ramifications does New Years have for our characters? And what about you? Are you someone who looks forward to the New Year?

    I loved their different viewpoints on their birthday/New Year’s. I always look forward to the New Year – I’m all about the fresh starts.

    2. How do you think Minnie and Quinn’s parents affect their trajectories after that first New Year’s Eve?

    I really enjoyed this theme of the book and how our parents, even with the best of intentions have so much influence over our lives. I also really liked how their mothers grew so much as individuals in this book too.

    3. Are you someone who believes more in destiny or that your life is the result of your own choices and decisions?

    I would say I believe in both. God has a plan for our lives, but we actively make decisions each day.

  14. Alisha
    February 1, 2021 / 2:11 pm

    The novel begins on New Year’s Eve and continues to check in with Minnie and Quinn on these days in different years. What ramifications does New Years have for our characters? And what about you? Are you someone who looks forward to the New Year?

    I loved their different viewpoints on their birthday/New Year’s. I always look forward to the New Year – I’m all about the fresh starts.

    How do you think Minnie and Quinn’s parents affect their trajectories after that first New Year’s Eve?

    I really enjoyed this theme of the book and how our parents, even with the best of intentions have so much influence over our lives. I also really liked how their mothers grew so much as individuals in this book too.

    Are you someone who believes more in destiny or that your life is the result of your own choices and decisions?

    I would say I believe in both. God has a plan for our lives, but we actively make decisions each day.

    • February 2, 2021 / 9:59 am

      “I also really liked how their mothers grew so much as individuals in this book too.” – YES!!!!!

  15. Samantha Weyant
    April 13, 2021 / 4:07 pm

    New-ish member and catching up on the missed discussion for January!

    1. The novel begins on New Year’s Eve and continues to check in with Minnie and Quinn on these days in different years. What ramifications does New Years have for our characters? And what about you? Are you someone who looks forward to the New Year?

    The new year is a positive event to celebrate for Quinn while Minnie feels the new years curse is going to find her. I love the new year. I look at it with renewed motivation to accomplish my to-do list and set up a brand new planner to get me through the year.

    2. How do you think Minnie and Quinn’s parents affect their trajectories after that first New Year’s Eve?
    I think Minnie’s mother set her up to have a negative view of the new year by telling her that her name had been “stolen” on her birthday. If minnie’s mom had told her she was special instead of losing out on the contest for the first born NYE baby, she would not have a negative view of her new years birthday. Quinn’s mother was trying to honor Minnie’s mother with the name Quinn and helped Quinn to see how support from other’s should be honored and can help you for the remainder of your life.

    3. Are you someone who believes more in destiny or that your life is the result of your own choices and decisions?
    I believe life is the result of your own choices and decisions. Although I sometimes feel “unlucky” I know that most of my decisions are what ultimately impact by everyday life.

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