Our Story 

The Seventeenth Line is a book club, founded in March of 2007 in Portland, Oregon. We met on the number 17 bus line, hence our name, The Seventeenth Line.  Striking up a conversation about books with a stranger can have great rewards!

Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.
Louisa May Alcott

Our Meetings

The Seventeenth Line meets once a month. We take turns hosting and we each bring food and drink to share, trying our best to have a meal that relates to our book.  Our gatherings are great!  We talk about our book selection, other books have read, and what is going on in our lives.

Selecting Books

The Seventeenth Line reads one book a month. We like novels and enjoy discovering new authors.  Our tradition is to select a book that is new to all members and whenever possible we get our books from Multnomah County Library.

Multnomah County Library, downtown Portland, Oregon


The Seventeenth Line has five members, Phyllis, Jennifer, Samantha, Freya and Sally. We all love reading and are pleased that reading brought us together!

Summer 2011- Jennifer, Sally, Samantha & Phyllis (from left to right)

A Bit More About Us

Phyllis, an Aries, loves cats and takes great joy in caring for her houseful of sweet kitties. Besides visiting the Pixie Project, Phyllis enjoys studying at the Mahasiddha Kadampa Buddhist Center.

Jennifer, an excellent cook, loves to garden and at the end of each summer, with a bountiful harvest and a long-standing recipes, she throws the now famous Tomato-Potato party. If she is not cooking, gardening or caring for her chickens, Jennifer has her nose buried in a book.

Samantha has a new found passion for sewing and a long standing dedication to recycling.  She recently combined her interests and is sewing reusable fabric bags to use for shopping. Sam has recently return to school with plans for a new career.

Freya Is busy planning a trip to Iceland or Cuba or maybe to Norway to take an astronomy voyage.

Sally spends most of her free time working on SpeakArtLoud, an arts based non-profit she is starting.  Sally also enjoys movies, art, hosting parties, volunteering, visiting with her neighbors and playing with her cats.  You can connect with Sally on Goodreads.

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.
John Burroughs