I came to join my book club quite by accident. I was out for a hike with one of my best girlfriends and she mentioned she was thinking of starting one. Of course she didn’t think I’d be interested because she knew I was more of a “magazine flipper”. Well, the more she talked about it, the more I wanted to join! It’s been five years since then and I can’t tell you how happy I am to be part of such a fabulous group of women. Fourteen women who get together once a month to talk about a book over a few glasses of wine and LOTS of laughs. Here’s a few things I think make our book club work:
- Meet once a month: Even though we’re a pretty casual group, we always put a time frame in place to keep things on track. We take two months off during the year: January, because everyone needs a break from Christmas festivities and August because we’re all enjoying summer vacation with our families.
- Host does all: Since we have 14 ladies in our group, your turn to pick a book and host only comes up once a year or so. The host provides her home as well as all the food and refreshments. Except for when it’s your turn to host, all you have to do is read the book and show up. No need to make a dish to bring, stop for wine or bring a hostess gift (however, that’s always a appreciated!)
- Book variety: We have a real range of book interests in the group. We’ve read lots of amazing literary fiction books as well as popular fiction and young adult titles as well. It’s a great way to expand your reading interests and read something you may not have chosen for yourself. Also, when it’s your turn to host, it’s a good idea to keep in mind what the last book was. Too many heavy books in a row can be feel like a chore.
- It takes a village: Probably the thing I love most about our group are the friendships that have formed over the last five years. These ladies were a huge support to me when my Dad passed last summer, sending me flowers and making a charity donation in his name. A few gals have had surgery this year, and we organized a meal delivery to help them out during their recovery. We’ve also been known to celebrate birthdays too, because who doesn’t love an excuse for cake?!?
- Take it on the road: Ladies getaways are always fun, if you can get all 14 gals to agree on one weekend! We did a weekend away at a local mountain destination a few summers ago and had the best time! Of course when books you’ve read (like The Hunger Games, Me Before You and the upcoming The Girl On The Train) are made into a movie, it’s a definite must see.
Hope I’ve inspired you to get some gals who love reading (or magazine flipping) together and start your own book club. Or maybe your book club is a bit off track. Either way…good friends, good books and good wine…you can’t go wrong!