Today is the first day of Spring Break (yahoo!!), and St. Paddy’s Day (the luck of the Irish to ye!).
Also, tonight is Book Club night.
I have been sharing good reads with these friends for several years now. Along the way we have shared many life events as well – graduations, children’s engagements, new houses, children’s marriages, grandbabies, new jobs, and retirements. It is a joy to know each other so well.
Here’s a picture from a book club meeting last summer. It’s just part of the group resting on the screened porch of a friend’s lake house where we met for that month’s book club (and fun!).
We are a small group, but very consistent and regular in attendance. We try to read a variety of books, and it is usually easy to know who will like (and dislike) the choices we make, even before we meet again to discuss them.
Tonight we will talk about Anna Quindlen’s Still Life with Bread Crumbs. I started it late (over the weekend), read it quickly and was sad when it ended. I liked it a lot. I’m pretty sure we’ll all be in agreement on that. But we’ll find out for sure tonight.
Reading a book is never complete to me now until I can talk about it with someone. I am sure I will gain some new insights as we talk. And our book discussions always lead right into life conversations, too.
This group has broadened my reading horizons, and as a result I have read and enjoyed several books that I would have never chosen myself. And sometimes the incidental recommendations of other books that members have read have also led to some remarkable reads.
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes was one such book. Two of my book club friends had read it and raved about it, but when I went home and Amazoned it (don’t think that’s a word – yet?), I thought, “Uh, no!” Yet I also read a few reviews, and based mostly on my friends recommendation I read it. Though quite a challenging subject, it was just as good as they said.
Now I am already wondering what we will decide to read next month!
What are YOU reading these days?