A Club for Books

Have I mentioned that I’m in a book club? Well, I am, and it’s one of my most favorite things. Our first meeting ever was in April 2007. We read Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, and we have met once a month ever since. We all started out as single ladies in our early 20s, but in the past five years we have seen each other through multiple engagements, weddings, and life changes, and we are currently expecting our first book club baby! We’ve said goodbye to old friends and welcomed new ones. I love these ladies dearly. They are part of my urban family.

 

holiday book club a few years ago

 

getting excited for our first club baby at our most recent book club! (please excuse the creepy eyes and terrible image quality)

 

Anyone that’s ever been in a book club knows that it’s about a whole more than books. We talk about about life and goals and sex and love and careers and everything in between.

And we drink wine. Lots and Lots of wine.

 

last tuesday's book club

Book club has become an integral part of my life, and a core part of my community. We might not be as impressive as Ben Franklin’s Junto Club, but it’s just as important to me and one of my favorite nights of the month.

Now, it’s not just all wine and banter. We do try to dedicate at least an hour to talking about the actual book of the month.

For February, we read Next to Love by Ellen Feldman. It takes place during the beginning of World War II and follows the lives of three women, Babe, Millie, and Grace, as their men are sent to war. It’s about the women who were left behind instead of the men who fought, and shows the effects of war from a completely different side. It’s about love and friendship and change, and scars from the war that will never fade. I fear anything else I say will give too much away, but it’s a beautifully written book and (in my opinion) well worth reading. We kept talking about what a great movie it would make, and decided that if it ever does make it to the big screen, Millie should be played by Michelle Williams and Grace by Jessica Chastain. We couldn’t agree on Babe, though I thought Ginnifer Goodwin would be superb.

I absolutely love books and reading, so I wanted to introduce this group to you as they might be showing up in on these pages fairly often.

Anyone else love their book club as much as I do?

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Patty McClainMarch 1, 2012 - 6:53 pm

I do ! I love my book club Almost 40 years of friendship, reading, sharing together!

DonnaMarch 2, 2012 - 8:30 am

aw, I love that!

All I hear are nothing but great things about book clubs. I really think I should join one or start one.

How often do you guys meet?

SerenaMarch 2, 2012 - 9:10 am

You should definitely start one! You would probably be surprised by how many people are interested. When I started it, I only knew a couple of people, but they knew some people that were interested, etc. etc. and we ended up with a wonderful group of girls, most of which have remained steady for the past 5 years. We meet once a month.

DelMarch 2, 2012 - 11:32 am

You know your pregnant when…reading your blog about our book club and how far we all have come has me in tears. I think I forgot how long we have been doing this and how much we all have changed and grown-figuratively and literally…HA!Pretty special group of women and I sometimes forget that too!

Mary HerbstMarch 8, 2012 - 4:24 pm

Hi Serena,
Book clubs are wonderful. You are right, they are about sharing lives, fun, friendships and books.
I have the honor of being in one with Kevin’s mom.

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