Actually, I have semi-attended this book club for over a year now, but only on occasion. Last time I went, the conversation was so funny that I fell on the floor laughing. Kristen's retell (and demonstration) of the time her mother taught her girl scout troop a dance routine was epic. I left thinking that I might need to attend more often, wearing Depends if the humor is always that good. (Does anyone else have the problem of peeing when you laugh too hard??)
When Book Club No. I disbanded I grieved, then realized I had a place to go -- if I wanted one. And I do! I do! So, I committed to being a regular member of Club II. I'm really excited about it.
Club II, is organized a bit differently than Club I.
- It meets at night.
- Membership is not limited to 12 people, anyone can come and participate.
- Books are selected at the beginning of the year by the group, not the person hosting for the month.
- Food is not the emphasis, books are the emphasis.
Club II met last Thursday eve. The selection for January was Ketura and Lord Death -- a young adult read that is a fairy tale of sorts. I have to confess, I didn't read it, mainly because I waited until the last minute to download the ebook, and discovered that Barnes and Noble didn't have one. Plus, I'm not a big fan of young adult reads, which probably accounts for my last minute attempt to buy the book.
But, since I committed to be a full time member, I went to the meeting, and I'm so glad I did because the discussion was amazing. Everyone had marked their favorite passages, so we went around and shared (the readers shared, I listened). Some of the lines were really moving. I loved what everyone had to say. I learned that Ketura is full of symbolism with a little historical fiction and romance thrown in for good measure. I left feeling like I had to drive to Barnes and Nobel right then to buy the book.
This, my friends, is why I truly need to be part of a book club -- the camaraderie of great women, laughter, and sharing the excitement of a really good read. I always leave uplifted.
Thanks Maria for being a wonderful hostess. And thanks Club II for pulling me in and giving me a home.
Post Script: Our next read is These is My Words. Good book, in case you are looking for one.