A Gift for Me! A Gift for You!
I love-love-love to read. With a book, I can go anywhere and have a best friend. It's the most excellent gift ever.
For a long time, I'd share books I'd read with girlfriends. They did the same with me. When one recommended Janet Evanovich and Diana Gabaldon, I rediscovered romance!
But I wanted more.
Ten years ago, I asked a couple of good friends if they would be interested in starting a book club. They eagerly agreed. Each of us invited one other person to join, in total, six of us. We had no idea what our future would bring. But we had hope and heart and our love of reading.
We have a wonderful bond. It's rare anyone misses a meeting. We've lived through cancer, growing children and grandchildren, school, politics, weddings, happiness and unhappiness. We conduct notices through emails, find books online to recommend, and pick from two stacks--classics and new. Sometimes, we cook dinner; sometimes, we eat out. Sometimes, we go on a field trip. Most times, we begin our meeting with a mimosa.
As of April 2012, we've read 94!! books.
I've read books I normally would never have discovered or touched. We began our journey with The Red Tent. Some we laughed ourselves silly over (Janet Evanovich), despaired (The Glass Castle), disliked (The Corrections , The Emperor of Ocean Park, The Golden Compass), thought very odd (The Weird World of Wes Beattie), didn't live up to its reputation (The Woman in White), an odd soap opera (Brideshead Revisited), most confusing (Atonement), not what we thought (Lady Chatterly's Lover), a good classic (Red Sky in the Morning), and awarded five stars (Out of the Dust & To Kill a Mockingbird). At Christmas, we gifted each other a favorite to sample.
Thank you, Nancy, Sharon, Pam, Della, and Rebecca. Here's to ten more years of love, laughter, friendship, and reading!
To celebrate, I have a gift for you--gather two friends and start a club. You won't regret it.
Vicki is sitting back with her diet Coke, Chris Botti playing in the background, and sobbing over this post. Find her at: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com Or at: http://plottingprincesses.blogspot.com