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Monday, May 16, 2016

Fun stuff

I mentioned in my last post a couple of exciting things I've been planning lately. Here's the first one:

I'm starting a book club! This is something I've been thinking about for months and it's finally happening. I'm in one book club already, as regular readers probably remember. It's a large group of women, most of whom average about 15-20 years older than me. I enjoy it very much, and will continue to be an active member, but I wanted to start a smaller group with some of my younger friends who wouldn't be comfortable as part of the big group. I'd  also like the chance to read and discuss a bigger variety of books, possibly including some science fiction and fantasy that the older, bigger group wouldn't care for. So with the help of my friend Marla, as well as another avid reader friend named Martina, I've gotten the ball rolling!

Our group's first meeting will be Sunday, May 29 at my house. I'm looking forward to hosting it! The book we've chosen to read first is a favorite of mine and Martina's.....Uprooted by Naomi Novik. Martina and I are planning themed food and cocktails to go with the book to celebrate our first meeting! Future get-togethers won't be quite so elaborate, of course, and we might occasionally meet at a restaurant or coffee bar to save anyone having to host. All told, besides myself there are six people in the group. We still have a few things to decide on at our first meeting, such as how we'll choose books going forward and where we'll meet. We've already established that meetings will take place on the fourth Sunday of each month, at 4pm. My other club meets on the third Wednesday of each month, so there won't be any conflict with the two.

I'll post a book review here each month after our meeting, as well as share photos of the food and drinks I serve when I do the hosting. I can't wait to show you the things we have planned for this first one!

14 comments:

  1. May I suggest that Gregg acts as a waiter at the new book club? He should be butt naked wearing nothing but a little apron and a bow tie while carrying a tray bearing snacks and drinks for the assembled ladies.

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  2. How brilliant you are starting a book club. I like Naomi Novik's dragon book series and will look for your review of Uprooted in future.

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    1. I read the first book in the dragon series. It was ok. But Uprooted was brilliant!

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  3. My wife was a member of a three woman Book Club. One then went to live in Australia, so the other two decided to abandon the club.

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    1. Too bad. I wish she could join one if mine!

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  4. This is such good news !
    Sounds like it will be good for your friend Marla.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. It will be good for Marla! And by the way, she's doing great. She came over the other night and was her old, cheerful self.

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  5. A fun idea, and I hope you'll enjoy it all without it becoming too much of a committment, thinking of your already very busy schedule with work, the other book club, your dog walks and home life in general.
    I have never heard of the author, and am very interested in seeing what you come up with for themed food and drinks, as well as how you will decide on a way to choose your books.

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    1. I can't wait to show you what we have planned for the party!

      I won't be hosting every time, because that would be too much of a time drain, but reading an extra book each month won't be a problem. I read more than that anyway!

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  6. How fun, one should have these outlets in their life makes getting up in the morning a new adventure.

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    1. Thank you! I'm looking forward to it!

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  7. Ah, that is great news. Other things may also come from it.

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  8. That is so nice, i always wanted to have a club book here but somehow never had.

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