Beginning with this post, I am going to share my love of reading by writing about my book club and as time goes on, the books we are reading and the food we eat at our meetings. I have added a tab / page at the top where I have listed the books the Good Friday Book Club have read to date.
To be honest, our Book Club is one of the most dearest, important aspects of my life. The bond and dedication the members have never ceases to amaze me. As the main organizer, I am often taken aback at the importance our little book club has in each members’ life.
A Bit of History
Our book club began as a group of moms whose children were involved in competitive dance. It came to light we were all dying for some non-dance related fun and mental stimulation. Our daughter, Miss Nice, was involved in Competitive dance for 12 years! Needless to say, the studio was like her second home. As dance parents, we saw many children grow and mature into lovely teens and adults.
We watched Miss Nice grow from this
It was at the dance studio where I met my most amazing friend Grace. One night, while waiting for our daughters to finish lessons, I noticed she was reading a book I had recently finished. We began discussing it and other books we had both read and liked. I also could not help noticing all the notes and scribbles in the margins. She was preparing for an upcoming book club. As time went on, whenever we met up, we always seemed to get into book discussions.
About a year later, she told me her book club was falling apart. I have always thought a book club would be fun, so we decided to propose starting one with the studio “dance moms”. The response within our dance-mom circle was incredible! This was in February and Dance Competitions are mostly in the early spring months so when we tried to find a free date, it was difficult.
We finally all agreed to meet Good Friday, 2009: our first meeting.
The book was “The Glass Castle” by Jeanette Walls.
Now nearly 5 years later, we are still at it and oh how we have evolved! You see, Grace has a Masters Degree in English Literature and she takes her reading and discussing very seriously! Along the way, we lost a few lovely members but we also gained a few. With Grace’s leadership and encouragement, we have all grown and we are now much more discretionary, insightful readers. Not to mention, we all seem obsessed with our book club! NO ONE EVER wants to miss a meeting!
Unlike many book clubs, ours now includes MEN!
I know, this sounds almost sacrilegious to many book clubs but for us it works.
I had the most appropriate house for hosting because all our darling dancers could dance and carry on in our large family room while we met in the living room. As such, Mr Nice was always there and he too is an avid reader. After a couple meetings, other hubbies wanted to participate. So we now have 4 men and 7 women.
I believe what makes our book club special is our original connection to each other was dance and not much else. We don’t live in the same neighbourhoods, we don’t work together and now, only Grace still has a child in dance. The occupations in the group are also far reaching… Accountant, speech therapist, opera singers, teacher, engineer, real estate, etc. So each of us brings a very unique perspective to the discussion.
Our meetings are a blast!
For each book, we try to pull out a theme or food or drink . Sometimes it is easy and sometime not.
One of the best meetings was when we read Eat Pray Love.
We had a YOGI! come in and lead us through yoga class!
Our next meeting is in a couple of weeks and the book is Devil in the White City by Erik Larson.
Interestingly, since Glass Castle, this is the first non-fiction book we have read.
Have you read it?
Are you part of a Book Club?
What has been your favourite book to date?
What was your least favourite book discussion?