Tis' the season for cozy sweaters, hot toddies, and endless Netflix binges on the couch. It's also an important time to be social and keep connected! Lucky for you I have a great option for you! Last January I was invited to join a book club! Now, I have been a part of book clubs that have failed to get off the ground because a. we drank too much wine, b. we talked about everything else other than the book, and c. we drank too much wine. However, I am proud to say that this book club has been amazingly successful and a hella good time. We still drink probably too much wine and go off on tangents but it's a wonderful excuse to see one another, read a variety of genres of books, and cultivate new friendships. (cheesy alert!). I think our book club has been so successful for many, many reasons. Here are a few…
1. We only meet every 6 weeks! Trying to meet every month was not feasible for our group. Meeting once every 6 weeks has given us the perfect amount of time to read the book (or in my case enough time to procrastinate to read the book).
2. The host gets to choose the book! This has worked very well for our group. After our meeting a person will volunteer to host next and email out some options for the next book! We have had such a variety of reads because of this method! Also, at this point I feel like I am trying to sell you a bottle of oxy clean or something. Hang in there!
3. Having a mix of friends attend! Our book club has a healthy mix of relationships ranging from people meeting for the first time to besties from college. Being a part of a book club has allowed me to meet some pretty hilarious women. It also has given me a great excuse to see some good friends on the regular. Cue the kleenex!
Now that you have a few tips on how to get your idea from book flub to book club, here are the books we have read this year!
- We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik
- Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan
- The Girls by Emma Cline
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
- The Expats by Chris Pavone
Our next book for our anniversary book club next year will be, ORIGINALS: HOW NON-CONFORMISTS MOVE THE WORLD by Adam Grant. Ladies, I will be bringing champagne and I promise to have read the book well before a week in advance.
Phew! You survived the arguably most nerdy post yet! Pat yourself on the back, pour yourself a glass of whiskey, or maybe go buck wild and do both! Regardless if you're an avid book worm or cannot sit down long enough to read, next time someone asks if you want to join a book club, do it!