A short post today in praise of book clubs! I love them!
I have belonged to my fabulous book club for about eight years now…maybe longer, with mums I met when my son was in kindergarten. He’s in Year 12 now, so maybe we’ve been together for more years than I care to remember.
In the beginning, we diligently met once a month and read books. Yes, we did. It wasn’t, as some people (MEN) would mutter dismissively ‘a women’s wine club’.
However, over the years, we’ve become busier, probably meet once a term if we’re lucky – and again, if we’re lucky we’ll mention the cover of a book we like ‘and really should get around to reading’. More often than not, we drink wine and gossip about our wayward teenagers.
Occasionally, we go out to dinner or to the movies. A few years back we went to the interactive ‘Sound of Music Singalong movie in lieu of our regular meeting. It’s a lot of fun…and I wouldn’t trade my book club for the world.
HOWEVER, last week I was invited to speak at a book club about my latest book and the writing process – and I was astounded. Yes, there was wine (lots) and cheese (lots) BUT these women were serious book readers, with an agenda and everything!
I had a wonderful evening, not only talking about my books, writing, publishing, and everything that entails, but also talking about books. I must say, I really need to read a lot more! I often felt quite ignorant and therefore ate quite a bit more of the cheese than I should have. (One shouldn’t talk with one’s mouth full!)
So, inspired by Jacqui and Co at their Grown Up Book Club, next time my book club meets (April 1!!!), I need to get tough and suggest we all read a book over the Easter holidays – no excuses. But of course there will be excuses. After all, our children are doing the HSC and we are crucial to their academic success and therefore must be available at all times…aka we are time poor!
Pass the wine!
*PS if anyone out there belongs to a book club and wants me to come along…I’d love to, but perhaps if you’re based in Perth or Darwin, we could chat via Skype!