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It began as a simple idea. The way all great things do.
A group of us were talking and our friend Jeannie said, "We should start a book club". We talked about how some people are burned out on reading, about how some of us can't get into anything deeper than the latest US Weekly, we talked about how we never do anything without our kids (but would love to), we discussed books we loved, we mentioned a couple of books we hated, and then made a plan to launch the inaugural North End Ladies Book Club.
The official rules of book club are:
1. No hummus and carrot sticks
2. No one will judge you if you don't finish the book
Eleven ladies came to my house this past Friday night, just after the kids went to sleep (collectively leaving behind a total of 21 children).
Our plan was simply to select a book to read by the meeting in January.
The wine began to flow, the discussions started, and I'm pretty sure I committed to getting at least three tattoos (some of them book related).
We started at 8PM. I fell asleep on the sofa at midnight (my college roommates will confirm that this is not unusual behavior for me) and at that point, a handful of ladies walked to a neighbors' house for an after-party that lasted until 2AM.
Waking up at 6 AM for the kids was not a good idea in my case. Thankfully my husband (who said the sound of our "book club" was deafening) watched the boys until Mom was back on her feet.
I heard all weekend from the ladies about how much FUN everyone had.
We all agreed in retrospect that while hummus may still be a non-starter, FOOD in general is a good idea.
Our book club selection for the January meeting is Swamplandia by Karen Russell
The selection for the February meeting is The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexi
I have a feeling that this book club is going to be something special.
I'll keep reporting on our adventures here. If we can manage to sit still for a photo, I'll post it next month!
Are you in a book club (online or IRL)?
Have you been in the past?
Did you love it?