I love my book club. It is made of of some of my favorite people. Some of us have been reading books together for over 20 years! We’ve really become a strong community by reading and talking about books together. We’ve read novels (We even tackled Anna Karenina early in our book club’s history.) , short stories, self-help books, popular books, classics (Rebecca by Daphne De Maurier was one of my favorites.), and some children’s literature.
We meet about every 6-8 weeks. One person picks the book and hosts the meeting. The host usually tries to create a food experience that reflects the text. (When we read a book about Shackelton’s polar adventures, the host had ice cream in lots of different flavors!) We all try hard to read the books and make the meetings, but we also live busy lives and don’t always live up to our best intentions. Tonight is going to be one of those nights for me.
Tonight is my book club meeting night, and I think (for me) it might be a disaster. First of all, I’m not finished with the book (number one book club sin.) We read Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. I only have about 5 chapters left. It’s almost worse than being half way or not having read at all! I’m at a pretty intense part of the book, so it’s a terrible place to be when you are about to meet with your club. They are going to give away all that I have been working to figure out!
The second part of the disaster is that I really didn’t like the book (and that’s being sort of kind). I always hate being the one to say, “I didn’t like it!” I don’t know why. I’ve done it plenty of times and it often leads to good conversation. I really didn’t like our last book (Educated) either, but I picked that one, so I didn’t worry about hurting anyone’s feelings.
And the third part of the disaster: I have to leave early (number two book club sin)! I have a big event I’m planning for tomorrow, my daughter’s coming out of the city, so I can only stay for an hour. I feel like the worst book club member ever when I don’t go to a meeting or leave early.
So there you have it, I’m heading into a disaster. Wish me luck!