This month the book club I’m in celebrated meeting every month for 15 years! 15 YEARS!
My mother started the Dinner and a Book Club in July 2004. The club has 12 members and meets monthly. This works out to each woman in the club hosting the meeting at her home once a year. Hosting entails choosing the book, making the dinner, and leading the discussion. Then, for the other 11 months of the year, you get to simply enjoying attending the meetings.
I have a distinct memory of my mother asking if I thought anyone would be interested in joining a book club. I’m so glad she was brave enough to just start the club and see what happened!
Over the years, some members have left and some new ones have joined, but it’s largely the same group. And as you can imagine, this community has gone through a lot together: Moves, marriages, divorces, births, deaths, career changes, and so on. It really is special that this community of women was built around a mutual love of books.
So what do we read?
I thought it would be fun to quick note our first read, most recent read, and a few of my favorites in between.
- First Read: Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris
- Recent Read: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
- A Favorite Read: The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
- Another Favorite Read: In the Woods by Tana French
- And Yet Another Favorite Read: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
You can also see a more complete list of all of the books I’ve read for the club by connecting with me on GoodReads and visiting my Book Club List.
I definitely haven’t read all of the club’s books over the past 15 years, but it’s still a pretty long list!
Are you in a book club? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!