So as we were eating lunch just now Maddie and Gracie both had their meter expire at the same time. Maddie was chewing with her eyes closed while falling asleep, and Gracie was doing the head-behind-her-bottom-contortion-trick in her high chair (only Ben and Katherine really understand what this looks like). It was only 12:00, but being sick (M) and having a big sister who is sick (G) can wear you out, I guess. I finished up lunch by myself and will now take the opportunity to talk books.
Tonight is the last meeting of my book club before we take our summer break, and the last meeting of our second full year of operation. I'm so proud of this group: when I first moved to town and left my old book club in Fort Collins, I decided that I wasn't going to sit around and mope about not having one anymore. With the help of two friends, I made up fliers, set a meeting time, and we handed them out to all the literate people we could think of: neighbors, husbands' female co-workers, playgroup mamas... We were a little worried that we might be the only ones who showed up, but at that first meeting we had about 11 women attend! While this group has had changes in membership over the last two years, it clicked and people keep coming month after month. Success! We continue to invite new people all the time—Nicole even invited a local celebrity radio personality because Nicole can make friends with anyone—while we want to be friendly and inclusive, we also want to see this book club last beyond our time here in Colorado Springs.
Here is a list of what we read this year:
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Emma by Jane Austen
Midnight Champagne by A. Mannette Ansay
It's a Wonderful Life (we do movies and a bookmark exchange in December)
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani
Book club is so much fun. We talk, we eat, we discuss, we talk some more... one of the many reasons I like it so much is that it's a chance to get together with people I like without feeling like I need to buy a new piece of stoneware, or a candle, or Satin Hands... you get the idea. Plus it's nice to have the option not to talk about children if we don't feel like it (we always do, but the option is nice).
Here's to another successful year of book club reading!