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We had our first Book Club meeting last night.  I laugh when I think about it, because it was my idea to start it, but I didn’t invite one single person to join it.  (Not true, I invited two, neither of which joined).  But, I think it is working out well because I’ve planted myself in the middle of a group of sisters and their friends who have all been so sweet, fun, and welcoming.

Book Club book #1

We read We Need to Talk about Kevin.  The mother narrates the story. and she is brutally honest about how she dislikes/distrusts/disdains her son.  Her dislike may be justified, since her son goes on to murder 11 people in a school shooting (this isn’t giving away the story).  There’s a lot of lovely and wordy inner monologue from the narrator about her fears leading up to becoming a mother and, later,  how she feels about her son’s dark behavior as he gets older.

INTENSE.  I NEVER would have chosen to read it on my own, but the challenge was good for me (and some of the other girls as well).  One of the sisters in the Book Club loves darker (more sinister?) books, so she suggested this one.  (She also suggested The Undertaker for book #2 which we all quickly vetoed, opting for a more light-hearted book our 2nd time around).  She caught on to symbolism that I didn’t see, but, after she pointed it out,  it was so obvious.  I need my own personal English teacher to point out what I’m missing in each book I read.

I loved seeing and hearing how everyone responded to the book differently.  We asked questions and shared our different thoughts and opinions about what happened in the book.  We even shared how we related to the fears that the mother wrestled with throughout the story, though we had different opinions about whether she was justified in her feelings.  Also, a looming question was whether or not it was her fault that her son turned out to be a murderer.

Just in case you’re curious, our Book Club includes two stay-at-home-moms, an English(!) teacher, two girls with top-secret government jobs, and our hostess (I don’t know how she spends her days).

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Book Club book #2

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We had some friends over for dinner on Friday.  Gregg grilled burgers and made homemade potato chips.  He did not catch the house on fire while slicing, dicing, and frying the potato chips.  (Thank goodness, we like our little rental house.)  Our friends, Robert and Jen, are in their thirties and have been on the Shore nearly forever.  She moved here in the nineties, and he is a local, born and raised here.  Gregg says that he’s one of the good locals: helpful friendly, open to newcomers.  Robert and Jen have some land of their own down the road from us.  They have a donkey and some Hog Island sheep.  Their sheep are feral (survived in the wild) and native to the area.  Our soon-to-be sheep, which Gregg is planning on purchasing this week, are going to stay with our friends’ sheep for awhile and hopefully create a baby lamb or two in the process of their stay.  Stay tuned…

I also had my first Book Club meeting this Saturday.  We decided to read We Need to Talk about Kevin.  It looks a bit morbid, but we liked the title and one of the girls really wants to read it.  I was definitely the “newbie” of the group which is to be expected but a tad uncomfortable.  Talking about books gave us instant common ground though.  “What kind of books do you like to read?”  Everyone loved answering the question around the table.

In addition to blooming friendships, football season officially started this weekend.  For me, this means knitting on the couch so that I can spend time with my football-watching husband.  It also means asking interested questions about fantasy football and learning all of the NFL quarterbacks names.  You can’t beat RG3’s nickname.

Step One: Invite someone else to be in the Book Club.

I think, by definition, a club has to have at least two and probably more like three to four people to be considered a club.  That said, I sent a text to a semi-friend asking her if she would be interested in joining a book club.  I also asked her if she knew anyone else that would want to be a part of a book club (the whole thing about a club needing more than one or two people came into play here).

Step Two: Wait for a response.

She said yes!  I only had to wait 24 hours, but I was kinda nervous, imagining her reading the text and trying to figure out how she could get out of the invite.  But. now, my confidence is up, so I can go to Steps 3, 4, & 5.

Step Three: Invite more people.

Step Four: Pick where and when we want to meet.

Step Five: Start getting to know each other and pick a book that everyone will love and be excited to talk about.

If we’re doing a repeat, like, let’s all pick a book that you like/that you’ve read before/that would be a good Book Club book, I’d suggest…

Life of Pi

or

Kite Runner

or the classic

To Kill a Mockingbird

But, if we’re going to branch out and make suggestions for books we’ve wanted to read but hadn’t gotten to yet.  I’d say…

The Marriage Plot

or

State of Wonder

or

Cutting for Stone

I had to wait until I finished Harry Potter before initiating this Club.

Any book suggestions?