Holly: Book Club
Someone in the mom’s group that I am in threw out the idea to start a book club amongst the members. There seemed to be quite a bit of interest in this so I set up the first book club to take place in February. So, why am I just writing about it now? Well, as the date of the first book club meeting approached I realized that, even though I had 8 weeks notice, I was no where near completing the book, and neither were many others. Hey, we’re new moms, it’s not the priority.
We pushed the date to the end of March and I tried, REALLY tried, to finish the book. The book is broken into three sections Italy, India and Indonesia (in that order). I found the book to be very easy to read and quite funny. While I had a difficult time relating to someone who is my age but doesn’t have a child and decided to leave her husband in the pursuit of pleasure, spirituality and love, I was really enjoying the story.
I enjoyed the book enough to make it through the first section only. I just kept getting sidetracked by The Bachelorette, American Idol, Project Runway and America’s Next Top Model. I feel guilty saying that, but those shows are my guilty pleasures and require no brainpower to enjoy them.
That said, I left the book club meeting as scheduled and sent a note to the group that should they not complete the book by the meeting date that they should still come and enjoy the conversation. Heck, that is what my plan was!
I asked everyone to bring a food or beverage related to one of the countries visited in the book. My contribution?: “Authentic Indian Recipe” frozen meals from Trader Joes. I’ve decided that if I can’t make the time to cook for my husband most nights I shouldn’t cook for my moms group friends. It’s a new personal rule. =) Anyhow, the first hour of the book club meeting we spent eating, sipping on wine, and discussing our current challenges with our children.
Moving into the living room after our ’social hour’ we transitioned straight into discussing the book. I had printed off a book club guide and let the questions lead us. We had a two hour discussion about the book! Sure, there were times that we wandered off into baby land, but overall we stayed focused on the book. It was the most intellectual conversation that I have had in a long time. Plus, I learned so much about the other women who were there.
I am looking forward to finishing Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesiaand to getting on to our next book: I can’t wait to hear what the other moms will have to say about it and what I will learn about them, and myself!