Confession: I’d rather read a kid’s book than a grown-up book.
If it weren’t for Bill Bryson (my new favorite grown-up author), I’d probably never read adult books. After all, what does John Grisham have to say that Beverly Cleary or Judy Blume hasn’t already said?
A couple years ago, my friend Molly started a young adult book club. Needless to say, I was super psyched! Even though I only knew one person in the room on our first meeting, we were all friends by the end. After all, here were other people who still enjoyed reading kid’s books. Two years later, we are still reading and gathering together.
Looking for a way to meet new people or get to know your friends on a new level? Here are some reasons why I love my book club and why you should join/start one….
YOU GET TO PLAY!
Adulting can be fun. Staying up late, watching whatever I want, eating whatever I want–it’s all great. But still, I miss trick-or-treating, getting a box full of Valentine’s, making paper chains, getting gum stuck in my hair. Just kidding. I don’t miss gum hair.
Book club, however, gives me a chance to play. I especially love hosting book club because it’s a chance for a party, and never pass up a chance for a party, I say.
October has been my month to host for the past 3 years. (Last year we had a Harry Potter feast!) My main reason for choosing October is so that I can throw in all my favorite Halloween touches like my spooky lantern and witch broom favors. The brooms tied in great with our book for the month: The Witch of Blackbird Pond.
There was also a yellow cat in the story which was the perfect excuse to bake some kitty cookies using my go-to sugar cookie recipe.
Tip: In a rush, but still want homemade? Prepare the cookies from scratch but ice them using pre-made tub frosting.
The brooms and cats were the perfect accompaniment to the witch hats which I asked each guest to wear to the meeting. Cheers to guests who have a sense of humor!
Since The Witch of Blackbird Pond is about Puritans, we even had one witch who thought outside the box:
YOU GET TO CONNECT
Women need girl time and men need guy time. It’s just a fact of life.
Still, do you ever find it tempting to just sit at home each night in your pajamas and watch Netflix? That’s a habit I’m really trying to break because after a while I begin to feel lonely and all out of sorts. Dare I say I even feel a bit loony? One or two sessions of girl time, however, and I feel normal again.
My book club meets just once a month, which works best for a group of ladies with busy schedules. Once we’re all together, we spend about 20% of our time discussing the book and 80% of the time chatting about life. Either way, it’s always a lively and engaging conversation. And, of course, there’s always wine. In fact, if you are not able to read the book, you are asked to bring a bottle of wine as penance. 🙂
Every time I host, I always serve a meal because food is the create connector. Passing bread or a plate of cookies around a table makes everyone feel like family.
Plus, who doesn’t like to eat?
So, what’s in the bowl?
My latest favorite: this lasagna soup! Nothing is more comforting and crowd-friendly than a big bowl of stick-to-your-ribs soup. It’s also a fast meal. This soup was ready in 30 minutes.
YOU LEARN NEW THINGS
Whether it’s something about history or culture or even just a new tidbit about a friend, I always learn something new at book club. As I get older, the cobwebs build up faster and faster in my brain, and any time I can brush them away with some new information is a good thing!
Since The Witch of Blackbird Pond touches on religion, we all shared about our religious backgrounds, swapped church camp stories and explained how our beliefs have either stayed the same or changed. In short, a book is the ultimate ice breaker, and a book club lets you ask the deeper questions that would otherwise be awkward to ask.
Overall, the coolest thing about my book club is that it joined together women who would have otherwise never met. (Thanks again to Molly for getting the ball rolling!)
Playing, eating, connecting and learning together–it’s like being a kid at school again. 🙂
Are you a part of a book club?
Looking to start your own young adult book club and need a place to start?
Here is a list of the books our group has read to date:
TITLES TO INSPIRE YOU
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