I went to book club last Thursday night and I loved it!! I was super nervous to go and I even toyed with the idea of not going, but then I remembered I had my big girl panties on and so I went. I was the first one there, because NERD, and so I sat and visited with the bookstore owner for a few minutes – she was very nice and made me feel comfortable from the start. There were 6 other members there, although I believe there are 12 members on the roster.
Ken is a retired high school math teacher and a cyclist who has cycled all over Europe. He is smart and well traveled, so he a lot of interesting points of information during our meeting. Linda is about my age and I’m not sure what she does for a living, but I know she has horses. And she is smart as a whip – very witty and dry sense of humor – I liked her immediately. Joan is a wry character – the first thing she said to me is “I don’t like the books we read in this club – they’re way too heavy for me. Why can’t we read a good bodice-ripper once in a while?!” She cracked me up from the get-go! Janice is the bookstore owner and leader of the book club pack, and she is a cyclist also. She is good at leading everyone back to the book when the topic would stray (and it tended to stray a lot!). Finally, there is Gwen. Gwen is probably in her mid to late 70s and I fell in love with her immediately. She is very soft spoken but will break in with a well timed quip and leave us all laughing. At the end of the meeting she touched my arm and told me that she hopes I’ll come back again – it was very sweet.
Our book for January was Sarah’s Key, and if you’ve read it you can understand that our conversation got a little heavy at times, but there was also lots of laughter at certain points too (especially when the topic would meander about). I became the Googler in the group – whenever there was a question about something, I grabbed my phone and Googled the answer. It was nice to have a job to do and to feel that I was helping out in a small way.
Overall, I had a really good time – the conversation was stimulating, I laughed a lot, and I got to meet some really great people. I can’t wait to go back next month. I’m really proud of myself for putting myself out there for a new experience. It might not seem like a big deal to most people, but for me this was huge.
Btw, does anyone have the book We Need To Talk About Kevin that I can borrow? 🙂