The BookWalkers — Warwick, New York
How did you get together? We are a group of 13 women. Book club member Colleen says she and her friend Denise wanted to be in a book club. "We tried one. They never met again. We formed one with several of Denise's neighbors and limited the membership to 13, or else not everyone gets a chance to speak as the number gets higher. We have all become very close friends and are very proud of our book club."
Where do you usually meet? We meet almost monthly. We have gone out to dinner, gone to the movies of books we have read and normally rotate at members' homes.
Which Oprah's Book Club selections have you read together? The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski.
What are your all-time favorite selections? Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks, Ask Again Later by Jill A. Davis, Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner, Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, The Rest of Her Life by Laura Moriarty and The Safety of Secrets and Aftermath of Dreaming, both by Delaune Michel.
Are you planning any special trips or events? Not only do we get together for book club, but it has turned into a charitable club also. Our members also love to either walk or run—hence the name "BookWalkers." We do walks and runs for breast cancer, arthritis and leukemia annually and help each other raise money for each event. We have donated books to several local fundraisers to be raffled off. In the next year, we look forward to authors speaking at local colleges and hosting an author dinner in March.