How did you get together? Three of us were discussing some of our favorite books on the beach in Cabo San Lucas. That conversation sparked the book club idea, but we truly underestimated the level of interest—we currently have 20 people at each meeting!
Where do you usually meet? The location rotates each meeting since we take turns hosting at our homes. The host makes a main dish and everyone else brings the sides, appetizers and lots of vino. We joke that we're really a "wine club with a reading problem."
What books have you read together so far? Just to name a few: The Last Days of Dogtown by Anita Diamant, The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls, Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos, The New Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson, The Secret Lives of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley, The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards and The Sunflower by Richard Evans.
What are your all-time favorite selections? We all really enjoyed Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.
How do you decide what to read next? The host gets to unveil the next book at the end of each meeting.
Are you planning any special trips or events around a book you're reading? Have you in the past? When we read Bright Lights, Big Ass by Jen Lancaster, we had her come speak at one of our meetings (pictured above).
One of our members signed up for a mission trip to Peru after reading The Sunflower by Richard Evans. She volunteered at the orphanage featured in the book and is trying to recruit other members to go back with her this summer. Our book club organizes regular social events to fundraise for books for children's charities such as Off the Street Club in Chicago.
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