About five years ago, two of my neighbors organized a book group and invited six more neighbors to join. One has moved to North Carolina, so we're down to seven.
We've read some amazing books that I probably would not have heard of if I hadn't been in this group. We take turns hosting, with the hostess preparing a main dish that is inspired by the book. Last time, we met at my house, and I fixed a Persian recipe (we'd read All the Shah's Men) and everyone else brought a side dish, appetizer or dessert - all with some sort of Persian theme. And since it was at my house, I got to pick the next book. Since it's fiction's turn, I chose Alice Hoffman's The Marriage of Opposites.
And after all these years, we're more than a book group. We share fun and secrets. A couple of years ago, some of the group took a vacation together to a village in France where some of the books we read had been set - unfortunately, the timing coincided with the spring market so I went with to Paris a few months later with another member.
We got together to watch all three presidential debates and the election results. We attended the graduation of another member from stand-up comic school - she was even funny! When I had knee surgery, they circled the wagons and made sure Willie got fed and walked and that I had plenty of chicken soup.
If you love to read and have some friends who share your passion for books, it's so much fun to discover even more stories, both fiction and not, that are wonderful reads!