The Big Thank You for Day 5: My Book Group

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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!        

 

 

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Tammy Lankford,
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I not in an official book club, however I'm fortunate enough to have friends who also love to read and we share books. And I'm thankful that I love to read

Nov 19, 2016 02:12 PM #1
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A book group is always a wonderful thing to have fun with and learn about various things.

Nov 19, 2016 02:49 PM #2
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Patricia Kennedy - now that indeed is a good group -- to meet so often in this world is not so easy! That shows  your commitment!

Of course, it is more than just a 'book group'!

Nov 19, 2016 03:23 PM #3
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That's a nice thing to have in your life, Patricia!  Reading books is important, because not everything on the internet is true!

Nov 19, 2016 06:07 PM #4
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Good morning, Pat... being in a book club is one thing that is still on my bucket list (especially as I love to read). Hopefully, one day soon. Your post has really inspired me.

Nov 19, 2016 08:16 PM #5
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I haev several good friends who love their book clubs and like you, have found enduring friendships in them.

Nov 19, 2016 09:19 PM #6
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Tammy, I think that parents who teach their children to love books give them a huge leg up in the world.

Nov 20, 2016 02:24 AM #7
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Laura, I so agree with you!  And you wind up exploring topics and authors you might not have come across otherwise.

Nov 20, 2016 02:24 AM #8
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Patricia Kennedy
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Praful, we usually meet every six weeks, so it gives everyone plenty of time to finish the book.  And it's about so much more than the books.

Nov 20, 2016 02:26 AM #9
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Myrl, and a lot of the books we read are history, which I think we can all learn from.

Nov 20, 2016 02:27 AM #10
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Nina, there is a book story (Politics and Prose) here in DC that sponsors book groups and even have a room set up for meetings.  But I like the way we do it.  Food - especially when it's part of the theme - makes it really fun.

Nov 20, 2016 02:28 AM #11
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Sally and David, we've become really tight, and I barely knew one of my favorite people when we started out.

Nov 20, 2016 02:30 AM #12
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Sounds like this is much more than a book club, but a tight knit group of friends.

Nov 20, 2016 04:02 AM #13
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Pat, Your book club has evolved way beyond just books and that is fantastic. You have all these ladies as your best friends.

Nov 20, 2016 04:18 AM #14
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Patricia I am not much of a reader, but admire those who are.  You have been blessed not only the written word, but with the special friendships you have made as a result of it.

Nov 20, 2016 08:29 AM #15
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Patricia Kennedy
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Chris Ann, these women are really dear friends.

Dec 16, 2016 09:24 PM #16
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Bob, I've been in book groups before, but nothing like this one.

Dec 16, 2016 09:25 PM #17
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George, my father taught each of his children to read when we were about three years old, and we are all serious readers.

Dec 16, 2016 09:26 PM #18
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