Now that it’s getting colder outside, it’s the perfect time to curl up on the couch with a warm cup of tea and a great book. Can’t you just picture it?
Who am I kidding, I have a toddler! I haven’t finished a book in forever! But it’s a good dream, right? Even though I haven’t managed to finish any books lately, I still really love going to my monthly book club. I’m really thankful participation isn’t based on finishing the book, or I’d be out of luck!
Actually, I’m in 2 book clubs. I go to one with toddler in tow and one normally all by myself. When I first moved to France 5 years ago I didn’t know anyone except for my now husband and his friends, and I didn’t speak French at all. After a few weeks, the first book club popped up in my life. I was so thankful to be surrounded by a group of English speaking ladies!!
We meet every month on a Friday night. The hostess rotates within the group and prepares dinner for everyone. We vote on books every 6 months, and whoever proposed the book for that night leads the book discussion. Whether we talk about the book for 10 minutes or over an hour, it’s always a fun and interesting conversation. And for sure we enjoy the evening over several bottles of champagne or wine!
I joined the second book club when it formed about 2 years ago. This co-ed group meets once a month on a week night at a local restaurant. The 2 group creators propose a book each and lead the discussion. We talk about those and any other books people are reading at the moment. I love that the two groups have such different dynamics, even though some of us are in both!
Why you should join a book club:
- Socializing with other adults
- Pulls you out of your routine
- Good food (that you don’t have to share with your kids)
- Intellectual book discussion
- Other random discussions
- Book suggestions you wouldn’t have heard about otherwise
- A guarantee that you’ll have at least one night a month for yourself
I used to love book club mostly for the people and the interesting books and discussions. Now I love it because it’s something I choose to participate in, for myself. “No one can drink from an empty well.” I read that quote a while ago, and it stuck with me. We need to take care of ourselves in order to be able to take care of others, whether or not you’re a parent. So whether it’s a book club, a sports club, or any kind of fun organization, give it a shot!
Are you in a book club? What are your fave books to read? How do you schedule your “me” time? Tell me all about it in the comments!