Since moving to Charleston in 2007, I wanted to start a book club. I love to read, but I find myself picking up the same kinds of books by the same authors. Chic lit with pastel covers, murder mysteries by authors I recognized, and on the rare occasion, random books endorsed by friends. It seemed like such a risk to pick up a book and read it without knowing anything about it... you invest a lot of time in reading a 300 page book and I wanted to make sure it was time well-spent. A friend introduced me to Goodreads which is a great "virtual" book club, but I only know a couple of people actively on it.
Enter the Book Club (we've kicked around a couple of names with two frontrunners: Novel Vixens and Booze and Books. Votes for a final name are welcome in comments :) ). I finally found a group of people (all of whom happen to be girls, but we don't discriminate) that love to read like I do. We began at my house with Dave Sedaris's Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and have read 6 or so books since then. I can honestly say that I wouldn't have chosen to read any of the others if not for the choices of this group of women.
At our first meeting this year, after almost three hours of discussion related to Push and random tangents alike, we decided that with every book we read, we'll also DO something related to the book. So, if we read a book about Charleston, we'll cook shrimp and grits or go to a local museum. Depending on the book, we'll have to get creative, but I'm looking forward to what books and activities lay ahead!
And for your enjoyment, a random photo of the snowman I built on Saturday thanks to the freak snowstorm in Charleston!