Hello book friends! Starting a book club is relatively easy but can you hold on to your group for years to come? Several acquaintances of mine have started book clubs that quit within the first year. Maybe it has to be the right combination of friends. Maybe your book picks stink. Maybe it's a time issue. Meaning, no one has time to read a book or organize one.
I will tell you the #1 secret why I think our book club has endured for over ten years. FOOD. That's right, no joke. I'm inspired by the quote by C.S. Lewis, “Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably".
There you go. Those two actions are what makes book club something to look forward to every time it comes around. We celebrate our novel with tasty dishes and easy ideas to go beyond. Little things you can do to make it fun and be inspired by your book pick!
My name is The Book Club Blogger and my two loves are reading and running. Actually, more like the 3R's; reading, running and relaxation. I dedicate Go Beyond Book Club to my beloved book club friends and thank them all for the good, the bad and the ugly novels we have read together over these many years.
My favorite novel of all time: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Who doesn't love Boo Radley?
A classic that surprised me for the good: The Scarlet Pimpernel written by a Baroness in 1905. She paved the way for future swashbucklers and superheroes. Pretty cool!
Books that kicked my arse and I struggled to finish: Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell and Quo Vadis by Henry Sienkiewicz. Whew! It was tough. Although, I did like the Wives and Daughters movie.