Monday, August 16, 2010

How many is too many?

BermudaOnion asked "Holy Cow, how many book clubs do you belong to?" It wouldn't matter how much I read tho, I could never do a review like she does.

(It's weird, no matter how much I read, my written vocabulary ceases to increase. I still use phrases like, "it was such a cool book." EEK! )

How many book clubs do I belong to?
Too many? Not enough? (sigh)

1. The Literary Guild.     The oldest organization in Winnemucca. That says something doesn't it? That the oldest organization...the one that has stuck thru thick and thin for 75 years is a literary organization. Way to go Literary Guild.
This Book club, is not a discussion group--until recently, a few years ago, we decided to pick one month during the year when we  all read the same book and have a discussion.       But for the most part, The Literary Guild, meets at a restaurant once a month for lunch and has a "book talk", a speaker from the group, talk about a book she has read. The talk lasts about 15-20 minutes and the rest of the hour and a half is spent visiting and eating.
As a group, every fall, we buy and donate dictionaries to every single 3rd grader in our county.

I really enjoy the relaxing book banter that takes place, and there is no pressure to read another book. Although there is pressure for me to dress up. I am one of the youngest at 51...and I swear some of those nice older ladies still wear hats and gloves to Literary Guild Luncheon.

2. The Methodist Women's Book Club-- At our group/church we only meet 4 times a year and often the book is one I've discussed in another book club.
It's very low key, but also very nice.  Usually about 4- 7 women in the congreations take part.

3. My very own on-line book club (anyone can join, if they want to, but for now it's just 4 of my friends who live in different places, but all like to read, so I've organized a club) I call it the "Hot Picks for Book Club Chicks"....because, rhymed. I am using a list that I got off "Book Club Girl" that came from a panel at BEA called "Hot Picks for Fall Book clubs". There are 36 titles, so we will be working our way down that list for quite some time.

4. I just decided to join in the "Word Shakers" on-line book club. Sheila at "One Person's Journey Through a World of Books".
it should be great fun---even if I can't articulate what I want to really say about the book in a blog.    eh....I'm a reader and lover of books, not a reviewer.

And even tho I love all those book clubs and the friends I've made thru them--these next two are my favorite---

5. The Lit Wits! We read, we cook, we eat, we drink wine.
Besides being a book club, it's also a dinner club. We try as hard as we can to keep our meals themed to the book we read.
Here are a few pictures.

a book or two....with some sticky notes!

I made them pose for me. 

6. Totally Lit! We read and have dessert. We've been meeting since Jan of 2003. We lost some members and gained some members through-out the year, but the core has stayed the same. And we had the most exciting news this year. One of our members published a book of "Poems for Boys". Check out the website here.

 We are way beyond excited for her! In these pictures we had a surprise "congratulation party" for her and we all took turns reading one of her poems from the book. We had champagne and flowers and it was a wonderful time.

Her she is  (Lisa) reading a poem from her book.

Massey reads, while Jolina looks on.
(we are on April's deck overlooking her beautiful yard)

Most of the Totally Lits  (some, sadly, were missing)

I love my book clubs.
Too many? I don't think so.  


bermudaonion said...

I can barely keep up with one book club, I don't know how you keep up with 6!!

Your reviews are just as good as mine, but I do appreciate your kind words.

Brenda said...

The Lit Wits. I so want to join. I want to cook, read, eat and drink wine with you. Too bad I'm thousands of miles away. This post was awesome. I'm the same way. I LOVE to read. Yet, my favourite phrase for a good recipe is "awesome." Sigh...............

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Love the book clubs! I love reading and tend to want to read everything every one else is too. I have my book club the Bookies (oh how I love that group!) and Word Shakers.

I occasionally add a read a long that I find on line as it forces me to read something I have always wanted to but havent (such as last months The Color Purple).

I love the pics of your groups!

teresa said...

how fun! i currently belong to none, although i'd really like to. i'm the same way, after all the books i read, my vocabulary is about the same, i keep hoping all that good writing will rub off!

Karen said...

Sounds like fun!

dining room set said...

It looks like that you had a great time. I can see it in all the photos that you post. I wish I was there too. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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