Reading is good for the soul, but when on earth does anyone have time to read anymore?! We have work to do, children to raise, houses to manage, and family to love! Really though, we all need some “me time.” Everyone needs some time to sit, be quiet and reflect. What better way than to get lost in a story? Reading a few pages or chapters of a book a day feels like therapy. As much as we need alone time, we also need friend time. My passionate, eclectic, and hilarious friends just happen to love gossiping about a book. We call that group therapy.
When I moved to Baton Rouge, I learned that a lot of people from my home town are also living here for work or continuing education. So I instigated a girls night and we decided a once a month book club would be a fantastic idea. Man, IT IS!
We pick a book, each bring a bottle of wine and snack to share, and we talk and laugh and talk … usually over each other. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but it is guaranteed to be fun! We even had the audacity to create an Instagram, “The Winebrarians: a wine club with a reading problem” for people to remotely join in on our book club adventures.
So far we have read: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, The Alice Network by Kate Quinn, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, and we are currently working on Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal. You know, our favorite books so far have been from the Reece Witherspoon Book Club picks. We mutually were not fond of An American Marriage and we LOVED The Alice Network.
It’s not always about reading … we exchange recipes, talk about ways how to not kill our plants, places we should travel, how to use Social Media, we rejoice over passing finals or finding a babysitter for girls night. We all get excited about book club, we look forward to it, we get invested in it.
This book club reignited my love for reading. Since the gals told me about the Libby App, I have been going buck wild listening to FREE audiobooks ranging from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy to Becoming by Michelle Obama (ugh, she is such a BOSS).
I highly recommend that you take time for yourself, whoever you are, and start reading. Find a friend, invite a friend, meet a stranger, and start a book club.