Back in February, Chelsea sent an email out to a bunch of her Denver and Boulder friends asking if anyone wanted to start a book club. People enthusiastically agreed, and added more of their own friends to the list. We decided, via email, to alternate meeting locations between Denver and Boulder (about 45 minutes apart) each month, to host the first meeting at my house, and to read The Elegance of the Hedgehog as our first book. By the time I sent out the Evite, there were a good 25 or so people on the list, and about 15 of them attended.
It was awesome! I knew a few of them already, had been reading the blogs of a few more for years and was thrilled to put faces to names, and got to meet a big group of fantastic local women. Feelings about the book were mixed, both as a group and individually (I still don't really know what I thought of that book, over a month later). Everyone brought yummy treats, and there were copious amounts of wine. We spent maybe half an hour or so talking about the book, and the rest of the time just chatting and getting to know each other. The conversation we did have about the book was interesting and useful, but the rest of the conversation was even better.
So anyway, last night was the second meeting of the book club, up in Boulder at Doni and Ashley's place. It was awesome. Not quite as many people made it, but there were still maybe 10 of us, and a lot of us had met at the previous book club, so the conversation flowed very easily (helped by more copious amounts of wine, I'm sure). The book we had read this time was Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea, which, while a fun book, didn't lead to quite the level of conversation that the last book incited. I don't think we talked about it for more than ten minutes, total. But it was interesting to hear what the others had to say about it, and the non-book-related conversation was excellent, too. We all stayed for hours and had a great time.
The next meeting will be next month, back in Denver, at Rosie's, and we will be reading Middlesex. A few of us, myself included, have read it before, but we all remember liking it and are looking forward to reading it again. And it should provide plenty of conversation fodder, if I recall correctly. I am so excited about our next meeting!
It's just so NICE to meet a whole group of interesting, smart, friendly, fun women who all live nearby! And many of us are bloggers and/or Twitterers, so there was quite the lively discussion about social media and its role in our lives, too.
I know it only meets once a month, and it's just a book club, but it makes me feel so settled here in Denver, and so happy to have a whole group of wonderful people to talk to about interesting things. I guess there's a reason that book clubs are so popular as to be kind of cliche.
What about you? Are you in, or have you ever been in, a book club? How well did it work? How long did it last, or has it lasted? Any tips for making them successful over time?
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