Anyone who knows me knows how much I love giving and getting book recommendations. I don’t think a conversation goes by where I’m not letting someone know about a book I think they’d like or whipping out my phone to record a book I definitely have to read.
Our inaugural book was Eight Hundred Grapes. Ironically, none of us live in NYC but with work and commuting schedules, it made sense to all “meet in the middle” in Manhattan for our meeting. We all really enjoyed the book. The four of us were pretty proud of ourselves for finishing it way before our meeting and not waiting until the last minute… none of us could put it down! Honestly, I have to admit that we didn’t do a great job of discussing the book. Next time I’ll be more prepared to lead the group!
But why didn’t we discuss the book?!
Because we were having too much fun in general! Admittedly, I was nervous to introduce my friends to each other. I love them so much and really wanted the group to mesh well. Everyone has a different job; there’s a first grade teacher, a senior associate at a non-profit, and a merchant for an awesome retailer. My dreams came true though– we had a great time! It was funny to see how even though everyone had me in common, there were other similarities. Two girls grew up skiing the same mountain. And two girls lived in the towns next to each other and had more mutual friends than they could count.
Finding friends– outside of work– as an adult can be a challenge. We agreed that it’s not often a situation like this presents itself. I’m so glad I got the group together and truly hope we can stick with it for a long time!
This is also officially something I’d recommend doing!
PS Right before our first meeting, I stumbled on a documentary on Hulu that interviews members of a book club that has been going on for over sixty years! It’s such an interesting look at women, friendships, and sharing a special bond over a lifetime.
PPS We’re skipping December because of travel schedules, but need to pick a book for January. Any recommendations?!