Reading. Friends. Cocktails. Discussion. Learning. Debate. Snacks. Laughter. Maybe One.More.Drink.
I so look forward to my monthly neighborhood book club meetings. While our families joke that we do not actually discuss our varied selections, we do! The amount we talk about the book may be proportionate to how relatable (or debatable) the book is, whether there is a difference of opinion about the quality of the characters-plot-writing, and if the host has good discussion questions.
Through others reading choices I have discovered authors and books I never would have picked up, lived vicariously through a variety of eras and locations, expanded my life views, made new friends, and become a better writer.
Sometimes we even have homework assignments.
For our last book club we were asked to bring our bucket list of 5 things we wanted to do, typed and unsigned. We then tried to guess who wrote out each sheet. (this “homework” went along with our discussion, nameless but light romantic fluff).
It was eye-opening to see how similar some of the items were on our lists: a lot of travel, learning new skills like writing and knitting, re-learning old hobbies, more travel, and spending more time with our families.
We will continue to share, learn, cry, discuss life in each meeting. Hopefully grow individually and as a group. And prop each other up outside our ongoing gatherings.
And my bucket list, in case you are interested:
- Travel to Iceland and Australia.
- Research family history to learn my mom’s family when/why they came to US.
- Do travel and photo exploration of large swath of Route 66. (maybe Sante Fe to Flagstaff or CA).
- Write a novel.
- Sky dive.
What is on your list? (bucket or reading)