Have you ever been in a book club? A really good book club? I hope so. Studies show that socializing is beneficial to your health, it’s really another component of wellness. Take a peek at this article:
Whether you’re an avid reader of the latest best sellers or you prefer the movie version, you can have a lot of fun with a book club. I am so fortunate to be involved with a group of creative, enthusiastic, fantastic women who make up our Fun Book Club. (It’s actually called The Fun Book Club!)
Each member takes a turn hosting the meeting – but really there’s no pressure if hosting’s not your thing – we all love a night out, so a restaurant is a perfectly reasonable choice. So is a cooking class, a trip to the theatre, volunteering – we are really a social club disguised as a book club 😉 Actually doing those things that I only read about on other blogs!
The host chooses the book for her meeting (sometimes it comes down to a vote). Some great picks so far for us – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson, Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes.
She then takes over controls of the club for the month i.e. sends out reminder emails and….uhhh…that’s about all there is to running the book club.
The meeting has to have a fun component to it. That was
a loose rule butthe most important rule, and it has been pretty cool to see how it’s played out with each host. Usually she decorates in the books theme, gives us lots of yummy treats … and we’ve fallen into the awesome habit of the take home loot bag – so FUN! (One meeting was made up of food, drink, manis and pedis!!)
We met at a restaurant for our Christmas meeting, and we invited the husbands to come along. We didn’t talk about books at all, really just had a fun night out. We were all kind of giddy and excited anyway, made even more so,when the men decided to reconfigure the seating plan and moved all of the tables into a large square so that we were all facing each other! It was great because most of the men knew a few of the other men, so it wasn’t awkward at all, and given that these women were handpicked for the club, because of their fabulous personalities, it’s only logical that the husbands would be able to hold their own, and they did.
Oh! Oh! Oh! – The most exciting part of our book club is the SHOPPING PART!! YES – there is shopping involved!!!!
I borrowed this idea from my friend Michèle (thank you so much Michèle!!) each month,we all put $25 in the pot, and draw for a winner. The winner m
ust use her jackpot to buy something cool for herself and present it at the next meeting. How awesome is that?? I know its got nothing to do with books, and we all realise that we are each paying $25 every month, so we should break even, but using authentic awesome woman logic, we ignore that fact and celebrate each winner every month!Its really awesome to see what each person chooses to treat herself with – one woman bought some bikinis to take with her on her honeymoon, another bought a beautiful christmas figurine to remind her of her book club friends (awwww) and we wee all on the edge of our seats when Shannon pulled out that beautiful blue box with the white ribbon – you know what I’m talking about!