Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Beauty of a Bookclub

I am a member of an amazing book club...we are a group of teachers and we read young adult literature that we can use in our classrooms and then throw in an adult book every now and then because we enjoy it!

As for meeting places, we rotate it around - sometimes it is a nearby winery (which is where these pictures were taken), sometimes it is a restaurant, it just depends on what the group decides. For this meeting, we met at the winery and people all brought snacks to enjoy with the wine.

Our book this month was Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus - it is a historical fiction piece about John Mung, who is the first person from Japan to leave and be accepted back. He went on to forge relations between the United States and Japan. Here is "C" holding our selection:

We had a "battle of the e-readers!" Not really, but it was funny to see everyone pulling theirs out - "T" has a Kindle, "D" has a Nook Color, and "J" has a Literati. I think almost everyone in the group has one of these!

In addition to the books we shared some great wine...and caught up on what everyone was doing over the summer. Being teachers, we are off for about 2 1/2 months so it is great to be able to see great friends over the summer!

We read The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown (everyone LOVED IT!) and Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpoole earlier this summer...both amazing reads!

Our August selection is the Inkheart Trilogy by Cornelia Funke. Yes, we are attempting to read the whole trilogy in one month - shouldn't be too hard except most of us have about 300+ books in our TBR piles right now! Our next meeting will be at a local restaurant that features quotes all over the walls - quotes from novels maybe!

We are pretty informal...if you want to read that month's selection, great! If not, come to book club anyway! Anyone can throw out a book recommendation, or a recommendation on where our meeting takes place. We talk books but we also chat about our lives. Some bring quotes to share from the book, others speak from their heart and mind. It's not hard, because we all have one thing in common: we love books...and we love to talk about books!

If you're not a part of a book club, you are missing out! Book clubs are a great way to network and share great books. For those that don't like the face-to-face, there are some great online book clubs too!
Happy Reading!


  1. Ooh, I love the Inkheart trilogy so hope you enjoy it!

    And teachers where you are get a 2 and a half month summer holiday! :O
    I teach in the UK and we gets six weeks, we've not even finished the summer term yet!

  2. How super fun! Someday I'm going to make me a book club since I believe it will be up to me to organize.

  3. This sounds like a lot of fun. I am thinking about starting one at our local library.