Those violet creams you see in that picture, are the chocolates mentioned in Jane Austen’s novel Emma. Our book club hostesses gave them to us, along with some beautiful reading theme cards and a magnet. Every time we met and someone had traveled, they also brought bookmarks for all of us.
Last year was my first year in a book club that met monthly. Out of the 11 books for the year, I managed to read 10, but I missed 3 book club appointments, one because of the election, two because of my oldest daughter’s illness.
For a short while I was a bit upset about having wasted some of my reading time with a couple of the titles for book club. But then I thought that book club has given me a lot more than just introducing me to wonderful reads. Book Club is a community experience. It is worth being in it, even if a few titles are not great. There was always a lively chat, interesting exchange of ideas and thoughts, and great food. We all shared a bit of ourselves through our contributions, from what recipe or snack we chose to bring, to our comments and questions.
We are a few ladies who share a common faith, and who are different as readers. Yesterday we voted on 20 books, and two of my titles made it,
Whose Body? (which I have read and plan to read again), and
I Am the Messenger, (which I am looking forward to). Disappointing. This book doesn’t pass our moral standards. (I thought it’d be great because I love his other book, The Book Thief). We changed this to,
Murder with Peacocks, by Donna Andrews
Other books I did not suggest but I want to read are:
The Hiding Place,
The Daughter of Time, and
The Prisoner of Zenda.
I have read:
The Woman in White, and
The Painted Veil,
and I think they all make up a great variety for our book club times.
Whose Body? Dorothy Sayers
A Voice in the Wind, Francine Rivers
I Am the Messanger, Markus Zusak
The Prisoner of Zenda, Anthony Hope
Victoria, Daisy Goodwin