Like I mentioned in my post about learning to love my new city, I started a book club. I asked a couple of my friends if they were interested, and then they invited a few of their friends and soon enough, we had a group! We had our first meeting last week just to get to know everyone, discuss what would be our first book, and how often we’d meet.
I hosted our first meeting and hit up Trader Joe’s hard for some finger food. I tried to get a mix of sweet, savory, creamy, crunchy, warm and room temperature. 🙂
- macaroons (freezer section)
- milk chocolate jumbles with pecans & quinoa (Go buy these. Go buy these immediately.)
- water crackers
- goat gouda
- spinach & cheese stuffed mushrooms, which were still in the oven when I took this picture(freezer section)
- Dark Horse red blend wine (my go-to for parties; everyone seems to like it!)
I also snagged some fresh flowers while I was at Trader Joe’s and picked up some gluten-free crackers (Nut Thins) from Harris Teeter. I had some flavored honey on hand too that I put out in case people (i.e. me) wanted to drizzle it on their cheese. And everyone who came showed up with something in hand – more wine, paper plates, utensils – so we had our bases covered!
It was fun just chatting and hanging out, and we finally got around to discussing book club logistics. We’re reading Girl on the Train first (I’ve heard so many good things!) and are going to meet every 6 weeks or so. And, we’re hoping we can pair our book club with a local wine tasting or other event in Charlotte instead of going to someone’s house each time. (Paula had that great idea!)
I think the hardest part will be carving out time to read the book! I used to read voraciously (I used to get in trouble as a kid for staying up too late to read…ha!), but it’s so hard to make time these days. It’ll be a good way to enforce some down time in my life though! (Especially since I’m still in a book club in Winston-Salem so I have two books to get through. We’re reading All the Light We Cannot See.)
Are you in a book club? Whether yes or no, whatcha reading these days? I keep a list of books I want to read and I love adding new ones to it!