Over 10 years ago we had a very drunken conversation in the pub about starting some sort of club. We threw around the idea of a wine club but in the end we decided to start a book club, which is actually a wine club in disguise and have been going strong ever since.
We meet the first Thursday of every month. Whoever is hosting puts on the food, chooses the next book and the rest of us bring wine. There is either 10 or 11 of us, I can never remember, woman from all walks of life: dentists, doctors, optometrists, teachers, PR, engineers and lecturers.
Over the years we’ve been through marriages, children, divorces and death, all the normal things that life throws at us. We’ve experienced every emotion from laughing to crying. I look forward to it every month and consider these women to be some of my closest friends.
I think the secret to our success is that we don’t take it too seriously; we don’t present the book or have formal questions or ratings. If we like the book we talk about it a lot, if we don’t, we say it was shit and move on to gossip. I can’t remember the last time I finished a book.
This week we had a special treat. Lucy from www.heavenisacupcake.net popped around with these gorgeous cupcakes just for us. They went down a treat and no one noticed that I hadn’t read the book. Look closely at the detail, she’s even written The Blind Assassin on one of the hand-rolled books. We were all truly impressed and they tasted divine.
If you have a special occasion coming up and live in Herts do give her a dingle and tell her I sent you.
And if you ever want to start a book club, I’d highly recommend it and I’m more than happy to help.