February 16, 2012 at 10:14 am , by Lauren Piro
Thanks to the LHJ Book Club (have you checked out our March pick, Vaclav & Lena? It’s a must-read!), we’ve been talking about our favorite characters, plot lines and themes for weeks around our office—we can’t stop! With book club on the brain, we’re itching to hear about other clubs around the country, and will be featuring one each month right here on our blog.
Our first club is from Surprise, AZ (doesn’t that sound like a fun place to live?), and they are one bonded bunch. “We’re coming up on our fourth anniversary as a club and were talking about everything that has changed in our lives since we first met,” says member Tina Mollica. “Two new babies, graduations, children entering the military, retirement, the loss of parents and jobs, and some major changes at our church. We started as eight strangers and became 11 life long friends.”
Here’s what some of the other members have to say about their beloved group:
Do you have a name for your book club?
“We often refer to ourselves as The Greatest Book Club Ever! I don’t know if it’s an official name, but it shows how we feel about each other.” – Krystal Ford
Is there anything special you do for each meeting?
“Different gals volunteer to host our meetings, but we don’t adhere to a strict rotation. When one of our books has been made into a movie, then we have a movie night and try to all attend it together. But we all agree that movie night does not replace book club meeting for that month—it’s just too important!” – Colleen Kolb
What’s your favorite book you’ve read together and why?
“My favorite book was Blink. We were just starting our club and I had read this book previously and at that time wanted someone to discuss it with. These ladies are the perfect group.” –Donna Cook
“We’ve read 47 books together—it’s hard to choose just one! Water for Elephants was an early group favorite and still is four years later. The Shack and Redeeming Love were great ones for spiritual discussion. The Thirteenth Tale was an unexpected favorite—no one saw the surprise ending coming. Cleopatra’s Daughter is my most recent favorite because I love delving into history through a real person’s life.” –Tina Mollica
Everyone’s super busy these days. Why is it important to you to make time to read and then get together?
“Our book club is really about connection and support. We’ll discuss the book for a few minutes, then catch up on each other’s lives, and then talk some more about the book. We are there for each other. In January, my son, Eric, left for the military. The book club was my rock, letting me cry and vent my fears.” –Lori Cornelson
“All of us love to read, and would do so without the group. But I think what is really so important to us is the love and encouragement that we receive from one another.” –Lori Christiansen
“It is a joy to have adult girl time without the needs of everyday life pressing down on us We’ve found commonality amongst ourselves, and sometimes even with the characters in the books we are reading.” —Kim Crawford
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