Featured Book Club of the Month – Dallas, Texas

May 10, 2012 at 4:10 pm , by

Everyone loves a good book club, and women from the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas really love this one! Meetings of the DWF Tea Readers sometimes attract as many as 50 members, and they plan such fun events that these ladies just keep coming back for more—don’t they look darling at their annual “Boas & Tiaras” meet-up? “We are all voracious readers,” says member Jill Hayden. “When we get together it’s a great opportunity to share what we’ve read and want to read next.”

Is there anything special you do for each meeting or on occasion?

“Our group meets several times during the month at a local book store and we have pot-luck dinners twice a month in the homes of our readers. Our dinners have a theme – Breakfast for Dinner, Tex-Mex Night or Summer Grillin’, to name a few.  We arrange for an author to call in to discuss their books, how they got started writing and what they enjoy reading.  This year we’ve spoken with authors Robyn Carr, Julie James, Shelly Laurenston and Shannon Butcher.  We also get together one Saturday afternoon a month at an area tea room for a bit more formal affair.  Once a year we have a very special tea with an equally special guest author in attendance.  We have had Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Meg Cabot as our guests in the past.” – Jill Hayden

What’s your favorite book you’ve read together and why?

“That’s the beauty of our group.  We don’t select a specific book to read and discuss.  Since we know who our call-in author will be prior to our dinner, we try to read some of the author’s work if we’re not familiar with her.  Often we find that even if the author does not write a genre we normally read, or if we haven’t previously read one of her books, by the end of the call, we’re hooked and we’ve whipped out our phones or notebooks to purchase the books on the spot.” – Jill Hayden

Everyone’s super busy these days.  Why is it important to you to make time to read and then get together?

“We have book club because it’s fun! We eat good food, laugh late into the night, and get to talk about our fictional friends. Finding friends who experience as much joy in reading as I do isn’t as easy as you might think. I love being in a room full of women who talk about plots and characters with curiosity, passion, and respect.” – Maria Munoz

“Sanity!  Seriously, I think the best reason to embrace hobbies and get together with people that share your love for them is sanity.  In these days of ‘go-go-go’, a hobby gives you a chance to escape all the realities for your life for just a little while.  I think that is why reading appeals to me and my book club friends.  We get to escape for awhile into our books and then come together to share out love of the stories we just read.  To me we truly have the best hobby in the world and our book club just gives us another way to celebrate it.”  – Felicia Sparks

13 Responses to “Featured Book Club of the Month – Dallas, Texas”

  1. I belong but sadly, I live over an hour away to really go. The book club looks like a blast and I will make plans to go very soon.


  2. I am a member of this group of incredible women. I have found some of my favorite authors and books from talking with these ladies about what they like to read and from going to the dinners with the featured call in author. We not only talk books and hunky heros, but we have a great time doing it.

  3. I am a member and I love the group of women I hang out with. It is relaxing to have a chance to hang out with friends and debate authors and plots and not be judged for what you read. That is what drew me- no one laughs when I say I love my romance, mystery, and yes erotica. I have made friends I can no longer live without, and look forward to being with.

  4. I am a member of this group and love it! Like Sara said, it is great to chat with other women who love the same books I do and doesn’t judge when we talk romances. I’ve found so many new others, discovered ebooks, and met many authors since I joined. Love, love, love this group!

  5. I belong to a mixed book club that meets at the library and look forward to a lively discussion once a month. Yours looks quite large and inviting.

  6. You can always find out about our bookclub and upcoming events at http://www.meetup.com/dfwtea/ Lots of great upcoming events with authors!

  7. This is an amazing group and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. We’re always looking for new me,bets find us at meetup.com/dfwtea.


  8. I have been a member of the book club for years. I think the best part of it is that we *don’t* all read the same books. I have found so many new authors that I have fallen in love with just by getting recommendations from someone else in the club.

  9. When you find a great book club of welcoming, fun and hilarious book lovers, count yourself among the lucky! So happy to have found the Tea Readers!

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  12. Hello,my name is Sherry Scott. I am a Texas physician that resides just outside the Metroplex area: Paris, Texas. I found your group when searching the LHJ bookclub site. I’d like to leave with you some information on my book, since you seem to enjoy authors attending some of your meetings. The Year My Mother Died, is a memoir written that explores the immediate time after my mother’s death, and I believe it to be somewhat unique in that I also write from the perspective of a physician trained in Pediatric Palliative Care-with experience in Hospice care for children. It surprisingly did not prepare me for my own reaction and subsequent actions-hence the book. You may scroll through its website, read excerpts and see if its something your book club might be interested in: theyearmymotherdied.com.Its not as heavy as its sounds, and its regional as well. I look forward to hearing from you
    Sherry Scott
    210-857-7794 cell

  13. Hi, I am a new Author and I would love for your book club to preview and hopefully choose my new book for one of your choice reads and invite me to one of your meetings to discuss. I live in the North Texas area. The title of the book is “Woman Can I Tell You Why”? This book is an empowerment book for women written from the heart of a real man.

    Thank You,