Thursday, December 19, 2013

Chocolate, wine and books: oh boy!

It was like a first date. For the first time in my fairly long life, I have joined a book club.  

Apparently I have passed the ‘vetting’ process by a group of women who’ve been together for a long time, reading books they might not otherwise read.  I’ve known most of them for years. Several are booksellers, others editors, and, with me, there will be two authors (The lovely Erika Chase is the other one). All are voracious readers and they all know really  how to laugh. They have two rules: you must like wine and you must love chocolate. I’m good with all that. 

As I said,  I’ve always wanted to be part of a book club, but my schedule has been haphazard. Plus (and don’t tell anyone I said this) I never want to read something that I HAVE to. However, all that wine, chocolate and friendship is quite seductive. All to say, I am glad I passed that secret screening process and just in time for Tuesday's meeting: the annual Christmas extravaganza. Our hostess, Ulla, provides a sit-down dinner with three desserts in her beautiful home. I was sure glad I'd dropped all those hints. Especially when I learned that the rest of us are not expected to provide a sit-down extravaganza when our turn comes.

I knew I was going to love this group. I knew about their meetings (have I mentioned wine and chocolate?). That’s because two years ago, they gave me an amazingly warm welcome as a guest author at one of their meetings. That meant they liked and respected mysteries. Ever since then, I’ve had my fingers crossed that I’d be back to be one of the group. 

Women who love books -- old friends and new: what more could a girl want for Christmas?

Do you love discussing books with friends in person or online or …?
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