Today I had not one, but two different book club meetings. I just got off Zoom from the last one and it has me thinking about what my vision of a book club was and what it actually is for me.
What I use to to imagine most book clubs looked like: women sitting in a living room drinking Chardonnay, eating cheese and crackers, discussing the latest Oprah book pick.
What I imagine my mom’s book club would look like (she doesn’t have one): women sitting around a dining table filled with snacks like watermelon seeds and salted prunes, drinking wine, discussing book recs from the Chinese newspaper. In essence, I imagine it would look like a mahjong session, but with books.
What my newest book club actually looks like (just started today): women from three different time zones meeting on Zoom discussing a professional book on teaching literacy.
What my other book club actually looks like or did in the Before Times (started over 15 years ago): women sitting around the dining table eating homemade or take out brunch, sometimes drinking mimosas but usually coffee, discussing anything from “the Classics” to titles from the NYT bestseller list to Oprah’s latest pick. Then discussing everything under the sun: politics, menopause, family issues, TV shows, the British monarchy, race relations, economics…dreams and aspirations. During the pandemic we’ve been meeting on Zoom and we’ve been known to start at 9:30 am and log off after 3 pm!
What my husband’s book club actually looks like or did in the Before Times: women and men meeting at a pub, snacking on pub grub, drinking beers, discussing whatever the person of the week decided. It could be a nonfiction title about tacos, the history of Mayans, to Oprah’s latest book pick.
What does your book club look like? If you don’t have one, you might consider starting one. Oprah’s got some pretty good book picks.