Morning Meanderings… Book Club Of Laughter and Tears

Good morning!  Happy Wednesday! 

I am about to gush about my book club again.  😯

I can’t help it. 

Last night we met to review Still Alice by Lisa Genova.  It is a book about a women with Alzheimer’s, and it was a book I absolutely did not want to read.  I did of course, read it, and I am so glad I did. 

I knew our discussion was going to be good no matter what each of the eighteen Bookies thought of this book.  Love it or hate it, this book was going to hit a nerve or a heart string in each and every one of us….

and so it did.

I spent 2 1/2 hours with these amazing women discussing the book, the characters, and people in our own lives that have experienced this disease that honestly, scares the nutter butters out of me.  We ate food centered around the book, and we ate food mentioned that is supposed to be good for brain power and memory (dark chocolate and blueberries).  We laughed, and we cried.

Driving home after 9 pm, I had to once again think how lucky I am to be part of such an amazing group of women.  The topic was not an easy one.  One of our members found that it hit so close to home that she could not come and discuss it with us, but instead sent a letter along with another member saying what a painful topic it was, her thoughts on the book, how it touches her personally, and she would see us next month.

And that is what I LOVE about us.  We keep it real.  A book can generate raves, or it can cause pain and anger, yet we stick together, appreciate each others opinions, even when they differ from our own.  I can not even begin to tell you how that makes me feel, what a level of security and trust we bring to each meeting. 

Our review will go up on Thursday (I can’t wait!!!)  .  Today I have a book tour review for In The Bag.

As I head out to work, I will leave you with this, have you hugged a book club member today?  😀

16 thoughts on “Morning Meanderings… Book Club Of Laughter and Tears

  1. Sounds like you have a wonderful group of women in your book group, Sheila. The book hit close to home for me but I’m still glad I read it.

    1. I am glad I read it too Mary. The author did a wonderful job with it and I learned a lot… it still scares me, but has not touched me personally as it has done with several in my book club.

  2. I really want to belong to a book club like yours! But wishing doesn’t make it happen….I’ve read your story of how you started yours, and how it grew, an inspiration for us all.

    I did attend a wonderful book club in my area, with some members of my gym, and they were discussing my book Chasing Stardust. That was fun…and enlightening.

    I saw some of my characters through new eyes.

    1. Thanks Laurel… these last few years I think a lot about our group wondering how we got from there to here…. I know what we have is rare, and they each contribute to that 🙂

      I bet it was amazing to see your book through others eyes!

  3. I would love to find a group like yours. I’ve tried a couple, one was a bit*h fest about their husbands, got up and left that group and the other choose too many non-fiction books for me. I will keep trying because it won’t magically happen without effort.

    1. I have heard a lot about those Nise, I have girls in our group who came from groups like that… I have had some amazed that we talk about the book having come from groups that just get together to gab, drink, or get a night out of the house 😀

    1. Thanks Kathy, its fun to see what each of us contribute… I have some that bring facts to the group, others that bring humor, or life experience, some girls bring props, and we all bring the discussion to life 😀

  4. This book brought me to tears, especially because I read it soon after my grandfather passes from Alzheimer’s . Your book club sounds like it is fortunate to have amazing women in it!

    1. Oh Staci, that would be hard! I learned a lot about the disease by reading this one. I learned a lot also, from hearing the other members of our group share what they went through with a loved one.

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