the bookshelf

I love reading–always have.  I was one of those kids who regularly read a Baby-Sitters Club (the classic 90’s series which of course began with the fabulous Kristy’s Great Idea) book in a day, and am still a person for whom a book and a blanket with some tea makes a pretty nice evening.  Along those lines, some girlfriends and I had chatted about the idea of a book club off and on for a while now.  We thought it would be a fun way to both read some new things and get together on a regular basis.

Well, we finally did it!  We’ve got nine wonderful, smart, and interesting women in our group and we all picked books to add to the collective “bookshelf” from which we’ll choose our book each month.  The hostess gets to choose the book that will be discussed at her house, and what’s even more fun about it is that we must pick one that was added by someone else.

Personally, I’m excited to read some new things.  One of the reasons I looked forward to doing this was because it would force me to choose and read books that I wouldn’t normally pick out for myself.  It’ll be nice to have the inspiration and motivation to try something new, or to persevere through something if it might not be my cup of tea.  Plus, it will be great to discuss things together, as a group of young professional women who have diverse interests and ideas.

Our first book is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  It takes place in Nazi Germany in 1939, and is about a young girl who steals books, learns to read, and shares her books with her neighbors and a Jewish man hidden in her basement during the War.  It sounds fascinating, and is supposedly great, but it’s one I may not have heard of on my own.  We’ll see how it goes!

Off to read… cheers to a fun new adventure.