I hosted my first book club meeting in July 2019. There were only four in attendance but three other ladies are signed up and have purchased their book. We selected our first book from a curated stack from my own to be read books. I had typed up a synopsis for each book and we, together, culled our top pick from least ‘desirable’ to most desired. Before we chose our book we discussed, chatted about, what genres we preferred, how we read - did we read for pleasure, or were we slow readers to comprehend. We talked about our reading habits and, even, why. It was a time to break the ice, getting to know each other. I held to the basic agenda I had planned, probing how we would navigate future meetings. It was agreed, wholeheartedly, that I would continue to host the meetings each month rather than switch hosting. We agreed, generally how each book club meeting would run: we would fellowship, and snack and then we would dive in to discussion of our book selection.
While everyone wanted a couple of this month’s selections to be on next month’s possibles, we ended up selecting The Alice Network as our first book club read. I am super excited I stepped out in faith and probed my community of ladies for interest in a book club. And, then when I had ‘takers’, actually did something about it, picked a date and time, - hoped, and prayed the way through the first meeting.
Before the meeting adjourned, I probed everyone if we wanted to give our book club a name, especially since we would have a closed Facebook group, and provided the ladies with a plethora of book club names. One jumped out at a couple ladies and we had such a good chuckle over it that we chose Between the Covers as the name of our book club.