One thing I've always wanted to include on my blog is a recap of books and cookies from my book club meetings, but I've never gotten around to it. In the spirit of crossing things off my list, here's a summary from 2013.
2013 was our first year of book club and it was pretty random how it happened and how I got involved. I got a text from a fellow teacher who was thinking of starting a book club and asked if I'd be interested. Her rationale was she wanted a way to meet up with other ladies without having to buy something (like a home business sales party) or having to go out to a restaurant or bar. I didn't know her well and was hesitant but said sure, thinking if I didn't like it I'd leave after a couple months. It was a little awkward at first, because most of us only knew one or two of the other ladies (there are 10 of us in all), but over time we've really become a close group. We're on our third year now and I look forward to it every month.
In 2013 we were still finding our groove. We didn't have a set schedule, a plan for who would host, or a way of picking books. We started in April and met six times that year. With the exception of Owen Meaney, I really enjoyed all the books from 2013.
The Language of Flowers
For this book I brought Cheesecake Brownies. It was a new recipe and they were delicious. Drool.
The Light Between Oceans
I stuck with an tried and true recipe for this book and brought Lemon Cookies.
The Painted Girls
I had a friend come visit so, even though I read the book, I didn't make it to the meeting.
The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society
This is one of my favourite books we've read. I went with another tried and true recipe for this one. I used to make these Rocky Road Squares back when I was a kid.
A Tale For Owen Meaney
Once I start a book, I finish it. It makes me crazy to give up before I get to the end. I'm not sure why. It's just a thing. Anyway, this was the book I almost didn't finish this book. I found it so hard to get through that I almost gave up. In order to finish it (not in time for the meeting), I made myself read at least 10 pages every time I finished another book. It took over two years but I finally got through it. The sad thing is that I didn't dislike it. I just found it really long and tedious to read.
It seems fitting that the Ritz Cracker Rolo Sandwiches I made for this meeting wasn't one I'd ever make again.
The Thirteenth Tale
I hosted this one, and it was only a short while after I found out gluten and dairy were my issues. I tried making several recipes but definitely hadn't quite gotten the knack of gluten-free dairy-free baking.
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