book club love

BOOKCLUBHEADER-01 Guys, I can't stop listening to the DJ Earworm 2014 mashup. I've listened to it probably 100 times....today. 100 times today. I'm just kidding. Except I'm not. It's SO GOOD. I'm thick in OMG CRAZY DEADLINE land, and although I love me some Frank Sinatra J-I-N-G-L-E Bells this time of year, it's all party music all the time to get these projects and year-end tasks cranked out. I'm sort of wishing my computer speakers went louder.

Sidenote: I LOVE deadlines. Like, love them. I loved finals week in college. Sure, it was crazy stressful and hard and I didn't sleep, but it was a particular kind of fun too, because EVERYone was working super hard and at the end, there was this amazing reward of three blissful weeks off. So even though I'm not in college anymore, this week feels kind of like that, because starting next Thursday, I'm giving myself two and a half weeks off. So I'm busting my booty this week and into next week but I'm kind of loving it, actually. But that might be the coffee talking because, #nosleep.

Anyway, none of this is the point of today's blog post. But this post DOES have to do with me being nerdy, so that tangent actually wasn't as tangential as I thought (husband, please give me points for tangential.) Tangential kind of looks like genital, which makes me uncomfortable. Oops, 2014 mashup just ended. Time to hit repeat.

In 5th grade, I tried to start a book club, and my nerdy little bookworm heart was broken when it didn't take off. So last February when my friend Rachel and I had the idea to start a book club, I was all about it. I didn't really get my hopes up though because, do book clubs still exist in 2014? But turns out, they DO, because I'm in one, and we've met faithfully for 10 months and we've read a lot of books and drank a LOT of wine, and it's made all my 5th grade dreams come true. Well, maybe the wine wasn't part of my dream because, 5th grade. But don't be fooled, the wine is a VERY important part.

I love these women dearly. I love reading, and talking about books, and sharing books that change and shape me, but I married a non-reader. So this group? It sets my heart on fire. It fills what would otherwise be a void in my life. We've read a lot of great books and a few not-so-great ones (see our list at the bottom of this post.) We meet each month, drink aforementioned wine, devour amazing cupcakes that Rachel has usually infused with alcohol, eat yummy food, talk about books and life and boys and hard things and funny things and all the things. We are all so different, which is what makes it so fun. And because you're going to ask, yes, Stephanie and Amanda are twins. #twinning (but for real though.)

Last night we got together for our first-annual Christmas meeting and gift swap. We wore festive sweaters, discussed Skipping Christmas by John Grisham, and everyone brought their favorite book, gift wrapped. We exchanged them, white elephant style, and shared about why the book we brought was our favorite. All the books were SO different, and I think we all ended up with one that is perfect for us. It was a sweet evening with sweet friends, and my heart is full.

We put six months of meetings in 2015 on our calendars, which makes my heart go pitter-patter because it means we're committed to this thing and it's going to continue. So happy! I love book club.

Here we all are, with our favorite books that we gifted. All so different and we all agreed to trade with each other when we're done :)

And here are all the books we've read so far:

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Goldfinch by Donna Tart

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham