Happy February! Not sure I’m quite ready to jump back into the swing of things after hibernating all of January, but I’m happy to share a couple of things I’ve been reading this past month because 1. I love books, and 2. It keeps me accountable. 🙂
I love to read, but there are those evenings when my default button just switches on the tv. You know what I mean?
First up, Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner. You can read all about this book here and here. What has me most excited about this book is that it was for my very first ever live book club! Now I’ve tried two virtual book clubs, and one in-person one. All have been unsuccessful. Well, not unsuccessful but they’ve fizzled out…
The virtual ones were too difficult to maintain because of distance and different time zones. The in-person one was once a month on a Monday evening. Besides the long drive, and it being on a Monday evening, there were lots of small groups of women who already knew each other. I felt like I was back in first grade, awkwardly trying to make a friend. I only went once. It wasn’t them, it was me.
So back to this book club, which I have christened “Steel Booknolias” (a name that may or may not change, we will see). It was hosted by a lovely new friend I met during an art journaling meet up (yes, another wonderful group I discovered recently). There was a meet and greet, there was food, there was wine, there was dessert… Eight lovely women eating, drinking and talking about Fleishman. It was a perfect evening. Have you ever wanted to start a book club? Here’s an article entitled, How to Start a Book Club That Doesn’t Suck 😉
Next up, one of my favorite magazines for reading about inspiring, creative journeys and spaces… In Her Studio
One of my closest friends and former teaching partners had a rule about purchasing creative/hobby magazines. There had to be at least three articles that would be read & reread, OR three or more projects she knew she would make.
Stampington or Where Women Create Publications are one of my guilty pleasures. I could indulge in purchasing them willy nilly without giving it much thought at all. This and the fact that these publications are a small investment, are why I follow this rule. I want to be sure that they will serve as a source of inspiration over time.
So what have you been reading lately? Any successful book club stories?