I'm already mourning the fact that once I start teaching summer classes and taking graduate courses I'll no longer be able to attend my monthly book club meeting. I've been going since October, and I've grown terribly fond of this outing.
As usual, I'm the youngest member of the group. Most of the others are in their 40's and up. We have a great time, though, as they're all pretty twisted...like myself. Here's the rundown of a few of my favorite members:
R: A perky, upbeat woman who calls me "Babes" and greets me with a hug and a kiss on the cheek every month. She's my favorite, for sure. She's just such a hoot, and has ultra-strong opinions. We just happen to agree on most things. :oD
J: An older lady who comes with R. They go to the same church. J is older, grown children, and she's lived EVERYWHERE. Her husband was in the service and she often talks about her time in the Phillipines, Minnesota, and a dozen other places. She's full of great stories, and she's got the sweetest way about her...but she's still a total fireball. I bet she's got her husband whipped.
MA: Our valiant leader. She's retiring in November and moving to New Mexico. She was driving through and liked the town, and she decided to move there! It's a university town, and it's at the foot of a mountain. She's going back to college to study history and philosophy...a woman after my own heart. She's very dry and refined....but also crazy. It always helps to have a crazy leader...helps discussion along.
JO: A wicked-sassy Texas gal, originally from this area. She works for the city and is bitter about it...hates books that are too fluffy, but isn't about to read anything over 400 pages. Constant entertainment.
T: By far the quietest of the group. She's polite, soft-spoken, but quick to slip in a zinger every now and then.
L: I think she might be Andrea Dworkin's long-lost cousin. Large woman, short almost-buzz-cuz-hair, veryyyy outspoken, and she's always nominating women's studies titles. They never get picked as group reads, but at least someone else is interested in them besides me.
Then theres me: the baby. We have a blast, and it's a given that we run over our time and take up space in the conference room. Tonight we voted on our next six months' worth of reads:
Plainsong, by Kent Haruf
Nights of Rain and Stars, by Maeve Binchy
The Patron Saint of Liars, by Ann Patchett
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
The Same Sweet Girls, by Cassandra King
...and our classic: Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
I'm excited about all but the Binchy and the King. I'm not opposed to either author, but they just don't sound like they're gonna float my boat. I've already read The Kite Runner and P&P, so those will be quick re-reads.
I'll stop bothering you with my bookishness now. Time to read a while and go to bed. It'll be a long day tomorrow.
On TV: ?
Music: Totally Adult Hits (various)...and NO, it's not porn music
Reading: the Tartt
P.S. I think my computer has a FUCKING VIRUS! I'll be deep scanning tomorrow after work. Ugg.