I’m posting this a little late, but now I get to re-live the beauty that was this Christmas spread for our Christmas themed December book club meeting!
The spread included: cheese tortellini dipped in pesto and skewered with baby tomatoes, sea salt pasta chips with pepper jelly and vintage white cheddar (this week’s sample at Mariano’s and I swear they get me every week! Their cheese section is to die for,) pull apart garlic bread with herbs and truffle oil (similar to this one,) ricotta Christmas cookies, chocolate peppermint bark, an assortment of other Christmas cookies annnd some pb m&m’s, for good measure. We all agreed we probably need more tortellini in our lives. SO good.
We also had a candle exchange and each of us came with a wrapped candle in the $18-$20 range. My new candle obsession is this Anthropolgie candle in French cade lavender. I actually ended up with an oatmeal cookie candle, also from Anthropologie, and it really does smell like freshly baked oatmeal cookies. I am very pleased with my winnings and have been enjoying lighting my candle every morning while I sip on my coffee. Man I am going to miss my slow mornings when I have to go back to work next week!
Now to the book- this month we read I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh. I waited til the last minute and had to do some serious cramming to get it done. Proof in this snap by Emily.
But it was really good and I didn’t mind having to read nonstop for 2 days to finish it. It was a murder mystery that had some pretty big plot twists and a low key love story. Chick lit at its finest. Overall I would recommend reading this book if you’re looking for something light, engaging, and quick to read.
If you are REMOTELY interested in participating in a book club, here are some reasons I think you should do it!!
- Reading is fun. But, it’s easy to pick up a new book and say you’re going to read it, but in reality it seems that sitting down to actually the book is at the end of your to-do list. Having a deadline gets you to actually put on your comfy pants, light a candle, and read that book. (or if you’re me, avoid all social interaction at work and sit at the far table alone to read said book on the day before book club)
- There’s food at book club meetings. Yep, we have a themed menu each time and it’s always delicious. I’ve also had friends tell me about their book club meetings and how they each chip in 20 bucks or so and whoever is hosting uses that money to order food of their choice. So if cooking isn’t your jam, take out works too!
- There’s wine at book club meetings.
- When you finish a really good tv show or book, don’t you always really want to talk about it with someone? Usually when you’re reading a book, no one else is reading the same book as you in the way that people are usually watching the same tv shows. Wouldn’t it be fun to talk about your favorite book with all your friends?
- You can meet new friends! It’s hard to meet friends after college if you don’t meet them at work. Where else is a great place to meet people? Through friends of friends, new people your friends invited to join book club!
Have you read a great book recently, or maybe an old classic, you would recommend for my next book club meeting? I would love to hear about it in the comments if you do!