Saturday, February 1, 2020

Couples Book Club

If you've ever tried to get (and keep) a book club running, you probably know that it can be frustratingly difficult to coordinate.

And if you haven't, well, just imagine trying to juggle a bunch of people's taste in books, the speed at which they all read, the time and place for meetings that works out for everyone, and then doing it over and over again. It's tricky, and often doesn't work.

I keep trying because I LOVE IT. I love books, I love sitting at a table with multiple copies of the same book sitting next to cups of coffee, and I love chatting about stories, characters, themes, writing styles, and the deeper meanings behind all of it.

But my track record is only about 4 books deep after a few years of trying. I'm not giving up! I think we're getting somewhere. But because I read quite fast and wish for more meetings than I'm able to bring to fruition, I suggested to Matt that we start a couple's book club between the two of us.

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We live together, so.....coordinating isn't all that tricky. We could both finish a book on a Tuesday evening after the kids are in bed and have our "meeting" on the spot. Plus, we only have to cater to our shared taste (2 people is much easier than 10 or 15!), and it's kind of fun to bridge the gap between our preferences and bond over something we may not have picked up ourselves.

He was sold, so we quickly came up with a list of books that we'd both be interested in, and that was pretty much it! Easiest. book club. ever.

For now it's just the two of us, but we talked about the possibility of inviting others into it someday - maybe even other couples. We don't really do coupley things, so this would be a cool way to give that a try.

We're just about to dive into book 1 - a book I'm particularly excited about - Illuminae. I'll report back when we're through with it, and hopefully be able to share a he-said-she-said review.

Here's the list of books we agreed to tackle (in no particular order or time constraint):

1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
2. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
3. Becoming by Michelle Obama
4. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
5. The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling
6. Inheritance by Dani Shapiro
7. Atonement by Ian McEwan
8. Beartown by Fredrik Backman
9. Us Against You by Fredrik Backman
10. Sex With Kings by Eleanor Herman
11. Animal Farm by George Orwell

Feel free to use our list as a jumping off point if it interests you! This book club format is just so simply done that even if you don't have a spouse or a romantic partner necessarily, you could do this with a friend, a sister or brother, a co-worker, or whoever might be down to read with you! Give it a shot, and tell me all about how it goes!

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