I’m not a big “reader.” I like books, don’t get me wrong, but I’m more of a magazine girl. Who doesn’t appreciate timely stories with pretty glossy photos? So when I was invited to be part of a book club, I thought I would change the parameters a bit and bring new life to our discussions.
A friend of mine wanted to start a book club and asked me to be a part of it. She thought I would enjoy it and would get along well with the other invited ladies, which was correct. I looked forward to meeting our new co-readers, but realized after two books in that I was losing the battle of actually reading our assigned book.
I seemed to be a really good starter and then would never make it past halfway. I started to be the joke of the group; always attending but never contributing.
We are all busy so I couldn’t use that as an excuse. I just couldn’t get into the reading routine with a variety of other things I would rather spend my time on. I noticed I never missed my weekly issue of People magazine and thought that I would rather talk about a month’s worth of People issues than another book.
When asked if I had actually read our third book or if I would need a synopsis, I had hit my limit. I suggested for my month’s assignment we would read a month’s worth of People magazine and discuss our thoughts. Some laughter broke out, but it was my pick and they had to go with it.
Next month we met and it was one of the best discussions we had ever had. Not only did we get to discuss when we all thought Brad was finally going to pop the question to Angelina, but about the Heroes Among Us stories that tugged at our hearts, or who tried the recipes and if we should add it to our dinner rotations.
I have sadly moved away from my first book club, but I am proud to report that they have kept the People magazine month tradition up. In the meantime, I have started my magazine club here in Nashville with great success where we pick a different magazine each month. So if you are looking to spice up your reading routine, be brave and suggest to your fellow readers to make a change in the rotation.
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