So far, we are a group of women, but fellows are invited to attend the meetings, too. I imagine that if more of them realized we serve refreshments at the meetings, they would be more willing to show up.
Occasionally, our members receive gifts. When we first started a year ago, we had several great gifts, rather costly ones, we thought. They were given in a drawing during the first meeting. But that really didn't work. The people who won the gifts came only once or twice more and then didn't make it again.
This year our gifts have been given out at different meetings and that seems to work better. For instance, during one of our first meetings this year we gave really nice midnight blue coffee cups with the printed logo "Between the Covers" (meaning book covers, of course) and an open book on one side. We've also given our Amazing Black Book Bags (huge pocket, waterproof, side pocket, wide comfy straps), MCCLS pens, note pads, journals, bookmarks, and a few other things. And we are already planning what we're going to give next year in June when we begin our third season called "Groundbreaking Reads."
Our topics change for each month, which makes reading even more interesting. In June we had "Books That Keep You Up All Night"; those were thrillers and survival stories. July we read "Books About Books," August "Tall Tales" that were biographies and memoirs, and September we had "Night Time Adventures" about mysteries and detectives. We just finished October's meeting where the topic was "Moon Madness" and our books had the word "moon" in the titles.
At the October meeting we learned that our November topic is called "An Evening Concert." We will read books which will use threater and drama as backdrops to the story; maybe some will have stories about concerts during the holidays.
In fact, Aileen, who makes our brochures to hand out, has selected several books for the brochure to help readers decide what they'd like to read. Look at these:
- Exit Music [sound recording] by Ian Rankin (2008 CD Fiction, Rankin).
- Shadow Music: A Novel is by Julie Garwood (2007 F Garwood)
- A Distant Music by B. J. Hoff (2006 F Hoff)
- Trunk Music by Michael Connelly (1997 Mystery Connelly)
- Evening Class is by Maeve Binchy (1996 F Binchy)
- Beach Music by Pat Conroy (1995 F Conroy) (also LP and Audio)
- The Butcher's Theater is by Jonathan Kellerman (1988 F Kellerman)
- Murder at the Mimosa Inn by Joan Hess (1987 M Hess)
- First Hit of the Season by Jane Dentinger (1984 M Dentinger)
- And if you're not a big fiction reader, the back of the brochure gives you some nonfiction.
And if you're interested in our little book club, we meet the second Tuesday of every month, except December (too many other holiday events) and May (lots of school events). The time is at 6:30 p.m. in the library auditorium. All you need to do is bring a small plate of snacks to share and show up. Coffee (mainly decaf) is provided by the library.
Come join us. We already know that for the January meeting we're going to be talking about books by Georgia writers. You have plenty of time to read a bunch of books before then. And if you don't know any Georgia writers to choose from, here's a short list: Terry Kay, Jimmy Carter, Pat Conroy, Janet Daugharty, Melissa Fay Greene, Lewis Grizzard, Frances Mayes, Carson McCullers, Eugenia Price, Janisse Ray, Ferrol Sams, Anne Rivers Siddons, Alice Walker, and Bailey White.
Oh, and while I'm talking to you, I need to let you know this blog will be down for two weeks while we do a little R&R with family. I'll see you again about the middle of November.
Good reading, y'all.