Monthly Book Club: The Nightingale

I actually was scared opening up my blogging portal for the first time in literally 1 month…the guilt of neglecting my little space of interweb is real.

I did want to share with you a new venture I started that I’m thrilled about. Some may find it corny, old-school, not that exciting- however, for me and the other4 ladies in my neighborhood it is fun, educational and social!

I formed our very first neighborhood book club & hosted our first meeting a few of weeks ago. Yay!

J and I have lived in our community for what will be 3 years this December and we hardly know anyone. I thought this would be a great opportunity to meet some neighbors and do something I already do anyways: read.

Our club meets every month to discuss our thoughts on the book we have chosen. Everyone gets an opportunity to host a meeting and chose a book. I had the honor of selecting our first book, and decided on The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, a historical fiction set in France during World War 2. It follows the lives of two sisters, both very different in personality, as they learn to survive in war-torn France.

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Although it was 567 pages, I read this book in 9 days. I loved it that much. It’s a very easy read, and although sometimes I felt it got bogged down in description, it still kept a good pace. All the other ladies seemed to have enjoyed it, too! We’re all excited that it is going to be made into a movie soon, and we plan to go as a group to see it together.

Because I love hosting people over at my house, I prepared a lovely spread of French/ Mediterranean related foods, i.e. charcuterie boards, bacon, caramelized onions, and gruyere cheese focaccia bread, stuffed mushrooms, cookies and wine. Each member brought an item to contribute to the spread. Let’s just say, I way over did the food and had tons of leftovers, but I got to indulge in the great apps for the rest of the week, so I’d say that was a “win”.

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I will be sharing our latest picks and reviews on the blog each month in case you are interested in virtually joining us or just looking for a book recommendation.

November’s book is The Traitor’s Wife by Allison Pataki. Check back later this month for a review & December’s pick! Better, yet, subscribe to my blog so that you can get the post directly in your inbox. Happy reading. :)