Nesting: Book Club

Twenty years ago, I said “yes” to an invitation to join a book club that was having its second meeting. Over these two decades we’ve read slice-of-life books, history, memoirs, and more. We’ve even gone to a few community talks by authors as a group.

Because our book club members host in their homes, I’ve included book club as a part of nesting. When we feel comfortable in our homes (our nests) we invite others over for meals and conversations. Whether you have shelves of books or read only library books, a book club gathering at your home, in a library setting or another environment is a part of creating experiences that feed our souls. Ergo, nesting.

If you are not in a book club, the movie Book Club (2018) does a great job of depicting friends in conversation over their book selections. These friends end up changing their lives as a result of the books they read. Yes, some books have a life-changing effect; others are purely entertainment.

Less yardwork in the winter means more reading time for me. In addition to book club selections I find myself reading additional pleasure and work-related books. Sometimes I’ll read history and other times I’m not in the right mindset or energy-space to read about the challenges of the past. During these times I simply want to read for pleasure, joy, and happy distraction.

Wondering what we’ve read over the years? Here’s a short list.

The Wright Brothers
Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker
Overdressed –  The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion
Into the Wild
The Boys in the Boat
Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution
My Life on the Road
Mankiller: A Chief & Her People
Coming Home Crazy
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Guernsey Potato Peel Pie & Literary Society
Woman Behind the New Deal: Life & Legacy of Frances Perkins
Grandma Gatewood’s Walk  
The Monuments Men
Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love
Rules of Civility  
Hidden Figures
Night Train to Lisbon
River of Doubt: Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey
A Gentleman in Moscow
Life and Death in Shanghai
Lisette’s List
The Alchemist
The Code Girls
The Big Burn

What book are you reading now? What are you going to read next?

Nesting is about the objects and experiences that create a sense of home. Without home, it is difficult to maintain health, find joy, or to be productive. Enjoy the Nesting series of blogs on your search for and creation of a deep sense of home. –Jana

Jana Kemp

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