Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Book Club Antics

This month our book club read Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets. It’s the story of a female bow hunter who gets lost in a vast and snowy wilderness while tracking an elk that she hit (with an arrow, of course) while out hunting alone. 

We chose this book because we always like to "theme it up," and we wanted to have a camp out. Usually we choose the book and then the activities fall into place, but this time was just the opposite.We had to do some searching to find a novel about a woman in the wilderness just so that we could have a camp out.

When we meet to discuss the book each month, we have a potluck and a few libations- a celebration of reading, if you will. Typically we try to eat the same food as the characters (this is difficult when reading a book about WWII--- and we’ve read several). Like the time we ate Hershey Bars after reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand and only potato based dishes after reading The Martian by Andy Weir. 

Sometimes, and yes I know this is nerdy, but sometimes, we dress like the characters.  After reading Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close- you guessed it- we all wore white dresses to a martini bar. One year we read Loving Frank by Nancy Horan, a book about Frank Lloyd Wright’s female love interests, then took a field trip to Spring Green, Wisconsin to visit Wright’s personal home he called Taliesin.

So, off we go. We will hike around the woods, but we won’t get lost. We will climb up into a deer stand, just to get a look around. We’ll make a campfire to sit by. We’ll gab until dark and watch the stars until our eyes get heavy, then we’ll get into our respective tents in our little tent city and sleep to the sound of cricket music.

Until next time,
Be Good to Yourself,

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