The Omaha Bookworms
When I went to my first meeting of what is now The Omaha Bookworms, it was a book club in transition. The club had started about eight years earlier as an offshoot of a larger social group. The group met various places but, as part of the larger group, the book club was not allowed to request head counts for meetings. Which meant that one month, the leader was left sitting alone in a restaurant, waiting for almost an hour for someone else to show up. At my first meeting almost no one had even read the book. I wasn’t sure that this group was going to work for me; I was looking for a group of ladies with an interest in books, not just a social evening. Two months later a group of the ladies decided it was time for some changes to be made.
Our fearless leader, Mari, set some things in motion that have been a great help in the past year making sure that people are reading the books, that there are people at the meeting, and that we are reading books that are discussion worthy. The book club broke free and now we meet almost exclusively in someone’s home. We always have great eats and plenty of wine. We only read books now that have been pre-read so that, like the book or not, there is plenty to discuss. In September of 2008, Mari started a blog and began reaching out to authors and publishers. We were all astounded by how willing to send us books they all were. But the biggest surprise was how many of the authors were willing to “meet” with us by phone. Now we try to talk to authors every other month. There’s no better way to convince yourself that you have to get through the book than to know you’re going to have to have questions for the author! Right now our club is up to 15 members and we average 9-10 each month. Every month I look forward to spending time spending time with these bright ladies laughing, enjoying a glass of wine (or two!) and talking books.
Lisa is a wife of 27 years and mom to three kids of her own and countless others that call her Mama. Some of Lisa's favorite things are books, cooking, movies, music, flea markets, football and having fun with her family.
I am so grateful to Lisa for sharing her some of her book club experiences with us. If you are interested in participating in a future Book Club Exchange, please contact me at bookingmama(at)gmail(dot)com.