The book we read this month is about a man who recollects a fantastical adventure he had as a child with the neighbor at the end of the lane. The tone of the book had a fairytale quality, weaving together seemingly ordinary life with impossible worlds and ghastly monsters. While there's certainly heart-racing adventure, the novel touches on thoughts of isolation, the loss of innocence, and what it means to remember. Most of the participants agreed that they enjoyed the book and would recommend it to others.
I always look forward to our meet ups, but this one was extra special! We had several participants come in that don't usually get to attend. Jeanne came in all the way from the Hamptons, Terri drove in from Ohio, and Sarajo and Eric won the prize for traveling the furtherest! They came in from Minnesota!
It was definitely nice to see friends and catch up. Thanks to Alison, we enjoyed scones featured in the book in paper bags. She also brought a warm apple pie and birthday cake topped with little black kittens (also from the book). We gave out toothbrushes with green handles as party favors. Sarajo and Eric brought a home-brew (which was one of Eric's projects) and toffee from Scamp's toffee. Terri brought some British snacks, Laurel brought our customary book club moscato, and Jeanne brought a lovely bottle of red wine. It was a lot of fun! At times we all laughed so hard it hurt and had to wipe tears from our eyes.
I'm so glad that everyone who came, got to come to the meet up. Of course, we missed all the participants who didn't get to come and thought of them fondly. Hopefully we'll get to have more of these big meet ups with our far flung members.
And without further ado... here's the reveal: