You know how sometimes you have to take a big, solid step that you can’t take back in order to fully commit to something sometimes? Well today is one of those days! When I lived in LA, one of my favorite things I was a part of was a book club of about twelve women that would meet once a month and discuss a book that we read, have cocktail and snacks– and would more often than not segway in to hilarious stories, impressions, and sitting-cross-legged-on-the-floor bonding. The name of our Book Club was Grape Expectations (since we always drank wine during it) and to this day, it’s one of the elements of my life in Los Angeles that I ache for the most.
You might remember that last summer I made a commitment to myself to bring back a lot of the elements of my life pre-kids that I loved in order to feel more like myself again. Out of all the things, the one that I’ve been dragging with the most is getting back my voracious appetite for reading. The desire is there (there are few things I love more than curling up with a great book) but I just haven’t held myself accountable– and I’ve put it last on my priority list. I figured there might be a few others like me out there, who would like to get in to a regular habit of reading new books (or some old greats!) And so I would like to introduce you to the fantastic, the dynamic, Happily Eva After book club!!! Please let me know if you have any cuter names to suggest for us. LOL.
Anyway! I’m SO excited to get this going with you guys, and I open it up for you to be as involved or uninvolved as you’d like to be. Read one book with us a year, or participate monthly– or even just bookmark the posts to read one day down the line! I just know that I needed a little kick in the ass, so to speak, to get my brain back in a groove and maybe you do too.
Here’s how it’ll work. I’ll post the book of the month the first week each month right here on the blog. Then, I’ll host an Instagram Live session on a date and time that will be posted in each book’s blog post. During that session, I’ll discuss my own takeaways, my favorite and least favorite characters, and be asking some thought provoking questions of you all. I’ll even bring people to share the screen with me so we can all hear from each other and have a virtual hang out! Just make sure that you’re following along with my Instagram account.
This month, I decided to pick up The Immortalists, by Chloe Benjamin. I’ve heard great things, and it was on the employee picks table of the book shop I was at recently. It’s also a New York Times Bestseller!
I will be doing my live recap on Instagram on Wednesday, July 10th at 8pm EST. (I will normally be doing the live recap within the same month as the book is being read, but I will be traveling internationally at the end of June!)
Let me know what you think of this new feature, and if you’ll be joining along! I’m so excited to get started.
PS- Make sure you’re subscribed to my Newsletter, because I’ll have a special printable in there tomorrow for the HEA Book Club members to use this month!
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Photographs by Julia Dags