Forget Book Club: Try a Movie Club
I've belonged to a few book clubs over the years. In my twenties, it was an excuse for everyone to get together for some cocktails. And now that I think about it? In my thirties, it's still an excuse for friends to get together for cocktails. I love the cocktails, but I never really found a book club that worked for me.
I'm an avid reader so it's usually one of three reasons:
- Either I'd already read the book selection for that month and didn't want to read them again so that I could really participate in the discussion.
- I'd like the book selections but would get annoyed because I was the only one actually reading the entire book.
- The book selections were totally not my cup of tea so I'd feign a work commitment so I could skip the book club gathering all together.
Can anyone relate?
Recently, a friend of mine and I have started seeing movies pretty regularly. She's one of those friends that I hadn't seen since high school and in the past year we reconnected on Facebook. Now I consider her a downright bestie.
She lives in a different county so we meet halfway at a theater so neither one of us has to drive too far. It's great because we usually go on a Sunday night when neither of us has existing plans. And, because there's so much time between when we sit down in our seats until the movie actually starts, we get some quality time to catch up and have some conversation.
On our most recent movie excursion we talked about how fun it would be to invite more friends and have a movie club versus a book club. Because most of our friends work full time and are moms, it's great because we don't have to stress about finishing a book in time or worry about our distracted brains retaining excerpts of the book we read for discussion questions.
Plus, it's a great excuse to eat buttered popcorn and slushees.
What about you, do you belong to a book club? Would a movie club be more practical and fun for your group of friends?