A couple of weeks ago, I stopped into the South Portland Branch Library to pick up a book I had requested. It was a Monday evening, and they are open until 8pm. I asked about book groups at the South Portland libraries, and found that they meet on Wednesday evenings at the main branch. I can’t attend, because I work late at my own library. (Even though I help lead the book group in Yarmouth, I thought attending a book group in my hometown would be a fun extra thing to do, and a nice way to meet new people.) The woman I spoke with mentioned that there used to be a group that met at the branch, but that they no longer had the staff to do it. Long story short, she and I are starting it back up! We are going to meet the first Monday of every month, starting in March. We just need to think of a first book, and then we can decide as a group what our upcoming reading list will be. We are thinking something light and funny would work well for a first book. I’m really excited about it. Any suggestions for good book group books? One I’m currently reading, which I think might be conversation-provoking is The Geography of Bliss. Good books don’t necessarily start good conversations, but this one is witty and light, and could start a lot of conversation about what makes people happy.
Jim and I are leaving for a short vacation tomorrow. Our flight leaves at 6:18 am – earlier than I prefer to be up and certainly earlier than I prefer to be at an airport. And yet. We are headed to Orlando, and I can’t wait to be warm. It’s going to be in the 70s and sunny every day we’re there, which will be a nice change from the 5 inches of snow I shoveled this morning while it was sleeting. Still, that 4:45 cab ride is going to be rough.