Karen came on board a few years after we got up and running as a book club. But that was so long ago that I think she counts as one of the originals by now!
Karen is more likely than not to read the books we pick and to bring a very considered perspective, or cutting blow, to the discussions. She’s also the one who keeps us organized – taking the initiative to set meeting dates, send reminders, and ensure we remember to pick a book when we get a bit too caught up in the good food and great company. Karen is sophisticated, smart, put together, warm, kind, well-travelled. And with a wicked sense of humor that can almost make you forget all that other stuff!
And I want to give a special shout out to Karen’s mom – one of our honourary members! It’s always a special treat when she’s in town and is able to join us.
I put my five questions to Karen, and here are her answers, in her own words.
Favourite book….tough one. I enjoyed A Thousand Splendid Suns, Book of Negroes, The Language of Flowers, and The Beauty of Humanity Movement. Life of Pi was the first book club pick when I joined so that holds special meaning to me as well.
I like books that grab my attention right from the beginning, whether it be the characters or just the description of the different settings, as I love to travel. I don’t want to suggest that the numerous other books didn’t have meaningful characters or stories, these one’s just had that certain something that grabbed me from page 1.
Favourite memory. Again, too many to count. But I think in general, just being around a wonderful, unique group of women is my favourite memory overall. I find it almost therapeutic and cathartic to be around people who are just genuinely good, with big hearts and open minds. I also love that our meetings are centred around the settings of the book and that each member has the opportunity to voice their opinions/thoughts on the book as we go around in a circle….very polite and Canadian.
Next book. Hmmmm….I think it would be cool to try a different genre, like a mystery.
Joining a book club. I would ask if they are compatible with the other members of the club. Are they willing to have an open discussion about the book and share their opinions? I should probably say something about being committed to reading each book, but that would be hypocritical of me. Enough said.
I think we should celebrate as we do with all of our meetings…with good food, good wine, lots of stories and memories. And most of all…with lots of laughter! Although, perhaps the wine should be replaced by champagne in fancy glasses…much more celebratory, no?