I’ve reached a point in my life in which there might be nothing I enjoy more than staying in. Combine that with the resurgence in popularity with newsletters these days, and you have my favorite newsletter in my inbox each week: Girls’ Night In. (Seriously, where has this been all my life?)
As I wrote a few months back, book clubs are really having a moment right now. And these are not staid knitting circles. Last night was my first attending the monthly meeting of the Girls’ Night In book club, and it was really more of a party. (Thus why you’re seeing more photos of food than books so far.)
Tickets are $25, and guests are rewarded with not just good company (and the opportunity to geek out over books, which is priceless) but cocktails and light bites.
Ketel One sponsored the drinks, which were mixed with various botanicals, fruits, and Fever-Tree tonic water. Poppy’s Brooklyn catered the event, and seriously do they have a pop-up shop or restaurant in the works because I seriously want to eat everything they make.
But what was really special (at least for me) was the book subject of the evening, and that was Madeline Miller’s recent release, Circe. If you were ever into Greek mythology (I became obsessed in middle school), you will LOVE this book. It’s a fantastic novel that I couldn’t put down. I read it in a few days and even spent an entire Sunday at home reading, perhaps 200 pages in one sitting. I’m anticipating it will be on a bunch of “Best of 2018 Books” lists in short time.
Girls’ Night In announces their book club picks via the Friday newsletter (you can subscribe here!) and social channels like Instagram. I also happened to be reading Circe after hearing about it via the Bad on Paper podcast, which I also highly recommend! So really, there are tons of trusted sources referring this book—get it from your local library, in print or digitally (like me), now.
Back to the book club, the first 30-45 minutes were dedicated to mingling, drinks, eating, and the book swap. (Guests are encouraged to bring a book to swap, which is a great idea/way to get rid of a book you’ve read and find a new one!) Then we dived into the Circe discussion, which was structured with questions but really open to the floor for comments and opinions.
The Girls’ Night In book club meetings happen routinely in various cities around the country, and a similar event will be coming to San Francisco next month.