Triangle Reads What local book clubs are up to

Triangle Reads: What local book clubs are up to

tleonard@newsobserver.comMay 24, 2014 

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“Saving CeeCee Honeycutt” by Beth Hoffman.

  • Fiction

    Saving

    CeeCee Honeycutt

    Beth Hoffman

    Viking, 306 pages

The “12 or so” members of the Read-What-You-Like Ladies Book Club have been meeting since September. According to club member Faye Stevens, “I had experienced ... all the have-to-do things in life I wanted and the last thing I desired was to be assigned a book that I felt forced to read – so thus the concept of everyone reading what they like.”

When and where do you meet? We meet the second Wednesday afternoon of the month at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, so that none of us has to spiff up our home.

Tell us about your club. Everyone reads whatever they like and reports on their favorite book during the month. Books range from religious ones by Franklin Graham to nonfiction about JFK and Elizabeth Smart and fiction ones including (David) Baldacci mysteries, the Jack Reacher series, Nicholas Sparks romance, the chick lit series by Dixie Cash to whatever our members want to read.

What are you reading now? Books we’re currently reading include “The Women In His Life” by Barbara Taylor Bradford, “The Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince” by Jane Ridley, “The Panther” by Nelson DeMille and “Saving CeeCee Honeycutt” by Beth Hoffman.

What is your club’s favorite book? “The Astronaut Wives Club” by Lily Koppel, “How the Irish Saved Civilization” by Thomas Cahill, even “Gone With the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell.

What’s unique about your club? By reading whatever we like, we introduce new books and new writers to each other. We have one person we call The Keeper of the Box. This lady maintains a 3-by-5-inch card file with each of us having a card on which is recorded the title of the book we’re reporting on and the author so that, if in the future someone wants to refer back to that book, it’s there for them to see. We end the meeting with a light refreshment brought by a volunteer member and have coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate or water furnished by the church. We’re just a group of ladies “of a certain age” who enjoy each other’s fellowship and share our passion for reading.

How to join: Anyone who loves to read is welcome; you do not need to attend Westminster to participate. Contact Faye Stevens at fstevens@nc.rr.com or 919-782-6183.

Read more about this book club and comment on its current book, or tell us about your book club at newsobserver.com/trianglereads.

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