We finally had our first book club meeting, which went well and was very fun. In the morning, there were about 9 people coming, then by the afternoon it was down to 6. That actually worked out to be the perfect number discussion-wise, but we had way too much food because I had already purchased scones, bought cream cheese for pumpkin cheesecake mini-tarts, and emotionally invested in three kinds of adventurous, British-y finger sandwiches. So I made it all, and it made for a glorious spread, and for some glorious after-party feasting for John and me... although mostly for me, I have to admit.
The book discussion was also fun, and I'm looking forward to reviving it at the Christmas gathering, so everyone brush up on your Waugh before we get there. I thought picking a Catholic novel would be a good way to get a bunch of Catholic ladies into the idea, but as it turned out it did not ease discussion the way I thought it might. We all had a hard time sticking to the text because it was so easy to get off track, talking about faith/Catholicism in general rather than in regards to the book, and still feel like we were on topic. So that was probably my one complaint - not really a complaint by any means, just something that made us accomplish less book analysis than might have been done otherwise.
I loved the book, and want to talk about it with people! I think I might actually re-read it while it's still fresh. While we decide on our next pick, do you guys have any recent must-reads?