As our book club has matured (like fine wine, that is!), we have settled into a format that seems to work for us. Each month a different member volunteers to host at their house and whomever is that month's hostess chooses the book. We have read a tremendously eclectic selection of books over the years. The last time that I hosted was in January of this year and I chose The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. This is one of my all time favorite books. Bradley tells the story of the legend of King Arthur and Camelot from the perspective of the women central to the story (in Bradley's retelling it is not surprising to find that "minor" female figures played critical roles from behind the scenes). This book is quite long and that is part of why I chose to host in January - we don't read a book for our December get together (it is purely social), so I announced this selection in November to give folks two months to read. But I digress...I tend to do that when talking about books.
When I volunteered to host this month's book club, I decided to select Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I read it many years ago and was just recently reintroduced to it by a dear friend - and fellow book club member - who discovered a passion for the book after seeing Cary Fukunaga's film adaptation in the earlier this year. Luckily for me, because I missed it in the theater, it was released on DVD earlier this month. I decided to change things up a little bit - summer seems a good time to do so - by incorporating a movie viewing into our evening. I channeled a bit of my Harry Potter movie viewing geekiness into this get together as well by breaking out some English bone china tea cups and serving nettle tea (a delicious tea I learned about from a British nutritionist), scones, English and Irish cheeses, and an Americanized version of cucumber sandwiches.
|English bone china tea cups and saucers collected by my grandmother and great-grandmother|
|Two of the four British cheeses served|
|Scones...yum! I "cheated" on these, too, and bought them at Panera instead of baking some.|
|My two favorite film adaptations of the book - we watched the one on the right (the BBC version on the left is 4 hours long...just a bit much for a week night, don't you think?)|
Happy Tuesday and - always - happy reading, friends!
"I see genuine contentment in your gait and mien, your eye and face, when you are helping me and pleasing me - work for me, and with me, in, as you characteristically say, 'all that is right:' for if I bid you do what you thought wrong, there would be no light-footed running, no neat-handed alacrity, no lively glance and animated complexion. My friend would then turn to me, quite and pale, and would say, 'No, sire; that is impossible: I cannot do it, because it is wrong;' and would become immutable as a fixed star. Well, you too have power over me, and may injure me: yet I dare not show you where I am vulnerable, lest, faithful and friendly as you are, you should transfix me at once." ~Edward Rochester to Jane Eyre