Combine two of my favorite things and you get ...
BOOKS AND BARS! ;)
Last week we had our second Books and Bars meeting, and it went great! We had six members in attendance and I finally got to meet one of my favorite local bloggers, Emily, and one of my best friend's mom even decided to join us! We talked for about two hours at Saints Pub and Bar in Beaverdale! Despite it being too humid to sit outside, it was great!
This location of Saints is a new one for us. Usually we're in West Des Moines, so it's nice to switch things up and head to an older part of my hometown! Plus, they get bonus points for having my favorite summer brew, Leinenkugals Summer Shandy!
In June we decided to read The Help by Kathryn Stockett and to say everyone was raving would be an understatement. Everyone loved the book and we had some great discussion. We followed this guide and, besides the bar being a bit loud, it went very smoothly.
We talked quite a bit about what it would be like to live in the South in the 60s, what it was like here in the Midwest and what (if any) racism still occurs here and other places. It was a great discussion!
For July we decided to read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, suggested by my best friend's mom! I have noticed this book several times, but honestly, have been deterred by the funky title and ignorance as to what it is about. Now that I have a copy it sounds incredible and I love that it is an epistolary novel! Stories told through people's letters have always intrigued me.
I'm so excited that the first two months have gone so well and cannot wait to meet up again later this month on the 28th! We already have seven members RSVP'd on Facebook! If you're in the area, please join us!! :D