Last time on the blog… I wrote about the upcoming book club meeting that was to have taken place in February. It happened! But that was also the weekend of the Big Flood here in the Mid-Ohio Valley, so the only people able to make it were our mighty Cap’n, Jess Gwen, and our intrepid new friend, Colbie. I was trapped in Meigs County, wishing I could be in Gallipolis, and readying myself to delve into A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. le Guin.

I then completely forgot about blogging in the midst of life and all of its vagaries, and before I knew it, I was rolling out scone dough, buying tea, and setting up for March’s meeting. It happened! With more people! Rachel helped with nibbles for the party, a youngling helped Jess & I set up, and then we were LIVE on Facebook.

The idea Jess presented me with in January was real, and it was happening, and it was absolutely glorious. Besides Colbie, Jess, Rachel, Reni, and me, we welcomed Denise, as well as others watching through their phones or computers. All of us together make a pretty wonderful group, and I can’t tell you how much I look forward to getting to know everyone.

I opened by talking a little bit about the teas I had chosen, all of them Twining’s: Irish Breakfast, Earl Grey with Jasmine, Peppermint, and Buttermint. Everyone seemed to be in agreement that the Buttermint was amazing. I think that it’s going to become a staple, always available in the back room for people who need a pick me up in the middle of their gaming or reading.

We continued with our discussion of the book, all of us agreeing in the potential of the series as a whole, but wishing it had been executed a bit differently. Maybe in the future we’ll return to Earthsea, but that will have to wait until 2019 or even 2020. I’m proud of us; we only diverged a few times from our discussion, but I think that even when we got off track, the subjects were lively and interesting. After the live broadcast ended and the meeting officially broke up, several of us stuck around to just chat. I can’t speak for anyone else, but the entire afternoon and evening were just what I needed. Thank you, ladies, for being your wonderful, amazing selves.

In terms of practicality, going forward I am going to have a better idea of how to open the discussion, what I want to say about the teas that we try, the book we read, and more. Hold on as we smooth our bumps out. And get ready for December. I’m already excited about it.

For April, our book is The Invisible Library, by Genevieve Cogman. And preorder our book for May, His Majesty’s Dragon, by Naomi Novik! Remember, even if you can’t join us physically, you can still join in the conversation and watch the discussions via Facebook Live over on our Facebook group. We would love to have you around. 

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