Joining a Books and Brews Club

In the midst of the end of the year melee, I am preparing to participate in  a book club called Books & Brews. I signed up for it earlier in the summer, and I have a towering heap of excuses as to why I didn’t participate. From the enthusiastic discussion on the group read-up page, I am looking forward to engaging my neighbors in some geeky conversations over plentiful libations!

At my favorite comic shop in Gainesville, Mega Gaming & Comics

Every year, I promise myself to read more, and I’ve fallen short again. I would love to borrow the books from the library so as to minimize the cost associated with my new membership. I would prefer to save my prime literary real estate for books I genuinely want to keep. For safe keeping, I generated an Amazon shopping list, and I will try and buy used when possible. I also managed to resurrect my BookCrossing account in the hopes that people will be willing to read and release to me, too.

B&B 2016 Quarter One

I’m keeping my eyes peeled for  Modern Romance at the local libraries, and my bookmark is ready to go to work. According to GQ Magazine, one of Ansari’s go-to beverages involves Suntory the Yamasaki 12-Year Single Malt Whiskey, Angostura bitters, and honey syrup. I drank a fair amount of Suntory products in Japan, and the Yamazaki is no joke. If I can find it here in the U.S., I’ll be making sure I am at home for the night and ready for bed as I sip on that concoction. I adored Paul F. Tompkins‘ Made Speakeasy Interview with Aziz, so I am ready to dive into his book brain! I also just started watching Parks & Recreation (*ducks flying vegetables*) and I hate myself for waiting so long to finally call it up on the Netflix queue.

I love my nook, but the books aren’t cheap!

In keeping with my learnings from KonMari’s Tidying Up, I want to keep books that only spark joy in my life, so borrowing from the library, participating in book trades, and scouring used book sales will be quite advantageous for me. Ideally, this will lead to avoiding overspending on books that will simply collect dust, and free up resources for those which truly resonate with me.

2015 Reading List & Locations

The leader of B&B posted the list of the reads from the past year as well as the locations where the group met up. I have never been to most of the locations listed, and they’re right in my back yard! Once I tackle my assigned reading for each month, I would like to score bonus points by reading the following titles:

  1. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut @ The Courtesy
  2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes @Stardust Video & Coffee
  3. Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins @ Cask & Larder
  4. Yes Please by Amy Poehler @Cocina 214
  5. California by Edan Lepucki @Imperial Wine Bar & Beer Garden
  6. Kindred by Octavia Butler @ The Woods
  7. White Noise by Don DeLillo @ The Matador
  8. Graphic Novel (of your choice) @ Lil’ Indies – My choice is volumes six and seven of the Fables Series (by Vertigo Comics)
  9. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr @ Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar, and The Wine Room

Drunken Monkey has some of the best coffee cake on the planet!

Of the titles listed, the only one I had heard of was Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, and while it may be a cult classic, I’ve never read it.  I promise, I graduated with a degree in English Literature. Unfortunately, the more lists I look at, the less “well-read” I feel. I miss the days where I would balance multiple books at a time without confusing facts or story lines.

Culinary Dates in 2016

In Julia Cameron’s The Writing Diet, she encourages those embarking on a weight loss journey to designate a time each week where one treats themselves to a culinary date. The goal of the culinary date, is that I will read the book until the last chapter prior to visiting the restaurant. I will have reviewed the menus (when available) and select a nice beverage and should nibble be available, a meal item to enjoy as well.  As for the locations where the club met this past year, I believe I’ll be exceptionally late and enjoy the books at the discussed locations. I know that I still have money on my Wine Room card that deserves to be put to good use. This is to be done alone, so I am left with my thoughts, questions, and musings about the works presented.

Empty cafes are my favorite coffee experiences!

The goal isn’t to simply provide incentive to complete the assigned reading list. My intention is to give the characters a proper send off, by celebrating the ending of each book in style. When I think back to my layovers and living in Japan, I regularly sought out cafes and bars to cozy up with my reading. I miss escaping from reality in plain sight.

I’m hoping to stock up on books over winter  holiday, so I can unwind and feed my mind. I may try whipping up some cocktails to accompany these reads. I wonder what I can make with Jameson Irish Whiskey, Hennessy Cognac, and Disaronno Amaretto to help keep those spirits bright… Who’s in for January?

Is the mug slanted or am I tipsy? 😉

Answer Me, These Questions Three

  1. Which of these books would you be most interested in reading?
  2. If you’ve read one (or more) of these titles, which did you like best?
  3. Orlando’s,  have you been to any of these local businesses? Tell me your thoughts.

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