We had our book club Christmas party last night, at my house. Pot luck festive stuff.
We voted for the book folks had enjoyed most this year, and Angela's Ashes emerged winner. Everyone had brought a book as a gift and stuck it under the Christmas tree (real one - from IKEA!) and then we drew for who got which book. I gave Theft, got Jude the Obscure which I've already read three times, so gave that away too! There were one or two pretty strange choices though ...
It's been a good year. The group is thriving, probably up to maximum numbers (we regularly get 15 people at meetings, though the membership is much higher), and this year we've read 11 books and enjoyed - if not the books themselves - then the chance to vent about them!
Our most recent reads were The Inheritance of Loss, which evoked very mixed feelings (half the group enjoyed it, a quarter thought it was "okayish", and the rest hated it vehemently and were disturbingly vociferous!) and Tourism which everyone really enjoyed. (I thought it would shock some, but not at all.)
If reading about a book club makes you green as a Christmas tree with envy, why not set one up? A few friends, a few books, and that's more or less all you need for ongoing entertainment throughout the year.