October was turn to host my bookclub. That entails keeping the books safe for the month (which is the sole reason I volunteer to host):
...and hosting two meetings. My first meeting a couple of weeks ago was kind of a bust. My cinnamon rolls didn't rise and I had to serve them anyway because everyone knew I was making them, and one of the new women has celiac disease and of all the food I made she could only eat some fruit salad. I felt bad.
So, today I planned for some gluten free items (black bean dip, an Asian salad with the ramen noodles on the side, and a colorful veggie tray). She didn't come. Only 4 women (out of about 15)actually showed up today and look at all of this food.
Oh well, I rather host a small group, and my kids had tons of snacks after school.
Having the books gives me the opportunity to sample lots of books. I start a lot, but I don't know if you've noticed or not, but there's a lot of crap out there, so I don't actually finish a lot of books. But, I've gotten lucky lately with a few books that I have really enjoyed. So, if you are looking for something to read here are a few ideas:
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World. By Eric Weiner.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie. By Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows
Unaccustomed Earth. Jhumpa Lahiri.
Infidel. By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Once the 4 bookclub women left, I headed off to quilt group (the life of an expat women is very demanding) Remember my square that I made? Ten other women have finished and I got to bring home the new squares today (you can click on it to see it larger):