Why read a book and discuss it only at happy hour when you can read a second every month and get together for a breakfast discussion as well?
For book-loving women who have the time to do both in Ahwatukee, there are now two similar organizations to accommodate them.
The Ahwatukee-based Happy Hour Book Club recently gave birth to the Happy Morning Book Club.
Both informal groups offer the same benefits, said Donna Bates, a facilitator for both clubs who moved to Ahwatukee with her husband from Oregon in 2009 after her son Chris and his family moved to the community. “Christ came for a job change and we came for the grandchildren,” she said.
The Happy Hour club began eight years ago, though only one original member remains among the approximate 14 who gather at various bars and restaurants in Ahwatukee, Tempe and Chandler that offer happy hour specials.
“Basically, each of our members chooses a month and it is her responsibility to choose the book we all read, select the location where we will meet and lead the discussion of the book,” Bates explained, adding that while both non-fiction and fiction can be selected, fiction is the popular choice.
The group meets at 5:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month for an hour of “meet, greet and eat,” Bates said, and “then the business of the book club begins.
“Laughter is a requirement for being a member of our club,” she added.
Some of the books the women have read this year include “The Lilac Girls” by Martha Hall Kelly and “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson.
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