Good Reads & Good Eats Pages


In the summer of 2006 April arrived in Charlottesville, missed being in a book club, and wanted to try out local restaurants in addition to new books. She hooked up with other like-minded readers and the Good Reads and Good Eats Book Club was born! We read one book a month, and then meet the first Tuesday of each month at a different Charlottesville restaurant to discuss our selection. Our book club has been running successfully ever since! April moved away, then Sara took over the Organizer responsibilities until SHE moved away too. Now Jen and Sam are excited to keep the book club going.


We compile a list of suggestions through our meetings and through posts to our message board. Groups of these books appear in a poll on the Meetup website. Members have until the day of the book club meeting to vote in the online poll and we announce the winning book that night at our meeting. The selection is also provided with the information on the next meeting in an e-mail and on the Meetup website. We typically read trade paperbacks, mostly fiction, although we are open to all suggestions. Guidelines for book selections are that they are no more than 350 pages long and cost less than $15 (usually paperbacks). You can view past book selections here.


Members use the message board to post book suggestions, to start a discussion about the book, or to let others in on book-worthy news (library book sale, etc.) Participation in the message board is strongly encouraged and is a great way to keep in contact in between our monthly meetings!


We have a diverse group of readers who share a passion for reading and eating. If you can find time for a book a month and an evening out, this is the book club for you! Our group is diverse - male, female, all ages, married, single, working, non-working, professional, student - and that's what makes our club so fun. Our different backgrounds and experiences really add perspective to our book discussions! Some of our readers are avid readers and are extremely well-read, while it is all others can do to manage to read our selection during a busy month!


We have a new member at each and every meeting, so if you've never been to one of our meetings, come join us! Our group varies at each meeting. We usually sit down at a table right away, then order drinks and food first. We discuss the book until the food arrives. If it was a particularly interesting book, discussions go longer! Most people order an appetizer or a meal, but some members are satisfied with just a drink or a dessert.

Our readers are welcome to join our discussion if they did not finish the book or haven't begun it yet. We do discuss the entire book (including spoiling the ending for those who haven't reached it) and our discussion does compose a great deal of our time together, but we are also interested in seeing YOU!


Each member is asked to pay $2 annually to cover the costs of maintaining the website (Jen pays the annual Meetup fees, which are $144). At our discussions, everyone pays for their own food and drink, plus tax and tip. It's a good idea to bring cash to the restaurant in case we can't get separate checks. If you're on a budget, get your books from the library, join us at the restaurant, order water, and discuss away!


In 2012, Jen and Sam decided that the regular group of attendees to the book discussions had gotten far too large - we were regularly having nearly 30 people RSVP to attend meetups! After brainstorming some potential solutions, a poll was distributed to all members and the most popular solution was implemented. So now, each meeting is limited to 12 attendees, and two meetings are held each month. This allows up to 24 people to participate each month. We ask that members RSVP for only one of the two meetings. If a member learns he or she cannot attend after RSVPing "yes," that member should change his or her RSVP to "no" so that someone on the wait list is allowed to attend instead.

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