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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
Meet at Journey Coffee's meeting room in Vacaville to discuss "Eleanor Oliphant is completly fine" by Gail Honeyman: No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine. Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one. Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . . The only way to survive is to open your heart.

Journey Coffee Company

896b Alamo Dr · Vacaville

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    What we're about

    This group is for anyone who is an avid, or once in awhile, or wanting to get back to reading person. I know there are many of us that would like to take a little bit of "me" time and get absorbed in a really good book again. Anyone else do the "when I have time" thing? Or buy a book that ends up not being read? Or have you read such a fantastic (or maybe even a horrible book) and had no one to discuss it with? Raise your hand; ok put them all down now!

    Future reads can be suggested or off the NY Times Best Sellers List, picked out of a hat ... doesn't matter as long as there's a consensus. A movie based off of a book is also a good read before seeing the movie. We can even get together and literally just READ in peace too.

    I envision an approachable, relaxed group all can look forward to. All suggestions welcomed! Can't wait to get a book bunch in the Fairfield, Travis AFB, Vacaville, Suisun area!

    Here's something I thought was awesome & funny to share with our group.

    14 Ways Not to Kill Your Book Club

    By Leigh Newman

    It's your favorite night of the month (except when one member doesn't like the novel or forgets to bring the pita chips she signed up for). Here's how to keep everyone happy.

    1. Think Outside The Book
    Liven up the discussion by reading plays or literary magazines that feature essays, art and short stories.

    2. Share The Busywork
    Leaving one person in charge for too long will lead to her burning out. Instead, every few months, rotate the responsibility of hosting and setting the date for the meeting.

    3. Seduce With Food
    A juicy three-cheese lasagna can help the discussion of the driest novel.

    4. And Yet: Never Serve Vegetarian Pâté

    5. Also, Keep Mortie Out Of It
    Your cousin Mortie from Montana may be in town for the week, but that doesn't mean he should come with you to book club. Members have a relationship with one another that changes when new people enter. (Example: the shy person who finally opens up during a discussion of Unaccustomed Earth.) A policy about when and how to invite guests or new members will spare a lot of feelings and avoid frustration.

    6. No Books Longer Than 450 Pages .PERIOD.

    7. Set Up An Online Calendar
    The crucial reason being to avoid endless group emails from everybody asking really annoying, repetitive, typo-ridden questions about what night they're supposed to meet and what they're supposed to read.

    8. Stay On The Same Page—Literally
    When reading classics, plays or foreign translations (our favorite: Anna Karenina, make sure everyone buys or borrows the same edition. Otherwise, you'll spend the whole night flipping around trying to locate the paragraph or quote under discussion.

    9. Beware The Book-Talk Tyrant
    She's frequently the most organized and best read of the group, which everybody appreciates, but she's also the bossiest and, at times, dismissive of others' ideas. She picks the book. She picks the page of the book to discuss. She picks the chair that's smack in the middle of the circle and makes everybody feel as if they have to raise their hands to make a comment or go to the bathroom. Talk to her (gently). Or establish a roster of discussion leaders who are pointedly in charge of who talks when.

    10. Once a Year, Select a Book From Childhood
    Like Charlotte's Web or Little House on the Prairie. Reliving why we began reading in the first place is a great way to get everybody motivated to keep on reading.

    11. Don't Lose a Member Who Feels Too Stressed Out to Host
    The appetizers! The vacuuming! The rounding up of all those chairs! Every now and then, meet at a bar and toast your selection with a literary-themed cocktail like, say, a Great Gatsby.

    12. Book Club Is Not Group Therapy
    A member who loves a memoir about drug addiction because she was a drug addict (and then spends the whole two hours talking about her struggles) or a member who hates a novel about co-workers in a corporation because she works for a corporation (and then spends two hours talking about her boss) have missed the point—and taken over everyone else's evening. Our lives will influence our reading, of course, but the point is to examine the story at hand, not our psyches.

    13. Take December Off
    Nobody has time to finish a novel during the holidays. Have everyone bring in a short, memorable piece to read out loud, like a poem, a few paragraphs from a novel or article, or even a meaningful personal letter.

    14. One Dog Memoir Per Year
    We all love dogs. We all even love when the dog dies at the end of the book—as the dogs so often do—which causes us to sob hopelessly all over the final pages. But too many dogs ruin the heartbreak (and joy) we're after.

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