This group was created to bring together individuals who read books for substance and ideas. This group is open to artists, musicians, scientists, engineers, and anyone who likes to examine and exchange ideas, respect others' opinions, and is open to learning something from others. We find we get together to discuss what might otherwise be serious topics, but we end up laughing a lot, because it's such a joy to express ourselves and share our ideas...and go off topic now and then. We currently have regular meetings twice a month. At one meeting, we discuss a particular book, alternating between fiction and non-fiction. We decide on the book for each month based on voting on suggestions brought in to meetings by the members. These meetings are held typically at a Panera Bread in Irvine...which might change if this becomes too 'old hat'. At the other meeting, we discuss books on a theme, and occasionally have a meeting on "What We are Reading Now". These roundtable meetings convene at a member's house, and members are invited to present on any book on the topic that is discussed that month. For example, recent themes up for discussion have been "Islam" and "The Current Economic Situation". The meetings are informal, with food, smiles, and general socializing. Suggestions to make this better are welcome!