Lady Hustle Reading Club

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"I live in two worlds: one is a world of books." -Rory Gilmore

When I was a kid, if my sisters or I got in trouble, our punishment was always to sit in time out on the stairs. We'd be forced to stay there until our parents eventually forgave us for whatever childish crime we committed. Lucky for us, our parents' lavish collection of novels was kept on the bookcase on the stairs. We'd all sneak books, listen for our parents, and immediately hide them behind our backs when we heard them coming, hoping they wouldn't catch on. I think this was where my love of reading initially came from: being bored out of my mind and desperately seeking any source of entertainment.

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When I entered first grade, I quickly made friends with a group of six girls, and my mother with theirs. Because our mothers were and are so wonderful and committed to our cultural education, we formed a book club. Every month the 12 of us would read a book, and then meet in various locations to discuss it. I thought, "I get to read interesting books and talk about them with my friends while I eat delicious food? What a novel idea (pun intended)!"

Over the course of seven years, we read over 75 books, the content maturing as we did. Our little mother-daughter group usually chose activities that coincided with whatever book we read that month. If it was about someone living on a farm, we went horseback riding. If the novel was historical fiction, we'd visit a museum specializing in that time period. Our reading took us on many adventures; not only in our imaginations, but physically as well.

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The search for adventure has never stopped for me. I'm constantly on the look out for a new world of fiction in which to get lost. That's why I'm so pleased to announce the Lady Hustle Reading Club. Each and every month we will select a new book written by a promising female author (and a few males here and there!), read it, and review it. We are so excited to embark on this adventure with you. Post your reviews of each month's book on your social media pages using #LadyHustleReadingClub, and we'll be sure to read them!

September's book is by an author who was a friend to many women my age during our adolescence: Judy Blume. Her debut adult novel, "In the Unlikely Event," has been dominating conversations since its release, so it only seemed fitting this be our first choice. "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret," was a staple on bookcases of young girls in the '90s, and we're positive this will be an instant classic as well.

We can't wait to hear your thoughts, perceptions, and feelings towards the new direction in which Blume is headed. So share them with us! And we'll see you in October for our review and the announcement of our next Lady Hustle Reading Club choice.