Do you ever hear your friend’s talk about an experience and think, “I want to do that too!!” And I had that same reaction when my friends were talking about Book Club, hard pass on going to Burning Man.

TL;DR

  • Find my friends at burning man, they will have lip/body balms
  • Book club read: High Achiever by Tiffany Jenkins, a true story about addiction

NOT REALLY ABOUT BURNING MAN

Assorted lip and body balms

Homemade Balms Flavors: Calm, Peppermint, Orange made by Tanya & Patricia, the metamorphic, butterfly burners

To be a fly on the wall as your friends plan for Burning Man is fascinating. You get to see the practical aspect of packing what they need to survive and the creative side of what they’ll share and wear.

The playa has a gifting economy, to help people stay moisturized, they’ve made 150 tubes of a lip and body balm with “secret messages” in the colored letters. If you are going to Burning Man, I hope you find my friends at the red lampshade creperie camp. They have surprise food gifts and these lovely balms in 3 flavors.

LET’S BUILD IT!

Probs against Burning Man principles

My ideal Burning Man experience is one I can enjoy from the comfort of home while navigating through the playa via an iPad controlling a drone or GoPro’s live streaming from my friends camelpacks or bikes. I would love to tune into different cameras and be a commentator for the artwork and experiences. To be able to turn on sights and sounds from different neighborhoods like you were flipping channels on TV. I finally understand why kids watch other kids play video games on YouTube or Twitch.

WHY BOOK CLUB?

Along the lines of living vicariously, I joined my best friend’s Book Club to be exposed to books I wouldn’t ordinary select and to explore topics that make me uncomfortable, to continue learning and growing. The first book, definitely hit my book club goals.

LIGHTWEIGHT BOOK REPORT

The book we read was called High Achiever by Tiffany Jenkins. The book was a difficult read because it dragged you painfully into the main character’s addiction and withdrawal. It brought me to a dark place and sadly, made reading incredibly unpleasant because I tend to experience the main character’s feelings as the story progresses. While it made me uncomfortable, I empathized with the struggles reading from a junkie’s point of view. Even though it wasn’t a fun read, I’m grateful for the chance to discuss such a difficult subject with intelligent women. I was impressed with how open people were with personal experiences which paralleled the book. I loved hearing everyone’s opinions and how the book affected them.

I love reading because it allows you experience life outside your comfort zone; to travel, to be rich or poor, see life through different ethnic lenses, and learn from the journey in the book.

This book taught me empathy and patience because you never know what people are struggling with. You often don’t know the pain they are recovering from or covering up. You never know how your words or actions can uplift or crush the people around you.

Eats

First Course

  • Assortment of 5 cheeses and 3 crackers
  • Spicy Fig Jelly
  • Red Pepper Jelly
  • Habanero Pork Rinds
  • Spread (ramen, Szechuan beef, flaming hot cheetos, jalepeño Fritos)

Second Course

  • Jasmine Brown Rice
  • Zoodles with Crushed Tomatoes, Corn, & Cilantro
  • Dry Rubbed Chicken Thighs

Dessert (not pictured)

  • Berry Trio
  • Homemade Whipped Cream (heavy cream, vanilla, cinnamon, & coconut palm sugar)

Technology Used

  • Samsung Galaxy S8
  • Evernote to write and edit
  • WordPress app to layout and publish

No excuses, use that little computer in your hand to blog. I wrote and edited this post after book club, while watching stand up comedy on Netflix.

If you must watch TV, create while you consume. ~Cheryl

Once upon a time, I had dreams of joining a book club. I wanted to meet at a locally owned coffee shop to drink fancy pants coffee, dissect the motivations of characters or uncover the themes hidden in the book. Then life happened and I couldn’t commit to reading the right chapter each week or prepare my thoughts for the book club questions because it felt like homework and seemed overwhelming and I quit before joining. As an introverted bookworm, I continued to read books and hoped to follow along online but that wasn’t a thing until I realized I could use social media.

Being obsessed with Twitter and every other social media platform, I decided to Buffer the quotes I was reading while using a hashtag for each book quote I posted. I started doing this while reading #Girlboss by Sophia Amoroso, founder of Nasty Gal, the new and vintage online boutique. Having a hashtag as the title of the book, made it a natural for me to tweet quotes which inspired my inner entrepreneur. What I didn’t foresee was the conversations it would ignite on Twitter or Linkedin about startups, being entrepreneurial or branding.

If you are reading a business book, it could help you connect with people to discuss ideas. If you are reading fiction it could help you connect to other fans. While it might be taboo to discuss the 50 Shades of Grey series on Twitter, you can search for private Facebook groups to discuss the book and your favorite redroom activities. Whatever your interests, searching for a book’s hashtag or keywords on your social networks will help you find conversations where you can participate on your on time, without the pressure of an in person book club.

Book/Idea Discussion
Be creative, post a meme with your favorite quote and a question for discussion as the caption on Instagram. You can record a video talking about the book on Snapchat, YouTube or Periscope. You post quotes with the hashtag from the book on Twitter. You can search Facebook for groups discussing the book you are reading.

Where do you have book 📚 discussions? Leave it in the comments along with book recommendations.