There’s nothing like curling up with a good book no matter what time of the year it is. I enjoy reading, but I confess that although I read quite a bit, I don’t discipline myself to pick up a book to read often enough. 

There are those who have told me I should have a Kindle, but I am a purist and like to hold a book in my hands. Besides, if I lose a book it won’t be as expensive as losing a Kindle. The last book I read was Undressing Mr. Darcy by Riverside author Karen Doornebos and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I also have a stack of books that are just waiting for me.

One of the best ways to get into reading is by being part of a book club, which I did years ago and enjoyed. It is a good way to make friends with books and people. 

Book clubs in this area are far from new. Records show that back in the early 1900s there was a Riverside Book Club. I don’t know much about it, but in 1932 they dedicated a marker just off Fairbank Road about 150 yards below the bridge. The boulder marks the river crossing used by Native Americans, fur traders and early settlers.

In our area it is easy to find a club, just look to your local library. Brookfield Public Library has a number of clubs, with some devoted to specific subjects. North Riverside has a club that meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., while Riverside’s Library has a club that meets on the fourth Thursday of every month. 

Organizations and churches have reading clubs also, and then there are those groups of friends who form their own clubs, which can be fun. Usually meeting at someone’s home, on a rotating basis, they choose a selection, discuss it and have refreshments. Of course, you can always start you own reading circle. The options are many.

I don’t think I’ll join a book club or get a Kindle, but I do think I will pick up that John Grisham novel that is on the table next to my lounge chair and start to thumb through the pages.

Thank you to Paulette Kernan and Ellen Egan for telling me how they used to go to the Ritz Theater in Berwyn when they were kids.That’s all, folks!