Book Club Gone Wild!

It's not a book club without tons of food and booze!

It’s not a book club without tons of food and booze!

Last night, the real-life Book Club Babes discussed our selection for October: Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance. “Discussed,” however, is too tame a term to explain the ruckus we started. Even a security guard stopped by a couple times to check on us! Beware to all the men out there who have ever dated any one of these amazing ladies, because no intimate detail was off-limits!

As we shared our thoughts about the book, I informally polled the group to see whether we were, in fact, a microcosm of Ansari’s research findings. Of the nine women who attended, including myself, six of us were single or casually dating, two were in relationships, and one was married. All but the one who was already hitched had tried online dating to some degree, whether with free apps like Tinder or paid subscriptions to eHarmony.

I found it insightful to hear about their dating experiences, from where they met their romantic partners (random encounters happened more often than expected) to how they prefer to communicate (texting in the beginning, then graduating to talking on the phone once it turns serious).

We all agreed that although the digital world has provided us with more romantic prospects, it has certainly complicated the dating process. Our parents never had to debate whether to cyber-stalk a potential date (yes) or if sexting was considering cheating (also, yes).

With no subject deemed TMI, we channeled our frustrations of the often dismal dating scene into riotous laughter. If you’re a straight man, trust me when I say that every mistake you make with women will go viral. Every failed pick-up line, sexist comment, and unsolicited dick pic will be forwarded to all her friends and ridiculed over copious glasses of wine. I know this, because it made for last night’s excellent entertainment!

Because I’m taking a hiatus from reading to focus on NaNoWriMo this month, the Book Club Babes will be reading a book I’ve already read. After agreeing that they wanted something lighthearted but with a thrilling twist, I recommended Something About You by Julie James, because it appeals to both romance novel enthusiasts and “Law and Order” fans. I have a feeling that its steamy subject matter will bring out the wild side in this book club again next month! Stay tuned!

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