Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Happily Silent

Welcome to 2020!

Winter is not my favorite season, but it’s not all bad. Cold and snow put in me in the mood to curl up with a good book. My library accounts provide unlimited access to free books — print, electronic and audio — and my Amazon Prime membership includes two free ebooks each month. Plus, I received a Barnes & Noble gift card for my birthday in November that is letting me add to my own library at no cost.

Reading is a solitary pursuit, if I don’t count the cat who’s often on my lap. But I recently learned about an event that combines that solitary pursuit with socialization. Silent Book Club takes place next Tuesday, Jan. 14, at The Bookshop in Lakewood. The Madison Avenue independent bookstore likens the event to an Introvert Happy Hour.

Talk about a no-pressure atmosphere! You read what you want and you don’t have to tell anyone what it is. You don’t even have to talk to anyone. The event begins at 6 p.m. and includes coffee, a silent reading hour and 30 minutes of optional socializing. The only rule seems to be silencing your phone during reading time.

Silent Happy Hour is BYOB (Bring Your Own Book), but the store is offering 10% off used books purchased between 7:30 and 8 p.m., when the event concludes.

If cabin fever is making you want to get out, but you’re not in the mood to socialize, this could be the answer. The Bookshop in Lakewood is at 15230 Madison Ave. and it has a resident cat.


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