There aren't too many things I enjoy more than seeing good friends, eating, drinking wine and talking about holidays.
This Easter Saturday I got a large helping of all of my favourite things. I always look forward to catching up with childhood friends Nicole and Kim (girlupaladder.com @girlupaladder) and their extended family. It's time to reminisce about the regular family picnics we shared as kids and our youthful ventures to Europe and America. I love hearing about their legendary shopping expeditions, the strategic way they approach Ross stores to find the best designer bargains and how they manage to get their purchases back without paying for excess baggage. There's always lots of laughter and I usually leave feeling inspired to book a flight somewhere as soon as possible.
Books aren't usually on our discussion list - we have our own stories to chat about - but this visit was different. Before leaving for a recent family trip to Japan I'd posted a picture of the books I was taking with me on Instagram - not really thinking that anyone would be too interested. But I didn't realise the power of All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. It's one of those books that, once you read it, you kind of want everyone else to read it too.
It was the catalyst for a great conversation with Nic's husband, Colin, who'd loved the book as much as I had. It wasn't a discussion of the literary merits of the Pulitzer Prize winning book - more of an oh-my-god-didn't-you-LOVE-it kind of thing. Sometimes this is my favourite kind of book discussion!
I think I love talking about books almost as much as I love reading them. So cheers (*raises glass) to a weekend full stories both remembered and written.