Sunday, December 28, 2008

My favorite gift from Dennis

About a week ago, I received this list at church.

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Christmas was just 4 days away, so I quickly put it aside thinking I would look it over more after the holidays. It's the book club list... all the books we will be reading and reviewing in 2009.

So imagine my surprise on Christmas morning when I opened up this tightly packed box containing 7 of these 12 books!Dennis had somehow found my list. He had gone to several stores all over Fresno and Clovis looking for these books. I was so touched that:
1. He thought of doing this (Such a Dennis thing to do. So THOUGHTFUL.)
2. That he made such a last minute effort to buy these books for me, and
3. That I now have most of these books ready to read when the time comes!

He was disappointed he could not find all 12 books, but I'm sure he still will. Right, Den?

I remember the first time I attended this book club earlier in the year.
The lady next to me turned and asked, "So what brings you here?"

Not sure what she meant by that, if anything. I was thinking that somehow she could tell that I did not read the month's selection. I had a really good time though, and after the book review we talked about many different interesting subjects. I think I was the last to leave that evening.

So I began attending monthly. Maybe I just have a difficult time with assigned reading. (I do love to read, however.) At church when we are reminded about the book club, it is often mentioned, "And you don't have to read the book to attend. Jill Shelley comes, and she doesn't always read it."

(As soon as I hear the part about "...and you don't have to read the book to attend..." I know my name is coming up next. Sure enough it does.)

Well this next year will be different....sort of. I have most the books now. I have decided I will read at least the first chapter. And whatever, I will always plan to attend the monthly book club. I guess I find the women there more fascinating to me than the books. Like I've always said, there is nothing more interesting than people.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

....and so the love for reading continues to flourish in our family. Like my mom always said, "Logan, books are for rich people."

Tom and Karen Mortensen said...

How sweet. What a guy Dennis is. I forgot to tell you how impressed I was with Dennis at the Christmas Eve party. He knew my husband's name. I don't think he has seen Tom that much. Way to go Dennis.

Jill said...

Logan, your mom never said that:) Good try though. I didn't mean to imply that I don't like to read. I read everyday, so do you. I think I just have a block when it comes to assigned reading, especially if I'm not interested in the subject. But I'm trying to improve.

Kris said...

What a sweet gift. I know there were times in my life when I would come home from school and Dad would have bought a book for me that would help me with a particular situation I was going through. That is a very thoughtful thing to do. And now you've got a headstart to your year!

grandmapeg said...

What a sweetheart!!! Dennis is truly thoughtful and I am a witness that you truly do love to read! You are always reading some kind of book and passing along ideas from what you've learned. What a great gift!

Melissa said...

What a fun gift! I think this was so nice of Dennis to think to do this. I love gifts that you know the person put some personal thought into it and want it to be something special. You can tell Dennis did this! I am excited to print this list myself and read some of these books. I love seeing what other Book Clubs are reading.

Brock said...

Hey Dennis... I am forwarding my book club list for this year! Okay?!
Erin :)

darlene said...

a message for Dennis...
Try ordering the rest from Amazon.

Rebecca said...

Jill that was me, Rebecca typing on my daughter Melissa's account. Rebecca

The Gage Cage said...

What an AWESOME gift!!!!!! Dennis IS the man!