Women started book clubs. They probably held their first American meeting right after landing at Plymouth Rock. Wherever women could gather they studied their Bibles and talked about sin and sermons. Or maybe they swooned over Shakespeare’s sonnets. And how much tea did they have to sip while picking apart Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales? Those Bible study / reading circles morphed into today’s book-loving meetups. While Oprah didn’t exactly start the trend, she certainly perfected it. For reading nerds like myself, what better way for a book lover to share the best book they’ve read since Christmas than meeting up over appetizers and drinks and bonding with other women. Whether it’s a good old-fashioned whodunit or savvy, saucy chick-lit, or self-help to get you through your latest breakup, we seek out other book lovers because they recommend stuff we’ve missed, stuff we haven’t read before, stuff we might not even dare to read I’ve found the best way to stay connected with those you respect is through the love of reading. Book clubs come in all sizes and shapes. Don’t want to leave the house? No problem. Join online. Join a Facebook group. Don’t want to go alone? Join one for mothers and daughters. Think about it. What could be more powerful than instilling a love of books for the next generation? On this #International Women’s Day celebrate sisterhood. Women. Books. Wine. Food. Power in the written word and friendship.