Book club provides escape for Team Moody

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  • By Airman 1st Class Lauren M. Hunter
  • 23d Wing Public Affairs
How can you travel across the world, experience an entirely new culture, and even learn a new language all while sitting in the comfort of your own living room?

Teresa Houston, 23d Force Support Squadron human resources specialist, believes the journey can be found within the pages of a book.

To extend her passion of reading to others, Houston, as well as Chelsea Montgomery, 23d Force Support Squadron human resources assistant, created a book club for Moody Airmen and families to not only read, but also interact with others who share their same hobby.

“Airmen and families on this base come from all different backgrounds and they all have different interests,” said Montgomery. “Our book club gives them something to belong to, in addition to allowing them to do something they love while meeting other people who share the same love.”

Each book club member has the opportunity to bring their own book they would like to read into the club. Every month, the title of a book is drawn from a hat to determine the book that will be read, allowing a variety of genres.

“The way we pick the books allows us to step out of our comfort zone and read something that we never would’ve picked before,” said Montgomery. “It can be challenging but that is the wonderful part of it. Each book you read can teach you a new life lesson or even take you to a new part of the world.”

After reading each book, members meet up on the third Thursday of each month to discuss what they have read. For those not able to attend the meetings, the book is also discussed on the club’s social media page.

“Reading as part of a club allows you to see many different perspectives,” said Houston. “We all read the same book but each person absorbs something different from what they read. As we discuss it together, we get to imagine the book in a way we never would’ve thought of before.

“Whether people liked the book or not, we get to learn from each other and we always look forward to hearing what each person brings to the table,” Houston added.

The club is currently reading Sally Hepworth’s “The Things we Keep,” as well as a bonus book for the Summer, “Once an Eagle” by Anton Myrer.

Moody Airmen and families who love to read and would like to meet others who share the same interest are encouraged to join the book club through their Facebook page at