March 2021 W.O.W. Book Club Member Profile: Barbara Runkel, The Voracious Readers Book Club


  1. Where did you grow up and where have you lived as an adult?

I grew up in a small town in southern Minnesota with a marvelous Carnegie library that became my second home.  After college my husband and I lived in several Minneapolis suburbs before retiring and moving to Aiken.


  1. When did you move to Woodside?

After I retired from a career in education, we moved to the Woodside Plantation in September 2005.  As part of an exploratory trip to look at possible retirement areas, we drove into downtown Aiken and were instantly captivated by its charm.  As an added bonus, my husband loved The Reserve Club golf course and that he could play golf 12 months a year.


  1. What are your hobbies?

My hobbies are reading, playing the piano, playing mah jongg, and working out at The Village Fitness Center every day.


  1. Approximately when did you join The Voracious Readers Book Club?

I joined The Voracious Readers Book Club about 10 years ago. 


  1. What is your favorite book read in book club and why?

My favorite book discussed at my book club is “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens.  I loved the lyrical writing weaving the natural world to the lonely existence of Kya, the Marsh Girl.