I joined the Sisterchicks Book Club about 6 months ago, and have very much enjoyed doing some "intentional" reading! I've definitely read some books I wouldn't have otherwise chosen, and I've had a great time "having" to take time to read in order to finish books in time for book club meetings! I have also enjoyed meeting some new friends, and hearing lots of differing opinions on the books we're reading.
When hearing about my new book club, a number of people have expressed some of the same concerns I had about book clubs, prior to joining. I've had friends in some VERY serious book clubs, which made the idea of a book club seem daunting! I know of at least one club where you're not allowed to comment if you haven't read the book, and another where you're asked not to even COME if you haven't read the book! Some book clubs frown on "audio books," which I LOVE!
Fortunately, "my" book club is very relaxed! Come if you want. Participate if you want. And, if you come, and haven't read the book, no problem! Lots of club members have electronic readers, and nobody batted an eye when I shared an audio excerpt of the author reading from her book "Will Jesus Buy Me a Double- Wide (`Cause I Need More Room for my Plasma TV), because I wanted everyone to hear her accent!
My book club also meets at Starbucks, which is exciting for some of our members! (I don't drink coffee, so this isn't a "big deal" for me, but I do drink Chai Tea, or flavored water while I'm there!)
It occurred to me that some of my cyber friends might want to participate in my book club vicariously, through me, and through interacting on my blog, in a virtual book club. No obligation! You can read any of the books that interest you, and we can discuss them online! Or, you can just read about the books on the blog! Get your own Starbucks, "regular" coffee, tea, hot chocolate, Coke, Diet Coke, or whatever you favor, and curl up with your book, in the comfort of your own home!
Please forward this blog post to anyone whom you think might be interested, and we'll see what happens! I'm hoping some of my Sisterchick Book Club members will join in on our discussions, too!
Our club votes on 6 month's worth of books at a time, so here is the current list!
January 17: Breath: A Lifetime in the Rhythm of an Iron Lung: A Memoir by Martha Mason
(I will post about this book soon!)
February 21: The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin
March 21: Her Mother's Hope by Francine Rivers
April 18: My Reading Life by Pat Conroy
May 16: I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg
June 20: The Noticer by Andy Andrews
Hope you'll join us online! HAPPY READING!