I love my book club. For
years I tried to find a good one, but every time I joined a new
one I would once again be disappointed. Each time I quickly discovered
that “book club” was mom code for “get out of the house and hang out
with people.” Which is great except, I didn’t know those people well
enough to want to talk about their kids for 30 minutes, I wanted to talk
about the book! We rarely even got around it, which is just not cool. So
time and time again, I realized that every book club made up of 20 and
30-somethings was not for me. Believe me, I have nothing against sitting
around and drinking wine or coffee and chatting. It’s just I’d just
rather do that with my friends than with a group of people I don’t know
In 2009 a woman I'd met in the United We Read program I used to participate in invited me
to her book club. I've been a member
ever since. During my first meeting they showed me a list of books
they’d read and rated over the past decade and the vast majority were
ones that I either loved or had on my TBR list. I’m
the youngest member in the group by about 30 years and it’s perfect. It’s a
small group, but one that’s very committed to reading the book and
showing up for the meetings. If someone can't make it we normally move the meeting around. They are almost all retired and have wonderful stories about places they've traveled to and things they've experienced. Our difference in age and personalities
allows for a diverse reaction to books and great discussions. Each year
we try to read at least one mystery, nonfiction and classic in addition
to various fiction. Tell me about your book clubs? What do you love about them or what would you change?
Who is ready to be scared silly? I don't remember who exactly started the Stephen King readalongs (Trish? Jill?), but the first big King novel I ever read was The Stand and I wouldn't have done it without a group. This month Trish, Care, and I are co-hosting a readalong of Salem's Lot. I might be crazy to do this while pregnant (I already scare easily), but Trish is pregnant too, so if she can do it then so can I! This will be a laid back readalong. I will definitely do a wrap up post at the end of October, but I think we will mainly be sharing thoughts on twitter with the hashtag #SalemAlong as we go. Thanks to Trish for the awesome button that she made! Feel free to use it on your blogs, twitter, or instagram.
If you'd like to join in the fun, which you definitely should, just add a link to your blog in the comments. Also, send your address to my email (avidreader25 [at] gmail.com) and I'll send you something silly for participating. Jill started that trend with sunglasses for The Shining and clown noses for It.