I want to thank all of you for sharing your input on the May Book Club choice. Hopefully you are excited to embark on a literary adventure involving blog comments, tweets, and Facebook poking. Without further ado, the May Book Club choice is Bossypants by Tina Fey! Hopefully you are as excited as I am. I luurve Tina Fey!
I know that in this busy world we live in, it may seem daunting to pick up a book—or a Kindle—and have enough discipline to read it in a month’s time, but hopefully I can be your beacon of light encouraging you the whole way. Actually, I have never participated in a book club—neither in person nor via the interwebs—so I hope someone knows how to do this.
No need to fear. I looked up some articles on starting an online book club. One of the first things these articles suggest is that joining an online book club is much easier than starting one. What? We’re off to a great start! And that it requires a great amount of responsibility. Once again, we are off to a great start. I understand that you are all busy people and/or bloggers, so don’t be worried or scared to admit that you didn’t start the book, or that you are not as far a long as everyone else, or that you perhaps haven’t even bought the book yet. We wont make fun of you behind your back. We’ll just do that in the comments so you know what is being said about you.
So one of the tips for an online book club is to keep the momentum going with ongoing discussion of the book. You can comment below on your preference for this, but I was thinking we could possibly set reading goals weekly and check in at the end of the week. If that is way too much commitment for everyone, please just let me know. Maybe twice a month is better. Just let me know!
If you haven’t bought the book yet, I would suggest doing so on Amazon. It is much cheaper than buying the hardcover at a book store. If you do go to the book store, it is 30% off at Borders. Let me know if you plan on ordering it because I will wait to do any discussion until after everyone has received their book and has had a chance to start reading it.
Lastly, if you need some help getting started and this has become one more chore to cross off your to-do list, read this great New York Times article for inspiration. A former environmental lawyer who was dealing with the death of her sister committed to reading a book a day from 2008 to 2009. Since then, she has continued reading and has even written her own book. Are you more inspired now? To get even more inspiration, read her blog, Read All Day.
My advice to you: Read a little everyday. Even on your busiest day, you can at least read 10 pages of a book. So get started!