Tuesday, September 7, 2010

I'm A Sucker For Book Clubs

I'm a member of a few book clubs.

I have my online book club, where we have a monthly book, but we also have daily conversations about whatever we are reading. I have met all of the girls in my online writing group from this online book club, and I have made friends from around the country here; people I talk to every single day. I don't often participate in the monthly book discussions, mainly because the books aren't really what I'm interested in. I've read a few of them, and participating in the discussions is always fun, but when I look at my TBR full of exciting YA books and the monthly choice about cadavers, well, you know the fun YA is going to win.

I'm also a member of an IRL book club. As you may have guessed, I met all the girls in my IRL book club online, too. They stopped being online friends a long time ago, though, and they managed to weasel their way into my real life. Now I see them and talk to them more than I see and talk to my friends that I met through traditional means.

(I'm very at home on the internet, just so you know.)

For my IRL book club, we switch off hosting each month, and the host always gets to pick the book for the group. Luckily I have a group who is very open to reading YA! My first choice for them was The Hunger Games about a year ago. And now my turn is up again, so I chose this book:

I'd have to say that The Sky Is Everywhere is my favorite book of 2010 (others include Before I Fall, Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and Some Girls Are), and I really wanted to share it with my friends. I can't wait for our discussion in a few weeks, and I really hope that everyone loves it as much as I did.

At school I was asked by one of my students to be the faculty advisor for a campus book club she's trying to start. I am so excited about this! It's probably going to be all girls, and the student who approached me knows how into books I am, so I'm just imagining these lunch periods spent circled up around a table having heated discussions about our latest reads. I'm also imagining Skype chats with some of the authors, which I know my girls would get a kick out of. I'm not sure how much input I'll have in the book selection, but these girls have great taste, so I know we won't just be reading every book in the Gossip Girl series. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) I also don't know how much reality is going to be like what I imagined, but at the very least we'll get to talk books, and they'll get to read some new stuff.

Then...I'd really love to get an Adults Reading YA Book Club going through my local bookstore or something, but I'm not sure what kind of response that would get. Would I be there all alone with my copy of the latest Sarah Dessen? Or would other people actually want to participate? What kind of work would be involved? How would I find these people? I have no idea where to start. I've also thought about starting up a staff book club with the other teachers at my school, but sometimes when I tell them how much I read they look at me like I have eight heads. (We won't really talk about how much these teachers don't read. We won't mention it at all.) So, I'm not sure if anyone would show up besides me.

Now, I have to ask myself... how much do I want to do these last two really? Do I really want to commit myself to another book club? Or two? Am I really going to read all those books each month? I don't know. I just know it's so hard to resist sitting around with people you like and talking books with them. I'm such a sucker for that.

Anyway, are you involved in any book clubs? What do you read?


  1. For the record, I would totally come to your adults reading YA book club.

    But seeing as how I live almost as far away from you as I possibly could without leaving the continental U.S., I don't think I count.

  2. I'm with Heather... I'd totally come. I've had the same feelings as you about trying to start one in my area (maybe not YA, but just a book club), and I get overwhelmed thinking about it.

    As for the type of books I read, I'm sure you know. (The cadaver type, apparently, since I knew what you were referencing and totally read that on my own a YEAR before the bc did it online.) :)

  3. Oh man, I wish I had a book club! I recently searched for one near me in LA but couldn't find any that looked good. I guess people in LA don't read or something...Orange County and San Diego always seem to have the good events.

    Could you post how you found your book clubs, like the online one?

  4. I just remembered that my sorority alum group wants to start a book club, too. And of course they expect me to join.

  5. Oh, book clubs are so fun! The only problem is that I often run out of time to read the books. *sigh* But I say if I could, I would definitely join your book club!

  6. I just finished The Sky is Everywhere last night! I will admit, I had trouble getting into it at first. I had to renew it twice from the library because I'd put it aside and read something else. But I remembered your review on Goodreads and I had to finish it. I'm so glad I did because I ended up liking it a lot.

    I would totally join your adults reading YA book club! I really would like to join a book club, but I really don't know where to look. For now I'll just stick with the online ones.