Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Be Your Own Book Club February 2015: Yes, Please





I've been waiting forever to figure out the perfect way to get a virtual book club rolling.  I took suggestions (thank you, Facebook friends) and looked into ways that other bloggers and Instagramers share what they read and love. Finally, I decided to jump in and get moving, and we can iron out the kinks afterwards.  I'm figuring out this is one of the only ways I accomplish anything at all.

Basically, let's read together.  Let's pick out books and whether we like them or hate them, let's talk about it.  Let's give free passes to bail WHENEVER for ANY REASON. Life is too short to force yourself to read anything.  This club has zero rules.  Drop in when you want.  Drop out when you want.  Lurk and see what other readers are gushing over.  Everyone can play.  

Here is how it works: Every month a book will be chosen.  Throughout the month, you can comment on the blog post or chat on Twitter & Instagram about what you're reading.  Just use the hashtag #beyourownbookclub and we'll be able to find each other. Share quotes, favorite characters, ask questions, demand to know why, exactly, we're reading this!?  Defend your favorite scene.  Wonder out loud.  Just be nice to each other- you already have that down.  

Now, for the book list.  Because I have no idea who will want to play along, I picked the first month's book.  Yes, we're halfway through February, but let's not waste any more time.  This being the season of Galentine's Day and love in general, I picked Yes, Please, a recent release by Amy Poehler.  This was strategic- a lot of awesome people have already read it, so we can get a good conversation going without a lot of stress.  Plus Amy Poehler is funny and strong and probably has some good wisdom to pass down.  I've been saving this book like special treat for some time now- let's share it together.

I don't want to be the only picker of books, so PLEASE leave one or two books you'd like to include as selections in the comments.  THIS CAN BE ANYTHING: new release, 100 years old, fiction, memoir, young adult, super racy, pioneer-based, ANYTHING.  Don't worry about whether it's a good "fit," because there is zero commitment to this, so suggest what YOU would want to read!  I'll post a master list and we'll pick a new one every month (maybe out of a hat?  Something professional and diplomatic).  

I'm pumped to read with you.  Seriously.  Don't forget to leave your suggestions, and don't forget to use #beyourownbookclub to show off you holding your book or ask a deep question or just say "HEY PEOPLE WE'RE READING TOGETHER ON THE INTERNET THE FUTURE IS NOW!"

3 comments:

  1. I love this! I am going to throw in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which is one I started and enjoyed but never finished (why do I do that??). I remember liking Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeannette Winterson, and also have been meaning to read her memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?.

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    1. Thank you for these, lovely Sam! So far they are my only suggestions, but we'll keep adding to the list :)

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  2. Really nice idea... i really love this, this forum could be really helpful for ladies and doing thing virtually its own charm. Thank you for this effort :)

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