Good books are even better when you can talk about them, preferably with someone else who has read the book! Since my friends and family are spread out all over the country, we’ve created a book club online.
Here’s the premise: Everyone is welcome and we’ll pick a new book each month that I’ll announce in a blog post. On our set “book club” day, I’ll make a new post about the book and we can all post our comments, questions, thoughts, etc. I’m hoping authors will join in on the conversation and be willing to answer some of our questions.
Our first virtual meeting is set for Oct. 9 and we’re reading Time of My Life: A Novel by Allison Winn Scotch. I’ve wanted to read it ever since I stumbled on Allison’s blog one day, http://www.allisonwinn.com/ask-allison/. She is also a freelancer, which is part of why I think I like her.
But I’ll admit, after making the selection and letting my friends know, I was struck with a sudden sense of panic. The same kind that sets in when Bryan and I go out and I pick the movie. For the whole two hours I sit there hoping he likes it, peeking at him to see if he’s laughing, etc. (He STILL reminds me about the time he went with me to see The Devine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood SEVEN years ago. Really—how was I supposed to know he would be the ONLY man in the theater?).
Luckily, the book has gotten good reviews: http://www.allisonwinn.com/reviews-toml/ and so far I am definitely enjoying it. Allison has a reading group guide on her blog, too, http://www.allisonwinn.com/reading-group-guide-toml/, which will come in handy next month when we talk about the book.
Let me know what you think—and if you have suggestions for the November book, pass those along, too.