As a member of a neighborhood book club, I’m always looking forward to the next meeting. To me, book club means getting out of the house for an evening, catching up with friends, and enjoying wine and unhealthy snacks – oh yeah, and discussing the book!
But as much as I love my neighborhood wine (and book) club, I’ve been enjoying the online book clubs I’m a part of on Goodreads where the discussion’s focus is on the book and not so much on what went down last weekend at the neighborhood pool.
Goodreads offers a bunch of book clubs that, like neighborhood book clubs, meet regularly to discuss specific books. But unlike your local book club, in a Goodreads book club, you can wear your frilly pink flip flops and not worry about ladies gossiping about your fashion faux pas behind your back. You meet at your convenience; the Goodreads website is open 24-7, so you won’t wait a month between meetings hoping you’ll remember something coherent to say about the book you read two weeks ago.
You can find an online book club by logging onto Goodreads and clicking the Groups link near the top of the screen. You’ll find groups divided by categories in the main section of the page, including featured groups, new groups, and groups reading books on your to-read shelf. You also can search for a group by name, or you can browse groups by their tags using the links in the right column. Many of the tags are genre related, so if your passion is romance, non-fiction, vampires, or literature, you might click on a link and find a book club reading exactly what you want to read and discuss, too.
(Keep in mind that not all the groups on the Goodreads page are book clubs.)
If you really want a treat, join our We Read Indie Books RG2E Book Club at http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/62304-we-read-indie-books-rg2e.
At the beginning of each month, members nominate books by indie authors, and we vote on which book to read. Then, as we finish reading the books, we discuss. We’re currently reading our fourth book, Reckless Nights in Rome by CC MacKenzie, which was one of the books included in the recent Beach Book Blast.
Your turn, WG2E-land! What do you enjoy the most about book clubs (whether it’s an online club or a group that meets in person)?