2012 seems to be the year for Book Clubs for me. I actually started a face to face Book Club in 2011. We sort of call ourselves The Pikes Peak Bookworms (ok, that’s what I call us, I’m not sure about the rest of the group.) I’m also not sure who besides me, actually reads the books. I really am failing at running this Book Club. At least we have a good time when we get together. This month we are reading Sundays at Tiffany’s by James Patterson, which is re-read for me. I enjoyed it the first time I read it, so I know that I will have at least one good read in January.
I’ve also decided to start an online Book Club for my students. A number of them seem interested in really discussing books – but the library lesson schedule and the school day just doesn’t seem to allow time for that. I know some teen librarians in the Public Library World have had some success with this. I’m not sure how it will work at the elementary level – I’m going to try setting up a Book Club Blog. Even if I only end up with 5 participants, I think it will be worth it.
This month we are reading Looking for Alaska by John Green. This has been on my TBR list for a while, so already joining an Online Book Club is going to help me tackle my overwhelming list. Apparently, everyone else is reading this book too because both libraries I patronize (Pikes Peak Library District and Douglas County Libraries) had no copies available for check out. Not wanting to fall behind in the reading I purchased the book for the Kindle App on my iPad. I can read it while walking on the treadmill.
What about you? Do you belong to any Book Clubs? If so, do they actually read and discuss the books? How do you feel about online Book Clubs?