Building Better Book Clubs: How To Decide What Your Club Reads Next
Building Better Book Clubs / November 5, 2017

          is a series of posts focused on all things book club related: discussions, listicles, how to’s and more!   One the most controversial topics when participating in a book club is deciding what book you will all read next. Depending on the group, this could lead to hours of debate, broken friendships, or even strange political dancing. Trust me, I’ve seen it all. For each group, the right book selection option is critical to maintaining the peace. Uncertain which would be best for your book club? Check out some popular options below!   This is a Dictatorship, Not a Democracy The Dictatorship form of book selection is a popular one, no matter how unappealing it sounds with this silly title. In this form of book selection, one person gets to select the book for everyone.  This could show itself in many forms. For example, in celebrity book clubs, a single person heads the book group and picks for everyone. All the time. Who picks the books for Oprah’s Book Club? It’s sure not Ellen… This format works out well since a larger group of people come together to support these leaders and participate. My personal favorite variation…

Building Better Book Clubs: Types of Book Clubs to Join
Book Review / March 11, 2017

          is a series of posts focused on all things book club related: discussions, listicles, how to’s and more! Picking a type of book group to join can be intimidating. There are many options, but some can feel very exclusive. On behalf of the bookish community, I apologize if you feel left out! Below is a list of the types of book clubs I see most often, tips for how to join them, and a ranking for commitment level and ease of joining. Check these out and see if any of these groups speak to you. If so, explore your community and see what is available! All of these types of book clubs have different levels of commitment which can vary by group, but removes some of the stress related to book clubs.   When most people think of book clubs, this is what they consider: A select group of friends/family/coworkers/etc. getting together to discuss a book they have chosen. This is the most common type of in-person book club in my experience. These tend to pop-up organically when a group of friends want to read the same book. Sometimes, these groups are really just an…

Where in the World?
About Me / April 17, 2016

As you might have noticed, I was on a brief hiatus from updating my blog. Never fear! I did not abandon you, nor did I abandon my reading. I just returned from a 9-day vacation to the Caribbean islands where they had remarkably poor wireless when I had downtime, and fantastic wireless when I did not. C’est la vie. Don’t worry, I made good use of my time, as my photo evidence suggests. On my trip, I completed reading 4 books and I am in the middle of another two. Strangely, this is less than I expected. Silly ocean distracted me. Read: The Little Lady Agency, Red Rising, How To Be A Woman, Golden Son Currently Reading: Luke Skywalker Can’t Read: And Other Geeky Truths, All About Love The first book of my trip was a no brainer. Super fluffy chick-lit. Perfect for the beach. The next two books were for different book clubs. I traveled with my roommate, who also participates in the Our Shared Shelf book club, and we were both reading. It was great to have someone to talk to about How To Be A Woman while I was mid-reading it. Not having anyone to talk to about the Red Rising books was a challenge…

Lock In
Book Review / January 3, 2016

Title: Lock In Series: Lock In (#1) Author: John Scalzi Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tor Books Release Date: August 26th,2014 Format: Hardback Pages: 336 Source: Library (Books n' Booze Book Club) A blazingly inventive near-future thriller from the best-selling, Hugo Award-winning John Scalzi. Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent – and nearly five million souls in the United States alone – the disease causes “Lock In”: Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge. A quarter of a century later, in a world shaped by what’s now known as “Haden’s syndrome,” rookie FBI agent Chris Shane is paired with veteran agent Leslie Vann. The two of them are assigned what appears to be a Haden-related murder at the Watergate Hotel, with a suspect who is an “integrator” – someone who can let the locked in borrow their bodies for a time. If the Integrator was carrying a…

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