Good morning everyone!
Hope you all had a great weekend and a not so bad Monday.
I’m sure everyone has heard about the Wizarding World Book Club at this stage but in case you haven’t Pottermore is launching an official Harry Potter book club in June. I’m sure there are a bunch of these on Goodreads already but it’s really cool to have an official international one.
I avoided book clubs for years because I don’t like being told what to read but I always loved the idea of a book club (I’m also a big ol’ introvert and avoid social situations). I was one of those people who joined Goodreads groups, lurked for a little bit and then never returned. Occasionally I would comment in the introductions thread and not a peep after that. Last year I joined a group whose name alone sang to my soul, My Vampire Book Obsession. It was so easy to chat with people and everyone loved the same books as me. I had found my online book family! (and I absolutely love you guys!!) I loved it so much I eventually became a mod and now torment people with reading challenges (you guys love it, don’t try to deny it). Once the books were the right genre I found I didn’t mind being told what to read. I ended up increasing my reading from 2 or 3 books a month to 2 or 3 books a week! (I’m a slow reader so that is a huge increase)
But what about real life book clubs? I always figured it was a waste of time since there doesn’t seem to be anyone around that reads the same books as me (and I’m a big ol’ introvert). Book clubs seem to focus on literary fiction and bestsellers which I have nothing against and do read just not very often. But I figured, of the ten books I usually read each month making one a book club read isn’t that daunting. So I joined a local book club last month and met some really nice people. The book was something I would never have picked myself but I ended up enjoying it (Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld) and we had a really great chat about books. I guess I shouldn’t have been so narrow-minded about the whole thing. I’m really glad I joined, it was fun and the people there were really friendly.
Goodreads groups allow you to chat every day with people as obsessed with reading as you are and in your genre. But real life book clubs have their benefits too. Like getting an introvert out of her house!
Do you attend a book club or use Goodreads groups?
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To be fair, this is more of a Might Be Read list cause I am terrible at sticking to TBR’s. Hopefully, you’ll get some ideas for what to read for the readathon but if you don’t I have a Goodreads shelf with loads more recommendations. As always, there’s no pressure to complete the challenges. You… Read More The Irish Readathon TBR & Recommendations
My idea behind this was a collection of items a Georgian lady might be given by her lover/sweetheart. So I created this keepsake envelope collection that can be used as a reading journal and included Persuasion by Jane Austen because of the letter near the end of the book. Any book where the characters exchange… Read More Persuasion by Jane Austen Valentine's Keepsake Journal
The Irish Readathon is taking place again this year for the month of March. It’s hosted by myself, Aoife from Fred Weasley Died Laughing and Leanne Rose. We have set 5 challenges but there’s no pressure to do these. You really only need to read one book to participate. We’re fairly relaxed about the whole… Read More The Irish Readathon 2020 Announcement
I’m sure I will!! Thanks again!!
haha thank you!! I hope you enjoy some of the new books you’ve found 🙂
Love your posts!! Loving discovering new-to-me Irish authors!! Thank you for taking the time to do this!! If you wonder…
I’ll check it out. 👍
Yep, I have a video on how to make them on my YouTube.