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Monday, April 17, 2006

Blog Book Group?

I’d like to start a fiction book club. On my blog. I have tried being in book groups in person, and I don’t always love it, probably because I am a lot more private than I seem. I am sometimes uncomfortable with group dynamics. But I like one-on-one, and I love the distance and control that email and blog conversations give me.

I love to read, and I try to always have a book going. But lately I have been having trouble finding one I like, so I resorted to junk, which is never all that satisfying. The last great thing I read was the new Jay McInerney, The Good Life (I also heard him read it in person and was so taken with him that I wanted to flirt with him, but there were too many others like me there!). In the last year, I also enjoyed Prep, The Glass Castle, The Speed of Dark, Plain Truth, My Sister’s Keeper, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

What is the common ingredient there? What causes one to pick up a book and make the effort? If anyone out there has similar taste, let me know and maybe we can try a blog book group here — and we won’t invite Oprah.


Count me in, Susan! It sounds like fun. I haven’t read any of the books you mentioned, but Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and The Good Life have both been on my mental to-do list. I’m currently reading Ian McEwan’s Atonement.

— added by MOM-NOS on Monday, April 17, 2006 at 7:26 am

We must have the same taste in books b/c I have read almost all the ones you mentioned (am presently reading Glass Castle, what a childhood!) I love to talk about books b/c in the end, every book we read helps us find a bit of ourselves deep inside.


— added by Sam's mom on Monday, April 17, 2006 at 7:35 am

I’ve read “The Glass Castle” (which made me feel better about my own childhood!) and “My Sister’s Keeper” (I love Jodi Picoult). I haven’t read any of the other books you’ve mentioned but I’m always looking for a great book. I’ll have to check them out. And I’d love to belong to a book club. With four kids at home, a blogging book club is ideal.

— added by Wendy on Monday, April 17, 2006 at 9:38 am

It would be great to know everyone’s critique of autism novels such as those by Ann Bauer and Marti Leimbach.

— added by kristina on Monday, April 17, 2006 at 10:00 am

I’m overly fond of reading novels but won’t be able to get to them till, who knows, this summer………. I will be glad to check in on your discussions, of course.

May I suggest Hilary Mantel’s books—An Experiment in Love?

yeah! are you in?

— added by kristina on Monday, April 17, 2006 at 10:07 am

Just realized I’ve also read “Plain Truth” by Picoult. I recommended the two books I mentioned above to MOM-NOS when her husband was scheduled for surgery. I told her to skip “My Sister’s Keeper” since it deals so much with cancer (and MOM/DAD-NOS didn’t know what the outcome of his surgery would be).

— added by Wendy on Monday, April 17, 2006 at 11:47 am

I’ve read Speed of Dark. I’ve given at least 2 copies away as gifts, as well. 🙂 (Moon has been very kind to me on the occasions I’ve talked to her about my son.)

I haven’t read any of the others.

I might be interested, but would not be inclined to go out and buy anything in hardcover, and I don’t really have access to a library.

— added by Julia on Monday, April 17, 2006 at 5:34 pm

Count me in, too!

A blogging book group sounds like a load of fun. Plus, I need a good excuse to start reading again–I’m easily sidetracked by movies and videogames. (The last fiction I read was “A Series of Unfortuante Events” by Lemony Snicket ;-)…though, in my defense, I like his “social representative” Daniel Handler too).

— added by Tera on Monday, April 17, 2006 at 9:25 pm

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