One of the most unexpected parts of blogging is connecting to the wide world of other bloggers. Over the 2012 Labor Day weekend, I was bored (and hot) and posted a month’s worth of opinions on books I’d read. It was a self-indulgent whim that turned into a monthly feature. The book review posts seem to get the most hits and comments. And through those posts I found a bunch of bloggers whose raison d’etre is books…reading, reviewing, discussing. So much awesome.
Words for Worms is a fun place to read about reading. She’s introduced me to a number of books currently on my To Be Read list that I never would’ve chosen for myself. She’s also got an online book club called The Fellowship of the Worms.
I love this idea! Years ago, I was part of a book club of local moms. We met while the kids were in school (this was before my kids started homeschooling). It was a hoot and we read books that I would not have picked if left to my own devices (The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. BTW, try discussing that book without blushing…). Unfortunately, all the other moms were Catholic and I was not, so we had a massive disagreement over The Da Vinci Code that kinda made book club not so much fun for me anymore.
But The Fellowship of the Worms is internet-based and by definition more diverse than my old mommy book club, so I’m looking forward to a lively discussion with penetrating insights and lots of humor. The July book is The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, which was unavailable at the library or PaperBackSwap. I was able to get a bargain priced copy from Amazon for less than $7, so that made me happy. Then I found a copy at my favorite Goodwill bookstore. You know what that means?
Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of The Thirteenth Tale. Giveaway closes Sunday, June 23 at midnight PDT. Sometime Monday morning, I’ll use Random.org to pick a winner. I hope to get the copy mailed out in plenty of time for the winner to participate in the Fellowship discussion.
If you’d like to participate in the book club, click here for more details. Then come back on July 8th when the discussion questions are posted and link up.