Thursday, January 28, 2016

Exciting Book Club News!

After almost 14 years, it can be difficult to keep a book club going. Through the years, we've seen women come and go; and frankly, there were times when I wasn't quite sure we'd be able to keep the club going. However the past few months, we've had some pretty exciting things happen.

First, we welcomed some new members and much needed fresh blood in our group. That's not a knock against anyone in my group, of course. As our numbers dwindled, we just needed a few more people to keep things interesting... and give us enough people to make our meetings worthwhile. There were a few times when there weren't even enough of us available to meet!

And even more exciting is the news that we were chosen as one of the 2016 Book Club Girl Book Club Sweepstakes Winners. Only ten clubs were selected, and I can say that my group (the Booking Mamas) is absolutely thrilled. Each month, we get to choose our book club selection based on a list that we receive from Harper Collins; and they send books for the entire group (up to twelve.)  In addition, we are supposed to receive some Book Club Girl swag; and we even get the opportunity to have Skype visits with some of the authors. This month, all of the choices looked pretty darn good:

THE GOLDEN SON by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
THE EVENING SPIDER by Emily Arsenault
THE RAMBLERS by Aidan Donnelley Rowley
WHAT REMAINS OF ME by Alison Gaylin
WHAT THE WAVES KNOW by Tamara Valentine
BE FRANK WITH ME by Julia Clairborne Johnson

Our  group took an informal vote and selected WHAT REMAINS OF ME by Alison Gaylon. Normally, we take turns hosting and the individual hostess selects the book and leads the discussion. However for the next year, we decided it might be fun to vote on what we read. We'll see how it works out!

I can't tell you how excited I am to be part of this amazing program! Thanks Book Club Girl!


Kim@Time2Read said... are so lucky! I applied to our group to be part of this, but...
I look forward to hearing about your experience!

Kate Unger said...

That sounds amazing! Congratulations. And I am so impressed your book club has been going for 14 years! Mine will have it's 3 year anniversary in May.

bermudaonion said...

My book club was lucky enough to do this last year and it was a wonderful experience. Congratulations!

Beth F said...

CONGRATS!!! Sounds like a fantastic program