Did you get a chance to make the lastest meeting of the Central library’s book discussion group “Let’s Talk About Books”? I missed it, and it’s too bad, because LTAB is a wonderful opportunity for book lovers like us to share our thoughts on whatever we’re reading now and get ideas for what to read next. Plus there’s no advance preparation: just bring what you’re reading and come ready to share. Brilliant!
I’d like to try the book group at my local branch, or some of the fantastic options at other branches. They’re offered in many languages, for all age groups, on various topics, and even for the visually impaired. Check them out! (Select “Book Group” from the Event Type drop-down menu.) I’m definitely going to one of them – right after I finish class, work, errands, and making sure my husband sees me often enough that he doesn’t think I’ve left him and moved to Uzbekistan.
Okay, so despite our best intentions to make it to that book group, sometimes life just gets in the way. But what if you could join one without having to make a major time commitment or even leave your home? You can – by joining an online book group. They’re usually message boards or email discussions, so you can post and read comments at your own convenience.
You can also find one that fits your style, no matter what your age and interests may be. Book Clubs Resource is a great place for finding online book groups of all shapes and sizes. The section “Special Interest Book Clubs” lists groups designed for African-Americans, mystery lovers, teens and children, and women, among others. Booktalk is a nice classic book group with an attractive interface.
Of course, with the web becoming ever-more interactive, you might be inspired to start your own online book group. You can get lots of great tips on how to set up and run your own online book group here, or on the library’s website.
So there go all our excuses about being too busy or not being able to get away from the house. If you have time to read a book, you have time to join an online book group. Of course, we’d still love to see you at the library’s in-person discussions!
Have you participated in an online book group, or found one that looks particularly interesting? Tell us about your experience!