Bookclubs are fun. I enjoy them and have the pleasure of being involved in an "in-person" club here in town. But I also have found a great deal of enjoyment in discussing books with my online bookish friends. So, I thought I would be fun to start a book club which is hosted here at Reading to Know, but involves some of my favorite fellow bloggers. I asked a handful of other bloggers that I know fairly well to each take a month next year and choose a book for the rest of us to read together. These other bloggers will host the bookclub discussion each month here at Reading to Know.
Again, each month we'll read and talk about their selected choice! Each individual will lead the discussion but the common meeting ground for the group will be here.
Q: How can you participate?
A: You'll find reading list for the the 2012 Reading to Know Bookclub below. You can read along with us on any or all of the months. I recognize that some titles might appeal to you more than others. So feel free to pick and choose which months you'd like to participate - or plan to read all of them, if you like! I'll remind you at the beginning of each month which book is being read, and there'll be a wrap-up post at the end of the month which will be posted here at Reading to Know.
Read along with us, write up your own blog posts for each book you read and then you will be invited to link your post(s) which relate to the selected title of the month up at the conclusion of each month.
Q: What books will we be reading and who selected them?
A: Here is the list of books selected for the Reading to Know Bookclub along with information on who selected what book and which discussion they'll be leading:
January - Beyond Opinion, by Ravi Zacharias. Selected by Sky.
February - Running Away to Home, by Jennifer Wilson. Selected by *Carrie* at With All That I've Been Given.
March - The Pilgrim's Progress, by John Bunyan. Selected by Shonya at Learning How Much I Don't Know.
April - Any title by P.G. Wodehouse of your choosing (selected by Tim at Diary of an Autodidact) Just choose one. Especially if you've never read Wodehouse before. (Happy to make suggestions if you need some.)
May - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain. Selected by Amy at Hope is in the Word.
June - A Girl of the Limberlost, by Gene Stratton Porter. Selected by Stephanie at Simple Things.
July - Any book in the Chronicles of Narnia series (as part of the Chronicles of Narnia Reading Challenge hosted annually here at Reading to Know, hosted by myself) (Again, just choose one. And make the most of it!)
August - The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne M. Valente. Selected by Bluerose at Bluerose's Heart.
September - Professionalizing Motherhood, by Jill Savage. Selected by Stephanie at Stephanie's Mommy Brain.
October - Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Selected by Barbara H. at Stray Thoughts.
November - Jewel of Persia, by Roseanna White. Selected by Annette at Live, Learn, Love.
December - A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. Selected by Carrie (that'd be me!)
* The wrap-up post for each book will be linked up to this post for easy access.
Q: Will you still be hosting the Lucy Maud Montgomery Reading Challenge alongside this new 2012 Reading to Know Bookclub?
A: Yes. The Lucy Maud Montgomery Challenge will be held in January as usual. As Sky is hosting the January read, I'll still be devoting quite a bit of time and attention to Montgomery. (I will also, for the record, being reading the Zacharias title.)
For convenience sake, I'm choosing the read for the 2012 Bookclub in July and am combining that with the Chronicles of Narnia Reading Challenge which will be held per usual.
Q: How do you let us know that you intend to participate in any or all of the Bookclub reads?
A: We'd love it if you wrote up a blog post stating your intent to join and why. Of course, spread the word and invite your friends to join in. The great thing about an online bookclub is that you don't have to worry about the size of your living room when inviting guests to join in with us! The more the merrier!
Here is the code for the Bookclub Button for you to use when writing up your posts:
<a href="http://www.readingtoknow.com/2011/12/reading-to-know-bookclub-2012.html"><img style="width: 150px; height: 150px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-415X-TjEDgs/TtxSP8zE5DI/AAAAAAAACAE/MM5jmOnbnpw/s400/bookclub.jpg" border="0" alt="Reading to Know - Book Club" /></a>
Looking forward to a great (shared) year of reading in 2012! I hope we've found at least one title to tempt you with and we look forward to sharing these books with one another in the new year!
Beyond Opinion, by Ravi Zacharias
If you have questions about any of the titles selected, where to find them, or other questions related to how the bookclub operates, please feel free to leave those questions in the comment section. I'll respond to them right away! Thanks!