January 28, 2011 | By: Tracy

The Forever Endeavor Online Book Club

Confession time: I've been wanting to join a bookclub for a while now, but my schedule can be a bit sketchy. I can't always promise I can make it on a set night to the local B&N (or Starbucks . . . or library . . . or, well, you get the point)

So, I'm thinking about creating one online. I mean, what the heck good is it to have a blog if you can't use it for something you enjoy, right?

I'm still working out the details in my head (scary thought, I know), but I think the way it would work is this. . . .

On the first Friday of every month, I'll choose a book for that month's selection (I'll always be open to suggestions, since the dictatorship thing isn't really my gig) Then anyone who's interested in participating for that month can leave a comment and join in.  

On the final Friday of every month I'll create a post where those who chose to participate can chime in with their thoughts. Just like in a real bookclub -- only behind the flexibility of our computer lives.

But the best part is --unlike with real bookclubs -- with this one you can join in and drop out depending on whether you feel like reading the selected book for any particular month. If you don't like the genre, you can just skip that month. You like the next one, you can drop right back in. 

(The only thing I'd ask is if you say you're going to read the book, please try to remember to read it and join in the discussion).

So what do you all think? Good idea? Bad idea? Anyone have any suggestions on the first genre they'd like the club to focus on?


14 witty remarks:

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Hey girl, I knew you'd come up with something to blog about. ;)

Great idea! I've never joined a bookclub because I'm afraid I'll be forced to read something I'm not interested in. Sure I might love it in the end, but what if I don't, especially if I would have rather read something else.

It's okay if the book sucked but you had wanted to read it. Not so great if you didn't want to read it in the first place.

Misty Waters said...

Count me in!

salarsenッ said...

I think that's a wonderful idea. For me, I edit so many others' work, it's tough to read for mere pleasure. Not sure if I could finish the book, but maybe each month. Chiming in is a good idea. You know, those who participated could also post on their own blogs, where they are in the book, what they like/dislike and we all could comment linking us.

Just a thought.

Enjoy your weekend.

Elena Solodow said...

This sounds like a great idea, but with the way my reading can get so inconsistent, I'd be worried about fulfilling the obligation. I would definitely *try* though.

Kindros said...

I think it's a great idea. :) I would try to do this also.

Meredith said...

This sounds like the perfect flexible book club to me! I'd definitely join in.

Demitria said...

This is great...I'll be back next friday to see what the first book is.

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W.B. said...

This is marvelous idea. I've never had the opportunity to join a bookclub before, let alone an online one.

Patti said...

I love this idea. I've always wanted to join a book club, but like you said time is an issue. Can't wait to see what book you pick.

Colene Murphy said...

Wow! That sounds like a great idea!!! I hope you get this going soon!

Christopher said...

If I'm interested in the book I'd definitely join in.

Pk Hrezo said...

This is a fantastic idea! I'm totally in. Keep me posted!

Susanne Drazic said...

Sounds like a neat idea. I also like the flexibility of participating or not, depending on if you read a certain genre or not.

Carolyn Abiad said...

Count me in! I love book clubs, especially flexible ones! :)

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