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Sunday, October 15, 2006

Online Book Clubs

Earlier in the year I was trying to find an online book group but was unsuccessful. Since then I've become aware of several. For those of us who live in out-of-the-way places where bookclubs don't exist or there's only one that isn't very interesting, these online clubs are great. If anyone who stops by here is interested here are a few links. If you know of anymore let me know.

The Blogger Book Club
is hosted by Mizbooks. Nominations for the Nov. read are still open. So visit her and nominate a book that you want to read that you've heard great things about.

Reading Matters is reading Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood. Discussion will start in about 2 weeks. Watch for a new book nomination to be coming up.

Stephanie and Maureen host The Written Word. Their current read is The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.

Our Coffee Rings October read is a Canadian author Ann-Marie MacDonald's book, The Way the Crow Flies. There are 5 choices listed for the Nov. read, so if you're interested go on over and vote on the one you'd like to read.

Slaves of Golconda are presently reading Indiana by George Sands. They will soon be choosing a new book for Nov.

Michelle and a few friends at Overdue Books are reading The Thirteenth Tale for October and The Memory Keepers Daughter for Nov.

Litblog co-op offers a seasonal reading experience. For the Autumn 2006 Read This! the book choice is Firmin by Sam Savage.

Kate and several of her friends have an interesting group at A Curious Singularity. They review one short story by a different author each month. This month they are discussing Virginia Woolf's Kew Gardens. Choices for Nov. through April are listed in the sidebar.

Mizbooks at Biblioholism (a disease taking over all my cells!) participates in The Alphabet Readers group. The goal is to read books that start with every letter of the alphabet by either author or title or both. Several blogsters are already doing this, but you may want to join the group for encouragement or suggestions to fill certain letters.

Yahoo! Reading Groups provide an extensive list of 2,186 reading and/or writing groups. You can find 164 Science Fiction and Fantasy reading groups, but only 64 Mystery reading groups. (What's up with that?!) Other specialized groups include Oprah's Book Club with a listing of 74 different book groups and Cultures and Groups that include such subgroups as African American Reading, Moms, Teenagers, etc. There are even groups for audio books, to buy, sell and trade books, etc. You could spend days looking over the lists. So this might be a good thing to know on those days when you are plum worthless in the areas of housework, cross-stitching, quilting, scapbooking, cooking or going to the job. Thanks Lesley for providing a heads up about yahoo reading groups. Lesley belongs to the yahoo group called On The Front Porch. Love that name and I love the picture on the site.

24 comments:

Stephanie said...

Hey, thanks for the shout-out!

Susan Abraham said...

I love this post, Booklogged.
The subject's been on my mind lately.
Will check out the links for sure.
Thank you so much.
Also, I added a late comment for 'In Season' Banned Books Week to say that I loved the poster.

take care

angela said...

i'd love to find a strictly mystery or science fiction reading group. guess i'll have to do some searching as well!

Bookfool said...

I know Mizbooks from one of my online groups but I didn't know about the one you mentioned. Thanks, I'll have to look into these. I'm in the same boat. Occasionally, a reading group will start up in my little town but they seldom last long and there's always been a conflict regarding when or where they meet, so online groups have filled in that gap for me, nicely.

Les said...

I belong to an online group through Yahoogroups. You can find it here. I know one of the leaders runs a mystery group, Angela, that you might enjoy. I don't have the url for that, though.

Anonymous said...

Ooh, cool links, thanks for posting these. Will have to check them out! :)

Have a great day!

iliana said...

I've participated in most of these on-line clubs at one time or another but I hadn't heard of The Blogger Book Club before. Yikes. Another one for me to look it :)

angela said...

Thanks, Les, I'll join that list & try to find out...

mizbooks said...

Thanks for linking to my new group! I had no idea, when I started mine up, that there were so many others out there! I'd only heard of one other until you mentioned these, so thanks ... now I'll be busy! LOL ;o)

<>< Mizbooks

michelle said...

Great post. I am always looking for other online groups. We have an online group bookblog and often do book group readings. Feel free to stop by and join in any time.

Kate S. said...

Thanks for this great list. Another one to add is A Curious Singularity. It's a group blog dedicated to discussing short stories, a different story by a different author each month. The ongoing October discussion is of Virginia Woolf's "Kew Gardens." Starting on November 14th we'll begin discussing our next selection which is Katherine Mansfield's "At the Bay." Anyone who is interested is welcome to join and participate in the discussion.

Kate S. said...

I don't think the link I put in above for "A Curious Singularity" works. Here it is again:
http://www.acurioussingularity.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

I've tried twice in the last two days to comment and blogger wouldn't let me. Thanks for the links (if this works!). :)

booklogged said...

Thanks for the comments and for the links to other book groups. I've added all links from the comments to the main post. I had no idea when I started this that there were so many to choose from. A person could get overwhelmed. Just remember: You don't neeed to belong to them all.

Jenclair, blogger just likes to have its little fits every once in awhile, doesn't it. Glad it finally let you comment.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great list of online bookclubs, booklogged! I used to visit a couple of them a while ago, but recently joined a F2F group here in Toronto. While F2F's are nice, I am still partial to online bookclubs so I might revisit some of them soon.

Thanks again!

Amelia said...

Thank you for the links! I had come across some of the links that you posted but had forgotten to save their location. It would be very difficult for me to join a F2F club, so online book clubs are definitely for me :)

booklogged said...

Lotus, I like your new, exotic picture. Did I tell you I was moving to Toronto? I'm not really, just dreaming; but in the dream we could be in the same bookclub.

Amelia, I know what you mean. I quit going to the one book group in my area, but I read the book for this month and it was good. There were only 5 people there and the lady that talks nonstop wasn't there so it was actually kind of fun. I'm going to join a couple online clubs.

Orange Blossom Goddess (aka Heather) said...

Great idea to post some of the online book clubs you discovered. I ran into the same problem last Spring and so I started Our Coffee Rings. I've been enjoying having a different theme each month and lots of people have joined in. The one thing I've really enjoyed about starting my blogs is the sense of community that has been created.

Anonymous said...

booklogged!

Don't stop dreaming, please! I don't recall who said this, but 'dreams are the laboratories of reality' We yet might attend that book club together, but be warned, I talk nonstop when I like a book! Just kidding! :)

booklogged said...

Heather, I like that sense of community with people who share the same interests. It's serendipitous. I certainly didn't expect it when I started blogging.

Lotus, you make me laugh.

fennymun said...

Thank you for the posting. Such a long list which definitely needs days to browse through them.

Danielle said...

There are lots of opportunities out there these days to read along, aren't there! I tend to get myself in trouble with these groups as they throw off my normal reading, but they are too fun to pass up.

Colleen Gleason said...

I'm bookmarking this list! Thanks so much for compiling it. I used to belong to a book group, and actually tried to restart it a year ago, but didn't get it off the ground.

I miss getting in a group and discussing. I'm going to see if I can find one that works for me!

Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Oh my God, now I have more book stuff to check out online. My sisters is The Written Word and I am still trying to get through The Thirteenth Tale. I don't know why I can't get into it, but I will keep reading. Everyone else likes it so it must be me. Like I said up top you have an awesome blog.