Last month I told y’all that I’d signed up for Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Bookclub. Yesterday I participated in my second book discussion, this month about Anna Quindlen’s How Reading Changed My Life. The meetings are virtual, with Anne and bookclub community manager Ginger as panelists and all the rest of us lively commenters on the sidebar. Last month Peter Heller was the author (we read Celine) and he participated in the meeting – which was very fun (and not only because he is just that cute in real life … yep, fan-for-life!). I’m honestly not sure how often the author attends these meetings, but I’m quite happy with the 50% rate so far!
The tagline on the MMD Bookclub site is “Where we’re learning to read better together” … and I can already see the impact on my reading life (and hopefully my goal to actually “read better”). Anna Quindlen writes about “a world in which people read, read constantly, avidly, faithfully … [where] books would be treasured, honored, even cosseted on special shelves.” (p. 24) This is for sure reading better … maybe even at its best?!
In addition to these monthly meetings, there is a very active online community (I haven’t figured much of it out yet, but I have written a few posts) and periodic classes. So far, I’ve participated in classes about book journaling and writing in your books. The journaling is about documenting what you read and want to read. I’ve fallen out of love with Goodreads and the journaling class has given me new things to think about. For now, though, I’m finding the 4×6 cards that Bonny suggested a perfect solution.
Of course these index cards live in my desk and I’ve gotten very much out of the habit of sharing my thoughts about what I’m reading. I need to figure out something for 2020, because I do think that the sharing aspect is important. and of course I love seeing what y’all think about books!
If you can read my writing on the card above, you’ll see I gave this book 4 stars. It was published in 1998 and still seems relevant. I appreciated her thoughts on how technology might change reading … or not. and of course all the Reading Love. She says the two books that make her a liberal were 1. the Bible and 2. A Christmas Carol (she’s a huge Dickens fan).
She includes 11 booklists at the end (it never occurred to me she was trying to pad the book, but a few MMD Bookclub folks suggested that) and I was surprised how few of those 110 books I’d read. I wasn’t that well-read back in the late ’90’s but I did read!
In any event, it’s a short book and one I think anyone who reads this blog would appreciate. Get it from the library, brew a nice cup of tea and settle in for a few enjoyable hours of reading. and enjoying the reading life.
Switching gears. Wow, how did it get to be Thursday evening already?! I really wanted to share this post yesterday, but
I visited Charlie’s class yesterday afternoon as the guest Parent Reader and then I had dinner, drove home, and well … it didn’t happen.
The boys are coming tomorrow for a sleepover (while their parents attend the last holiday party). I have a post in mind, but it might not happen until Sunday. Thank you for sticking with my crazy posting schedule!
and happy Almost Friday!