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These 5 Online Book Clubs are Calling Your Name!

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At this point in my life, I’m not sure where I would be without a book club. Both social and fun, book clubs are the perfect way to take my favorite thing to do and add friends to it. Oh, and wine. (Lots of wine!) But we do read the books, I promise. And we also have thoughtful, interesting conversations about what we’re reading. So whether you love Twilight or The Iliad (or both!), book clubs can connect readers and friends on a whole different level. Which is why I’ve been so intrigued by all of the online book clubs I recently started hearing about. First, it was Our Shared Shelf, Emma Watson’s feminist book club, where the actress recommends…

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Big Library Read Kicks off This Month’s eBook Club with ‘Art of the Pie’

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This past week I’ve only been watching one thing on TV: The Great British Baking Show. Netflix recently added more episodes of the addictive British show about amateur bakers who compete to be crowned the best baker in the tent. It’s charming and wholesome and has basically convinced me that I’m secretly a whiz at baking cakes, pastries, biscuits and more. That’s why I’m currently all about Big Library Read‘s eBook club! Logically, I know I can’t learn how to make a perfect blueberry pie by watching it happen on TV. Still, I might be in luck, as Big Library Read just launched their latest digital book club choice: Art of the Pie, by Kate McDermott. For two weeks, from March…

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Author Sally Allen Suggests 10 Twists on the Same Ole Book Club

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I love books. I love reading them, collecting them, talking about them, writing about them. I’ve even been known to hug a book, now and again. I am that person who is forever shoving books into friends’ hands, urging, “Read this!” I have an “Oh! That reminds me of this book I read” moment for every occasion and a “You know what book you should read?” suggestion for every issue. And yet … I have a hard time sticking with book clubs. Confession time: I’ve participated – and quit – at least eight book clubs over the last 12 years. It’s not that I lacked appreciation for discovering new books I never would have read without book club. It’s not…

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A quick guide to a kick-ass book club

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Book clubs have a bad reputation among people who like to read, mocked for being a nice excuse to sit with your friends and drink wine, but certainly not an opportunity to talk about books with fellow bibliophiles. At least, this is what I thought before I joined one. I couldn’t have been more wrong, and now, more than four years later, my book club meetings are my favorite monthly activity. Much of this, I’ll admit, has to do with the lovely women in my club who—I’m sorry—I can’t share with you. Beyond that, though, there are some factors that have contributed to my club’s success as a genuine space to talk about great books. Here are a few tips.…

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SheReads January book club pick

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For months, we’d been calling Jennie Shortridge’s Love Water Memory the “book that got away.” Only choosing one book per month can often feel restrictive, and means that there are books we can’t pay proper attention. Love Water Memory fell into that category when it was published in April 2013. It was a novel we read and fell in love with immediately. A traumatized woman. A secret buried within the folds of her unreliable memory. A man desperate to hold on to her, even as she slips away. And above all, the tender hope of second chances and genuine healing. There was nothing neat and tidy about this novel. It was real and gritty and beautiful. We walked with Lucie and Grady…

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Book Club Recipe: The Girl You Left Behind

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Meeting with your book club this month to discuss THE GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND? Try making this amazing dish inspired by the novel. Chou Farci It’s sausage meat, some vegetables and herbs, wrapped in cabbage leaves and poached in stock.” When Sophie asks the Kommandant in The Girl You Left Behind if there are any dishes he would prefer her to cook, he answers that the meal she served to him and his men that same evening is one they would enjoy having again in the near future. She describes to him how she prepares the meal that is called Chou Farci.” I was so inspired by her explanation that I wanted to find out what was so special about…

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