Wednesday Featured Book Club: RachelMomNana
Week four and I have another book club to feature today. Elizabeth and I have communicated a couple weeks ago about this feature and now her turn has come up! Please give a warm welcome to Elizabeth and her book club, RachelMomNana.
Sheila: Thank you so much for joining me today! I love your book club name, RAchelMOmNAna.
Elizabeth: This is named after Ramona, RAchelMOmNAna.
Sheila: How long have you been meeting?
Elizabeth: about a year, since Rachel was reading chapter books herself
Elizabeth: We try to meet every month or so
Elizabeth: We ask Rachel to lead it sometimes, to come up with questions but mostly we just chat about what we liked and didn’t like about the book.
Elizabeth: back and forth at our two houses when it is convenient.
Elizabeth: Yes, just the three ladies
Elizabeth: 9, 42, 64
Elizabeth: childrens or classic
Elizabeth: We each take turns making the suggestions. We look for versions of books that we can all read. The first book we did was Heidi, because we had an abridged version that Rachel could read, I loved it as a child, and Nana had never read it.
After that, we each suggested a book that we thought the others would like or should read.
Sometimes we each read a different version of the book, like a graphic novel of Treasure Island, or the children’s version of Anne of Green Gables.
When Rachel picks the book, we just read her book.
Elizabeth: Rachel made up questions in her Book Club Scribbler for us to answer for Owls in the Family that were imaginative and insightful.
The book we all loved the most was Tale of Despereaux by Kate diCamillio, but also, Anne is a perennial favorite, as we live on Prince Edward Island.
Elizabeth: It’s always fun when the three of us get together!
We try to decorate the table and serve snacks that match the book. For example, we had cheese, drank ‘tea’ from a child’s tea set and put toy mouses on the table when we discussed Tale of Despereaux; chocolate and cheese and Toblerone bars when we met about Heidi.
Elizabeth: We watched the movie Because of Winn-Dixie after discussing that book, our first repeat author, Kate deCamillio.
Sheila: What advice would you give to other book clubs?
Elizabeth: Inter-generational family book clubs are a lot of fun, and introduce the idea of literary discussions at a young age. My daughter loves that we will read a book that she likes and recommends, even if we weren’t that fond of Geronimo Stilton.
Thank you so much for sharing your book club with us! I love that you are a family of readers and I think Rachel is a very lucky girl! readers, please take a moment to check out Elizabeth’s Bog at An Adventure In Reading.
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