Morning Meanderings….

This is one of those days where I kind of have this excitement going through me like a kid on Christmas morning.  Tonight my book club meets for the Christmas party/potluck review and it is also our 100th meeting!  I am super uper pumped!  We do a gift exchange, review our read and I hand out sheets to the members where they can rate our year.  It is fun to get the results back and at our January meeting we will reveal which book won the vote for the best (and the worst) Bookies Book Club read of the year.

Here is what we read this year for Bookies Book Club:

December:  Home For The Holidays by Rebecca Kelly (not yet reviewed)

Tonight I hand out the sheets where the Bookies can choose their answers from these books we have read as a group as well as other books they have read this year.  Here are the questions:
  • You have been a Bookie Since
  • Favorite Bookie Memory
  • Favorite place to do a book review
  • Best female character in a book club book this year
  • Best male character in book club book this year
  • Best new author we were introduced to this year
  • Best author of the year (doesn’t have to be new)
  • Worst Book Club read for 2009
  • Best Book Club read for 2009
I just love my book club!  They are such a blast.  If you are not a member of a book club either off line or on line – I highly recommend that you join one.  These girls have become such a part of my growth in reading and our discussions have really evolved through the years!

**If you want to join an online bookclub – I have one here at Wordshakers On Line Book Club, there is also one at Barneys Book Blog and  at With A Good Book.  I have had discussions at all three of these on line reading groups and they are a lot of fun.
Do you belong to a book club or book group?  Any fun ideas you can share on how you do reviews or fun things you do would be wonderful!

28 thoughts on “Morning Meanderings….

    1. I havent decided yet Esme. As I made the list this morning I was thinking Book Thief, but then Water For Elephants was awesome too…. then there was Pope Joan…. jury is still out for me 🙂

  1. Oh, I love the idea of an end-of-year review for book group! I think I’ll do something similar at the next meeting of my book groups.

    You read some good books this year – I really enjoyed Firefly Lane, Water for Elephants, The Glass Castle, The Book Thief,and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

    Thanks for the great idea!


    1. Hi Sue, I make a booklet every year that I hand out in January. It highlights all of our reading for the year as well as funny comments or moments to remember in the reviews. I add pictures and information for the upcoming year as well as reflections on the past year in a personal letter from me. I have done that since 2001 and I have copies of them all.

  2. I really need to join a book club. I’m at least going to check out your online clubs you mentioned.

    Great list of books you guys read. I loved The Book Thief and also enjoyed Firefly Lane, Water for Elephants, and Glass Castle. I have A Tree Grows in Brooklyn but haven’t read it yet.

    I don’t know how you do it all, girl! Your book clubs, your blog, all the reading and challenges, and…oh my, I need a nap just thinking about it!

    1. Lynne I hope you find a group that works for you. I am only consistent with my local book club and of course Word Shakers which is only two months old. The other two I check in on line that I mentioned here I join in when I can, sometimes it is easy as I have already read the book. 🙂

  3. Have tried bookclubs before, but never found one where I was comfortable. Either we couldn’t agree on a book, or the discussion turned to gossip or some hadn’t even read the book. You make me want to try again!

    1. I read it is Honduras J Kaye. I remember exactly where I was when I finished. We were on a bus heading into the main city and as I read those last 50 pages the tears were streaming down my face.

  4. I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve not read any of these books. Most of them are on my TBR list. I’m anxious to see who your group votes!

    The only book club I belong to is Word Shakers. I wish there was a group in my area that I could join. If only I had the time to start one myself, I would. I would love to have one for my students. I just don’t have the time right now but hopefully soon I can. So many of my students inspire me to read some really great books! 🙂

    1. Julie we had some really good reads this year and some…. not so much. 🙂 The Book Club has until the end of December to turn in their answers to me and then we announce them at our next meeting, January 12. Stay tuned!

  5. Sounds like such a fun book club. 100 meetings, that’s quite impressive. The group I attend will have ben going for 3 years in February (though it doesn’t seem like that long) meaning we are complete novices compared to your group. Here’s to another 100 meetings.

    1. Thanks Petty Witter! It really snuck up on us. I was mowing the lawn this summer and was thinking about how we were on out 8th year and then I started doing the math. I even went in to verify with my husband (the math wiz) if I had my calculations correct and that December would really be our 100th meeting. 🙂

  6. You guys had a nice list of books there! The book club that I belong to read Wednesday Sisters this year too. I can’t wait to see what we read next year. 🙂

    1. Alyce the book choices are half the fun. The first year we were sticking close to authors we knew…. then we made the rule that an author could only be selected once a year to force us out of our comfort zone….. now that is no longer an issue – we are always reading new authors! 🙂

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