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Blogging Book Club

By Linsibrownson @CleverSpark

Back in the days where I had a lot more time on my hands, I used to be an avid reader.  Today, not so much.  I can barely make it through a book every 6 months – for two main reasons:

1. I have this habit of needing multiple books around at once.  Just in case I’m in the mood to read something but I don’t feel like delving into a haunting story of the South in wartimes, or reading about global warming, I need an in-betweener.  With so many in circulation it’s hard to ever close the final chapter.

2. Sometimes reading just seems like more work your brain.  I happen to think my brain works overtime as is, and at the end of a long day it’s screaming for a guilty pleasure tv show and not something that could possibly make me smarter.

The Bucolic Plague book by the Beekman Boys

What I'm reading right now. I love these guys.

That said, with all my raving about living an inspired life, I am trying to bring back some of the passions I used to employ (like in the days when I was single and living on my own…ahhh that sounds so nice sometimes).  So I’ve put a couple books on my must-read-soon list and I’m determined to set some time aside for them.

Here’s part 2 of this story. My friend and blogger Nicole from Smartmouth sent me an e-book about blogging (one of the topics we’re mutually interested in) and wanted to partner up to get the most out of it.  Kind of like a mini book club.  Which got me thinking, what if I did just the opposite?  What if this collective WE of readers here do our own version of a book club – I can pick a book (open to suggestions) and each week I’ll blog a couple thoughts and questions and we can comment, critique and have a grand ‘ol time.

It would be a fun way to interact worldwide because a lot of my readers are Aussies (yay!) or other lands far away.  You like?  Ok cool.  So what should we read?  I think something fun and easy would be a good start.  I have a soft spot for beach books (a summer thriller, maybe murder mystery?) this time of year but something funny would be good too.  Leave me a comment with your suggested readings.  Once we pick a book I’ll come up with the details and we can crack open the pages.  I want to keep this casual, a comment when you want to sort of club, and we’ll see how it goes.  Fun!

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