Sunday, August 29, 2010

For the first time in my life, I went clubbin'!

Book clubbin' that is! Yes, yes. I joined a book club.

Yesterday, I went to my first book club meeting. I have never been to a book club before and wasn't really sure what to expect. My husband pictured a bunch of old ladies with white hair.

I really only joined to give me some motivation to read books. I needed someone to tell me what book to read and when to read it by. And it worked! I read two very interesting books that I would not have picked up otherwise.

I got cleaned up and sat a restaurant with some very nice ladies and discussed these books. And they weren't old ladies with white hair. They were my age-ish.

It was awesome. I got to have grown up conversation with other grown ups. I got a nice break away from the kids and remembered what it felt like to be me for awhile.

Erin. Not Mama Rosebud. Erin. Lover of good books, good writing, and good conversation.

On my way home, I took a side trip by our library to look for some new books. I am terrible at this. They didn't have the next book for our club, so I just sort of perused the aisles. Nothing really jumped out at me.

Later that night back at home, I logged into my Goodreads account to update my reading list (see widget in my left sidebar for what I have read this year.) I stumbled upon two very cool features of that site.

First, there are groups you can join. I joined a Reading Challenge group that gives you suggestions and incentives for finding new books to read. Totally up my alley.

Then, I found the book swap feature. Basically, you mark books on your shelf that you own and if they are available for swap. If someone else on Goodreads wants your book, they request it. The requester pays postage. All you have to do is print out a mailing label and drop it in the mail. Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet! If you are looking for a new book to read, you can most likely find someone who has it to swap. Free book + shipping. After you have swapped 10 books, you get one for free. Mama like!

So, I have gotten myself back on top of my reading game. I am definitely on track to meet my goal of reading 12 books this year, and I am starting to set my goal for next year. 24? 36? What do you think?



Shell said...

What did you read for bookclub?

I love looking at the lists on goodreads to try to find new things to read. I never saw the swap feature on there. I'll have to check it out.

blueviolet said...

I LOVE reading and I use my book reviews as a way to force myself into taking the time to enjoy something I love!

Carrie said...

ohhhhh, what are you reading for book club? We are reading "The Big House". I was supposed to read it over the summer, but of course am "cramming" at the last minute. Can't wait to hear what's on your reading list!