Currently, our monthly book club is on hiatus. However, we do have plans to meet periodically and we’d still love to have you join us. Here are some FAQs to give you more information:
How did the book club get started?
I have always wanted to be a reader and discuss with others what I am learning. I acknowledged in order to accomplish that goal, I needed to lessen my television binge-watching and set aside time for reading. I had just finished “The Four Tendencies” by Gretchen Rubin and after I took her personality quiz I determined that, as the Obliger personality type, I am much more likely to follow through on achieving a goal if I have an accountability partner. She gave the example, “if you want to read more, then start a book club.”
So, I launched my book club to the world in May 2017 on Bookmovement (a platform like GoodReads) hoping a few others, friends or strangers, might want to join me in my journey. Fast-forward four years and we have close to 300 members nationwide joining us each month for discussion. I am pleased that many best-selling authors have joined us, too, over the years to discuss their books and answer questions.
When you do meet?
Currently, our monthly meetings are on hiatus. However, we will still meet periodically. Our meetings will take place in Melissa’s home in Southwest Fort Worth or an event space such as a bookshop.
What is Book Movement?
Book Movement is an online book club forum. You can read more about it here. I enjoy working with their Creator and President, Pauline Hubert. After you complete your membership profile on Book Movement you will receive notifications on our upcoming meetings and the books we will be reading. Plus, you can create your personal queue of books you want to read outside of our group and find out new releases and trends in all genres of books. For additional information about Book Movement visit their FAQ page here.
How do I sign up and is there a cost?
Membership is free, through Bookmovement and we welcome new members to join us anytime. Use this access link to set up your free member profile. Once you join you will have access to our book club’s page to see what we are reading in the current and subsequent months. For virtual meetings, the Google Meet access link is located in your emails or on the event page. We do ask that you RSVP your attendance each month to help me plan for upcoming meetings.
How are the books selected?
I select the books based on reviews, the buzz in the literary world, and the social media presence of the author. We try to read new releases and hopefully books whose authors are interested in connecting with book clubs. We read a variety of genres – non-fiction, fiction, memoirs, mysteries and thrillers, and historical fiction. We also like to read books that lead to television or film so we can read the book and then watch the movie together.
Do I purchase my own book?
Each member purchases their own book. We know everyone reads differently. Some like to read an actual book, others their device, some like to listen to their books during their walks or commutes, and others like to support their local library. I try to have the books listed on my Amazon store where Amazon pays me a small commission for your purchase.
Can I invite a friend?
Friends are always welcome to join us for meetings. After their first meeting, if they want to continue joining us, we ask that they create a Book Movement membership.
Do I have to read the book to attend the gatherings?
Remember the saying, “You get out of it what you put into it?” We do have the expectation that club members will read the month’s selection to actively engage in conversation with the other book club members in attendance. Likewise, I am inviting people into my home who, I hope, are equally interested in reading along with me. We’ve read some books that are a challenge to finish, but we try our best which helps to elevate the discussion when we meet. Think back to your “why” for joining our book club.
Can I cancel my meeting or opt out of receiving emails?
We know life gets in the way. Please consider sticking with us until you can add reading back into your routine. However, if you wish to cancel your membership, please visit your account page on the Book Movement site to delete your account. I do not have access to your personal account information.