I love book groups!
Ever been part of a book group? I have, and even when I didn’t especially like our monthly picks, they expanded my horizons and made me explore genres I wouldn’t have chosen on my own. I saw some of my old favorites differently too, after discussing them with people who didn’t necessarily like my taste in books. It can be quite enlightening to find out why we see things differently.
Okay, so I love book groups. I especially love discussions about the whys and wherefores of the story. Why the characters did what they did. Why the story’s setting did or didn’t work, or why the loose ends were or weren’t tied up in a pretty bow at the end, or why six different people might have seven different opinions about what, exactly, is the theme of the story. It is SO MUCH FUN to talk books with fellow booklovers.
It’s just hard to find time for it.
But here’s a chance for busy booklovers to take part in a book group without leaving home: the ACFW Book Club. ACFW stands for American Christian Fiction Writers, but you don’t have to be a writer or a member of ACFW to participate.
They’ve chosen my second novel, Gone South, as their June read. This discussion will take place from June 24 to 28, via a Yahoo email loop. (You can be part of a Yahoo group without having a Yahoo email address.)
–From their website: The ACFW Book Club gives fans of Christian fiction the opportunity to communicate with each other, chat with ACFW authors, and discuss books. Book Club participants are invited to join an e-mail group set up to facilitate announcements and host discussions about the current reading selection. Members will be eligible for monthly free book drawings. To join, send a blank e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit groups.yahoo.com/group/acfwbookclub and click “join this group.” You will receive a confirmation e-mail after joining. Follow the instructions given in the e-mail to complete your subscription to this e-mail list.–
See? Couldn’t be simpler. You can post comments and questions during the scheduled dates for the discussion, and you can come back later to read the responses. I’ll be chiming in too, and I hope to see a whole bunch of you there. The July pick will be Deborah Raney’s The Face of the Earth, and I hope you’ll stick around for that one and more.
Also, if any of you are in real-life book clubs (or if you want to start one!) and you would like to have me speak to your group, just let me know. I’m happy to meet with groups in person if they’re not too far away, or we can meet via Skype if distance is a problem. If you’re interested, you can tell me in the comments here or send me a message via the contact form on my website.
P.S. I would love to schedule some discussions of my first book too. When Sparrows Fall gets into some of the very real problems that face homeschooling families when they get swept up in the extremes of the movement. This is a subject that I care about very much, having spent twenty-some years as a homeschool mom myself.
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