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Colleen_C_C MY 43THINGS ... February 13, 2006 - August 7, 2014

Participate in a book group (read all 109 entries…)

—not the name of a book, but of how I’m feeling, having just written & sent the e-mail that invites those friends who will (I hope!) consider joining the book club that I’m starting (the coordinating meeting for which will occur later this month). smile


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A Book Group!

I’ve always wanted to join a book group!
It sounds so great!
Wish I could join!

Colleen_C_C MY 43THINGS ... February 13, 2006 - August 7, 2014


for your nice comments, Spatz. smile

Perhaps you can find a book group in your area? Or perhaps we can re-constitute the one that used to “meet” here at 43T?

What sorts of things do you like to read?

Best wishes from one “Buchwurm” to another! smile

Spatz Find me at

I’ve never heard of a book group in this area – I don’t think there is one….
There was an online book group? I’ll have to look it up!

I like to read many things, from light “chick lit” like Marian Keyes to William Gibson to the classics to everything :)

Wish I

could be in your book group!

Colleen_C_C MY 43THINGS ... February 13, 2006 - August 7, 2014


for your kind message, RW. smile

Are there any book groups meeting in your area? Or perhaps, as I’ve mentioned elsewhere here, perhaps we can re-constitute the one that used to exist on 43Things.

What kinds of books to you like to read?

Best wishes from one bookworm to another! grin

Bee Sage obsessed with learning


What kind of books? I wish there were more scifi book clubs around here. Too much Austen, not enough Asimov for me ‘round here. Let us know how your club goes. I for one would love some tips and anecdotes about how you got it up and running.

Colleen_C_C MY 43THINGS ... February 13, 2006 - August 7, 2014


for your enthusiastic response, BeeSage. smile

The books we read in the club that I belonged to for the past three years (attending 30 meetings) are fairly well documented in my entries under this goal—they ran the gamut from non-fiction to YA through Fiction Lite to Serious Literary Works, & included several SF titles along the way! I’d be pleased if you wanted to comment on any of those titles/entries (we could have some discussion there!).

As for the club, well, I’ll have tips & anecdotes as we go, I imagine, but nothing yet, since I only “joined” the last one (on its second meeting, to be sure), while I’m “founding” this one! wry grin

Best wishes to you, Fellow Reader!

Colleen_C_C MY 43THINGS ... February 13, 2006 - August 7, 2014

Tips & Anecdotes

My first thought along these lines – having just now finally(!) found a date when the group can meet again – is that I’ve been too democratic & not enough of a dictator about getting us all settled in. For example, we’re still going month-to-month in finding a meeting date, when we should already have settled on a standing appointment (“first Mondays” or “third Thursdays” or some such thing), just because it takes an insane amount of time to get eight people organized, given how busy everyone’s calendar is these days.

My second thought along these lines is that it’s good to have a little bit of technology in your corner. Our having a “listserv” to post messages to is making things easier in terms of disseminating the same information to everyone simultaneously. No longer does each member have to remember to “reply all” – something which is apparently surprisingly difficult – & there’s no need for long messages full of embedded & forwarded previous e-mails. You just post once & everybody can see everything that everyone else has written: about the book chosen for the month, who will be discussion leader for it, the place/date/time of the meeting, etc.

Colleen_C_C has gotten 8 cheers on this entry.


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