Can’t wait for Haruki Murakami’s new novel? You’re in luck: Slate just published an exclusive excerpt from the book. Sample quote: “No matter how quiet and conformist a person’s life seems, there’s always a time in the past when they reached an impasse. A time when they went a little crazy. I guess people need that sort of stage in their lives.” (You could also read Ben Dooley’s review of 1Q84.)
Richard Brautigan, “It’s Raining Love”
We’ve joined our fair share of book clubs, both on Tumblr and outside in the world. No matter the venue, the best part of a good club is the exposure to new ideas, new stories, and new authors. It’s…
We’ve joined our fair share of book clubs, both on Tumblr and outside in the world. No matter the venue, the best part of a good club is the exposure to new ideas, new stories, and new authors. It’s so easy to get comfortable within a genre or author and stick with it, but a good book club group pushes us to try new things.
With this in mind, we are beyond excited to launch the #readinglunch book club—and we want to try something new.
Each and every one of you is invited to join us. Here’s how it’s going to work.
- At the end of each month, we’ll select three people to join our core#readinglunch book club group for the following month. First preference will be given to anyone who has asked to join by sending us a message through our ask box. These will be taken in order. Second preference will be given to our “biggest fans” on Tumblr.
- The three people will receive private messages asking them to join us the following month. If the first three do not accept, we’ll select from other submissions or recent “biggest fans.”
- Together with the three, Jill and Alaina will agree on one book to make it a four-person book club for the month.
- Each member will choose a book for consideration of the core group. It should be a book he or she has already read.
- The remaining core members will choose a book selected by another person to read that month. Everyone is free to choose any one of the other books.
- Post reviews and updates throughout the month with the #readinglunchtag.
- Each month’s book selections and core group list will be posted the first day of the month.
- Not a member of the core group? Read along anyway! Just choose one of the books and share your thoughts with #readinglunch.
The idea is to get as many diverse viewpoints represented as we can, and make lots of new reading friends along the way. We hope you’ll join us!
Anyone want to join a book club?
Oh, hello, followers. We’re so excited to have you here!
We feel compelled to share with you that we may be doing some plotting. heyreadthisbook may or may not be (but most definitely is) involved.
And also, we need to ask:
Is there room for another book club in the world? Or, more specifically, on Tumblr?
Our play cousins over at Reading Lunch were talking today and we kicked around the idea of a book club. Any of our semi-loyal readers out there interested in doing something like this?
If so, let us know in our ask box. Or reblog this.