You may or may not know that I currently belong to two IRL face-to-face book clubs. One of them, known as the Third Thursday Book Club, is run by Suey of It’s All About Books. Suey and I started blogging around the same time and became friends on the internet first. When I posted that my current book club wasn’t working out, Suey commented and invited me to come to hers! At the time, in 2009, Suey and I were the only book bloggers in the club. Since then, several members started book blogging and several book bloggers joined. In fact, the large majority of our members have a book blog. Let’s spotlight them, shall we?
Suey of It’s All About Books
You guys. Suey is a machine. I mean it. She has four kids and a husband. Works at a local library. Goes to as many author events as possible. Runs Bloggiesta and helps run Utah Book Month and Armchair BEA. She posts on her blog almost every day. And, most importantly for our purposes, she runs an awesome book club, which she hosts at her house every single month and which just turned ten! On top of all of that, she is a genuinely nice and friendly person. My favorite feature on her blog is called Authors Pick Five, where she has authors answer the question, “Which five books are most important or influential to you?” I’m so lucky to have her as a friend.
Jenny of Alternate Readality
Jenny has been a member of the club almost since it’s inception ten years ago. She started blogging in 2011 but has been on a slight blogging hiatus ever since she met her now husband. (We’ll forgive her for that.) Jenny’s reviews quickly cut to the essence of the book and why she did or did not like it. I like that she also posts quite a bit about her soccer obsession. Jenny has a reputation in the club for being a tough critic, and one oft recounted club memory is when she came to the meeting to discuss Twilight and threw the book on the ground in disgust. But when Jenny likes a book, she usually loves it. Her favorite series is the Matthew Swift series by Kate Griffin, which I have promised to read and still have not done. Sorry, Jenny!
Kim of Good Clean Reads
Kim has been on a bit of a blogging hiatus, but her last post was about Utah author Sarah M. Eden! On every review, Kim includes a rating for sex, violence, and profanity. I think having more information about a book is always a good thing. It’s also very useful if you are selecting books for your children or if one or more of those categories bothers you. Kim is a local teacher, well read, of course, and fun to have around.
Jenni of Jenni Elyse
Jenni is a big personality and a fun addition to our club. She loves Harry Potter and Twilight and Dune. Fun fact: she’s been trying to get us to read Dune forever, but it keeps getting voted down. Maybe next year? I love her feature called Twitter Journal. As she reads a book, she’ll tweet her thoughts and favorite lines. Then, when she’s done with the book, she’ll gather up all of her tweets and post about them. I think this is a fun way to keep track of bookish thoughts! Also, Jenni is very active in the Utah book community and goes to a ton of author events. She’ll be posting about that on the Utah Books blog soon, so stay tuned.
Melissa of One Librarian’s Book Reviews
Melissa, sadly, moved away from Utah a couple of years ago and therefore does not come to book club any more. We miss her a lot. But I still follow and love her blog. Melissa is probably best known for her awesome Classic Double Challenge, in which she challenges people to read one classic or fairy tale and then to read a retelling of that story. She has created excellent lists of both classics retellings and fairy tale retellings. Oh, and she’s a talented artist. Here’s hoping she moves back to Utah someday.
Julie of A Small Accomplishment
Julie doesn’t blog much any more, but I appreciated her real, to-the-point reviews when she did. My favorite feature of hers is called Black Hole Reviews. She would round-up reviews by other bloggers that sucked her in. Such a fun way to spread blogging love and to promote awesome books. Julie now commutes twenty-five miles or so (and leaves her six children) to come and play with us at book club.
Kami of Kami’s Library Thoughts
Kami posts about everything she reads, from kids books to comic books to science fiction. She is the creator of one of my favorite features anywhere called Fan Art Friday. As the title implies, every once in a while, Kami will roundup a bunch of fan art from a book and post about it on a Friday. It’s awesome. Also, here’s a fun fact: Kami’s daughter and my daughter have the exact same birthday.
Kathy of Read This Instead
Kathy keeps me up-to-date on all things YA. Her reviews contain lots of great stuff, including, like Kim, information on what she calls “The Big Three”: language, sex, and violence. I also love that, for every book she reads, she designates it as a “read this,” a “mixed,” or a “skip this.” It’s a fun and easy way to immediately see how she feels about a book. Fun fact: her husband is an illustrator. Oh, and Kathy is expecting her third child soon!
Jessica of The Bluestocking Society
Ah yes. Then there is yours truly. I’ve been book blogging since 2008, and I’ve been in a book club (or two or more) of some sort since 2004. I really love being a part of the Third Thursday Book Club. (This month marks my five-year anniversary of joining!) It is often one of the high points of the month, because I get to go and talk books with smart, interesting, and well-read people.
Whew! See what I mean? That is a lot of book bloggers in one book club. We do have some members who don’t blog and who patiently put up with our occasional, okay frequent, blog talk. It’s a great club, and I am so glad to be a member.