Good. You read.
And … every third month we’ll throw in a nice piece of fiction for good measure! All work and no play, you know.
A unique blog hop that’s an online book club! Here’s how it works:
- Sign up on the InLinkz list below.
Click the button with the frog on it and hop through the easy step-by-step instructions. So simple, a non-writer could do it.
- Find the current month’s book on the schedule below, read it, and on the third Wednesday, post your article.
With each book, pull out two or three things that taught or inspired you and discuss them, or if it moves you, write a review, then post the article on your own blog.
Each month, I’ll add another book to this list, always providing three month’s advance notice for each book. Your suggestions are always encouraged.
- Display the PBC badge along with your article, linking to THE PBC PAGE of my blog.
- After you post, choose three members (or more) from the list to visit, see how the book impacted them, and share in discussion.
Remember that this is not only an educational endeavor, but a social one as well. It’s all about meeting people and discussing similar or conflicting thoughts and ideas.
Mix! Mingle! Have an appetizer!
- Enjoy the book AND the camaraderie.
Invite others to participate. Tell your friends. Two heads are better than one; four heads better than two; and so on, and so on, and so on.
Most libraries have websites now and link to a loan program through Amazon that works with your e-reader (ours does and I live in a very small and rural community). If you have a Kindle, Nook, or other reader, you may want to try that first.
And always—enjoy the book.
They’ve written a short checklist to follow when reading, reviewing, and commenting that I found helpful and wanted to post for your information:
1. Watch your language! Try to avoid words like “awful” or “idiotic”— even “like” and “dislike.” They don’t help move discussions forward and can put others on the defensive. Instead, talk about your experience — how you felt as you read the book.
2. Don’t be dismissive. If you disagree with someone else, don’t refer to them as an ignoramus. Just say, “I’m not sure I see it that way. Here’s what I think.” Much, much nicer.
3. Support your views. Use specific passages from the book as evidence for your ideas. This is a literary analysis technique called “close reading.”
4. Read with a pencil. Takes notes or mark passages that strike you — as signficant or funny or insightful. Talk about why you marked the passages you did.
5. Use LitLovers for help. Check out Litlovers Resources. They’ll help you get more out of what your read and help you talk about books with greater ease.
Dates listed are the blogging dates for that book
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