After what seemed like The Week That Time Stood Still, we’re finally having the first official meeting of the Progressive Book Club!
Thanks to all of you who signed up to participate this month. I’m virtually walking around the room, refreshing drinks and passing around a tray of cheese, crackers, and other nosh. Enjoy!
At the time of this posting, there were eleven of you fine folks who were joining together to read:
Bird by Bird
I purposefully chose this book as our first because the world of writing can move rather fast at times and be quite overwhelming. What to do? Where to turn?
That’s where my life is at – an avalanche of information, projects, opportunities coming all at once.
So let’s take it one bird at a time, shall we?
First and foremost, enjoy the book.
Savor every word. Lose yourself. And then write about it. When starting this club, I found a wonderful reference site called LitLovers
that helps you do just that, if you’re unsure how to proceed.
Check with your library first.
If you don’t have the book, check it out! That’s what I do with almost all of my books. Your library should have a loan program through Amazon that works with your e-reader (ours does and I live in a very small and rural community). Most libraries have websites now and link to this program. It’s great. I just checked out our non-crafting book to discuss in April, all through my Kindle.
This is an open door book club.
If anybody understands a lean wallet and hectic schedule, it’s me. Or perhaps you simply don’t have the desire one month. That’s fine. I’m with you there. The door is open to come and go as you please. I don’t want stress; I want fun.
If you see an upcoming book you like, add your name that month. If you don’t want to read the following month’s pick, email me and I’ll take your name off.
I’ve chosen the first three books so we’ll have some foreknowledge of the upcoming titles. However, your suggestions are always encouraged. I’ve received a couple of good ones already and am hoping for enough to present and take a poll when it’s time to decide on our fourth book.
LitLovers gave a short checklist to follow when reading, reviewing, and commenting that I found helpful and wanted to post for your information:
How to participate in a discussion
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.
Relax. Grab your favorite beverage. Enjoy the book.
• Feb. 20th – write your article for Bird by Bird and post, along with your PBC badge, on your blog.
• Feb. 20 – Mar. 20 (posting date), our book will be:
Save the Cat!
• Mar. 20 – Apr. 17 (posting date), our non-craft book:
A New York Times bestseller, this one promises to be excellent! I’m psyched to do this with all of you, and hope that everyone reading will be able to participate in at least a few of these.
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