This week was the first week of an online book club I started called "The Girls Who Read" featuring entertaining and interesting books we love. I know most of you love to read, so feel free to jump into the club at any time. I hope you'll email me any ideas or suggestions on what we should read next. (For more info, scroll down to the FAQ section.)HASHTAG & TWITTER PARTY INFO
Join me for our ongoing book chat and Twitter party using the hashtag #TheGirlsWhoRead. Following the release of the main blog post about the book, we will have a Twitter party. What is a Twitter party? Find out here. Subscribe to our list on Twitter and tweet to me if you'd like to be added to the book club list on Twitter. If you're not on Twitter, see below.BLOG COMMENTING
If you're not on Twitter, don't worry! Most of the discussions will take place on this blog in the comments. To find new posts, just search for the category "The Girls Who Read." You'll find all our posts there (after July 3rd). You can also follow me on another social media account. (See right top sidebar for a list of places where we can connect.) New books will be discussed every three weeks, but feel free to go at your own pace!BOOK LIST/HOW TO PURCHASE:
This book list is tentative and may change at any time without prior notification.
Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 1) (Kindle/Paperback version)
Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 2) (Kindle/Paperback version)
These titles may also be available at your local library.
More titles will be released soon. Please check back regularly for updates.CALENDAR
July 3rd - Introductory post with instructions goes live. Members should have purchased or borrowed the book and begin reading. Subscribe to book club updates and reminders using the form above.
July 10th - Week 1 discussion and member meet up will take place on the blog.
July 17th - Week 2 discussion will take place on the blog.
July 24th - Week 3 Dead Until Dark blog post goes live! Members should aim to be finished with this book but we won't punish you if you aren't! Feel free to reach out to us on Twitter if you finish before the date.
July 31st - Week 1 of Living Dead in Dallas blog post goes live! Member meet up will take place on the blog.
August 7th - Week 2 of Living Dead in Dallas blog post.
August 14th - Week 3 post.
August 21st - Living Dead in Dallas blog post goes live! Members should aim to finish this book but it's okay if you're not. Join us anyway!
Check back for future dates!
How to find the latest posts:
You can find everything here or by selecting the category "The Girls Who Read" from the sidebar.About the Southern Vampire Series
Normally, I'm not a fan of vampire books. I don't watch vampire movies or TV shows. It's just not my thing. However, I love the Sookie Stackhouse books. They remind me of why I first loved reading as a kid: the ability an author has to transport the reader into a fictional world. For me, reading as a child was a fun escape. Learning about new people, places and events. Reading for entertainment is like taking a vacation. Sookie is also this really great, strong female lead who kicks ass. Literally. Even vampire ass. This series has a great cast of characters, a pretty believable Cajun setting, and a great romance to keep you hooked. These books are a quick read, full of adventure, and they're perfect for summer!
I hope you'll join us as we read Dead Until Dark and start discussions on July 10th.FOR BLOGGERS
If you're a fellow blogger, please feel free to post your own blog post about the book we are discussing on or after the final post goes live (every three weeks, starting with July 24th; see calendar below) and link your blog post in the comments below the main post so we can visit. You can also send me a tweet letting me know you've posted about the book.
Grab a button for your blog:
Just copy and paste this code into the text portion of a new blog post:
How do you choose books to read? We read anything and everything. I majored in English literature and spent my entire life reading classics, which are all great, but most of us have read those. And while classics certainly are full of merit, who doesn't love a fun read? My favorite types of books right now are chick-lit, romance, mystery and anything with a strong girl character. If you have a book you think might be a good fit for us, email me or tweet me your suggestions. If it's a good fit, we'll read your book when there's a free spot on the calendar. (Disclaimer: Because we read new books once a month and because we already have a full calendar, seeing your book on the schedule may take awhile. I also hand select each book based on a variety of standards, so there's a chance you may not see your selection chosen.)
What if I already read the novels you suggest but still want to chat? Of course you're welcome to join us! The more the merrier. Just jump right in!
Do I have to be a girl to join in? Absolutely not! Men have joined this book club, too. Just jump into our discussions online and use the hashtag or use #DontReadAlone.
How often do you read new books? We start a new book every month. Feel free to read them at your own pace. (I'm a slow reader myself!)
Who is the Twitter Party host? @thereallisakerr
Where can I find the hashtag on Twitter? Right here.
Where can I find the list of other book club members? Right here.
How can I get added to the girls who read list on Twitter? Simply send me a tweet and ask! Once I see your tweet, you'll be scheduled to get added to the list.
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