summer reading club

It’s been awhile since my last book post, and I’ve been reading pretty often. I churn through things so quickly I don’t always have time to absorb them, and it makes me want discussion & absorption. Which made me have an idea — let’s start a summer blog book club!


How it works!

1. I’ll start. I’ll pick a book, today! If you’re interested, pick it up and finish it in within 2 weeks.

2. The 1st seven bloggers who want to be hosts & who comment here to tell me you’re interested will be blog hosts for the summer. (One person every 2 weeks.)

3. Anyone can follow along — infinite book club! Way better than packing into a tiny parlour, right? 2 weeks from today, I’ll start a book discussion on the book I’ve chosen in this blog. Everyone’s who’s read can join the discussion in comments.

4. The next host will choose a book – preferably something reasonably new and literary. In 2 weeks, we’ll head over to their blog, where they will start a discussion, and so on, and so forth, until the end of summer.

Sound fun?? I’m going to start with a book I’ve wanted to read for awhile:

Wide Eyed (Little House on the Bowery) by Trinie Dalton

So! Let me know if you’re interested and want to be a host! I think we can get 7 people willing to start a book discussion in their blogs, right?

In other bookness, I’ve also been plowing through non-fiction, for some reason.  These are recent reads that are worth picking up:

The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science

The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire

Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis

Just Kids


  1. this looks great! i wish i cld participate but i have to read a book every day this summer for my exams; no reading for fun. but thanks for pointing out the trinie dalton book – it sounds amazing!

  2. So. Weird. Psychic witch twin!!!
    This afternoon my thought was this:
    “Must buy that Trinie Dalton book I’ve been wanting to read..”
    but instead I bought books by Bill Plotkin and Henning Mankell.
    What the heck? I will gladly join the summer book club!

  3. I’m not sure I’ll be able to participate (I read for a living so I have trouble finding time to read for me only) but I’ll try. Anyway, I will pick the book you’ve chosen!

      1. Hehe yes it’s a childhood dream come true :)
        I read English and Dutch young adult novels to see if they’d be interesting for the French publishing house I work for to translate. It’s not paying well but I love it (plus, I get to work at home and organize my day as I want).

          1. Besides, US publishers translate a lot less than European ones if I’m not mistaken ! The thing with this job however is that it completly wrecked my reading habits: I used to read lots of thick novels but I can’t do that now, since it’s pretty much guaranteed that my read will be interupted by a “professional read” at least twice. So I’ve almost entirely turned to non-fiction, comics (quick read) and magazines…

  4. Just checked – it’s available at my local library, so I’m in. I can’t promise blog hosting at my end (2 weeks is tough for me, I’m a month-a-book girl myself) but I’m excited to join in the conversation. Great idea.

  5. I would love to do this, but I may need more than 2 weeks as I would probably have to order the books online. I live in Kentucky. There’s not too much around ;]

    1. I think I might need more time too! I ordered it crazy cheap and now it’s going to take ages. Anyway, that gives more people time to sign on.

  6. sounds like fun! i read a girl of the limberlost because of one of your posts a while back and really liked it a whole lot. how had i never heard of it? more magical reading suggestions please!

  7. oh this book club sounds so wonderful, and so does your first selection. I would totally volunteer to host a book over at my livejournal, but I would be terribly unreliable this summer, as according to my calculations earlier this day, I will be at home for less than 10 days this summer, spending the rest of the time in 7 countries on 3 continents, with probably sketchy internet for much of it. I am ordering this book to read it, though, because the Amazon description reminded me a bit of Kelly Link.

  8. This sounds so wonderfully delightful. It will be a pleasure to get back to fun reading, rather than stuff for grad school this summer. Even better with cool folks to discuss books with.

  9. I am with you in that I go through books so quickly that I don’t feel like I’ve really absorbed what was there.

    I lead a real life book discussion once a month and that’s usually my only fiction for the month, and then I go through a number of non fiction books in that time.

    But I really want to do this with you! I will have to jump in on the next one though (but I will put this selection on my “to read” list).

    Thanks for starting this Tamera!

  10. Tamera,
    This idea is fantastic. Do you have 7 yet? I would be honored to join as a host.

    Regardless, I am in for the reading – your recommendations are always fantastic; “Wide Eyed” looks brilliant.


      1. I guess the best way to do it would be to post an entry on our review, and then we all comment on it, or link to our own reviews?

        I went to 2 different book stores, and no sign of “Wide Eyed.” Amazon has ordered it for me, though!

  11. Just finished Wide Eyed. Fast reading, almost like a good friend talking about her thoughts on life. I’m passing it onto a friend who believes in the mystical presence of unicorns. While reading I thought of so many of my girlfriends who would also love it. Thanks for the recommendation.

    1. So good! I’m headed to Vermont and will make notes / attempt to draft a decent discussion (now I’m a little worried!) & post on June 5th!

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