A: The Group Check-In is a bi-monthly post where we clubbers gather to discuss our progress so far in our club lists. We chat about any struggles we’re having, tough authors we’ve confronted — and victories too! If we have a favorite novel so far, here’s where we share it. If we’ve just read an amazing novella, we come here to inspire others to try it. Or else, we report that we are slowly, slowly still making our way through Clarissa by Samuel Richardson. (Ha!) Or that we have read twenty books in a week! The group check-in is a chance every few weeks to touch base together and see how we’re all faring in our adventure.
Q: Why do a Group Check-In?
A: Reading can potentially be a solitary quest. Well, not actually solitary, because (if you’re anything like this moderator) you consider a book a conversation between you and the author. Still, as a reader, I often excuse myself from movies and social gatherings to get in just a few more pages with Mr. Dickens. We want to give clubbers an opportunity to come together and be sociable about literature. And who better to be sociable with than other readers who “get” why you would turn down that action film to curl up on a leather sofa and read a book by a man who has been dead for 200 years! Here’s where you get a chance to meet other clubbers – or to encourage our new members in their early reading. To compare thoughts on a book you just finished that another clubber is just beginning! It’s easy to become so absorbed by the books you’re reading that you quietly write about your books at your blog and forget about the incredible joy that can be found in reading alongside a community of readers who loves literature as much as you do. Please, join us every eight weeks and tell us what you’ve been reading. (Or, if you’re like me, tell us you are slowly making it down your club list and have not hit one of your own goals – ha! No shame in that, in this club.)
Q: How will this work?
The first Group Check-In will go live here on September 15th.
After that, we’ll gather every two months on the 15th of the month.
Wherever you are in your journey, please feel welcome to stop by and let us know how you’re doing so far. If you’re not far into your list yet, please don’t feel shy! Many of us are gently exploring the classics. This isn’t a competition, and it isn’t a challenge. It’s a community, and your reading pace is your own victory.
You are most welcome to interact together in the comments. That’s encouraged actually!
Until September then.