Introducing the Magical Reads Book Club!
There’s something special the Sisters of the Mojo Lab’s Inner Circle all seem to share and that’s a love of enchanting books. Our most lively thread in the group each month is our Magical Reads round-up where we share what books we’ve read and which we loved the most. Those posts keep our respective to-be-read lists long and happy. So naturally, the idea to create an online book club began growing in my imagination. And now I’m beyond delighted to announce that our Magical Reads Book Club is launching. Registration for joining is open now and we’re getting settled in for our first meeting in January 2017. Woohoo!
The books we’ll read
Our theme is Magical Reads, so we’re focusing on books with a magical twist such as magical realism, time travel, mythic, urban fantasy/paranormal, YA (young adult). Basically, any book-length work of fiction with a touch (or a heaping dose) of enchantment is fair game. We’re keeping this club to fiction for the time being and will see how it evolves.
We won’t be reading any horror, dystopian, psychological thrillers, or other super dark, nihilist-type books. The point of the group is to share enchanting books—by that I don’t mean we’ll be focusing on uber fluffy-bunny brain candy, but we’ll steer clear of anything so dark, terrifying, or filled with despair we want to fling ourselves in front of oncoming traffic for relief.
Why a book club?
I wanted a way for us to come together in community and share our love of enchanting books. To slow down a bit and step outside of our regular every day life to savor good books and conversations about them. As women who love to read, we can blaze through books rapid-fire (sort of like serial speed dating of books ;), seldom relishing the language, characters, plot, and settings (my hand is raised here). The MRBC gives us the opportunity (and encouragement) to spend a bit more time between the pages of at least one enchanting book each month, as well as thinking and chatting about it with our book club Sisters.
How it works
*We’ll nominate, vote, and select books we’ll read as a group. We’ll select books two months in advance so there’s plenty of time to acquire the book ahead of time.
*We have a private Facebook group where we’ll chat about the books we’re reading together, and nominate and vote on upcoming books for the club.
*Once a month, starting in January 2017, we’ll get on a live video call to hang out together and chat about that month’s book. The video meetup/conferencing service I have also has a phone dial-in option so that can be handy for times you may not have computer access to join in.
*To begin, our monthly meetings will held near the end of each month on Thursdays at 10 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (with some schedule flexibility to accommodate holidays). If needed, we can alternate days and times from month to month to ensure as many of our members can attend live as possible. I’ll monitor this as we go along to see if we need to tweak the schedule at all.
If you can’t make the call live, no worries. The calls will be recorded and I’ll post a link to the recording to our Facebook group. The conversation will continue afterward in our group and you can join in there too.
Additional club goodies with your membership
You didn’t think that would be it, did you? Nope. I have lots more up my bookish sleeve for you!
Monthly newsletter focusing on that month’s book theme
Each month (starting in January 2017) you’ll receive a fun newsletter with content that explores that month’s book and its theme, such as:
- Tea pairings: links to delicious teas that evoke the theme, setting, or time of the books we’re reading.
- Adventures and activities: Fun outings (from your armchair or out in the world) and activities you can do to that relate to the book’s theme.
- Things to think about when reading the book: questions, themes, quotes, background information, and such to make your reading adventure more enjoyable.
- Journal prompts and crafty ideas.
- Author information, book reviews, and any other goodies about the book we’re reading that will help deepen our reading pleasure.
Plus, tips, tools, and resources to enhance your reading pleasure all year round.
Secret library of club resources
I’ll also maintain a secret library for us in the Softly Wild School. We’ll have our own private space there housing a quick reference for all the club information and resources. Each month I’ll post a new “Chapter” that will include the book that we’re reading, the meeting information and link for joining that month’s video call, a copy of that month’s newsletter, a link to the call recording afterward (in case you couldn’t attend live), and any other club-related bits.
All of the key information will posted in our Facebook group and included in the newsletters, but having a central resource hub where everything is stored will be handy. I’ll maintain the past months’ modules too, so you can go back to any of our previous months if you want to revisit them.
Are you in?
Magical Reads Book Club membership is $10 USD per month
You can cancel or rejoin at any time.
Are you ready to join our sparkly community of women who adore enchanting books?
Have a question? I’d be delighted to help. Send me a message through my Contact Page. (Please include “Book Club” in your message).