Do you love reading tales of enchantment and wonder?
There’s something special the women who gather at The Mojo Lab all seem to share and that’s a love of enchanting books. Our most lively thread in our Inner Circle Facebook 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 I finally launched the Magical Reads Book Club in December 2016. You’ll find our club’s members to be warm and delightful women who enjoy a shared love of magical reads.
Would you like to join us?
The books we read
Our theme is Magical Reads, so we focus on books with a magical twist such as magical realism, time travel, mythic fiction, 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 don’t read 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 focus 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 ;), 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
*All members are heartily encouraged to nominate books to be read by the group! I consider the nominations along with a few fun options of my own to choose the top one or two books that get great reviews and feel like they’d be good picks for us. Then I personally vet those top picks by reading them in advance to ensure they’re a good fit for the club. I announce each month’s book selection two months in advance so there’s plenty of time to acquire the book ahead of time.
*We have a separate, private Facebook group for the club where we chat about the books we’re reading together as a club, as well as whatever else enchants our reading life.
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 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.
- Explorations about aspects of the book ~ whether it’s a particular time period, setting, or subject the book revolves around.
- Inspiration for your reading life.
- 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 also host our Book Club Hub for us over in the Softly Wild School. We have our own private space there housing a quick reference for all the club information and resources. Each month I post a new “Chapter” that includes a link to the book that we’re reading, a copy of that month’s newsletter, and any other club-related news and announcements.
All of the key information is also posted in our Facebook group and included in the newsletters, but having that central hub where everything is stored is a handy and easy-to-navigate resource. I maintain the past months’ modules in our secret library too, so you can go back to any of our previous months if you want to revisit them.
For the “Quiet Readers”
Okay, so all of this sounds great, but what if you’re not really into Facebook? No worries, I totally understand. You do not have to participate in our Facebook group to be a part of the club. You’ll have full access in our secret library to all the material I share with the members. You won’t miss out on the book club basics. You can read the monthly book we pick and enjoy the newsletter (emailed directly to you) on your own schedule while being as quiet as you like. And you can nominate books simply by emailing me.
For Non-U.S. Members
Please be aware that sometimes a book we’re reading in the club may not be available in hard copy in your country, and may need to be read (or listened to) in a digital format (e.g., Kindle, Audible, iBooks, etc.). If a book we’re reading together in the club is entirely unavailable in your country (it’s not available in any format whatsoever), simply let me know and I’ll happily refund that month’s subscription fee to you. I certainly don’t expect anyone to go to the extra expense of having a book shipped internationally.
To join the book club
Membership in the Magical Reads Book Club is on a monthly subscription basis ($10/month USD).
You can cancel or rejoin at any time through your membership account.
Are you ready to join us for some new bookish adventures with an enchanting sisterhood?
Register and get immediate access by clicking that cute button above.