want to join a postal book club?

October 13, 2014

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Did you know that October is national book group month? Are you part of a book club? I’ve been in one with a couple of friends for years, but I’m excited to try something different; a little more relaxed and still lots of fun! Keep reading for the details on a postal book club, and be thinking about if you want to be involved!

Here’s how it will work:

1. Each person in the group will pick out a book. The book should be about 300 pages (or less) but can be any genre.

2. You will obtain a hard copy of the book (it doesn’t have to be new, though) along with a small, blank notebook.

3. On the first page of the notebook, write a brief bio of yourself, along with why you chose the book.

4. By a specified date TBD, you will mail the book + the notebook to the person whose name & address will be given to you (as the leader, I’ll distribute these). Think of it as a circle of readers.

5. A few days later, receive a book in the mail from someone else in the club.

6. Read the book! You will have a set period of time, about 2 months.

7. On the next blank page of the notebook, write your thoughts about the book. Spoilers are fine, because the next person can choose to read the thoughts at the end. You may write as much or as little as you want; give chapter-by-chapter thoughts or an overall impression.

8. By that round’s end date, mail the book + notebook off to the next person in the circle.

9. Repeat until we’ve read all the books!

What do you think? If you love reading, talking about books, think you can finish in the set time period, and are open to all genres, then this is for you! Leave a comment here if you want to be involved, and I’ll email you.

I’m excited! I need more reading in my life!

[UPDATE 10/22/14: This book club is currently closed. If you are interested in joining, let me know and I will keep you on the list for future groups!]

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Comments on want to join a postal book club?

  1. 1

    From alisa beth:

    How fun! I would love to be involved (even if choosing a book makes me super nervous!). I love reading, writing, and mail (who doesn’t?), so this is right up my alley! Super idea!!

  2. 2

    From Kelsie:

    That sounds like so much fun! I’d love to be involved.

  3. 3

    From Amanda Nelson:


  4. 4

    From Sara:

    Count me in! I assume that you are going to make sure that all books are unique?

  5. 5

    From Kathleen:

    Good point! I’ll have everyone email me their choice before we get started. :)

  6. 6

    From Nora:

    Sign me up! This sounds like a great idea :)

  7. 7

    From Kati:

    I would love to join!

  8. 8

    From Melanie:

    This is a really fun idea! I don’t feel like I can commit to something with deadlines right now, though. :(

  9. 9

    From Kathleen:

    Totally understand! That’s why I’m giving us two months to read it…hoping I can stick to that! :)

  10. 10

    From Karen:

    I’m in, that sounds so fun. Who doesn’t love mail?

  11. 11

    From Stephany:

    Yes! Count me in!

  12. 12

    From Jacqui:

    I love this idea (and your blog too, btw) and would love to participate!

  13. 13

    From rachieannie:

    What a great idea!! Definitely count me in!

  14. 14

    From Erin:

    Count me in too. I love this idea!

  15. 15

    From Kerri:

    Yes, yes! I love this idea. Count me in. :)

  16. 16

    From Sarah:

    Interesting — I’ve never heard of this idea! I’m a slow reader, but with the lower page count and the longer finishing time, I think I can handle it. I’m in. :)

  17. 17

    From Lisa of Lisa's Yarns:

    What a fun idea! Count me in!

  18. 18

    From Allison @ With Faith and Grace:

    I definitely want to do this!! :)

  19. 19

    From San:

    Wait! How did I miss this! I’m glad I saw this before you close it for new members! I’d love to be part of this! Maybe it’ll get me to read more again ;) yay!

  20. 20

    From San:

    Wait! How did I miss this? I am so glad you tweeted and I was able to sign up before you close this for new members! I definitely would love to be part of this! How fun! :)

  21. 21

    From Kebra Bangs:

    I would love to join the next available club. I heard about this on Books On The Night Stand podcast and it sounds so fun and interesting.

  22. 22

    From Kristen:

    I’d love to be included in the next available club! Read about it from some of my favorite bloggers so it’d be great to not only get some new titles,but also learn of other great folks in the blog world!

  23. 23

    From suki:

    such a neat idea. would love to join in the fun! :)

  24. 24

    From Lacey Bean:

    Hola!! Would love to join Postal Book Club if any openings pop up!

  25. 25

    From Dhanya Vinod:

    I would love to join in…

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