Just a quick reminder: This Sunday is the Skepchick Book Club and I’ll be posting about Sybil Exposed by Debbie Nathan. I’m about 90% done with the book and I’m really enjoying it! It’s a quick read because it’s so compelling and I’ve always wanted to know the backstory behind the multiple personality controversy. So I just wanted to start this post off with a reminder of that!
Anyway, I’ve been running the Skepchick Book Club for more than a year now, and I would like to put out a call to all of you faithful readers for ideas.
Books: Do you have a book you would like us to read? (Mostly nonfiction, generally apolitical, focused on science, history, skepticism, religion, and other fun topics.) In the past, my meatspace book club has read books by Mary Roach, Jon Ronson, Phil Plait, and Richard Wiseman. Fictional books are also welcome (we have read World War Z–great skeptical choice, actually). I have a list of book suggestions here and I welcome any new suggestions!
Format: I have been running a live book club in Boston for more than 5 years (wow!), but I’m pretty new to expanding this online to other readers. Do you have any suggestions with regards to what you would like from an online book club? Would you be interested in watching a live feed of our Boston meetup? Or would you like different features like author interviews? I can only continue having a book club if I have people who want to participate, so please take the chance to let me know what you would like to get out of this. Any and all ideas are welcome!
Other: Have you ever been in an online book club? I hadn’t even been in a live book club before I started my own, and even though I’ve been running it for many years, I still like to know how other clubs work. What do you feel like this book club is missing? Be honest–you are an essential part of making this book club a success and I want to do whatever I can to increase readership participation.
So, what are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!