I’m Starting a Book Club

cervantes beowulf artemis fowl books on shelf

I love to read. Whenever I have a spare minute, I usually have my nose buried in an exciting new paperback or my finger tapping away at my tablet in search of a new e-Book.

When I first started my blog, I had a lot of fun writing book reviews of my latest reads. However, I picked books at random, and I often finished books too quickly for anyone else to follow along. I recommended books willy nilly, and I didn’t understand why I liked certain books – only that I liked certain ones over others.

So to keep things more consistent, I’m starting a JenniBee Book Club for anyone who’d like to join me. The first Friday of every month will be my book club day. I’ll review the chosen book, and I’ll announce the book that I’ll read for the following month. Even if I read multiple books in one month, I’ll only review the chosen book.

What Types of Books Will I Discuss?

I love fantasy and adventure, so books in these genres will likely take priority over any others. However, I have a fairly eclectic taste, so I’m willing to read almost anything and everything so long as I feel comfortable reading them.

Stick figure jennibee in a wizard hat holding a wandI do not enjoy highly graphic books or novels with overtly sexual themes. I don’t want to violate my readers by recommending books that may conflict with their personal morals or standards.

I do make some exceptions for tastefully written materials (after all, where would Lord of the Rings be without a few deaths or The Hunger Games without a few kisses?), but in general, the content should stay within a G or PG-13 rating.

What Will I Talk About in My Reviews?

I still haven’t fully established how I’ll lead my reviews and discussions in my new book club. Your comments, emails, and support may change what I look for in a good book and what topics I mention. But I want to keep posts interesting and engaging without spoiling too much for those who stumble upon the review later.

However, a few of the things that may pop up in a discussion could be:

  • Plot pacing. Did the book pull me in or was it a slow burn?
  • Characterization. Did the characters feel real, convincing, and complex?
  • Character Development. Did the characters grow over the course of the book?
  • Clarity. Did it give adequate details to new, strange, or unusual ideas and situations?

And I may talk about anything that stands out to me personally. A particular chapter, page, or sentence may strike me as frustrating or beautiful, so I might point out things I liked or disliked about the book.

How Will I Moderate the Discussion?

I don’t have a lot of readers on my site just yet. Most people who stop by are friends and family, and many of them hold my same standards. I fully trust them to write thoughtful comments and give valuable insight about the books we read.

Stick figure jennibee in referee outfitBut once again, I must emphasize that JenniBeeMine needs to be a safe place. I will delete any hurtful or profane comments that would alienate anyone who stops by. I do not tolerate any attacks on someone’s beliefs, personality, education, etc.

However, friendly arguments about book meanings or character choices may stay so long as they don’t stray into commenter insults.

How Do I Choose My Next Book?

I’ll choose my book club book based on recommendations from friends, family, and my wonderful readers. If a lot of readers recommend something to me, I’ll be more likely to pick that book for the following month, so your contribution matters.

If you have a book you’d like me to read and review next, feel free to shoot me an email, fill out the JenniBee Book Club form, or simply leave a comment below. Whenever possible, please explain why you think the book would be a great fit for the book club.

What Book Will I Read This Month?

Since this is the first book for my book club, I’m picking a book that countless friends and family members have recommended to me for years: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

The name of the windA friend of mine sent me a Kindle-friendly copy for free, and I finally have time to start into it. If you would like to read the book for free, I suggest visiting your local library.

And if you don’t have time to stop by the library, consider the Overdrive Media App. The app will let you download e-books and audiobooks for free, as if you had stopped by your actual library. But like your library, the app has a limited number of copies, so you might have to wait your turn to check one out.

If you wish to purchase the book to read on your own, you can find it on Amazon.com. Kindle copies sell for about $8.99, mass market paperback sell for less, about $6.27. You can also find used copies for less than $5.

I’d prefer it if you supported the library and the writer through the options above. But if you become desperate, you can type in “The Name of the Wind PDF” into Google, and it should bring up multiple sites that allow you to read it for free.

Do You Have Any More Questions?

This is a fun experiment for me, so I’m excited to see how it goes. If you have any questions or suggestions, I’m open to both. Just leave a comment below and I’ll get back with you.