It’s no secret that I am an avid reader. It forms a major part of my every day existence and has, therefore, naturally spilled over into every aspect of my life including my blog and Youtube channel. Connecting with people online has been fantastic, especially when you have a shared interest such as reading; it was reading which sent me all the way to Chicago after all!
Connecting with people over a passion for reading is also what drove my desire in 2018 to take it one step further and create an online book club. In truth, I had wanted to create or join a real life book club but couldn’t find anything suitable; perhaps that is a goal for next year!
I reached out to the wider blogging community to see whether it would be of any interest to people and managed to connect with two lovely ladies: Naomi and Lucy, who got in touch to say that they also had plans to start a book club and would I like to collaborate. Three heads are always going to be better than one when it comes to this sort of thing so of course I snapped up the opportunity.
And so Bookish Mamas was born. You don’t have to be a blogger or a mum to join; it just so happens that the three of us fall into that category. You just need to share a love of reading and the desire to be part of a community. We will be reading and discussing one book a month initially and January’s book has just been announced: we are going to be reading The Power by Naomi Alderman and quick tip it is currently only £3.99 for the paperback version on Amazon! I am already 100 pages in and really enjoying it so far, although it’s certainly not what I was expecting.
There is no pressure to read each and every book, but we will announce each book at the start of a month and then discuss our thoughts in the last week over in our Facebook Group.
I would love to bring as many people from my community over there as possible, and would love for anyone who wants to join an online book club in 2018 to get involved. Who knows, you might even find someone from your area in the group and be able to actually meet up and drink wine and have a good natter on the night we discuss the book!