Hi there, and welcome to the Rather Be Reading book club!
I am Mia, your host, and together we shall explore time and space through ink and paper. Or, more likely screens of smart phones. But, you know, it sounds more aesthetically pleasing this way.
A Bit About Us
We are a book club currently comprising of some 10 to 13 individuals from all over the place. We meet Saturday evenings twice a month, roughly half way through and at the end of each book.
If a book is under 100,000 words, we will meet a single time to discuss it, but if it surpasses that length, we will meet twice.
Our mid-book meetings will comprise of basic discussions about the text so far, and also center around picking next month’s genre, submitting options for the poll, and clearing up any questions or concerns. It is also a place and chance to socialize with one another and introduce any newcomers who may not have read the book yet! Adjustments can and will be made as necessary; this is a rough outline of proceedings. Book submissions will be created into a poll that can be found on the front page of the site.
The poll will open midway through our current book and close some time the following week. The final book will be announced during our end-book meeting, but stats are viewable on the poll after you’ve voted, so you can always check back to see in what direction choices are headed. I will look for books myself if nobody suggests any, but you are always free to throw submissions my way!
Our meetings are held over Zoom, and you may opt into text message and/or Telegram announcements here
A Bit About me
I had never once attended a book club before starting this one, but the idea was always intriguing. Not one generally comfortable with being confined to reading expectations, I tended to stray far away from places which enforced this.
I do, however, know that I primarily stick to comfortable and familiar genres: fantasy, romance, and contemporary fiction. A book club, built from people with different backgrounds, enjoyments, and knowledge bases, seemed like an excellent way to start branching out of my comfort zone.
Beyond this, I am highly introverted and, well, fit many of the common stereotypes of a book-reading crazy cat lady. I’m a twenty-something psychology student whose goal it is to retire to a private island with a mysterious library full of secret passages and friendly cats. In my spare time, I enjoy writing, hiking, and recently found I like cooking! I am from the Pacific Northwest, and despite the hundred people who told me I’d get sick of the rain, I still want more of it.
Who am I? Why, I’m your friendly neighborhood hall monitor, that’s who! I know, I know, having a hall monitor in a virtual book club makes no sense whatsoever, but allow me to explain myself. You see, our fearless leader, in her great wisdom, gave me this esteemed title and charged me with hollering at anyone who caused too much of a ruckus in our meetings since she’d rather cuttle a cobra than do it herself. Before I go any further, I’d like to take a moment to address the elephant in the room; yes, I do have the accent to go along with the words “holler” and “ruckus” and yes, I do use these words in my every day vocabulary! I’m basically a 75-year-old in a 28-year-old’s body and I am proud of it, by golly! I’m convinced I’ve already used too many words to tell you what I could have told you in one sentence and that is this: I am a book-loving, music-obsessed coffee addict who is thrilled to be a member of the most gosh darn awesome book club I’ve ever been in!
P.S. I’ve only been in two book clubs, so that’s really not saying much, but don’t tell anyone!