When I lived in Illinois, I started a small book discussion group. I based it off of an online group, Mostly Books at Yahoogroups, that I am a part of and have been for years. I love this group and love the way our set up is.
My little group was great, we were all friends from work or school, and we got together on a weekly basis.
Then I moved. I don't believe that the group still gets together, and I personally miss it very much.
Today, a girlfriend of mine from high school posted on her Facebook a simple question:
Is there are book discussion group in our area?
I know that my church holds one, but it's at an odd and hard to make time. So, I told her that I had started one back in Illinois and had thoughts of starting another one around here. She liked the idea, and that was all it really took to get me going. We picked a night and a time that worked for us, and went from there.
I called a local coffee shop that I know has a room that can be used for small parties to keep away from whatever event they may be holding, and made an event on Facebook. I invited a bunch of friends and asked her to share the link. So on Wednesday night I'll be going to my first discussion of books in a long time. I'm very excited.
The way that I prefer a book discussion group is that instead of having everyone read one book and discuss it, is for everyone to bring a book they are currently reading, and go 'round the table' and talk about the books, genres, and author's, and seeing where the conversation goes from there.
Are any of you part of a book discussion group? How is it run? Do you have any special get together's or talks with authors?