How many of you love to read? I have always loved books. At a young age I remember having a lot of picture books like cinderella and sleeping beauty. Ahh . . . when I think of the pretty picture books I had growing up. I grew up loving books. When I turned 13, I began reading young adult novels. I became addicted. I loved reading.
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I joined a book club where every month a book or two would come to my home. I probably have enough books to fill a small room with bookshelves. Then came the era of e-readers and tablets. I bought an e-reader when I went of vacation because it was lighter than packing a few books. But it wasn’t the same as actually holding a book and turning the pages.
I love actually holding a book in my hands and reading page after page. Then I would mark the page where I left off, with a pretty bookmark.
When you are standing in line at the bookstore to purchase your book, are you not enticed by all the little notebooks and notepads and bookmarks they have on display? You have just enough time to go through the rack of bookmarks, as you wait in line. Don’t you feel that you just have to have one of each? Although you have a whole slew of bookmarks at home, you still have the urge to buy one or two more. I do it all the time. 🙂
With all the books I have accumulated over the years, I wanted to record how many I actually have. So, once again I came up with a new list. I recorded all of my books with the date I bought it and read it (I’m a sentimentalist) I want to remember where I was and what I was feeling at the time.
You cannot keep every book out on display on your bookshelf. So, I created a list where I recorded all the books I was going to either keep, donate or maybe sell at a garage sale. Which I did. Sold a few. I still kept a lot of books. So hard to part with good books. I love all the books I read.
I want to share these lists with you. And hope you find them useful as I have. You can use the lists when you have to box up some of the old ones because you just have way too many out on display on your beautiful bookshelves. You put the lists in your r-kive boxes with your books. So when you are searching for a certain book, you will go quickly through your list and see if that book is in your box.
Quick Tip: make labels for all the boxes you have for your older books that you want to pack away out of sight for now
You know the saying, “A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words”? Well the opposite is a beautiful sentiment as well. It might not be a fluent thought but it is a good sentiment for book lovers such as I.
When I read a book, I love to create a movie in my head. I picture all the characters, what they are wearing, the colour of their eyes, their hair and what their personality is like. I imagine how they interact with the other characters. That’s when you know you have an amazing author.
I have wanted to create that atmosphere for others, for such a long time. And you know what? Someday soon I will do it. So stay tuned folks.
As you can already tell, I’m a die-hard book lover. Wouldn’t it be nice to share your love of books with others who feel the same way? Well. why not create a book club.
Create a book club among:
- family members
- fellow employees
- facebook groups
- . . . etc . . .
You can go on social media to find facebook groups with clubs that already exist or create a book club for yourself. This way you could make all the rules. You could organize it the way you want it run.
Steps to help you create your awesome book club
- Search for Members – there are so many sites out there where there are already book clubs set up if you want to join or you can search for others who want to form a group with you. Using your personal facebook or instagram or twitter account you can create posts to find only people who are serious about joining your book club.
- Social Media – create a facebook group page for your book club and ask them to join. You can create a questionnaire post on your new group page asking for serious attendees only.
- Choose A Genre – there are a lot of book clubs out there but there are various genres to get into. So specify what genre you want.
- How Many in Group – decide how big or how small you want to make this group.
- Lay Down Any Rules – once you create your club, you will want to make sure that everyone knows that you are the administrator of this group and put any rules in place that everyone has to follow
- Date To Meet – to make it fair, poll your group on the date they want to meet. If not in person, then perhaps by video chat, etc.
- Location – decide where you want to meet if in person.
- Snacks – if meeting in person have a rotating list of people who are willing to bring snacks. Whether it is once a month, have a different person bring a snack.
- Have a Plan – you will want to plan ahead. Prepare books that you would like to share, discuss and comment. You could also poll your group again if you want to see what books you want to discuss. But make sure to plan ahead.
- Create Lists – this is where I come in. I have created a list that will help you along with your new book club. The list helps you record the book you are reading with your group and you will have room to add the date you read it and a place to add comments about the book. When and where you want to meet. You can email all your group members the same list so you can discuss these comments when you meet up.
So, now you have all the preparations you will need to start your awesome book club. I am also giving you a list to keep all your books in order. Even the older books you pack away for safekeeping, you can keep organized with this list.
I am giving you a list if you potentially want to donate or sell. You have a list to keep you organized when you go through list #1 and decide what you want to do. Maybe do it on a quarterly basis.
And then if you decide you want to create your very own awesome book club, I have created a list for you to keep you organized with your members.
If you think of anything I might have missed please send a quick comment. I would be more than happy to hear from you. Book-lovers forever 🙂