In April, I introduced you to the world of book circles. In describing it recently to my coworker asked if it was “like Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” to which I said, “Yes, if each person got a pair of pants every month.” So, maybe not! If you need the recap, read all about it here. Today’s post is an update!
Books for Round 2
I figured that you may be dying to know what we’re reading for the second go around! So here are the books in the lineup for this book circle.
- “Text Me When You Get Home” Kayleen Schaefer
- “Perfect Little World” Kevin Wilson
- “Winter Garden” Kristin Hannah
- “Girls in the Moon” Janet McNally
- “Darkly Dreaming Dexter” Jeff Lindsay
- “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” Taylor Jenkins Reid
- “The Woman in the Window” AJ Finn
- “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” Stephen Chobosky
- “A Gentleman in Moscow” Amor Towles
- “Little Fires Everywhere” Celeste Ng
- “The Power” Naomi Alderman
Reviews for book circle
I asked my first batch of book circle participants if they would be so kind as to provide me with feedback on the process. Overwhelmingly, it was positive, which is no surprise given that about half of them opted to do it again for the second go around.
“Book Circle is one of the best things I chose to do last year! I look forward to my book every month and I’ve also really enjoyed getting to know people through their book choices. I love that our circle is full of people I don’t know that well (or at all) and it’s so much fun to learn a little more about them and what they like based on books!” – Brittany
“I know we talked, but this is the best. I don’t always get to read every book, but it’s nice to have a steady stream coming to my door for free :)” – Rachel
“It was a really cool experience and definitely something I might do again in the future. I think my favorite part is being able to share one of my beloved books and seeing people fall in love with it the same way.” – Matt
I also received some constructive criticism/problems to solve for the future. They included:
- Establish responsibility for the book from point a to point b. This is not something I have opted to act on at this point in time. Given that all participants are adults, I believe that they will do what they feel is necessary to participate. Although, I will say that when I began the book circle, I did so knowing that the responsibility ultimately lies with me for any lost, damaged or misplaced books. Also, if it continues to be a problem, I can reassess.
- One person received a copy of the book she submitted back, just not her copy. This one is incredibly perplexing as it was never communicated to me that this book was one that was late arriving in the mail. It’s a bit of a head-scratcher. But, given that the owner was fine receiving a book, no further action was taken. When I sent out instructions for the second book circle, I stressed the importance of communication. For example, if you’re away on vacation or simply not done reading the book, it’s not necessary to buy a replacement book. With a little communication, you can likely keep it for a little bit longer and then send it along.
No end in sight
I hope that this is something people continue to love participating in. As you may have been able to tell from reading my blog posts, I love sharing good books with the world and this is one of the many ways we can accomplish this. Plus, there’s just something really cool about receiving mail.