Tuesday, September 16, 2008

BBAW Guest: Book Club Girl + Giveaway

(We'll be celebrating some of the different niches in book blogging this week. One of the ways we'll do this is by having different authors and bloggers share with us! Welcome, Book Club Girl, one of the nominees for Best Book Club Blog!)

As Book Club Girl, the question I'm probably most often asked is, how do you pick the books your group reads? Having been in several book groups over the years, I feel like my current group has really hit on a winning formula that keeps everyone feeling as though they have a say and no one dominating the group with their taste or choices. It's pretty simple really. Each month, the hostess for that month is responsible for presenting 5 books for us to choose from. We do the selection process for the next book first (well, after some socializing time) and before we discuss that month's book. Each book is presented briefly and then passed around the group for everyone to have a look at. Several group members choose their five books by heading to the bookstore and finding out what other book groups are reading -- most independent booksellers will post this information -- as well as have someone on staff who knows what's hot in reading groups. Libraries are also a great source for your initial five books to peruse.

After everyone's had a chance to take a look, we hold two rounds of voting. In the first round, you can vote for two books. I find this very helpful, as it's often difficult to narrow my choice down to one book right away. Then we take the top two vote getters from that first round and vote on those in the final round. This time you only get one vote. Occasionally we run into some tie situations, but we keep voting until they're broken. If there's a book that was a very close second, we try to bring that to the next meeting as one of the next 5 choices. What's great about this system is that it is (mostly) democratic and everyone has their moment in the sun each year to present 5 books that they're passionate about or interested in.

Should your turn to host your book club be coming up, enter to win the Book Club Girl Hostess Survival Kit and you won't even have to think about what 5 books to choose, as I'll send you 5 wonderful books to get you started! In addition, the Survival Kit will include everything you'll need for a great night -- you just supply the venue and the chairs! One lucky winner of the kit will receive:

* A basket of cheese, crackers, cookies and wine for up to 12 people
* 5 great book group books to vote on for your group's next pick. And Book Club Girl will then donate 12 copies whichever book is chosen for your entire group to read.
* 12 Book Club Girl mousepads to give out as party favors that night
* 12 Book Club Girl bookmarks to mark everyone's favorite passages
* 12 Book Club Girl coasters to protect your coffee table from all those wine glasses!

Enter to win by posting a comment at Book Club Girl about how your book group chooses books. At the conclusion of BBAW, we'll do a random drawing of the comments received to pick the winner!


Rebekah said...

This sounds like a wonderful way to put your choices out there and to narrow things down!


Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours said...

Uh oh, the links aren't working right ... I'm getting some weird page that is definitely NOT Book Club Girl. Here is the link to her page for real. Book Club Girl's Contest Page

Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours said...

Yeah it's fixed! Thanks Amy. ;)

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Anonymous said...

Sorry everyone, here is the link to where you leave comments: http://www.bookclubgirl.com/book_club_girl/2008/09/read-my-guest-p.html
Can't wait to hear from you! Book Club Girl

Anonymous said...

I heart this post...headed over to enter to win...hehe.

Serena said...

What a nice egalitarian way to choose book selections. I think I will have to try it out when I start my next book club

Anonymous said...

I would start a book club to get this awesome set!!! I know just which 12 friends to get involved!!! :D If we had started a book club before now we would have chosen each time as a group but everyone would probably have selected a book to show to the group instead of the hostess being in charge.

LisaMM said...

I love your method of book selection. We do it differently but I think your way might actually be better. I'll suggest it.

Oh, and I would LOVE to wind this awesome prize package!!!! We'll have to kick someone out of our group, though (we have 13!)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your technique - it's a bit more formal than ours ... I'm clicking over to BCG to let you know how we choose our books!

Anonymous said...

I would pick books by author or genre.

Rica said...

I think your way is terrific! We just ask each other for suggestions..a democratic way, but not organized!

joyh82 said...

Most of the time I pick the books from reviews and recommendations and make a list
up for the year. Then I pass the list around
and ask for comments and if they have any suggestions. So far it has gone pretty well.

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