Readers, I don’t know about you but I’m yearning for spring—and the new books that come with a new season. And this spring season looks SO GOOD in Book Club!
Our MMD Book Club community is the place where we’re learning to read better, together. We read and discuss a monthly selection together, but that’s just the beginning of what we do. We also provide special content and host regular classes that help us get more out of our reading lives.
When you join, you also get instant access to our full library of past classes and events, including Book Journaling for Book Lovers, the ever-popular Book School series, and our focused classes like how to get your hands on Advanced Review Copies and One hour to a better #bookstagram. It’s all inside.
I’m so excited about what’s in store for spring and today I’m filling you in on what Book Club members already know, pulling back the curtain to show you what’s happening among our readers there. If you want to join in the fun, sign up here!
What our early 2020 Book Club calendar looks like
Just yesterday we enjoyed an Ask Anne Anything discussion: thanks so much to those of you who came to this video-driven event. I think a good time was had by all.
For the books, we’re already enjoying The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow: it’s a literary mystery, a book about books, a coming-of-age story, a tale of adventure and suspense and revenge. Creative, inventive, tons of fun, and eminently discussable.
Our optional flight pick is The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon, a dystopian mystery/adventure for book lovers. (First line: “On a very cold and lonely Friday last November, my father disappeared from the Dictionary.”)
We’re introducing a fun new class in March: join us on March 11 for our new Genius Moves for the Reading Life class. Drawing information from our fall Book Club retreat, we’re sharing tips, tricks, and methods your fellow readers use to make their reading life work for them. You’ll leave with plenty of ideas and inspiration to apply to your own reading life.
For the first time ever, we’re reading one of my books as the main selection. Our core pick is Don’t Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life by Anne Bogel (*humbly curties*). We will have SO MUCH to discuss, and we’ll all have ample opportunity to discuss the book with the author. (Sorry, I can’t help myself, I’ll stop now.)
Our optional flight pick is the essay collection What Are People For? by Wendell Berry. I’ve been aching to read Wendell Berry with our Book Clubbers, and because I rely on his words to conclude Don’t Overthink It, now is the time.
Our core selection is the 2005 novel The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar explores the struggles of modern India through two different women, one who is upper-middle class and one who has worked in the other’s house for more than twenty years. Easy-reading yet incredibly thought-provoking, this is a perennial book club favorite for a reason.
Our optional flight pick is The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey, an atmospheric, tightly-crafted mystery of 1920s Bombay featuring a plucky heroine fiercely taking on the challenges of her time.
• We’re continuing our YA-in-May tradition with Lovely War by Julie Berry, an unusual book that combines three unexpected elements to great effect: World War I, a love story, and Greek mythology.
We don’t have flight picks in May, because Summer Reading Guide season loads up everyone’s TBRs! Book Club members will once again get early access to the Summer Reading Guide, beginning with our live “unboxing” by video. I can’t put into words how much FUN this mid-May event is.
There’s more bookish fun in store
This mixture of classes, community, and conversation captures what the Book Club experience is all about. Click here to see our full calendar, which includes classes, more casual get-togethers, focused Book Club discussions, and and our exclusive Summer Reading Guide unboxing. (We’re still building out our calendar for late spring, and updating this page with new events as we schedule them.)
I hope you’ll join me and your fellow readers for an incredible spring. Click here to get started.
I can’t wait to kick off a new literary season with you all. Happy reading!
P.S. This season we’re once again partnering with Page 1 Books to offer a special MMD Book Club Spring Bundle to our readers, which features all three selections and more bookish goodies, and last I heard Page 1 had a small quantity still available. Click here to order yours while supplies last. This WILL sell out!