Readers, I’m so excited that summer reading season is almost here. And this summer season looks SO GOOD in Book Club! We kick things off on Tuesday, May 12 with our Summer Reading Guide Unboxing, and that’s just the beginning of an incredible reading season full of author chats, new classes, small group discussions, and constant book talk.
This is all happening in the MMD Book Club community, where we’re learning to read better, together. We always have tons of fun while doing it, but the bookish community is extra-sweet now because it’s harder to come by these days.
In Book Club, we read and discuss a monthly selection together, but that’s just the beginning of what we do. We also provide special content, member meetups, and host regular classes that help us enjoy our reading lives even more. We hold our live sessions on video via Zoom; I typically host along with our community manager Ginger. (That’s the two of us above, in my local indie.)
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.
What our summer 2020 Book Club calendar looks like
There are many ways to participate in Book Club. There’s no need to come to everything, but we like to offer plenty of worthwhile events to our members, including the following already-scheduled summer events. (We’re constantly adding new events: view our calendar right here.)
First up: our Summer Reading Guide Unboxing, of course! On May 12, members join me live at noon or 7 pm Eastern while I unveil the titles in the 2020 guide, sharing why I picked each and why I can’t wait for you to read it. Immediately after Unboxing, members will receive their EXPANDED Summer Reading Guide, before the guide is publicly available. This expanded guide is new for 2020 and includes a dozen additional titles, extra reading lists, and more bonus content.
Our May book selection is Lovely War by Julie Berry, which I read and loved after a bookish friend raved about it, saying it’s the only book her book circle had ever read that everyone loved. Julie Berry joins us on May 26 for an in-depth discussion.
We’re rounding out the month with (virtual) member meet-ups, small group book discussions, and a session on how to get more out of Book Club, perfect for both old and new members.
In June we’re reading William Kent Krueger’s This Tender Land, and the author will join us for an in-depth book discussion on June 25. If you’ve never participated in an author talk, they are SO MUCH FUN, and I’m thrilled he can join us.
I’ll host a Summer Reading Guide-themed Ask Anne Anything on June 11, where readers can bring any and all guide questions. These AAA-style events are always a joy, and always lead in surprising directions.
We’re introducing a new and timely class this month as well, on different ways—especially digital ways—to get your hands on the books you want to read this summer, appropriately titles A Zillion Ways to Get Your Books. We’ll explore a variety of options and formats to obtain the books you’re most excited about reading.
In July we’re reading The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton, who will join us for a live discussion on July 28.
At the mid-summer mark, we’ll gather to share the best books we’ve read this summer, and enjoy small-group discussions about the reading life.
We’re continuing our “Austen in August” theme, reading Natalie Jenner’s The Jane Austen Society. Jenner will join us for a live book discussion on August 25.
We’ll host a community read-a-long of Emma, and a watch-a-long of Clueless (I’ve been looking forward to this for FOREVER).
In September we’re going Back to Book School! Details to follow.
I hope you’ll join me and your fellow readers for an incredible summer. Click here to get started.
I can’t wait to kick off a new literary season with you all. Happy reading!