Posted on July 1, 2011 - by Kav
First off, there’s something you need to know about me.
Drum roll please.
I love books.
Yes, really! I know, I know, I hide that fact so well, don’t I? But it’s true and the only thing I love more is talking about the books I’ve read. Hence my fascination with book clubs.
I’ve belonged to a few over the years but invariably found myself confronted with a to-read list that just didn’t appeal to me. Mainstream fiction can push the limits of my standards in both language and graphic sexual content and I began to find that even trusted authors were venturing places I just didn’t want to go. And when my last ‘real-live’ book club decided to dabble in erotic fiction I was out of there. Fast!
Not long after that Lorna introduced me to Christian fiction – my new all-consuming passion. But alas, no one in my ‘real life’ reads it so where could I go for a good book chat?
Online of course.
I joined the ACFW book club about a year ago and have enjoyed sharing my views with other ardent readers…and – bonus – the authors of the books we discuss stop by to chat as well! Now that never happened in any ‘real life’ book club I ever attended.
It was a bit daunting at first…expressing my views in such a public forum. Yeah, I know, I blog for goodness sake, but it seemed scarier to ‘speak out’ on ACFW’s official book club site. And did I mention that authors read what you say? (I’m not a groupie or anything – honest – but actual authors that you’ve read are on there commenting on what you commented on!)
The only thing missing is more members so beware I’m on a recruiting hunt. You can sign up here. http://www.acfw.com/book_club and you don’t have to be an ACFW member to join.
Book selections are announced at the beginning of the month and discussions start on the 20th. That gives everyone ample time to read the book before the chattin’ begins. Recently the book club has started selecting two books a month so a reader can participate in both or pick just one.
June was Heartsong/Love Inspired month at the online book club. I participated in a discussion about Second Chance Ranch by Leann Harris. You can read my review of the book here: http://bestreads-kav.blogspot.com/2011/06/second-chance-ranch.html
Looking forward to July, the book club has selected two romantic suspense titles:
Deadly Ties by Vicki Hinze
No Safe Haven by Kimberley Woodhouse and Kayla Woodhouse – I just finished this book written by a mother/daughter duo. A real nail-biting, wilderness survival, cloak and dagger with a touch of romance kind of read. And co-author Kayla was twelve at the time of writing! The book is told in three POV and Kayla wrote the twelve-year old daughter’s point of view. She’s a bit older now and an absolute sweetheart. You can watch a youtube video of Kimberley and Kayla introducing their book here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM2nD5Ec0sY
Have I convinced you to join the ACFW Book Club yet? Hope so…but if you still need more of an incentive, check out their lineup for the next couple of months.
Yesterday’s Tomorrow by Catherine West
A Cowboy’s Touch by Denise Hunter
Surrender the Wind by Rita Gerlach
Out of Control by Mary Connealy
October – Youth Picks
Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren
Found in Translation by Roger Bruner
Hope to see you at one of the upcoming book discussions!