Introducing the No-Commitment Blogger Book Club

One of my goals this year is to read 12 books in 12 months. And since I am trying to take more risks this year, I thought maybe I would turn this goal into a little virtual book club. I know you guys and gals love to read, so why not join me on this adventure this year?

The Deets:

What is The No-Commitment Blogger Book Club?
It’s exactly what it sounds like — a no-commitment blogger book club. It will be hosted here the first Monday of the month. If you have a blog, there will be an open link-up for you to submit your post, so it will be a great chance to gain new readers and traffic to your blog. If you don’t have a blog, no worries! You can leave your thoughts on the book in the comments section.

Why “No-Commitment?”
Because this is just for fun! And because signing up for things in January can be discouraging when come March you don’t follow through with it. So no worries if you want to read one or all of the books.

Who’s this for?
Anyone who can read! The book list does skew to a more female audience, but guys are more than welcome to get on board.

How often will we read? 
We will read one book a month.

When will we review the book? 
The first Monday of each month I will post a review on the previous month’s book. If you have a blog, feel free to write a review and link back here, and/or comment in the post.

Each review we will answer the following questions:
– What is the book about?
– Did you feel that the book fulfilled your expectations? Were you disappointed?
– Did you enjoy the book? Why? Why not?
– Would you recommend this book?
– What’s your favorite quote from the book?

What are we reading?
Ahhh, the real important question. We are going to read 6 fiction and 6 non-fiction books, alternating each month. Easy enough, right? Here’s the grand list:


January: Bossypants
February: What Alice Forgot
March: Happier at Home
April: MWF Seeking BFF
May: Bittersweet
June: The Actor and the Housewife
July: Love Does
August: The Little Women Letters
September: Boundaries
October: The Paris Wife
November: Reader’s Choice*
December: Reader’s Choice*

All right! Who’s with me? :) If you’re interested in starting this month, get yourself a copy of Bossypants! I’m planning on listening to the audiobook when I run my marathon.  I’m hoping running for 5 hours will be more bearable with Tina Fey in my ear. ;)

So excited to start this book club with you!

*The last two books will be chosen based on a poll in October. :)

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  • My 3rd book comes out in November so I’ll have to coerce my sister to nominate it for Nov or Dec. What? Did I just say that out loud?

    – and I already have a copy of Bossypants which makes the non-commital book club one step easier for January. What a brilliant idea you have here!

  • How fun! Is it cheating if I already read Bossypants? Haha. Also, have you read Boundaries before? I was so excited to see that on your list… it was a life-changer for my fiance (now-husband) and I and I am so please to see it spreading! Excellent choices!

  • Sounds like a fun idea! I have some other books I really should read (or some I’ve started throughout 2012, but put down and did not pick up again, tut-tut) so I’m going to give this idea a good think and set myself some realistic goals for reading too – even though I won’t join your book club. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  • I am on board. Renewed my library card yesterday and reserved Bossypants today. Excited to see how I keep up merging this with my 2013 Reading List.

  • Great idea! I definitely want to participate, but I might have to pass on January. I got a few new books for Christmas that I’m stoked about reading and have already started. If I fly through them I might go pick up a copy of bossypants!

  • Doh, you’re right. I was thinking MWF Seeking BFF was a fiction. Thanks for letting me know, although I think I’ll keep it as is. :)

  • Feel free to read any of none… and I’d love to hear which ones you are planning to read this year. I always read more in the summertime and would love more ideas!

  • Nope, not cheating, I assumed a few people will have read a few of the books already. I have heard of Boundaries from a friend and have been wanting to read it for a long time.

  • A comment from THE Emily Freeman? *big grin* I wanted to add Grace for the Good Girl on here so others could read it, but alas I’ve already read it and wanted to keep the list new titles. So perhaps we can add your new book in Nov? :) Thanks for the comment, it made my day.

  • Love it! I’ve been looking for an online book club to join, and I’ve been meaning to read Bossypants for months! Found your blog via Influence–so glad I did! Nice to meet another Carolina girl :)

  • Oh boy, 50 this year?! What else is on your list? You’ll have to list me know if there are any must-reads after you finish.

  • Yay! Happy to have you, and nice to connect via Influence. I joined today and am already quite addicted. :) Where in Carolina do you live?

  • I’m late to the game but in! I’ve already listened to Bossypants but totally want to again – it’s great! Good luck in the marathon!!

  • Wonderful! I’m glad you’re able to join. I listened to the audio book and it was really funny listening to Tina Fey narrate it.

  • I thought I’d join you… I know it’s late but it’s never too late to pick up a book… right?! Looking forward to it!

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  • I have hear of this book two walls and a roof that I was wanting to read and I cant think of nothing better than to read it with other people that love to read as much as I do, I would love to see this book on the list to read, I don’t know how you select your readers choice books but maybe if you read the reviews on amazon or if you google the book maybe this would be a book everyone would be interested in reading this and the rest of the books, I know I sure would be! and by the way I think that this is an amazing ideal there are no book clubs in my area so I am a member of a lot of online book clubs and this is the best idea I have seen in a long time!

  • also wondering what book we are on since this month is readers choice so I know what book to pick up!

  • I have hear of this book two walls and a roof that I was wanting to read and I cant think of nothing better than to read it with other people that love to read as much as I do, I would love to see this book on the list to read, I don’t know how you select your readers choice books but maybe if you read the reviews on amazon or if you google the book maybe this would be a book everyone would be interested in reading this and the rest of the books, I know I sure would be! and by the way I think that this is an amazing ideal there are no book clubs in my area so I am a member of a lot of online book clubs and this is the best idea I have seen in a long time! also was wondering what book we are on this month since it is readers choice so I know what book to start on

  • Hi Ginna,

    I love this idea! (And the Tina Fey book was great)! Over on our blog, Little Yellow Couch (www.littleyellowcouch.com) we are spending all of March writing about the design, collection and love of books.

    We also are having an artisan perfume giveaway that I think your book club members (and all of your readers, really) would be interested in.

    We are very excited to have found perfumer Josh Meyer of Imaginary Authors. http://www.imaginaryauthors.com. Josh imagines an entire novel and fictitious author for each of his scents. We love how he illustrates that perfume has layer upon layer of a story that can be experienced through smell.

    For our giveaway, Josh has graciously offered 3 entire sample sets (9 vials of perfume), along with the bookmarks explaining the storyline behind each scent.

    Here’s a link to the article and giveaway:

    http://littleyellowcouch.com/living-a-connected-life/2014/3/19/imaginary-authors

    We’re hoping you’ll share this through your social media outlets or in any other way that you like.

    Giveaway ends Monday, March 24th at 12 am EST and is open to U.S. Residents only.

    Cheers,
    Zandra Zuraw & Karen June Grant
    Little Yellow Couch
    http://www.littleyellowcouch.com