Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Traveling Book Club Book

Something I've been wanting to do for a while is do a sort of "round robin" reading thing. Get a group of readers (maybe 3-15 or whatever) and have one copy of a book that we send around, each person reading and marking up with their notes/thoughts/highlights/whatever. I just think it would be the coolest thing to have a book that a bunch of people had read and marked up and seeing this tweet from a librarian has spurred me on to see if anyone else is interested.

I do have some ARCs I got at ALA (as well as some older books) that would be good to do this with. How it would work is I'd read the book (and mark it up), then mail to the next person, and they'd do the same... on and on until the last person would send it back to me. (So, um, US residents only because of shipping costs.) We'd figure out a reasonable amount of time to keep the book (I'm thinking about 2 weeks, but I don't know how fast or slow others read) and it would work as a sort of traveling book club.

Here are some of the books I have that could work for this (but of course first I have to find out if anyone is even interested, so leave a comment or email me if you are):

ARC of Scarlet, by Marrisa Meyer (sequel to Cinder)
ARC of Son, by Lois Lowry (though I'm not sure this one would work if you haven't read all the previous books, which I haven't)
Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech
ARC of The Great Unexpected, by Sharon Creech
ARC of Prodigy, by Marie Lu (Legend #2)
an old ARC of Legend, by Marie Lu (Legend #1)
ARC of Love and Other Perishable Items, by Laura Buzo
an old ARC of serafina67, by Susie Day
an old ARC of Imaginary Girls, by Nova Ren Suma

Note that some of these books -- even if they're ARCs -- are a few years old. BUT ANYWAY, if you would be interested in doing this, and are in the US, leave a comment or drop an email to me!

I love love love that people are interested in doing this! (And honestly relieved because I was afraid it would just be silence when I posted this idea.) Anyone who comments and says they're interested will be getting an email with more info (as well as a more complete list of books we could do this with) from me. It would help if you could include your email address in your comment, especially if you don't have a blog. :)

UPDATE #2: Sign-ups for this are closed, as I think we have a good size group right now. So happy people are interested in it!


  1. I'm sure it's no surprise, but I'd be interested in this. Keep me posted.

  2. I would be interested in doing this, for sure. I'd thought about doing this for an older ARC that I have, but wasn't sure if anyone would be interested or how to go about do it.

    This is a great idea. Sign me up!

  3. I'd be interested. Let me know!

  4. I'm in love with this idea! I'd heard of a blogger and her friends doing that and had always wanted to, but none of my friends read what I read :( I'm definitely in :)

    Ashley Loves Books
    ashleylovesbooksblog [at] gmail [dot] com

  5. So I have this pile of six ARCs, three of which I've read, one I can't finish, and two that are still in queue, and I keep wondering what to do with them when I was done. I was thinking of giving them away and encouraging them to keep being passed along, with people writing in where the book has been before.

    So basically that's a preface to saying this idea sounds really fantastic and totally awesome. I'd love to be in on this if you've still got spots open.

    baileyiswriting [at] gmail [dot] com

  6. This looks so fantastic. I love the idea.

    kenzieaudacious [at] gmail [dot] com

  7. I just told you on Twitter, but I'd totally be interested as well. I have like three old ARCs and a pile of new ones (ie. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, Skinny by Donna Cooner, Beta by Rachel Cohn) that I snagged at BEA.

    So yeah, I'm interested. ><