Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Anyone Here Looking to Join A Book Reading Group?

Betty, an old Bookcrossing member is starting a real life book reading group cos she despaired of ever finding any physical book groups around here, because what little book groups there are are usually filled with people who are more interested in socializing than in talking about books. They spend five minutes talking about books and then three hours talking about everything else under the sun!

If you are reader and has a genuine desire to be with other book lovers - have a go!

Here's what she is looking for in an ideal book group member: (from Betty's blog)

1. Obviously, you must be a Klang Valley resident, unless you really don't mind travelling long distances once every month.

2. Able to meet one day/night a month. Betty is a busy person too, and it's just one day a month. If you are truly interested in this, once a month shouldn't be too hard to arrange. Of course, occasionally things come up, she will understand, but you should be able to be there the majority of the time.

3. Outgoing members should be able to share and discuss without dominating the whole discussion and not giving others a chance to have their say. Shy members need to speak up and realize they have valuable opinions as well.

4. Able to share their opinions openly while being respectful of others' opinions. No one should feel unable to share their thoughts in the fear that someone else may ridicule them or react in any non-constructive negative way.

5. Open-minded and adventurous in our reading selection and discussions. Betty wants to be open to all genres of books that could be great reads and thought-provoking books, including non-fiction once in a while.

6. Willing to expand the boundaries of their own thoughts and explore other ideas and ways of thinking.

8. Genuinely interested in stimulating conversation and intellectual growth through reading and book discussions

So... if you're genuinely interested in joining this book group, please send me an email at with some details about yourself, like your:

Some of your favorite books:
Genres you read:
And please tell me a little about;
Why do you want to join this group?
What do you think you can contribute to this group?
What do you want to get out of this group?
Name one book which changed/affected you deeply, why and how did it affect you?

I'm really looking forward to making this book group a reality and a success. I'm sure there are at least nine other people in the whole of Klang Valley who must be interested in a proper book group as well. Please do email me if you're interested, or forward this to your book-loving friends if you're not.

Thanks to all!
Happy Reading!

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