I’m starting a book club. The Bishop In The Grove Book Club.
For those who are keeping track of the number of projects mounting on my desk, the thought of one more new endeavor probably seems like insanity. But I don’t care. I think a book club sounds like fun. I could use a dose of fun.
(The 19 year old me might never have expected himself to one day think of a book club as a “dose of fun.” I was a hot mess, though. What did I know?)
“So many books, so little time.”
― Frank Zappa
The inspiration for the book club came after I posted this photo to Twitter. Beacon Press, at the request of my friend, Chris Stedman, sent me a copy of Chris’s book, Faitheist. I was thrilled.
First, it’s a hardback, and I really love the weight and feel of a hardback book. Second, how adorable is he? Not to undermine his position by objectifying him, but isn’t he charming? With those big glasses and little suit. I mean, how could you not want to know how he came to let go of God?
So I posted the picture and one of my Twitter followers, the word nerd, dog dad, hiker, runner, actor, accordionist, bicylist, bookworm, coffee snob, and ’80s freak, Jeremy, wrote the following:
@teobishop I think you should start a book club. Would love to read/discuss “Faitheist” w/your readers. cc: @chrisdstedman
— Jeremy (@wordnrrrd) January 29, 2013.
That was all it took.
And here’s why I think it could work:
I’ve seen time and time again how the readers of this blog are willing to engage deeply with the subject matter I present. You are willing to dig in, to challenge assumptions, and to open your minds up to new ideas. That sounds like the makings of a wicked book club, right?
Here’s the thing, though — I’m not exactly sure how to structure this. Before I can put a plan together, I need to gauge your interest. I need to see who would be up for joining in this internet-wide book club, and I need to know a little bit about you.
If you’re into it, if you want to be a part of the Bishop In The Grove Book Club (is #bitgbc a good hashtag?), please answer the following questions in the comment thread. They’ll give me some perspective about how to move forward from here.
- How much time would you need to read a 175-250 page book?
- Are you interested in reading books about religion, theology, polytheism, Celtic culture, Druidry, and creativity?
- What are you interested in reading? (In case none of the categories in #2 are interesting to you.)
- What 3 books do you think would be good reads for the audience of this blog (based on what you know from our discussions in the comments)?
- Are you comfortable using Twitter? In addition to dialoguing on this blog, would you be open to scheduled Twitter chats?
- Do you think this idea is something that your friends would enjoy, and would you be willing to post about it on your social networks?
Lay down some thoughts, and feel free to elaborate.
If you’ve done online book clubs before, what worked? What didn’t? If you can, tell me what you’ve seen succeed — that information will help me out a great deal.