One thing I'm proud to admit is that I am a bookworm. I love reading pretty much anything and everything, and I recently started making more of an effort to read as much as I can. I now belong to two book clubs, read feminist-type books to learn more, and read other lighter books sprinkled in.
Even with all of that, I just can't get enough. Especially because I often read books that nobody I know would be interested in reading and discussing... except for my blogger buddies! So after feeling things out, asking around, etc., I wanted to get a sense from readers here and my tweeps and our extended network: who would be interested in joining an online feminist book club?
Before you respond, let me tell y'all what I have in mind. At first, I was just sort of thinking we'd pick a book a month, read it, and then discuss it using Cover It Live or something. But things are never that simple with me, are they? =)
After talking it over with some peeps, especially the lovely Ashley Lauren, I think it'd be cool to also blog about the books we read and what we take out of them. This doesn't mean that our book club would be limited to bloggers, because nobody would be required to write anything. It'd just be a cool and natural extension for some of us, I think. I also want to say that we wouldn't only be reading feminist, academic texts, but other books outside of that genre as well from time to time. We could do themes or not, read monthly or bimonthly, there are lots of options.
This can totally change depending on who's interested and their own ideas about how this can be structured. I guess I just want to see who would be interested in something like this. I think it'd be a cool way to get to know each other better, share a love of reading, and get more material for blogging.
So leave a comment or send me an email if you're interested or have any questions.
UPDATE: If you haven't already signed up and would like to, take a moment to sign up here.
- At Thu Aug 20, 10:39:00 PM Lauren said...
- At Thu Aug 20, 10:52:00 PM abby jean said...
yes please me please
- At Thu Aug 20, 11:02:00 PM piecesofstring said...
- At Fri Aug 21, 12:51:00 AM Stephanie said...
Can you list some possible books that we'd be discussing?
- At Fri Aug 21, 07:07:00 AM frau sally benz said...
Sure Stephanie, some books might be Manifesta by Jennifer Baumgardner & Amy Richards, Sisterhood, Interrupted by Deborah Siegel, even something like Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, works by bell hooks or Audre Lorde, books about sexuality, body image, etc. The books we read that aren't explicitly ones folks might consider feminist would be entirely up to the group, so that could be anything.
These are just my initial thoughts though. What sort of books did others have in mind?
- At Fri Aug 21, 08:59:00 AM RMJ said...
I'm totally down!
And I suggest Fun Home by Allison Bechdel!
- At Fri Aug 21, 09:10:00 AM emandink said...
Absolutely positively interested! And thanks for getting this kick started. :D
I love the idea of making a "feminist reading carnival" sort of thing part of the discussion as well.
- At Fri Aug 21, 09:48:00 AM Laura said...
I would definitely be interested! Book clubs are what keep me motivated!
- At Fri Aug 21, 09:52:00 AM shinynewcoin said...
I'm in! I've wanted to do more feminist reading and to do it with a few like minds would be fab!
- At Fri Aug 21, 02:08:00 PM JT said...
- At Fri Aug 21, 02:08:00 PM Melissa said...
This sounds great - I'm definitely interested!
I'm particularly interested in *fun* feminist reads. I love to read novels, beach books, scifi/fantasy, memoirs - and would be thrilled to find some feminist authors in these genres to enjoy and discuss.
- At Fri Aug 21, 02:15:00 PM Kristina said...
I am very interested! Please let me know any more information. Thanks
- At Fri Aug 21, 02:17:00 PM frau sally benz said...
Hi new people! This is AWESOME!
If you are on twitter, please tweet me so I know who you are and can add you to the contact list or leave your twitter and/or email in the comments.
I have info for everyone on this thread except for Lauren, piecesofstring, JT, Melissa, Kristina.
- At Fri Aug 21, 02:21:00 PM Melissa said...
Me again :) - just got your e-mail. I'm @melismansfield.
- At Sat Aug 22, 10:22:00 AM Jess said...
Sign me up :) @jester
- At Sat Aug 22, 03:36:00 PM khw said...
I'm interested and love the idea, if only to get ideas on what to read later.
I've always loved the rec.s given on the community site on Feministing.
I'll mail you.
- At Sat Aug 22, 04:57:00 PM piecesofstring said...
email = frenchingbully at gmail dot come. Super stoked!
- At Sat Aug 22, 06:23:00 PM bike groggette said...
Great,as if my "to read" stack wan't big enough already :p
In other words, I'm totally in!
- At Sun Aug 23, 03:31:00 PM Special K said...
Hi, there - I'm interested! How would you pick the books - what kind of books are you thinking about (fiction, non-fiction?)
- At Sun Aug 23, 03:59:00 PM Lauren said...
Lauren here! I'm @gentle_victory on twitter. Posts are protected, so add me!
- At Sun Aug 23, 04:09:00 PM lindsay said...
that would be great! i've been trying to read on the margins this year and sticking to women, Black, WOC, gay, etc authors. It's been fairly successful so far, too!
twitter - lindsay2k
- At Sun Aug 23, 07:32:00 PM Lindsay said...
very very interested :)
- At Sun Aug 23, 11:32:00 PM frau sally benz said...
For Special K's question about book selections, I envision mixing fiction and non-fiction. I also envision mixing different types of non-fiction -- memoirs, feminist academic texts, works featuring intersections (race, class, sexuality, etc.).
I think to get started, I'll be asking folks for their recommendations. It'll probably be easiest to choose the first one or two at random or strategically or something, but from there on out, we can try to vote for future selections after we see how it goes for a while.
- At Sun Aug 23, 11:38:00 PM Heather said...
Fantastic! I've been looking for something like this for awhile. Can't wait to start!
- At Mon Aug 24, 12:02:00 AM Katie said...
- At Mon Aug 24, 12:22:00 AM Madama said...
great idea! LOVE IT! I read constantly, always thinking, researching...did my M.A. in feminist psychotherapy, which was 1/2 feminist psych and 1/2 women's studies. There are many feminist classics that I want to/need to re-read, re-visit, and I'd love to do this in a group context. I wonder if we could do this in a way that we could actually talk to one another? Like blogtalkradio? And then those of us who want to blog, can do that also? I'm just throwing out ideas...also, what about also making this a group on FB?
- At Mon Aug 24, 07:44:00 AM GeekGirl said...
A little late to the party, but I'm quite interested.
- At Mon Aug 24, 12:02:00 PM Amanda said...
I would absolutely be thrilled to participate in something like this! I like the FB group idea - any way we could all stay in touch and have a very conversationally-feeling discussion.
And would love fun feminist reads, classic feminist reads, or any book that intrigues us - it'd be fascinating to be able to examine any work from a feminist view point without getting attacked for it.
Also would just be great to read books by female writers or featuring strong female characters...
So excited about this!
- At Mon Aug 24, 09:22:00 PM afeministotaku said...
I love the idea of an online feminist book club! Sounds great!!
- At Tue Aug 25, 12:06:00 PM frau sally benz said...
For folks keeping up with this thread, I've made a survey for the book club and need ideas for a name: details here.
- At Tue Aug 25, 09:14:00 PM kaylynuke said...
- At Tue Aug 25, 11:27:00 PM RosieRed23 said...
I love this idea! Definitely interested.
- At Wed Aug 26, 05:09:00 PM UneFemmePlusCourageuse said...
This would rock, count me in.