|Sent on:||Tuesday, October 15, 2013 11:11 PM|
Welcome to all our new members, and greetings to everyone in our ever growing book club. Since so many of you are new, and many longtime members have not actually been attending, I thought it would helpful to talk a little about how our book club works.
We have been meeting since February 6, 2011, discussing a novel a month. We started with 12 members at our first meeting (Great House), and now have 116 (!), although each meeting has about a dozen attendees.
Yes, we're that rare book club that actually spends two hours discussing the book, with a 10-15 minute break for socializing & snacks at the end of the first hour. We're serious about our books, but we're also warm and friendly folks, and I know you'll enjoy getting to know us.
If you'd like to see a complete list of the books we've read, see my first entry in this discussion thread on our message board:
Speaking of the message board, check it out. It's a useful (but underused) tool for discussing books, making suggestions, even occasionally making decisions. To find it, go to our Novel Lovers home page, click the "Discussions" tab at the top, then "Message Board." You can also use this direct link:
Each upcoming meeting is listed on the home page. Click on one, such as The Mysteries Of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon -- our meeting this coming Sunday -- and RSVP Yes or No at the right. I send out the host's address a couple of days before the meeting only to those who have RSVPed yes.
Please take a moment now to check that your RSVP for this week's meeting is accurate. Please don't be a no-show.
If you joined, but you doubt you'll ever attend a meeting, no hard feelings -- feel free to drop the group (find "my profile," click "leave this group"). That way you won't get unwanted emails, and our member number will be more accurate. If you want to be a member even if you're not sure when you'll be able to join us in person, we'll continue to welcome you as part of this group.
If you have any questions, please write me directly at [address removed].
Looking forward to talking books with you,