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Bay Area Book Geeks

Mountain View, CA

Bay Area Book Geeks

Do you love books!? Well you have come to the right place. We totally geek out on all types of books. There is a discussion group for many genres of books. Just pick one to attend or pick them all. This is a group effort and we are open to people doing their own organizing if they wish. Either way there is plenty to read and do.

Basic Rules

1. This group is a fun, safe space for people to discuss their opinions, make friendships, read amazing books, and have great discussions. Harassing and threatening members will not be tolerated.

2. This is a group to meet people, even people you might potentially want to ask on a date. This is natural and acceptable, however many members attend for the reading and socializing alone. It is highly encouraged that any member not treat this group like a dating site.

3. If a well loved book is suggested as reading for the group, please be advised that not everyone will share the same opinion. This group encourages debate because it is what makes a good discussion. Respecting other opinions is highly recommended.

4. Group organizers are responsible for keeping an eye out for internal problems. If a member feels uncomfortable or disrespected please bring it to our attention.

5. We are happy to have so many members with the Bay Area Book Geeks and with the popularity of all our book clubs growing. Since the meetings are starting to have a consistent wait list that is sometimes nine people long, we are implementing a new policy to make it fair to all our members. To encourage members to keep their RSVP’s current we will start taking note of any no shows at all meetings. If three no shows turn up on your record then the next time you RSVP for a meeting and the meeting has a wait list you will be automatically moved to the wait list for that event. If you keep your RSVP current, then this will not happen. It is standard to update your RSVP at least 24 hours before the event if you will not be able to attend. We cannot track this and so I will trust everyone to try their best to abide by the 24 hour limit. We understand that emergencies happen, and if one comes up at the last minute, let us know as soon as you can, and we will adjust your record accordingly.

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893 members · Private

Novel Lovers of Sonoma County, CA

Sebastopol, CA

Novel Lovers of Sonoma County, CA

Novel Lovers of Sonoma County, CA (originally Novel Lovers of Sebastopol) is a book discussion group where we talk in depth about contemporary literary fiction. Yes, we really discuss the book for two hours! We assume that you’ve read the book and are eager to talk about it. We’re friendly and welcoming – not stodgy at all -- but we do take our book discussions seriously!

We read contemporary novels, almost exclusively those that have received critical acclaim and/or won literary awards. We try to schedule a few books ahead so you can get the book and plan your time.  To participate in this process, comment on our
message board, especially the  current Book Recommendations thread. 

Please RSVP “yes” when you know for sure that you’ll be there, and please change your RSVP if your plans change. Don’t RSVP “yes” if you mean “maybe,” and please don’t be a no-show. As a courtesy to the wait list, our host, and me, please change your RSVP if you can't attend, even at the last minute.

Each time I announce a book, the RSVP list fills quickly, and we often have large wait lists. Almost everyone does get in (people's plans change, emergencies and illnesses happen, etc.), so if you're on the wait list, read the book. If you get in, even as late as the day of the meeting, you'll be ready. 

Bring a snack to share if it's convenient, and a couple of dollars  towards the organizer dues. 

We look forward to talking books with you!

Questions? Email Joan Price, organizer.

8/16/20: I realize I haven't updated our group description since we moved our meetings online in March 2020. Here's what we're doing now:

* Novels: During the pandemic, we're still reading one novel a month, meeting online for 1.5 hours. 

* Short Story Group: Our book club has been reading contemporary novels, and we also created a short story spin-off group that met monthly before the pandemic. After we started taking our meetings online, we switched the short story group from monthly to weekly, one story, one hour. We have a core group that meets each week. We're open to new members who want to discuss short stories in depth. 

245 members · Public

SF and Further: A Virtual Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

San Francisco, CA

SF and Further: A Virtual Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club

Welcome to SF and Further, an online home for friends, fantasy, and fiction. We are an active sci-fi & fantasy book club that meets at least twice a month via Zoom to discuss a wide variety of fiction (SciFi/Fantasy and beyond!). Members are encouraged to suggest books they are excited about and we vote on which books to read each month. We also have an active Discord server, where we discuss the books we read as well as other media. Come hang out, chat about books, the films that are adapted from them, and more with us!

Our book club has existed in multiple forms for over five years now. Books we have chatted about in the past include: The Magicians, The Left Hand of Darkness, a re-read of Lord of the Rings, Black Leopard Red Wolf, The Echo Wife, Incognegro (graphic novel), Demon Slayer (manga), Firekeepers Daughter, The Stormlight Archive, Gideon the Ninth, Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, and many, many more. We are dedicated to reading widely and diversely!

For new members: We have a Zero Tolerance Policy on Harassment. If you are found to be harassing a member of our meetup, you will be banned immediately. Also, due to harassment issues that have happened in the past, we require all members to have an actual photo of themselves on their account. To increase your chances of being added, please spend some time with our sign up questions. One word answers probably won't get you accepted. Thank you!

31 members · Private

Tri-Valley/Tracy/CC Motorcycle Cruisers

Livermore, CA

Tri-Valley/Tracy/CC Motorcycle Cruisers

This group is for riders, of all skill levels, who enjoy the scenery more than tackling the road and turns.  It's about finding someone to ride with when you want to go riding.  You will notice we don't have big rides of 20-30 people.  We enjoy the smaller group of 5-10 where we can relax and enjoy the road rather than worry about riders around you.  

Think about this as a way to ask a group of friends to go riding with you.  Not creating an event 

About 1/2 our members are active.  1/2 joined but never returned to the page after joining. Please join if you want to participate. If you haven't at least visited the web page in 4 months I will remove you and notify you.  If I remove you and you want to remain a member, just rejoin the group.  

There are no membership fees or requirements  

All members will be made event organizers. You want to go for a ride?  Today, tomorrow, next week? Post it.  Find people who want to go. You are in charge.  Post your rides. If you're going anyways someone might want to ride with you. 

If there is a ride posted on a day, and you want to go somewhere else, post it.  Maybe there are people who want to go there instead  

We ride about 3-7 mph above the speed limit. Make sure your comfortable with that.  We have nowhere to go, plenty of time to get there, and take social/scenic breaks. Lunch? Small restaurants, cold beer, and locals to talk to. 

Rides will usually range from short rides to 300+ miles. Longer overnight rides are possible.  Check out our past rides to get a feel for it.  It's up to you. Schedule what you want.  We are not looking for big group rides. Just people who like to relax and ride weekends and weekdays too.  Since any member can create an event, they can be any length, shape, size, you want. 

126 members · Public