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Tuesday, June 23, 2015


While I was at ALL WRITE!!! this past week, a conference in Warsaw, IN, I had a conversation with Donalyn Miller about starting a grown-up book club. It made me gulp a little at the thought of trying to find a book Donalyn Miller hasn't read already and the fact that I can't remember the last grown-up novel I read. Sad, I know. I constantly read blogs, articles and professional text with a middle grade or YA novel thrown in for good measure now and then. But a grown-up novel, well, it's been a while.
Then I had a conversation with Jen Serravallo about the book club idea and she loved my hashtag, #GULP, which stands for Grown-Up Literary People. She was interested too.
What now I thought. Am I really going to start a book club? Can I handle it? Well, summer is probably the best time to try it out and maybe if I get myself on a role with some nice novels I'll find that I really enjoy them again.
What is a recent novel you have read that might be a good book to start with? My friend Robin recommended The Light Between Oceans by Stedman. I know nothing about it, but it has great reviews, so that is a start. I'm taking nominations and members, so let me know!


  1. GULP! What a great name for a book club! I love my adult book club. Five of us have been meeting for almost twenty years. One of our last books was ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, which I highly recommend. It was terrific. We haven't read THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS, but it looks great. Are you thinking your book club is going to be online?

    1. Yes, It would be a once a month Twitter chat about the assigned book.

  2. I'll do it! I love to read, and this will give me an excuse to do it, too! "Betsy said I have to finish this chapter..." Ha! I have All the Light We Cannot See on my TO-READ stack right now. I'll add The Light Between Oceans if that's what you decide. Thanks! Jennifer Sniadecki

  3. I'm reading The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. First grown up novel I've read in a while. 17th century historical novel set in Amsterdam--a page turner! This is a great idea for a book club!

  4. Count me in. I haven't heard of the book but I'm hoping it's in my library so I can download to my Kindle. Love this idea, prompting me to read and to learn Twitter. :-)

  5. Great idea! I have "Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline on hold at the library and can't wait for it. I've had it on hold forever, and there are still 12 people ahead of me. Probably a sign I should just buy it.

  6. PS: Looks like #GULP is already being used for a variety of things.


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