“So why does our writing matter, again?” they ask. Because of the spirit, I say. Because of the heart. Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It’s like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can’t stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.” – Anne Lamott from Bird by Bird
How to Join:
- Send me an email at email@example.com saying hello and that you’d like to join our book club.
- I will add you to the list at the start of our next read.
- Hope aboard the rich discussions every other week on this journal.
- Tag #homesongbookclub as you read and share!
Homesong is starting a book club lunching March 20th – the first day of spring! I am so excited to jump into this new project with you as we feed our souls together and deepen this community through the power and beauty we find in books. I am a long-time lover of reading, and the way Anne Lamott expressed the value of spending time with one’s nose in-between pages speaks volumes to me. I know we cannot gather around a coffee table full of good food and wine in my home, fire rolling and laps covered in blankets as we discuss our current read, but we can do something of sorts here in this space. We can gather. We can read. We can share. We can grow – together. Each one of us comes from a vast landscape of different experiences and has a unique story to share as we explore themes relating to love, family, faith, grit, spirit, courage and hope. I hope you’ll join, either as an active participant or as a quiet contemplator, but if anything, feel more encouraged and inspired to read in your home.
How is this book club going to be organized? Because we do things seasonally here, that is the measuring stick we are going to use. Each spring, summer, autumn, and winter we will choose 3-4 books to read, one from each of the categories listed below. Some of the books I have laid out for you to chose from are much longer than others, some rather short, so we will aim for 900 pages per season, which puts us at roughly 10 pages a day.
That will be your goal: 10 pages a day.
You can do it. I believe in you! We will keep on another accountable and we will share our reading experiences as our book unfolds. If you want to read ahead, go for it! If you want to keep a steady pace, that’s fine too. This book club is not a race, nor is it designed to stretch you too to the point of discomfort. You should feel a bit of a pull though, this means you’re growing. I also highly recommend you purchase a hard copy to have in your hands. I know many who disagree with me on this, but I happen to think writing in our books is wonderful thing to do while reading. Scribble away when you feel inspired – underline your favorite quotes and star beautiful prose to share back when we meet up. I want to know what gems you’ve uncovered and what treasures you’ve dug up between the pages. This is what makes a book club so special – the sharing. The connection.
And lastly, I welcome you as you are. I welcome you whatever season of life you are currently in. I am a mom, I am busy like you, and I want to read more. I want to sink into writing that makes me feel more less alone and more understood. I want to learn more about life from those who are living it differently than I, and I crave this escape to get to know myself better in the process. I believe a well-lived life is lived in the details, so let’s surround ourselves with heaps and heaps of them, shall we?