A Book Club of One's Own
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Virtual Book Club is rebranding as A Book Club of One's Own. The name is taken from Virginia Woolf’s essay A Room of One's Own in which Woolf expounds on the need for a private space to create.
We are trying a hybrid format that includes Zoom meetings and a message board on the Bookclubs site that allows members to post comments about the current book, suggest new titles, participate in polls, and more. Sign up for Bookclubs and join A Book Club of One's Own online. There is no cost.
Featured Book: What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher along with The Fall of the House of Usher, short story by Edgar Allan Poe
From March 7- March 21, 2023
Our new book club selection has something in common with Hester. This novel was inspired by a classic story, The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe. We will be reading the Poe story first and discussing it at our March 7th meeting. Then, we will read What Moves the Dead and discuss it on our March 28th meeting.
The Poe story is out of copyright and freely available to read online. Here's a link to one version that has pop-up definitions for some of the archaic words, which may be helpful. We will also have print copies available in the library. Beginning March 1st, there will be a display in the lobby with both the short story prints and copies of the Kingfisher book.
T. Kingfisher is the pen name of Ursula Vernon, who also authors children's books and is an illustrator. To learn more about her and see some of her artwork, visit the Red Wombat Studios website.
There are 2 Zoom meetings associated with this novel and a discussion board where participants can post questions, opinions and evaluations of the book at any time. Here's our schedule:
March 7, 2023 at 6:00 pm-Discuss Poe's short story, The Fall of the House of Usher as well as background on the authors
March 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm-Full discussion of both works and input on our next read
Please register to attend the Zoom meetings.
To post on the message board, participate in polls and interact with other members, please use the Bookclubs site.
Where to Find Free Ebooks and Audio Books Online
- Audible is offering a collection of books in audio format for free. These are primarily children’s books. This is a great resource and may only be offered for a limited time.
- The Internet Archive is a large repository of books, audio, video, websites, and software. Access is free once you create an account. There is much to discover here and multiple ways to access the information.
- Lit2Go is part of an educational resource clearinghouse based in Florida. This limited collection of ebooks and audiobooks includes many classics.
- Overdrive can be accessed via the Libby app or directly through their website. You will need your library card and PIN to check out books.
- Project Gutenberg offers access to over 60,000 titles with a focus on books that are now out of copyright.
- The Screen Actors Guild has a small number of videos of celebrities reading children’s books for the project Storyline Online. Listen to Betty White, Oprah, Rami Malek, and others as they read a variety of children’s books.
Not Sure What to Read Next?
- Booklist is a publication of the American Library Association. ALA has made this journal freely available. Booklist has long been a trusted source for librarians purchasing books. Read reviews, peruse lists of recommended titles, and see what the hottest trends in publishing are.
- Goodreads is a popular social site where people comment on books they have read and rate them. If you’re on the fence about reading a title, check out what people have to say on the Goodreads forums. You will need a free account to participate.
- Novelist is a product from Ebsco that will help you find your next favorite book. You will need your library card number to log in. From there, you can browse titles by author, genre, target age, and more.
- Online Author Talks are available each month online. Enjoy a range of talks from bestselling authors and thought leaders. Find new things to read and learn directly from the authors!