The Not Jane Austen Book Club – Anna Spargo-Ryan

The Not Jane Austen Book Club

The Not Jane Austen Book Club

I’ve gone over my tweet limit for the first time ever, so in lieu of writing challenging and exciting snippets of =<140 characters, I thought I would broach the subject of a kind of bloggy book club ring (trademark pending).

I love to read, possibly even more so since I got a Kindle. But I love to talk as well, and book clubs are the perfect way for me to both read and talk. Read and talk! But at different times!

Would you like to be in my book club? I propose that we’d read one book a month, and then maybe in the first week of the month we’d write a blog post about it and then link them all together. And maybe the first person to link up their blog post would choose the next book.

Could you do something wankerish like register your interest and describe the kind of book you love to read, maybe your favourite book? I’ll go first.

Hi, I’m Anna, and I like to read literary fiction, historic fiction and occasional trashy romance. My favourite books are White Teeth, Middlesex and The Good Mayor.

Now you!

To clarify: we may still do one Austen and I will be Emily Blunt for obvious reasons.

  • Tim

    July 4, 2012 at 9:37 pm Reply

    Hi, I’m Tim, I like long walks on the beac… wait that’s not quite right…

    Likes: Speculative Fiction, Alternate Historical Fiction, Futurist Novels and Pulpy Crime Novels. Favourite books are far too many to list.

  • Sean

    July 4, 2012 at 9:41 pm Reply

    Hi I’m Sean. I teach English and English Literature in an impoverished country secondary school of over 1000 students. Love to read but often don’t get the time to enjoy. Thinking that a book club will help me separate work reading from enjoyment reading. I tend to read lots of historical non-fiction, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy and really anything that has literary credence.

  • Jules

    July 4, 2012 at 9:43 pm Reply

    I also like Middlesex. I watched a doco on South African runner Caster Semenya last night which made me think of it again. My fave books move around a bit with mood but the most consistent stayers are Turgenev Fathers and Sons, short stories by Somerset Maugham (despite occasional racist clink), essays by George Orwell and and Doris Lessing particularly African Stories and Martha Quest from Children of Violence series.

  • Cat

    July 4, 2012 at 9:45 pm Reply

    Super keen! My faves are What I Loved, The Book Thief, The Robber Bride & lots I can’t think of or see cos I’m feeding the baby & not in sight of my book case & my brain is a bit fried thanks to lack of sleep & now I’m rambling & sounding wankerish & you may not want me in your club.

  • Sam Quigley

    July 4, 2012 at 9:46 pm Reply

    I’m Sam and I just recognised the logo.

  • Jules

    July 4, 2012 at 9:49 pm Reply

    And yes I would like to be in your book club.

  • Happylan

    July 4, 2012 at 9:52 pm Reply

    My name is Alana and I love to read! Count me in with the book club, any excuse to read. Favourite book is a really hard question, I just finished The Great Gatsby and loved it.

  • Andrea

    July 4, 2012 at 9:55 pm Reply

    Hi, I’m Andrea and I like to read food and travel books and classics and fantasy and my local paper and blogs and biographies and well lots of things really. Oh and I’d be interested to joining in on the conversation. :0)

  • Kelly Exeter

    July 4, 2012 at 9:57 pm Reply

    Hi my name is Kelly and I will read anything really. But particularly like memoirs, historical fiction, chick lit, sci fi and fantasy :)

  • Karen

    July 4, 2012 at 10:13 pm Reply

    Hi and hello!

    I’m Karen and I know next to nothing about literature and I am not nearly as well read as I should be. BUT I can read and I have access to the interwebz, so count me in!

    I like to read biographies and historic fiction. I’m a bit ashamed to admit that I struggle with books that get tooooo dark or depressing because I tend to take on that mood and it kind of affects my daily life. I’m very soft.

    Oh, and as far as the Jane Austen book club goes, I’m your Sylvia/Fanny. Minus the philandering husband, of course.

  • Dani

    July 4, 2012 at 10:14 pm Reply

    Hi I’m dani. I luuuurvvvvv to read. Love a good biography but also into most types of fiction. Just nothing to sci fi. Just finished reading fifty shades of grey trilogy which I know is lame but I loved it. Who doesnt love saving a broken man from his tortured past mixed with hot sex!! Book club sounds like a bloody great idea. You could call it ‘the blook club’ you know cross between book and blog club. Sorry I know that was lame. Lol.

  • Karen

    July 4, 2012 at 10:31 pm Reply

    Hi, I’m Karen. Even though I’ve studied English Literature, I’m no book snob. Literary merit or not, I will read practically anything, from the classics to girly romance. I love literary fiction, memoirs, historical fiction, chick lit, Laurell K Hamilton, and of course Jane Austen. I tend to gravitate more towards female authors. I’d love to join the book club and put my 2 cents worth in.

  • Nicola

    July 5, 2012 at 12:10 am Reply

    I’m Nicola. I’ll join. I decided this when I saw one of your top 3 is also one of mine. 1) Middlesex 2) The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay 3) Super Sad True Love Story. I don’t usually read romances, trashy novels (except Flowers in the Attic when I was 11) or biographies – but I should broaden my horizons.

  • Kirsty Rice

    July 5, 2012 at 1:29 am Reply

    Well hello!

    I’m Kirsty and I like realistic fiction and realistic fiction. I know, truly boring. I’d love to attempt to be in your book group.

  • Carli

    July 5, 2012 at 10:51 am Reply

    I’m Carli and I hate Pina Colada’s and getting caught in the rain. But I loved Breathe, Life of Pi, Catcher in the Rye, Tuesdays with Morrie, and so many others that escape me so please count me in. I might have accidentally read all the True Blood books too, I hope this does not omit me from the proceedings?

  • amber

    July 5, 2012 at 11:18 am Reply

    Hello! I love this idea.

    I am a text-a-holic and read almost anything EXCEPT most newspapers (only enjoy the crosswords) and stuff classified as spec-fic. I know, I know… have I just made myself a social pariah? The last great book I read was Me Before You by Jojo Moyes — it made me cry like an idiot at the end. I’m a linguist and a professional writer and I love anything that uses language in beautiful or interesting ways.

  • Krissy

    July 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm Reply

    Hey I want in too!

    Hello. My name is Krissy. I read pretty much everything except Sci-fi (my brain doesn’t seem to process it). I have two favourite books – Junky and Pride and Prejudice. In full disclosure I have read 50 Shades Of Grey and although it made me want to weep (in a bad way) I didn’t stop reading thereby proving my resilience.

  • Cam @ notunimportant

    July 6, 2012 at 2:31 am Reply

    Hi, I’m Cam and I struggle to make time to read. I’m much better at doing things that are no one’s priority. I think my sample size is too small to know the kind of books I like.

    Favourite books include Neuromancer, Ham On Rye, Stranger In A Strange Land, The Crying of Lot 49 and The Bell Jar.

  • Di

    July 6, 2012 at 4:27 pm Reply

    Hi, I’m Di, and I’ve been wanting to tell you for ages how much I LOVE your tweets, but didn’t know how without sounding stalkerish. So today I clicked on your profile and then your website, and lookie here, an invitation to join your book club! I have a looming deadline, which usually makes reading all but impossible, but what the hey, I’ll give it a go.

    My all-time classic favourite authors are Austen and Dickens, but I’ll read just about anything (except, oddly, crime fiction has never appealed). Long time favourites include The Hours, Revolutionary Road, The Corrections, and Wonder Boys.

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