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Reading Non-Fiction With Your Book Club

For most people, book clubs are associated with the latest fiction bestseller, or even chick lit and books that make you want to cry your eyes out for days. While this may be what other people like, there are a couple of reasons why you should branch out and try reading something a little harder hitting. Here are a few reasons why you should read non-fiction with your book club.

Education 

While most of us read to be entertained, and that’s great, there is also a place for reading to educate us. When you read non-fiction with your book club, you’re essentially giving each other the chance to absorb new information, discuss it, and put what you’ve learned into practice. It’s also a unique way to learn about different cultures, peoples, and times that you wouldn’t have had access to prior. A book club should read non-fiction because it makes everyone smarter!

Expanding Horizons  

Nothing is more boring that reading the same type of book over and over for the rest of your life. What if you pick up a non-fiction book and it changes your life the same way a fiction novel did? What if you learn something about the person in your book club who recommended the book? What if you learn something that helps you help others? You’re going to have wider horizons and wider eyes when you read non-fiction, and your book club members will too.

 

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It’s Different 

Why follow the crowd? Just because all of the other book clubs you know of are reading Oprah’s latest pick doesn’t mean you have to. Swim upstream, go against the flow, and do something entirely different. Pick people who are not really mainstream, or who want to learn something new. You’ll stand out, and you’ll have more to offer to a discussion that isn’t about the latest vampire romance novel.

 

Clear Discussions  

Have you ever read a fiction novel with your book club and had about a bajillion different interpretations of the same event? With non-fiction, there is a lot less interpretation involved, and a lot more open discussion about the facts presented. While there is a ton to be said about the importance of interpreting fiction and symbolism, it’s nice to have a clear cut discussion that is based in fact and where everyone involved has the same resources.

Tons of Topics  

If you’re reading fiction, eventually you will notice trends in just about every book – a love triangle, an epic journey, a loss, a love, etc. While these books are all somewhat different in their own right, non-fiction presents a different story every single time. Even when you know the general topic, what you get out of non-fiction is more than “a moral to the story.” You’re getting a unique perspective of events as they actually occurred, and ways to apply those events in your own life. The non-fiction well never runs dry, and you’ll have plenty of topics to choose from.

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Why Should You Join a Book Club?

Many people know that book clubs are popular, but so many people don’t engage with them. This could be simply because they don’t like reading, or it could be because they’re too busy, or it could be because they’re shy and don’t want to interact with new people. Whatever your reason for not participating in a book club, here are a few reasons why you should definitely join one now.

Amazing Books 

You think you have a lot of luck finding great books on your own, but odds are you stick to your favorite genre: mystery, romance, horror, young adult, whatever. In a book club, you may read a lot of the same types of books you love, but you’ll also branch out when people vote for different genres. Who knows? You may find a book that you love that you never would have picked up on your own.

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Amazing People 

There’s something about joining a club that makes it easier for people to really get along. You already have one thing in common (a love of books), and you can interact with each other on that premise alone. The funny thing about clubs is that once you’ve got that one thing in common, you find other things in common, and you grow very attached to people. Another aspect of book clubs is that the people involved often come from all walks of life, races, sexes, and backgrounds. You’re going to be meeting people that are totally different from you, and yet you’ve got this common thread. They’ll bring their unique style into their reading choices, and you can learn and grow alongside them. The people you meet in a book club might just become lifelong friends.

Carving Out Time  

You’re probably thinking, “I love reading, but I just don’t have time!” That may be true, but just like anything that is worth while, you have to make time. Carve out two hours once a month for yourself and your book club. You can schedule that in, I don’t care who you are or how busy you are. Even with kids, maybe you can work something out with the club where you all bring your kids and let them play together while you discuss books, or you can all pitch on a baby sitter to play with them for 2 hours. Either way, there are workarounds. Stop making excuses, and start making your book club a priority.

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Reading is Good for Your Health 

When you’re reading for a book club, you’re cutting out time for yourself on a daily or weekly basis to consume a new book. This act alone can improve happiness, actually help you manage your time (really), and can make you sleep better at night (unless you’re up all night reading). Studies show that people who read are less depressed, less prone to diseases like dementia and Alzheimers, and live much longer. So why risk it? Start reading!

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6 Original Games to Play With Your Book Club

Are you bored by the traditional “sit and discuss” style of most book clubs? Is it hard to get the conversation flowing with new members who are shy? Why not break the ice with a few reading games? These games can also help you share more insight about what others took away from the books, and create an environment of playfulness that might be missing. After using these game tips, people will be tripping over themselves to sign up for your book club!

Word Association  

Take a chance to introduce yourselves, what you thought of the book, and then set a timer and try to have everyone in the group say one word that sums up the whole book. Make sure everyone has a different word, and that they don’t take more than their allotted time coming up with a word. Make it more difficult by having a list of banned words such as “happy,” “sad,” “romantic,” etc. You will laugh and learn new words!

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Charades 

Assuming everyone read the book, playing a game of Charades will be a fun way to see everyone’s interpretation of different scenes. Pick a few scenes that a person has to act out, and have everyone guess which scene it is. This gets especially hilarious if the book was somewhat sexual or sad in nature. Let the good times roll!

Sketch Artists 

Was there an especially handsome hero in the book? Or a gruesome monster? Give everyone a piece of paper and a pencil, and let them draw their interpretation of the descriptions. This is hilarious if no one is a trained artist, and can also show the many different mental interpretations we all have when reading a book. Prepare to laugh at everyone’s artistic abilities!

Story Creation 

Have everyone bring a copy of the book you read, and then randomly generate numbers (with an app or just using your good old fashioned brain). Start with one page, like Pg. 52. Have one person read the first word on that page. Then come up with a new page number, and have the next person read the next word. Sometimes this comes up gibberish, sometimes it creates a hilarious sentence. Either way, it’s fun.

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Dramatic Reenactments  

Pick a scene, and have your book club members act it out. This is especially funny if it’s a romance scene or a sad death scene. If you want to get really intricate, provide a few props and a couple glasses of wine. Make sure you turn on your video camera!

Plot Guessing  

This is fun if you’re a new book club and have yet to pick a book. Get to know people’s reading preferences by asking them to give a short synopsis of their favorite book plot. Have people guess which book it is, and whoever guesses the most plots right gets to select the first book, or at least contribute the first idea. This is game is super fun!

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4 Reasons Why Men Need to Join Book Clubs

Book clubs are predominantly populated by women, there’s no arguing that fact. Rarely are men found in a book club that isn’t in college, and created solely to help them improve their grades by reading course-related material. After that, even if men love reading, they hardly form clubs to discuss it. While plenty of people argue that men are just not as social about their reading habits as women are, there are a number of reasons why men should try to start or join book clubs.

Diversity 

If men joined book clubs that are mostly women, they’re going to increase the diversity within that group. The conversations will change, the book selections will change, and the women will learn from the men (and vice versa). The books will be a more well-rounded reflection of people, instead of just chick lit that makes everybody cry. Book clubs need diversity!

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Social Interaction  

Men, despite all their efforts to declare otherwise, are social creatures too. If men started a book club for men, or joined a book club, their intentions to interact go through the roof. Men may find that they have more to say on a topic, and enjoy the process of discussion and sharing of intellectual (or fictional) ideas. Just because men are taught that they can’t talk much doesn’t mean that they should. They can help themselves share their opinions while also opening others up to the idea that both genders are equal.

Education 

If your book club reads fiction, poetry, non-fiction, horror, whatever – there is something to be learned from every book. Men are missing out on this, even if they read a ton on their own. They are not discussing the ideas, the patterns, the themes, the facts, etc. that they absorb from reading a book on their own, and may be missing out on a perspective they hadn’t considered. There’s so much to learn from your peers when you interact with them in a book club setting.

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Attraction  

Why not start a couples book club? Depending on how open you are with your friends, make it a “dirty” book club, or a marriage self-help reading book club, or a humor book club. Whatever you want it to be, do it as a couple. Maybe you can find something that sparks romance between you and your partner, and brings you closer together because you’re sharing this. Plus you read great stuff, so it’s a win win!

Self Care  

Often, men don’t give themselves enough productive time to recharge their batteries. You know what I mean – plopping down in front of the couch with a beer after a really stressful day and still not feeling better. Why not start a book club (or join one) that helps you recharge your batteries on an intellectual and social level? You’ll be surprised at how energized you feel after great conversation and great reading. Give a try, you won’t be sorry!

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Five Ideas to Help You Start a Book Club in Your Area

Do you love reading, but hate having no one to share great books with? Why not start a book club? You may be thinking, “That sounds like a lot of work!,” but really it isn’t. Here are five ideas to help you get started with minimal effort.

  1. Ask your friends. 

It’s easiest to start with the people who are most like you, right? So ask all your best friends and see if they’d be interested in a book club meeting once a month. You can talk about the details, but maybe suggest one book that you know everyone will be interested in to start, and then vote on the next book after that first meeting. Maybe people will want to do it more frequently, depending on your reading speeds.

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  1. Ask your neighbors.

Since you live so close, it’s easy to set up a time and place every 2 weeks or every month to get together for a book club. Just knock on your neighbor’s doors (hopefully you’ve met them before) and ask if they’d like to start a book club. The best part about this idea is that you all come from somewhat different backgrounds and have different tastes, so you can expand your horizons.

  1. Start one at work.

For some of us, we’re at work more than we’re at home. Why not combine business and pleasure (during appropriate break time)? You can ask your closest coworkers if they’d be interested in meeting during lunch break or just after work at a close restaurant to have a book club. Encourage people to read books during their breaks, and you can discuss much more in between sessions since you see each other every work day! You may get more enjoy out of job this way, and you’ll definitely see an improvement in your interactions with your coworkers.

  1. Church or other organizations. 

Do you go to church, or are you a PTA member? If you’re part of a community like this, you can always introduce the idea of a book club. The best part about this idea is that people are already like-minded, and love community interaction. This could be a great way to expand your circle of friends, and build a stronger support system around yourself. You’d be surprised how many people sign up just because they want to meet more people.

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  1. Ask your library. 

Sometimes, all you have to do is ask. Your local library may have been considering starting a book club, but they don’t have enough people showing interest. So ask them. Even if they weren’t considering it, ask if you could start a book club (that they could advertise for). You can pick the first book, see who shows up, and then vote on the next book. This will gain traction over time, as more people sign up through the library. Odds are the library will run it, so you don’t have to.

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7 Best Books to Start Your Book Club

If you’ve recently started a book club, you may be scratching your head wondering what book you should start with. Depending on the people who are in your book club, there are a few selections that are considered “big hits” in the book club world. Here they are:

  1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society 

This is a great choice, especially if your readers are mostly female. This is about a book club, set during WWII. Villagers come together to ration their food, share books, and support one another through the rough years. Great read, fun tie into the nature of a book club.

  1. The Shack 

Is your book club part of a church or religious organization? Sticking to books that reflect your values may be a strong selling point to get more people involved. Check out The Shack, and discuss just how much you all love it. This is a great book for men and women, and would be a great way to start conversation.

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  1. The Art of Racing in the Rain 

Did you meet some of your book club members at the dog park? Do you all have fur children? This is the best book since Marley and Me for people who love animals. Yes, bring tissues, but also enjoy a very unique and loving story that will be great to discuss while your dogs romp around in the background.

  1. The Book Thief

 This book is universal, whether young, middle-aged, old, man or woman. This is also a great book if you want to have a “family book club” that allows parents and school-aged children to discuss books together. Set in WWII, it opens the dialogue about a lot of things, including loss, the Holocaust, and death itself. Such a great book.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night 

If you’re hoping to draw more young teens and male readers into your book club, start with a book like this. About a young autistic boy who tries to solve the death of a neighbor’s dog, it is unique, incredibly visual, and an impressive read.

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  1. To Kill a Mockingbird 

Even if people have read this before, talking about it in book club just brings about a different perspective. Stick to the classics for the first session, if you want, and discuss the themes that are thick in this Harper Lee classic. There are also tons of book club discussion guides online for this book, if you’re wondering where to start the conversation.

  1. Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace… One School at a Time 

If you’re hoping to start a book club that is rife with cultural and worldly lessons, this is a great place to start. Don’t stick to the traditional, white suburban literature. Expand your horizons. Use this book to discuss the perils in the Middle East, and the need to improve education (especially for females) in such a restrictive culture.

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Non-Traditional Book Clubs

For some of us, traditional book clubs just don’t fit our needs or lifestyle. Maybe you can’t meet up once a month, or maybe you don’t like the books that book clubs pick. Or maybe you just don’t like the people who are in book clubs. But if you still find yourself drawn to the idea of discussing a book with your peers, here are a few ideas for non-traditional book clubs that can help you get over the hump.

Different Books 

Instead of all reading the same book and purchasing ridiculous amounts of the book you’re only going to read once (or fighting for a copy at the local library), why not all read a different book? This way, you can bring your copy, your rundown of the plot, and your review of the story. Maybe someone in your book club will like what you’ve read, and ask to borrow your copy. Next time, you get your book back and you might borrow a book from someone else. This is also a great way to let people pick their own books so they keep coming back.

Book Trade  

Have a ton of books you’ve already read? Bring a box to a book trade or book swap. Enjoy food and refreshments while you peruse other people’s selections, and take home a few new books. Then you can get together next month and do it all over again! This is a great way to share books you love without having to pick one and discuss it even if you hated it!

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Blind Date With a Book 

Have your friends and book club members wrap up a favorite book of their own in paper. On the paper, write or draw a little riddle about what the book is about, or just the general genre. Don’t be too specific because you don’t want to give away the book title! Have your fellow members choose a book based on their wrappings, and let them take them home before opening them. They have no idea what they’re going to get, but make sure they really do read them. Then, next month (or whenever you’re scheduled), have them return the books and discuss. You can do the blind date swap again, or just do it every other time. What a fun way to get someone to read a book they normally wouldn’t.

Online Book Clubs  

There are tons of online book clubs, and while these may not be as personal or fun as in person book clubs, they get the job done. It’s especially nice because you can pick from more book clubs that have tastes similar to your own, so you’re not stuck reading the same chick lit over and over and over. Sites like Goodreads have tons of groups and monthly clubs you can join, as well as ways to review and share your books with other people. You can also find a ton more books that you would have overlooked at the book store or library!

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A Brief History of Book Clubs

The printing press went into mass effect in 1455, and with it came a literary revolution. While most people still couldn’t afford books (or even learn to read), the higher aristocracies in areas managed to “hoard” most of the books published across the world. About 200 years later, books became a bit more accessible, especially is multiple copies. As books were produced more, more people could purchase them, and thus began open discussion about published works.

The first real book clubs were believed to have begun in France between the 1600’s and 1700’s in “parlor meetings,” where women would gather to discuss books (a rather scandalous behavior at the time). A lot of cafes and public spaces were discussion forums for various books, and men especially could discuss their new reading materials in pretty much any setting. Many “book club historians” (if there were such a thing) believe that this sparked the idea that people could get together to specifically discuss a new publication.

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Because of the expense of books until the beginning of the 20th century, some people simply “pitched” on books together, and passed them around between their friends and family. After everyone had read it, they would discuss an idea. In fact, this is how libraries started – first in New York and then in Boston. Groups of people would buy books together, and then lend out their copies for free to others who had no chance of affording it.

Towards the end of the 19th century, more and more women began noticing their need for intellectual and personal rights. Instead of gathering for sewing, knitting, or childcare functions, they began coming together to read, increase their knowledge, and discuss revolutionary ideas. This is also considered one of the reasons that book clubs are still mostly female today – because of the roots in the suffrage movement.

In the early 1900’s, book publishers began releasing books en masse, and programs like “A Book a Month” began popping up at affordable rates. This is when home book buying began to be commonplace, and made it possible for people to own books that everyone else owned as well. Towards the 1940’s and 1950’s, suburbs began popping up and reading (being the only affordable entertainment, as TV was still very expensive) became a central conversation piece, especially for housewives.

Of course, as TV became more popular in the late 1900’s, fewer people read unless it was related to school. Then Oprah came along, and made book clubs cool again. Everyone wanted to read what the queen of daytime television was reading, and suddenly book clubs began popping up all over the place. Today, it’s estimated that there are about 100,000 operating official book clubs in the US (between libraries and churches that file official book club chapters). However, a quick Google search turns up over 14.5 million results, indicating that there are plenty more out there that are just not “official.” That’s a lot of book clubs!