Well hello there, fellow book lover! The ReaderCon is almost upon us! I do hope that you join us next Saturday, 18 August, for this annual book-ish get-together. It's one of the few events in the metro where you get the chance to mingle with other bibliophiles!
Anyway, I'm doing this weekly meme a day early as I suddenly found myself with a pocket of free time tonight. This week, it's all about book clubs!
Are you a part of a book club? If yes, what made you join one?
Yes, I am! Actually, I'm a member of 2 book clubs. The first one, Flips Flipping Pages (FFP), is one that I'm a member of since 2009. It's a Shelfari-based book club. I think I've been a member since 2007, lurking in the threads and then finally deciding to attend their meetups. It's a very active group, with the members participating in online discussions and then meeting every month to discuss a specific book.
The other book club is a new one, which was started by Orly, a good friend who's also a member of FFP. It's so new that it doesn't even have an official name yet. So far, I've attended two discussions—one on a Shakespeare work ('The Taming of the Shrew') and another on a biography of a former first lady (The Rise and Fall of Imelda Marcos). You can click on the titles for my posts about these meetups.
FFP is much bigger than the other book club. Some of FFP's meetups can pull in as many as 30+ members. So the monthly meetups can be a riot! The other book club, since it's a new one after all, holds more intimate discussions, allowing ample time for the members to interact. Nevertheless, the meetups of both book clubs are not to be missed! They're just so fun!
What’s your favorite activity that you have with them?
Why, the monthly meetups of course! With FFP, you just don't know what to expect in a book discussion. It's always interesting to hear everyone's thoughts on a book. Most of the time, the assigned moderators even come up with pre-discussion activities in line with the book. During the first time that I moderated (The Hunger Games), I had the attendees participate in a game of paintball.
There are also lots of non-book-ish events at FFP. To name a few: bowling night, food trips, surprise parties, beach outings. If you want to check out FFP events for 2011, click here. For 2012, I've posted some of the pics below from our past events.
FFP book-ish events
The first month of the year is when FFP members discuss their best and worst reads for last year.
Here I am with Gary Schmidt's The Wednesday Wars, my best read for 2011.
That's Gege, the founder of FFP.
This month is all about George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones.
Me, hamming it up again
A pre-discussion game with my team mates
By our reactions, you just know that we're winning. LOL!
I moderated Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth during my birth month.
It's the perfect book to discuss over high tea!
Me, explaining the details of a card game for the book swap
This month is all about graphic novels, as we discussed Craig Thompson's Habibi.
Honey, the moderator, showing how to make your own comic strip
This month is all about Eric Weiner's The Geography of Bliss.
Here's the group about to do a meditation exercise before the discussion.
A poolside discussion! Woot woot!
Dumas's The Count of Monte Cristo was the book of the month.
During the discussion
Wayfarer-ed members during the discussion of Ernest Cline's Ready Player One
With R, who moderated the discussion
Best photographer and moderator ever IMHO
Thanks for some of the pics I used in this post, specifically the ones with myself in them.
FFP non-book-ish events
The kids of ATD during our outreach program
We brought them to Museo Pambata.
Sana, one of the admins of FFP, holding that awesome book that she authored
Each of the kids got a copy! Thank you, Sana!
Don't let this pic fool you.
I'm no good at bowling.
Pampanga food trip!
A whole day of eating and eating and eating
Of course, we have to find the time to visit a bookstore.
We attended a surprise birthday party for Iya.
Just look at Iya's book-ish birthday cake! Love!
Some of the FFP peeps with the birthday girl.
Effortlessly fabulous Iya is the one standing in the middle.
A lot of FFP members are creative, often participating in bazaars and flea markets around the metro to showcase their products.
Shani makes these wonderful solid perfumes. Look closely; some are quite book-ish!
My favorites are Sherlock, Everdeen, and Arrakis.
Marie sold her wonderful handmade hats during the same event.
An impromptu out-of-town trip
Here's the gang at Gege's fabulous Bali-inspired summer house.
The requisite jump shot at the beach with some of the peeps
It looks like I was sucker punched!
(Picture courtesy of Dianne)
Oh my! It seems that I've uploaded tons of pictures already! And I haven't even mentioned the several instances of casual meetups. What can I say? Book clubs are a whole lotta fun.