Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Welcome to Book Beginnings and Bookends

Welcome!

You're here because you responded to a post from me (Blue-Eyed Bride) or Rachel from In No Simple Language.

We both love reading and try to squeeze in as many books per year as we possibly can. We found that we were reading a lot of the same books and encouraging each other to read certain books. After I wrote a post about wanting to be a part of a supper club, bunco group, and a book club, many commenters responded and suggested we create a blogger book club.

So here we are!

This is going to be a fun process as we feel our way through and make sure each club member's voice is heard in this process.

So here are a few announcements:
1. The first book of the Bookend Bloggers Book Club is The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain. Some of you may have already read it, but it happened to be a book that Rachel and I both had on our "must read" list and thought it would be a good place to start. In the future, we'll be taking suggestions and letting you all decide which book we read.

2. We're going to start off by reading a few chapters at a time and we'll give a date that we'll "meet" back up here to discuss the chapters we've read.

3. When it's time to meet, we'll set up a MckLinky so you all can leave comments on this blog, but also so you can post on your own blog.

4. Rachel and I plan to do a few vlogs on the book and also do written posts. We'll likely post on this blog and on our own personal blogs.

5. If you do not have a blog, but you want to join this book club, you are welcome to leave your thoughts and answers to the questions in the comments section on that "meeting" day.


We'll begin the book club on Monday, August 9. I think that gives everyone plenty of time to pick up the book. On August 9, we'll announce the chapters that we'll need to read in that week and it will also say the day that we're meeting back up to discuss and link to our posts about the book.

Rachel and I are both really excited about this. It will keep me reading and I hope it will get lots of others to read more, too. It's always fun to discuss books-- especially the ones that leave a mark on us!

So let's do a bit of a roll call. If you plan to participate or you're thinking about participating, please leave a comment!

199 comments:

  1. This is such a good idea! I've always wanted to join a bookclub but never really had anyone to do it with (or made any official plans for one). I will definitely be participating - I can't wait to start!

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  2. I LOVE this idea!!! I'll be looking for the book asap! Thanks for doing this! I can't wait to start!

    Lauren
    www.laurenandeddie.blogspot.com

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  3. This is a great idea! I will certainly be participating. Can't wait to start and thank you for organizing this.

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  4. I am ready to start reading with the blogger book club! The book is downloaded onto my Kindle.

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  5. I would love to join. I don't have a blog but love to read them, and have ALWAYS wanted to be in a book club. Thanks for putting this out there. What a great idea.
    I have read the first book (at a friend's recommendation), but would still love to participate.
    taradcollins@yahoo.com

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  6. I'd love to participate! I'm in a book club at work, but most of the ladies are older, so I sometimes do not enjoy the books. I am pretty sure I can read fast enough to be in 2, though. This will be fun!

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  7. I am so so excited! Thanks for putting everything together, I Just requested the book from the library!

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  8. What a wonderful idea, I need more encouragement to read and this is the perfect outlet. Can't wait to find the book and get started! Thanks girls.

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  9. I'm in! Thanks for doing this. What a great idea.

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  10. I'd like to join in the fun! I'm excited to read a book for adults. As a teacher then elementary school librarian, all I read are kids' and YA books. :)

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  11. What a neat idea! Going to purchase the book ASAP!

    http://charmingwife.blogspot.com

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  12. This is such a great idea! I will definitely be reading along.

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  13. Thanks so much for organizing this...and this book has been on my list for a while now too!

    Count me in!!

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  14. I am very interested. I may get a late start as we will just be getting back from vacation on the 9th but I want to join in!

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  15. How FUN!! I'm very interested, especially since I have that book, but I've never read it! :)

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  16. I am definately in! I always need a reason to stay on track with a book and this looks like one I would really love. Can't wait!

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  17. I would love to join your bookclub!
    Jennifer from TX

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  18. I've always wanted to be in a book club too! Now that I'm working on a 2nd master's degree I find I don't read much other than school assignments. This could work out well! I don't have a blog but have thought about starting one so maybe I'll do that too. :) Count me in!

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  19. I'm always looking for a great book recommendation so that is a nice option to read and share thoughts. I will definitely participate!

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  20. fabulous idea! I'm definitely in :)

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  21. So excited! I'm always looking for a great book. Can't wait to get started!

    Kelly Kennedy

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  22. This is a great idea please countme in!

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  23. Great idea! I love to read and my friends and I are always recommending books to each other. I'm in!

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  24. I'm in!

    MissAdventures reporting for bookreading duty!

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  25. I'm in! I wanted to participate in my n'hood book club, but I'd read all the books, and I just couldn't get in to it! I'm on my way to go get the book, thanks for doing this!

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  26. I'm definitely in! Can't wait to get started!

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  27. I'm in! Will pick it up this week while at the beach!

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  28. This is fabulous! Please count me in! :) Thanks for putting this together, girls!!

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  29. Great idea! I've been trying to find a new book to pick up. Happy reading y'all!

    Belleintheburgh.blogspot.com

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  30. You girls know Im in. YAY!! Im so excited :)

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  31. So excited about this! I've been trying to convince my girlfriends to start a book club for years without success. I look forward to reading new books with you girls! Thanks!

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  32. What a great idea. This book was next on my reading list too!

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  33. Great idea! I'll be picking up the book this weekend!

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  34. Book looks great...I'm ready!

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  35. What a great idea! Looking forward to it!

    Sarah in Atlanta

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  36. Sounds perfect! I'll be reading along.

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  37. This was such a cute idea! I'm excited.

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  38. I don't have a blog- but I would love to do this. I just added the book to my request list at the library. Thanks!

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  39. Great idea! I am excited. Just out of curiosity how will the books be chosen?

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  40. Nevermind, I reread the directions and figured out how you are going to pick new books. Its like in high school when the teacher said "read the directions" and I was so excited I would just start and then do the whole thing wrong.

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  41. I love this idea! I can't wait to participate :)

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  42. What a great idea!! I'm in. :)

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  43. What a fun idea! Looking forward to participating!

    Jane
    www.blissfulstedmans.wordpress.com

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  44. I've been wanting to join a book club for so long! This is great! I'm glad that others had this same idea I had:-). I'm "in"! -Eve

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  45. Reading is one of my favorite ways to unwind. And I'm always looking for great suggestions!

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  46. I recently started the Lisbeth Salander ("Girl with the Dragon Tatoo") trilogy, and so far it's impossible to put down. However, once I'm done with these books I fully intend to join the club and pick up on whatever book you are featuring at the time. What a great idea!

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  47. This is such a great idea! I'm gonna join! I can't wait to go out and pick up this book!

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  48. Love this idea! I'm definitely in.

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  49. I don't have a blog (yet). I would love to participate. I have always loved to read and this sounds like SO much fun!
    ElizabethGreenhaw@gmail.com

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  50. Such a good idea...i'm in, too! I don't have a blog, but I'll talk to y'all in the comments.

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  51. Sounds fun!! I'm in!!

    Stephanie from Houston

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  52. I'll definitely be participating, what a fun idea!

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  53. So stinkin fun!! I was in a blogging book club 2 years ago and loved it! I'm in a real life one now and this one sounds great!! Love the book choice, BTW!

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  54. I am really excited. None of my friends like to read, and I have always wanted to join a book club! Plan on going to get the book this after noon!

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  55. I've been saying I want to read more, this sounds like the perfect opportunity for me to do that!

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  56. Great idea! I love it! Going on Amazon to find this book used, hopefully for $.01 like some other amazing finds! Thanks for starting this ladies!

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  57. I'd love to join! Great idea :)

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  58. I LOVE THIS!! What a great idea! I've always wanted to join a book club, can't wait to start :)

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  59. Count me in! I just reserved a copy of the book from the library!

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  60. I'm in! I love to read, and getting to talk with others reading the same book is a real treat!

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  61. Great idea!! I can't wait to start in on the discussion. I've heard great reviews of this book too.

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  62. I'm in! can't wait to get started :)

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  63. What a fantastic idea! I would love to participate :)

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  64. It looks like y'all have gotten a great response! I need a new book to read, and it looks like I have one to pick up now.

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  65. I'm in!! I think this is a brilliant idea!!

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  66. Ooh, sounds so exciting! Count me in!

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  67. This sounds like so much fun! I'm in!

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  68. This seems like such an obvious idea, but I've never seen a blogging book club before. Count me in!

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  69. I definitely want to participate! How exciting!

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  70. What a great idea! I plan on participating. Thanks for providing an outlet for all of us book lovers to come together and read together!

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  71. Love this idea! I definitely want to participate!

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  72. This sounds fun! I would love to participate!

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  73. I'm in. I'm working a lot of hours right now and this will force me to take some time for myself!

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  74. Sign me up! I would love to join in!

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  75. Count me in, Erin! Life has been crazy here in Boston, and I look forward to a bit of down-time.

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  76. this sounds like a fabulous idea! i'm in!

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  77. I love reading :-) so I might join in. I'm only saying "might" because i tend to commit and then not follow through and I dont want to do that to y'all . . .

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  78. I am soo excited this is a great idea

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  79. Exciting...picked the book up today!

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  80. So Excited!!!! I am so in and picking up the book when I get back from Savannah this weekend :)

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  81. I'm in!! Can't wait to get reading!

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  82. FYI- There are several used copies on Amazon for 1 cent!!

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  83. Love this idea, I'm definitely in!!! Can't wait to pick up the book this weeknd!

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  84. I'm in! So excited, what a great idea! xoxo KAG

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  85. If I can find the book, then I'm in.

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  86. I'm in and I'm really nerdly excited about this!

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  87. Sounds like a plan! Can't wait to join in!

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  88. I'm in!! LOVE this idea! I've been wanting to get involved in a book club, but life is so busy I haven't found time to go to the meetings, so this is perfect!

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  89. I've always wanted to be in a book club! This is so exciting!

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  90. I'm in and I'm so excited! I love book clubs!

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  91. I love this idea! I've always wanted to be a part of a book club, can't wait to start!

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  92. I happened upon your blog while blog hopping, and I'm so excited! Ordering the 1st book now. :)

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  93. This sounds like a great idea!

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  95. Love it, such a great idea. Always wanted to be in a book club, can't wait!

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  96. this is great! I will head out tomorrow & get the book.

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  97. This sounds like a lot of fun! I'm in...of course, I say that now. Grad school starts next month.

    But, what I like is that it's a casual book club that I can pop in and out of if life (kids, husband, school, work) has other plans.

    Thanks for setting this up, y'all!!!

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  98. I'm so excited about this! I'm definitely in!

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  99. I am excited! I will be joining in the fun!

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  100. This is such a great idea! I just purchased this book on my kindle! Can't wait!

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  101. I'm in! Just read the synopsis of the book, and it sounds great! Can't wait! :)

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  102. Oh sounds like oh so fun:) Count me in!

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  103. This sounds so cool - I think I might have to jump in!

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  104. This sounds great! Looking forward to it!

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  105. Count me in! It's so hard to get an actual book club together to meet live so online is certainly the way to go. I'll be picking up the book this weekend :)

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  106. I am in! Way less creepy than going to a stranger's house for Book Club.

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  107. Picked up the book today! I'm in and so excited!

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  108. Can't wait to go pick up the book!

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  109. i love love love to read and am so excited about this!!!

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  110. Sounds fun, I like the thought of being in a book club, but not having to "go" anywhere...

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  111. I'm in! Got the book on Amazon for less than $3. I'm an MBA student so reading for fun is something I have to do or else I'll go crazy!

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  112. This is a great idea- I am so excited to join!

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  113. What a great idea! I totally want to join. I have been wanting to join a book club, so this works out perfectly!

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  114. i'd love to do it! don't have a blog though... i already read the first book and wouldn't mind rereading!

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  115. I am so there! I'll go grab the book tonight! You know the best part? I leave for vacation Friday, so it'll be a great book to read on our trip! Woohoo! Ive been trying to decide on a book to take! Thanks for doing it for me! Haha!

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  116. What a great idea! I can't wait to start! I've set a goal of 40 books for myself this year and am only just over half way. This will keep me reading!

    Kim
    http://lifeafterthevows.blogspot.com

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  117. I would love to join this. I don't have a blog but my email address is luv2read90045@yahoo.com

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  118. I'm in yo! I hope I can keep up! I need to try to finish The Help (so good)! Can't wait!

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  119. I started reading already because I am always slow at finishing books. Life just seems to get in the way.

    I can't put the book down. I hope I won't be getting to far ahead for the discussion!

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  120. I'm in! Going to pick up my copy at my library today, they have it waiting for me. Can't wait to read this book, it sounds so good!

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  121. I'm so excited! I picked up the book from the library today!

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  122. I'm in & super excited! Off to my library to pick up my book!

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  123. I just ordered the book online so I am "in"! Yay! So excited for this! You gals know I love reading :)

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  124. I am totally in! This is a great idea! :)

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  125. I would love to be a part of this! Thanks!

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  126. It's an absolute fabulous idea! Thank you for starting it :) XOXO

    luvredandwhite.blogspot.com

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  127. Count me in! Sounds like a fun idea! Now I'm off to get the book... :)

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  128. I would love to join - I have been wanting to be part of a book club! Maybe as it grows, those of us in the same geographical area could even meet in person too :) Thanks for starting this!

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  129. What a great idea! I know I'll be stopping by the library on my lunch break!

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  130. Count me in too! I'll be picking up the book at the library today. Thanks for coming up with and organizing this idea!

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  131. What a fantastic idea! I'm in!

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  132. Love this idea & the book sounds great. I'm in!

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  133. Love This and just picked up the book! I'm in!

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  134. Just picked up the book today! Excited about starting it soon! Count me in!

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  135. This sounds like too much fun! What a great ready for my plane ride tomorrow.

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  136. Yay!! I've actually already read this book, but am going to read it again with everyone. I definitely thought it had some interesting views and am looking forward to discussing them with everyone!

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  137. I'm in! What an awesome idea ladies!

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  138. I'm going to join in too! Just ordered the book today from amazon, hope it's the same one as it seems to have two names?
    Thanks

    Caroline

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  139. I so want to do this! Maybe you guys can motivate me to take time out of my evening at home to read again - maybe after Gavin's gone to bed and the dishes are done and before Hubby comes in from the garage! Count me in!

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  140. I am so excited to be a part of this! Thanks for putting it together! :)

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  141. I am so excited! All of the book clubs in my town happen while I am at work. I will be starting with you on your next book- too swamped now. Can't wait to see what it is!

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  142. I love this! I'm in and can't wait to start reading the book!

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  143. I will be participating. My book is due back at the library on August 26th. I hope we are able to finish it by then!

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  144. Count me in! I'm going to get it from the library tomorrow! :)

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  145. Can't wait! I've always wanted to be in a book club!

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  146. What a fantastic idea! I'd love to participate. I have a blog set up, but haven't posted a thing since I also blog for work. My email address is courtney.rhiannon@gmail.com

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  147. i would love to join, i'll go pick up the book today!

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  148. Sounds fun, I'll be picking up my copy of the book tomorrow. Now, whose going to take care of these kids so I can read...

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  149. I am in and already started the book - it's really good!

    http://abiandandy.com

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  150. just learned about this from CAwife's blog... I'll read the 2nd book with y'all, let us know ahead of time so I can track it down from a library THX!

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  151. I'm planning to participate. This will be the first time I've done anything like this so kind of interested as to to it will work.

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  152. I'm in the middle of a book, but I'd love to be part of the next go round. Of course, if I can keep up with law school and all.

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  153. I'd love to join this for your next book...what a fabulous idea! :-)

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  154. I'm a little behind, but I would love to play catch up and definitely be involved for the next book! love this!

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  155. would totally love to join in on the next book. I am reading 52 books in 52 weeks, but don't have a specific schedule.

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  156. Hi I would love join up if I can! Please let me know what I need to do.

    I have a tumblr blog--is that a problem?

    Thanks!

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