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How to create the perfect BOOK CLUB 

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Book clubs can be amazing. They are a place where book lovers come together to read and discuss books they are currently reading.

Its a place where we can chat about characters as if they are real people, and no one around you will think you’ve lost your mind. It’s a place to discuss Authors you love and plots you hate.

So how do you go about creating this safe haven for Book lovers to get together?

Here are a few tips and tricks

1. Don’t limit the group to only people who like your genre of book

It’s important to have a book group that incorporates all different genres. This way each member is challenged to try something new. This keeps the book club interesting and diverse. So bring together anyone who has a passion and love for books.

2. Let each member feel as if they contribute something

Allow each member to compile a list of possible books they want to read, then you can either choose a book off each person’s list a month, or draw it from a hat. This way every person feels like that are adding value and they also get to read what they have been dying to explore.

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3. Make it fun

Find ways to make it fun. You could have a themed party related to the book each time you complete a book. Either each bring food related to the book or dress related to the book. You could also go together to watch a book related movie or a theatre play.

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4. Read local books so you can invite local Authors to visit

Authors are always looking for opportunities to chat to others about their book. Support an Author in your country and contact them and extend an invitation for them to come and speak in more depth about the book. It will make the characters come to life, and you will get your books signed too!

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5. Host it in different venues

Don’t always have it in the same place. Choose a new members house or a park or restaurant to change it up. You will be amazed how a change in scenery can energise your members.

6. Go on a trip together

If you are reading a book that mentions a place close to where you live, then plan a trip there together and discuss what the characters might have experienced in that space. If you are reading a historical book, then visit the museum to get a feel for how it would have been in that time.

7. Make it a safe place

Let your book club be a safe place where you can talk and share without judgement. If a member is being negative, then politely ask them to leave the group. You want it to be a happy place for all members.

8. Decide on your book club name together

Let everyone add to ideas of what the book club can be called. This will evoke a feeling of loyalty to stay in the club for years to come

And remember its all about having fun, reading, and exploring!

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Taryn Leigh is the Author of Perfect Imperfections, which is currently available from Amazon, Waterstones, Barnes&Noble, Exclusive Books and where all good books are sold.

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Symmetry: My Book, this image – Excitement! Here’s why …

I am absolutely HONOURED to be Quoted alongside this amazing picture by Bodhi Smith Photography.

This piece is called Symmetry, and they quoted an exerpt from my book as part of their caption to the photograph.

I’ve realized that sometimes things can be a little different, almost vastly different, yet make perfect sense when they are brought together. Sometimes differences are what make things symmetrical.” ― Taryn Leigh, Perfect Imperfections

This is an image of the amazing architecture of Louis Kahn at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California. Be aware that this composition is a COMPOSITE with the Milky Way brushed into the blue skies above the Salk Institute during post production

Check out their website here https://www.bodhismith.com/blog-bodhinku/2018/4/4/symmetry

#PerfectImperfections #TarynLeigh #Symmetry

 

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Author Interview: Diane Chamberlain

Today we are joined by the exceptionally talented Author, Diane Chamberlain, who has so graciously given me the opportunity to interview her.

Diane Chamberlain is an American author of adult fiction. She is also the New York Times, USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of over 25 novels published in more than twenty languages!

So I’m sure you can understand my absolute excitement to be doing this interview today!! Thank you so much Diane for allowing me this honour.

Q: I’ve just read The Stolen Marriage, and was absolutely blown away! What inspired you to write this book?

A: When I moved to North Carolina thirteen years ago, I heard about “the miracle of Hickory”—the building and outfitting of a polio hospital in 54 hours. I loved what that said about a community pulling together and wanted to write about it. Then I had to come up with who would tell the story. Once I created Tess, her saga of marrying a mysterious man she really didn’t know nearly took over the book!

 

Q: Is there any truth in the storyline that relates to your own life?

A: Only that I had a dear friend who suffered from polio as a child and who spent nearly a year in an iron lung. Also, I was raised Catholic and was of Italian heritage, like Tess, and it was interesting to me to learn about 1944 in North Carolina and how poorly a young woman like that would fit in.

 

Q: What have been your favourite moments of being a published author?

A:  My first novel, Private Relations, won the RITA award from Romance Writers of America in 1989. That was an incredible thrill for a firstime novelist even though my aspirations had never been to write romance. I think having The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes (The Lost Daughter in the UK) selected as a Target bookclub pick was also a wonderful moment. And meeting some of my wildly passionate United Kingdom readers in London a couple of years ago has to rank right up there as a favourite moment.

 

Q: What motivates you to keep writing?

A: Besides the mortgage? I love creating a novel. It’s overwhelming and exhausting but when I think of not doing it . . . well, I can’t imagine it. I don’t think I could stop.

 

Q: How do you come up with the plots of your books?

A: In many different ways. When I’m getting ready to begin a new book, I open my mind to whatever the universe throws my way. It might be a news story or an overheard conversation or a bit of history, as with The Stolen Marriage and Necessary Lies. My upcoming The Dream Daughter came straight out of my imagination.

 

Q: You have written an incredible number of books, all extremely successful. Which would you say is the most special to you or your favourite and why?

A: I think my third, Secret Lives, which was published long ago (1991). It’s my favourite because it’s the first book I wrote where I felt as though I’d truly found my voice as a novelist. Plus, it’s an intriguing story that I loved writing.

 

Q: Are there any characters that have felt so real to you that you feel you could keep writing about them?

A: Yes, Kate in Secret Lives. Her chapters are presented as journal entries which made me feel very close to her. Plus she dealt with some psychological issues I’d also dealt with (agoraphobia). She dies during the story (this is not a spoiler), and it was extremely painful for me to have to kill her off.

 

Q: If you could choose to have an exclusive book club with three authors, dead or alive, who would you choose and what would be your ideal discussion to have with them?

A: Oh wow, that’s tough. I think I would pick three writers I greatly admire who are no longer with us: Victoria Holt, Pat Conroy and Anita Shreve. Victoria Holt was an early influence and I’d love to know what the actual business of writing was like way back when, before computers. Pat Conroy would be a joy to talk with. I love Southern Fiction and he’d regale us with tales of his low country childhood. I’m still not over the death of Anita Shreve, whose books I’ve read from the very beginning and whose early writing strongly influenced my own. I’d love to talk process with her—how she created her novels from idea to finished book.

 

Q: What books do you currently have on your bedside table?

A: I’ve just begun Barbara Davis’s latest, When Never Comes and I recently finished Chris Bohjalian’s The Flight Attendant. Super, as usual. I also recently read Elaine Neil Orr’s beautiful Swimming Between Worlds, since I was needed to prepare myself to interview her at a bookstore event. These are three very different books: women’s fiction, thriller and literary novel. I like to mix it up.

 

Q: Lastly, something fun that our readers might not know about you?

A: Let’s see: I played the accordian as a kid, I now play guitar weekly with a song circle, and I sang with an interfaith gospel choir when I lived in Virginia. I’m not a good musician by any stretch of the imagination, but music is a wonderful release from work for me.

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Diane meeting with one of the Bookclubs in London

 

Connect with Diane Chamberlain on her website and on Social Media

Website: www.dianechamberlain.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Diane.Chamberlain.Readers.Page

 

You can read my review on The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain here

 

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Taryn Leigh is the Author of Perfect Imperfections, which is currently available from AmazonWaterstonesBarnes&Noble, Exclusive Books and where all good books are sold.

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Fun book facts

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Since its Friday, I thought it would be appropriate to share some fun book facts with you to get you into your weekend reading vibe.

So here we go ….

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Here is why your TBR list will never end

An estimated 755,755 new books are published every year.  As of mid-2017, there are an estimated 134,399,411 total published books in the world. Now you tell me how we can possibly read all these books?

 

First book ever recorded

The Tale of Genji was the first book ever recorded in the 11th century.

It is a classic work of Japanese literature written by the noblewoman and lady-in-waiting Murasaki Shikibu. The original manuscript no longer exists. It was made of several sheets of paper pasted together and folded alternately in one direction then the other, around the peak of the Heian period. Almost none of the characters had names and were referred to by titles and honorifics because of Heian-era Japanese court etiquette.

 

 

Stone Tablets were before Electronic Tablets

Before paper or e-books, and tablets were invented, things were written down on stone tablets.

One of the earliest known poems recorded was a poem titled the Epic of Gilgamesh, from Ancient Mesopotamia. The whole poem was written on 12 tablets. Today, the Epic of Gilgamesh is available on a digital tablet or e-reader.

 

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The most expensive book

The most expensive book in the world is a first edition of the Bay Psalm Book, first printed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1640.  It was sold for $14,165,000 at a 2013 auction in New York.

 

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There is a company that only exists to distribute one book

Gideons International, founded in 1899 exists for the sole purpose of distributing bibles.  I’m sure you’ve come across their bibles in hotel rooms all over the world. As of 2015, Gideons International has distributed over 2 billion bibles and is estimated to distribute more than 2 bibles a second (that’s more than 7,200 an hour). This has resulted in The Bible being the bestselling and most read book in the world. Other interesting facts about the Gideons bible was that it was popular with rock musicians. It’s been mentioned in songs by The Beatles (Rocky Raccoon), Jethro Tull (Locomotive Breath), Elton John (Jimmie Rodgers’ Dream) and even Bing Crosby (Bye Bye Baby)

 

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Your fetish to smell books has a name

Did you know that the act of smelling books is called “bibliosmia”, it’s actually pretty common, and one of the reasons most people today still prefer to read a paper book rather than an e-book.

The chemical reason you get an ‘old book smell’

“Old book smell” is produced by the breakdown of two chemical components in paper, cellulose and lignin.  The by-products of this process are toluene and ethylbenzene (which produce a sweet odour), vanillin (which produces a vanilla odour), benzaldehyde and furfural (which produce an almond odour), and 2-ethylhexanol which produces a flowery odour. Much like with carbon-dating, scientists can analyse the chemicals responsible for “old book smell” to determine the age of a book.  The process is called “material degradomics”.

 

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The largest retail bookstore

Powell’s City of Books (founded by Walter Powell) takes up a whole city block in Portland, Oregon.  The megastore has about 1.6 acres (68,000 square feet) of retail floor space.

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Book Review : The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain 

I recently read The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain and was completely blown away. 

This was my first book by this amazing Author and she had me hooked on every page. 

The Blurb 

One mistake, one fateful night, and Tess DeMello’s life is changed forever.

It is 1944. Pregnant, alone, and riddled with guilt, twenty-three-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly gives up her budding career as a nurse and ends her engagement to the love of her life, unable to live a lie. Instead, she turns to the baby’s father for help and agrees to marry him, moving to the small, rural town of Hickory, North Carolina. Tess’s new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night, hides money from his new wife, and shows her no affection. Tess quickly realizes she’s trapped in a strange and loveless marriage with no way out.

The people of Hickory love and respect Henry but see Tess as an outsider, treating her with suspicion and disdain. When one of the town’s golden girls dies in a terrible accident, everyone holds Tess responsible. But Henry keeps his secrets even closer now, though it seems that everyone knows something about him that Tess does not.

When a sudden polio epidemic strikes Hickory, the townspeople band together to build a polio hospital. Tess knows she is needed and defies Henry’s wishes to begin working at there. Through this work, she begins to find purpose and meaning. Yet at home, Henry’s actions grow more alarming by the day. As Tess works to save the lives of her patients, can she untangle the truth behind her husband’s mysterious behavior and find the love―and the life―she was meant to have?

My Review 

Completely gripping, this story definitely deserves 5 stars! The Characters are so well rounded, you get to know them, feel for them and want to smack them over the head at times. 

The Author takes you on a whirlwind adventure with many twists and turns. She had me guessing a million ways the plot could go. Absolutely intriguing! 

The story deals with many issues from racism, polio epidemics to the effects of war on families, but most importantly it deals with how our choices can alter the course of our lives. 

The book leaves you examining your own decisions and reminds you how critical making the correct ones are. 

An amazing read! Definitely one I would recommend! 

About the Author 

DIANE CHAMBERLAIN is the international bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including The Broken String and The Silent Sister. She lives in North Carolina with her partner, photographer John Pagliuca, and her shelties, Keeper and Cole.


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Taryn Leigh is the Author of Perfect Imperfections, which is currently available from AmazonWaterstonesBarnes&Noble, Exclusive Books and where all good books are sold.