Yesterday when I read Jonathan Washburn's blog It's Raining Books, which actually related back to Mark Flanders blog on Let's Have a Contest, my thoughts were on books, rather than contests. I thought about the recent blogs on great books to read and thought, OK, I'll start a book group.
Now, I'm a member of Millionaire Real Estate Book Club, and Realty Blogging Book Club, though I haven't contributed or visited them in a while (more intentions than time), but neither of those fit all these general books I had in mind. Well, rather than just jump in and start something, much as I like books, perhaps it's better to first check out existing groups. I clicked on GROUPS, and in the search box, typed in BOOKS. Seven groups appeared, including the two I already belong to. Let's check the others out. Hmm, here's one called The Chic Book Club. It has 49 subscribers and 44 posts. Actually, it's the oldest of all of the book groups (OK, TLW, only by a day). Let's check it out. Ann Cummings from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, first started this back in November, when groups first came out. Wow, one of the book blogs has had over 6,000 views! (way to go, Jeff Turner). Others have had over 4,000 views. The group not only has quantity of views, it has quality of books:
Small is the New Big
- The Book of Questions
- The "I HATE Selling Book"
- How to Ruin Your Life
What Queen Esther Knew
- 21 Things I Wish My Broker Had Told Me
and of course,
There are several books and comments on Blogging, and Allen Hainge posted some books that were recommended during the Cyberstar Summit.
So - being a bookaholic, why didn't I find this group? Perhaps the title, The Chic Book Club, put me off. Perhaps I was only reading blogs about groups, and joining from them. In any case, better now than never. Maybe it's because this book club started by concentrating on blogging books - it's just kind of evolved since. I'm not only joining, I'm going back through all of my blogs about books, and linking them to this group (I'm not going to link to mine here - if you're interested, just go to The Chic Book Club and they'll all be there.
(Ann - if you don't want this expansion to a group about all specific books, books in general, and bookaholics, let me know and I'll start a new club. Otherwise, we'll just expand yours.)
It would also be great if all the other members who've posted about books add those to the list as well. Some of the ones that come to mind (with links to the blog about them) are:
- Raving Fans
- Billion Dollar Agent: Lessons Learned
- Flipping Houses For Dummies
- Little Red Book of Selling
- Hit the Ground Leading
- Shut Up ... Stop Whining ... and Get a Life
- The Marketing Gurus
- Use What You've Got
- Why We Want You To Be Rich
- The Richest Man in Babylon
And then some others blogged with lists:
Wallace Hobbs gave Robert Bruss's list of 10 best real estate books
Jonathan talked about reading and book and returning it to ActiveRain, or sending it on to another member who would then return it, etc. For those people who don't want to pay for mailing a book, but are willing to pass it on, read my past blog about about Book-Crossing. At CyberProfessionals conferences, just before it's over, we'll exchange books that we read on the trip out.
So, Jonathan - it's been Raining Books all along! Thanks for the reminder, the suggestions, and the book rewards.