Books N Bros Book Club

I’m contuiousky blown away by the actions and ideas of young people. This story is another example.

Sidney Keys III is an 11-year-old from Missouri. He loves reading but he’s struggled to find African-American children’s books at his school library. So what did he do? He started a book club that focuses on African-American literature for kids. His book club is called Books N Bros.

Remember a few years ago when “We Need Diverse Books” was something of a rallying cry to diversify the publishing industry? I can’t speak for any particular change that resulted from that social media push, but just because you don’t see it all over Twitter or Instagram doesn’t mean it’s any less true today than a couple of years back.

I applaud Sidney for what he’s done. Am I the only one who thinks he shouldn’t even have to do this? I’m sure I’m not. No one should have to go to these lengths just to read books they relate to.

Sidney Keys III is another example that you don’t need a ton of money or be part of a certain group to enact some positive change.

Bravo, Sidney! Keep it up.

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Mark Zuckerberg’s “A Year of Books”

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If you read yesterday’s post, then you know that I hate New Year’s resolutions. I really do. Of course the same day I posted that I came across a resolution I rather like. Go figure. Mark Zuckerberg’s 2015 resolution is to start a book club. He’s calling it “A Year of Books” and the group will be reading a book every other week of 2015.

The Facebook page says the group will be focused on books about “…learning new cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies.” I’m not sure how many novels will be read during the course of the year, but tell me this isn’t a great way for 26 authors who have probably written books that no one is talking about to find a very diverse and enthusiastic audience. We’re talking the potential to find millions of readers here. Mark Zuckerberg has more than 30 million followers on Facebook. Of course not all of them will be interested in his book club, but I think a good portion of them will be.

So what do you think about Zuckerberg’s “A Year of Books” book club? I think it might just be the best resolution I’ve come across. Because Zuckerberg can read his 26 books a year and tell no one about them. But now he’s creating a conversation and getting people reading. I’m hoping his club comes to challenge Oprah’s because there can never be too many people buying and reading books.

You can access the Facebook page for the group here.

The first book for the club will be The End of Power by Moises Naim.

PS: I can’t say whether or not this is a direct result of the book club, but the paperback edition of the book is currently unavailable on Amazon. Hmm.

Book Club, Anyone?

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No. I will not be inviting you to join my WordPress book club. Cause there isn’t one. But I’ve read about a number of book clubs and although some may be surprised at what I’ve read, I’m not.

Before when I thought of book club, I’d think of a relatively small group of people who get together perhaps once a month to meet and discuss that month’s book. But I’m not so sure this is really happens at some book club meetings. I’ve read a few blog posts and plenty of memes about book clubs and they tell a slightly different story.

For one, the book club really functions only as their excuse to get together however often they do. And second, the book is minimally discussed. So now you might be wondering what the heck they’re doing. They just talk. About whatever. See, that’s fine and all, but why do you need a book club to do what you can via text, phone call, or over coffee? I’ve even heard that it’s how some guys pick up women because a “well read guy” is hard to find. Or maybe that means it’s women picking up men. Bahaha people are hilarious.

Anyway, I’ve never participated in a book club, though the wife of one of my co-workers supposedly wanted to read my book in her club earlier this year. I have no idea if they ever did or not because I only received a single text about it. So now I’m just wondering what your book club experience has been like? Is it strictly about the books or is there a lot of gossip going around?