So yesterday, I read a friend’s Facebook post, and she mentioned her book group. I felt a little twinge of envy – I am not in a book group at the moment; in fact, I have not been a regular book group for a long time. That fact makes me a tiny bit sad.

Thus, yesterday, I queried the masses in our very 21st century way by putting out a Facebook “feeler,” and many folks responded with at least some level of interest in a book group. The basic tenets of the group are that we will read one book a month chosen by some sort of quasi-democratic suggestion and voting process. We will post – to Facebook – on the 5th of each month. There is no obligation to participate; there is no obligation to comment if you read; there is no obligation to read if you comment – okay wait, you should read before you comment – we have to be reasonable here. (And if you have ways to bring in folks who don’t Facebook, let me know. I don’t know all the ways that technology works so maybe there’s a way for people who aren’t on Facebook to participate, too. I would love that.)

If you are interested in our book group – which thus far includes folks in Maryland, France, California, and somewhere else (Kayla – are you in Texas?) – please let me know. Be sure to add me as a friend on Facebook – Andi Cumbo – with a note saying that you want to be in the book group, and I”ll take care of setting up the system to do this thing.

Oh, and our first book, suggested by Kayla from “I don’t know where at the moment” is Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. So head to the library, hit up Bookmooch, buy from an independent bookstore – just get hold of the tome and start reading. Posts will begin on November 5th. (I’ll also review our books here each month to give more folks a way to participate in our discussion.)

Cover of Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth StroutOlive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout