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LIY Virtual Book Club [And How to Host Your Own]

February 22, 2021

By:

Erin Schrader

The LIY Virtual Book Club was born in 2020 as a way to connect with you, our LIY Community, and to encourage each other to hit the books– virtually. Our first official meeting was a success [as in, we laughed and sipped wine which is considered a success in my book 😉 ] and we’ve been turning pages together ever since! Since spring of 2020, we’ve been hosting the events virtually via Facebook Live to interact with Y-O-U, chat about the book, and as an excuse to enjoy a few more tall glasses of wine or two. We’re dedicating this space to sharing LIY Book Club reads: past, present, and future. Here you’ll find our previous book club reads, free downloadable discussion questions, links to previous discussions, cocktail suggestions, and book recommendations to add to your to-read list. So if you’re new around here, you can catch up on oldies but goodies. And in case you missed a few, you can host your own virtual book club with your gals pals. Be sure to check back as we’ll continue to update this page as we go… happy reading, friends!

How to Host Your Own Virtual Book Club:

  • Select a Book: Here at LIY, we browse the World Wide Web to find popular new releases and narrow them down to a Top 5 [which sometimes turns into a Top 10 because they all sound SO. GOOD.], then let you, our LIY Community, make the final vote. Either way, narrow down a few favorites or ask your girlfriends to share their to-read list.
  • Select a Discussion Date: Decide on a day and time to “meet” that works for everyone. We typically like to leave about a month of reading time, so plan ahead! It might be a good idea to check in on everyone’s progress and send them a reminder ahead of time so us procrastinators have time to get ‘er done.
  • Read! Easier said than done. Before bed, on slow mornings, rainy days and weekends seem to work best! Book Clubs are a fun way to encourage yourself and others to step up their page-turning game.
  • 3, 2, 1… Discuss! Grab a glass of wine and slip into your comfiest lounge pants. Use Zoom or FaceTime [for iPhone users] to virtually chat with your girlfriends. If you decide to go with one of our previous reads, you’re welcome to download our free discussion questions below. If you select a different book, simply do a quick google search for discussion questions for that title. Chances are, there will be a free download available! You can also find generic discussion questions that will work for most books. Either way, don’t overthink these. The purposes of these questions is simply to get the conversation started!

Don’t worry. If you’d rather let us handle the work, we’ll be meeting virtually every quarter. There’s still time to dive into our current read: The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins. We’ll be meeting Monday, March 1st at 8pm EST right here on FB Live. See you there! Keep scrolling to see our previous reads, free downloadable discussion questions, and our latest book recommendations.

ps. Spoiler Alerts Ahead: proceed with caution!! 

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

Get the book! Download Discussion Questions Here // Watch the Discussion

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner

Get the Book! 

Download Discussion Questions Here // Watch the Discussion

Dear Emmie Blue by Lia Louis

Get the Book!

Download Discussion Questions Here // Watch the Discussion

The Return by Nicholas Sparks

Get the Book!

Download Discussion Questions Here // Watch the Discussion

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

Get the Book!

Keep an eye out for The Wife Upstairs discussion questions coming soon and tune into our Facebook Live Monday, March 1 at 8pm EST. We’ll see you there!

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