Me: Goodreads says I'm 13 books behind on my goal. I've never been behind on a reading goal! I have been watching too many awesome youtube shows lately.
Mike: So, it's all Felicia Day's fault?
Me: Well, if you blame her, you have to also give her the credit for bringing me back to reading with her awesome book club.
I love to read, I really do, but sometimes I just stop for a while. I watch TV, play games, hang with friends, get really wrapped up in work or school, and I just stop reading for a bit. Then, suddenly, I come back to it, full force, and read like 10-15 books in two weeks. It's just my weird brain being, well, weird.
When I first became Felicia Day's goodreads friend, I noticed she read a lot of what she deemed "Vaginal Fantasy" and I sort of assumed that those were just generic romances and guilty pleasure books. What I have since discovered, is what she was actually reading were series that I enjoy too, like the Sookie Stackhouse books, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and others that have a romantic element (not necessarily sexual, but usually), but feature strong world-building, interesting characters, and paranormal or science fiction elements.
After discovering this, I have jumped on the bandwagon over a year late, and joined her book club. The club is very successful for a number of reasons. First, they have embraced the live google hangout in conjunction with a goodreads forum. I am technically a member of 4 or 5 book clubs on goodreads, but I don't really participate or feel the need to read the book by the deadline. I use these more for lists when I'm looking for something to read. With Vaginal Fantasy, on the other hand, Felicia hosts a monthly get-together with some awesome people on the internet, including Veronica Belmont, Bonnie Burton, and Kiala Kazebee. They talk about the book in a live google hangout and we at home participate via twitter, chat, comments, and goodreads forum. This month will be the first one where I am participating live via twitter and chat, and I have watched all other archived hangouts in anticipation and they seem so fun! I now have a huge list of books to read based on their past selections and recommendations given in the hangouts and on the goodreads forum.
Bonus: they drink throughout the show, and they sometimes get pretty drunk/tipsy by the end, so entertaining!
Note: You don't necessarily have to have read the book to watch, but be wary, they do sometimes spoil things.
Next up, I'm going to check out Sword & Laser!