Not just another book club
Most of them are full of the same Richard & Judy Book Club picks, but I’d like a chance to recommend all sorts of books, old and new and tailored to you.
When I see another digital book club being announced, I think: another one? Doing the same thing? Picking the same book, which is probably already a bestseller, and then everyone reads it and thinks it’s okay? The top ten Amazon chart is full of Richard & Judy Book Club picks, but I’d like a chance to recommend all sorts of books, old and new and tailored to you. Some of my most life-changing moments with books are when I’ve accidentally stumbled across something at the right time, or it was recommended by a friend who knows my tastes, or found in an old second-hand book store.
I wanted to offer something a bit different here, or at least something I would enjoy myself, and create the space for that. Plus, I like the idea of tailoring a book recommendation more towards the individual.
So! Welcome to The Hyphen Book Clinic, a new monthly instalment for you.
Every month I will host a thread like this (for paying subscribers) where you post a type of book you are looking for such as:
“I need a good beach read for my holiday next week”
“I’d love a book on how to quit my job”
“a book to help me write my first novel”
or something broader like “a book to cheer me up / help my anxiety / gift to a friend for her birthday”
It can be anything!
Then I can give you a recommendation in the comments (and you can also recommend to each other too if you fancy it!)
So think of it more like a book clinic than a book club — and that way everyone is getting a book recommendation that is more relevant to them, rather than me picking one book (that may not be up everyone’s street.) Then of course we’d love to hear in the following month’s thread if you enjoyed it or not and whether you’d recommend it to anyone else.
noun clinic | a group meeting devoted to the solution of problems or to the acquiring of specific skills or knowledge e.g. writing clinics, golf clinics
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