In May I launched the Mrs Rachel Brady Book Club!

Many of us mums love to read but since having kids we just don’t do it as much as we ought to – lack of time, energy, brains like mush, the list of reasons goes on!

This just won’t do!

Aside from actually mustering the wherewithal to read a book in the first place, the idea of getting out of the house to attend an actual, physical book club when you have young kids is quite frankly hilarious. I don’t know about you, but I’m in my PJs by 7pm and nodding off by 9pm.

I love to read – and do every night as part of my bedtime routine. But as my husband doesn’t read (he can read, he assures me, but he chooses not to – philistine!) I don’t have anyone to talk to about what I’ve just read… so my idea for an online book clubs for mums was born!

Anyway, enough rambling, if you’d like to join then please head over to my Facebook group, where the book club is based:

Request to join, and unless you have a very suspicious looking account (we do get a few!) I will add you to the group…

Here’s how it works:

  • Halfway through the month I announce the following month’s book. This gives you time to buy or borrow it.
  • We read the book en masse, posting in the group with updates if you like, or generally posting about anything book-related, or not. What you’re having for tea is also fine…
  • At the end of the month I will announce when the Facebook Group Live evening chat will be. Obviously it’s led by me, but I will try to include others as much as possible! I wish FB would introduce a Google Hangouts type thing, until they do this is the best I can come up with!)
  • During this FB Live we chat about what we liked, what we disliked, the themes, etc etc. It should be about half an hour.
  • If you like you can share a blog post, or video review as I will also share a thread of these each month.

October’s Book (to be finished by end of month)

At the age of thirty, Amy Liptrot finds herself washed up back home on Orkney. Standing unstable on the island, she tries to come to terms with the addiction that has swallowed the last decade of her life. As she spends her mornings swimming in the bracingly cold sea, her days tracking Orkney’s wildlife, and her nights searching the sky for the Merry Dancers, Amy discovers how the wild can restore life and renew hope.