The Shelf-Care Literary Society
On the hunt for a fun and welcoming Monthly Book Club catering for women seeking mental and emotional expansion? Welcome to the Shelf-Care Literary Society. One Sunday a month we meetup for fun and engaging conversation around a new book voted to read, by us. Also, there will be snacks!
RSVP to the event below in order and add yourself to The Society!
One day, a book was recommended at the end of a group yoga class. This book was a self published journal of travels done by a woman in the late 19th Century. The author published this book at the request of friends and family. Young women of the time flocked to her journal and stories due to the limited amount of reading material written from a female perspective, especially those about travel.
As modern day readers, we get to appreciate a moment in time so foreign to us. A first hand account of European life in the late 19th Century.
It was decided that we'd like to enjoy this book together, as a group of women hoping to explore and understand our history.
And that is how The Shelf-Care Literary Society was started.
The mission of the Shelf-Care Literary Society is to expose readers to written works that inspire and empower a more purposeful life.
We're a supportive community of women cultivating a safe space for exploratory conversation and contemplation.
Every month we vote on a new book to explore and hopefully enjoy.
The books we choose may be classics, new, novels, fiction, memoirs or really anything- the only rule is that they must make us think. Questioning our circumstances, experiences and helping us grow as humans.
Using a standard set of 7 questions gives us points of contemplation while reading and topics of conversation during our monthly meetings.
1. How would you describe the book in one sentence?
2. How did this book relate to your own life or experiences?
3. Did this book change your perspective or opinions in any way?
4. Did it inspire you to take any action or make any changes in your life?
5. What was the most useful or valuable advice or tip that you learned from this book?
6. What questions do you still have after reading this book?
7. What would you like to learn more about?
Prepare yourself for questions; questioning your feelings, observations and opinions. Remember that your experiences have shaped your emotions and responses. Question those. Do you agree and connect? Do you struggle to understand the author? Does the subject make you uncomfortable? These are all excellent questions to sit with. Grab a journal and start writing. Try to find a place of clarity or understanding. If that doesn't happen for you, that's okay. It's also a great point to bring to the meeting!
It's okay to be more comfortable observing, but do prepare to add to discussion. The Society is about growing, through books and conversation. Without discussion, we may as well just read a book and forget about it. No observations, experiences or feelings are wrong. Seeing these through each member's eyes is what makes our society so special - it's what makes you as a member special - and we all commit to honoring that.