As you may or may not know I love reading! It all started the summer after 6th grade. I guess I would have been twelve or thirteen years old. There was a book fair at our school library on the last day of school. I think the idea was students could pick up a few books for summer reading. I was intrigued by this book that had a funny little illustration on the cover of a boy riding a broom, trying to catch a small golden globe with wings. On a whim I bought it. This book turned out to be Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. And it was awesome!!!! That summer I absolutely fell in the love with reading, and it's turned into a lifelong thing. Probably many of you have a similar story. Do you remember the first book you stayed up through the night reading because you just couldn't put it down?
During the last two years I've noticed a sharp decline in the amount of reading I do. I have a busy work schedule and a full social life. I am very lucky and thankful for these things! But I wanted to make a small goal in 2014 to be a little more committed to reading—like actually make time for it, rather than just waiting for the free time to appear. And that's when Elsie and I hatched this idea: start an A Beautiful Mess book club!Here's how it works: Every month we read a book. Just one book a month. Nothing that scary. We will announce the book at the very beginning of the month (or a few days before) so you will have a little time to buy, download or check the book out from your local library. We'll try to have variety, reading different authors and subject matters as often as we can, but every book will be a for-fun read. Mostly (if not all) fiction. We are very open to suggestions but most selections will be chosen a few months in advance so don't fret if your suggestion isn't up next. At the end of every month we will host an online discussion of the book on the blog. You should totally join in! If we select something you've already read you are still very welcome to join in and connect with us at the end of the month.
So are you in? In January we will be reading The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. I already got my copy. You should get yours. Do it. Do it. (That's me cheering you on.) xo. Emma
Credits // Author: Emma Chapman, Photography: Janae Hardy and Emma Chapman