How We Choose Our Book Club Reads

Tara chats about how we choose our book club reads for our Facebook book club group.-Sheena

Hello all you lovely people! Every so often, Sheena and I get suggestions or requests around which books we should select for the book club, so we thought it would be helpful to let everyone know how I go about choosing.

There are a lot of factors that go into picking a book club book, but the hands down, number one factor is whether I love it and will be able to fangirl over it on my podcast, Les Do Books. The Lesbian Review and any of its offshoots, including this podcast, are all about positivity and celebrating lesfic. That means each book club book has to be something that I and one of my fellow reviewers can get really excited about when we’re chatting on the podcast. We each have our own reading preferences at The Lesbian Review, so my hope is that we’ll cover a wide range of subgenres by including all of the reviewers. The “Tara + other host must love it” rule is why we aren’t likely to ever open it up to a vote.

But there’s more to the book club than Les Do Books, even if that’s where it started. There’s also our Facebook Group, The Lesbian Review Book Club. While we have silly and thoughtful threads kicked off almost every day of the week about books, themes, reading experiences and more, we also host events where everyone is welcome to come and talk about the book of the month. Most of the time the author is even able to join us to answer questions and it’s awesome. So my second criteria for choosing a book is the likelihood of the author joining us in the group chat because it’s just more fun when they do.

What else is there? More than you might think. It’s not always possible to accommodate all of these, but in no particular order, I also consider:

  • Is it a popular favourite of an author’s backlist? Because it’s always fun to talk about a favourite book! So not only did I love talking about Kiss the Girl with Brooklyn on the podcast, but it was great to ask Melissa Brayden all my burning questions in the Facebook chat!
  • Which publisher released last month’s book club pick? There are so many fab publishers and self-published authors in lesfic that I don’t want us to show the same one month after month.
  • Have we already done a book by an author in the book club? If so, unfortunately we’re not going to showcase them again, no matter how wonderful their latest book is.
  • Is it a rare book that’s difficult to find? We’re not going to choose books that you can’t easily and affordably pick up anymore.

I’m sure there’s something I’m forgetting, but that about covers it! I hope this helps anyone who wondered how and why we choose the books we do.

If you have any books that you absolutely love and want considered, you can email me at tara@nullthelesbianreview.com. I may not always choose it, but I’m always looking out for the next book that will appeal to our ever-growing group of book nerds.