Sexual connotations aside, Book Whore Book Club evokes images of literary prostitution, of women who would promote a novel they may or may not like in return for money or some other unsavory favor.
The name couldn’t be more misleading.
Founder Danielle Perez says she wanted a name that caught people’s attention “because I was so sick of reviews that lied to help promote books.”
But Book Whore? Perez, 27, says her first pick was Book Angel Blog. “My father told me if I was going to start a truthful review blog, I better start with the name, because an angel I am not,” she laughs.
The eventual name grew out of friends kidding Perez about her passion for books she’d read and wanted others to try. She says friends began calling the book whore for recommendations before they went to the bookstore.
As newcomers find the club and blog, some love the name and some hate it. But all remember it, Perez says. Mission accomplished. Members from at least eight countries might weigh in when she unveils a new book and kicks off online discussions that tackle several chapters a week for a month.
Perez kicks things off by posting a few questions. Club members respond, and the discussion is underway. The only one not invited is the author.
“It’s the best and worst of both worlds, I’m afraid,” Perez says. “Sometimes it’s very hard to see the mixed thoughts on characters you (the author) have raised, nursed and loved into creation.”
Indeed it is. Here are the Book Whores’ initial thoughts about Bella. I’m looking forward to the next round, and the one after, and hope that at some point I can speak directly to one of the more intriguing and thoughtful clubs out there in cyberspace.
What’s the coolest experience you’ve had with a book club, either online or in person?