Richard and Judy, don't even try. A new Book Club is about to take the world by storm.
Yes lovely people, The Migraine Monologue Book Club has finally arrived! Woo hoo. Now, I know a virtual book club revolving around migraines may not, at first, sound all that enticing but wait till you hear what I have in store.
What is the MM Book Club?
The MM Book Club is a virtual, on-line Book Club that will review and then discuss a book, painting, essay, or maybe even a piece of art that is, in some way, connected to migraine. The Author, for example, may have suffered from migraines. i.e Virginia Woolf, who has written essays on living with pain, in addition to her stunning novels. Or a novel which depicts migraine, or chronic illness, through it's characters (though these are few and far between.) We will, of-course, explore the plethora of Patient and Doctors books devoted solely to migraines, such as the inaugural book!
A different member of the Review Panel (formed of you, dear readers) will write the main review (critique of the book) that will form the centrepiece of the on-line discussion. This way, those who haven't read the book, or had the chance to finish, can still join in the discussion. To volunteer to write the main review, to join the Review Panel, simply email me, details of how to join in are below.
Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to migraines. We have to educate ourselves on this condition and I know I've learnt so much through (careful) reading and research. It's also helped me realise that I'm not alone. I'm also hoping this will be vaguely enjoyable!
One day, maybe the MM Book Club could even have guests talks (none virtually & virtually) from Authors of the books we've read, so we can learn and share even more about living with migraine. (I might even have a sneaky plan shaping up for this...)
Who Can Join?
Anyone and everyone! You don't have to be a migraineur, maybe you're a caregiver, or know someone who suffers and want to learn more. Like migraines themselves, the MM Book Club is open to absolutely anyone. Though I guess it helps if you can read. Actually, I'll probably be listening to a lot of books myself so...
When Does It Happen?
We'll aim for the first week of every other month, i.e every 2 months at 6pm GMT & 1pm EST. But I know that migraines can make reading/listening etc and getting life organised tricky so deadlines can shift. Check in with this page for updates.
Who Chooses The Next Book?
Maybe the person who wrote the main review? Should the MM Book Club Review Panel vote? Or just General public vote? Thoughts?
To keep costs low, we'll try to find books, essays, paintings, films etc that are easily and cheaply assessable, through your library, on-line, kindles, e-books, audio etc etc.
The first 'meeting' was held in a password protected chatroom and that worked so well we've decided to do it again! Just follow the simple directions below to join in!
DIRECTIONS TO PARTICIPATE:
1. Click here to enter the chat room: MMBook Club (will open in a new window)
2. Enter Password: mmbookclub
3. Join in our incredible, life changing discussion!
I'll always post the upcoming book etc on THIS page, as well as links to past discussions.
To join the MM Book Club, or be on the Review Panel email me at Victoria@migrainemonologues.com
Let the reading begin!
Upcoming Dates, Past Reviews & Discussions:
2014 (date TBA)
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
- October 2013, 'Migraine and other Headaches' by Dr Fontebasso
Read the review and link to our discussion here
- August 13th (1pm EST/USA & 6pm UK) ON BEING ILL, by Virginia Woolf AND
LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS (the film).
To read our review click here