A self-described “reluctantly busy mother of three children, one large partially educated horse, 22 chickens, 2 cats, 2 hound dogs, and assorted small animals that live in aquariums,” the Shrewsbury Township resident said she often just can’t find the time.
But she realized, over 13 years of being in various book clubs, that they provided a sense of accountability for her. So she decided to start her own online group, part of her five-year-old organic living blog “Kid Friendly Organic Life.”
“I have books that have been nagging at me, staring at me for months” Achterberg said.
The final straw was a rushed morning last week when she accidentally knocked over a pile of books to be read. A few landed in the trash, and Achterberg decided that was it. She’ll begin this month with “Organic Manifesto” by Maria Rodale, with plans to write up her thoughts in the last week of May.
“I’ll invite people to comment and just see where it goes,” Achterberg said. “The worst case scenario is I end up reviewing this book and I get a blog post out of it.”
And although the first title focuses on organics, the following books cross genres: June’s is “Cleaning House: A Mom’s 12-month Experiment to Rid her Home of Youth Entitlement by Kay Wills Wyma”; July’s is “YOU: Staying Young by Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz”; and August’s is “Happier at Home” by Gretchen Rubin.
After August, Achterberg plans to take a look at how the first months have gone and see how she wants to move forward.
“If I get a good response and I can manage to get these books read, I’ll keep going with it,” she said.
Achterberg offers the following options for interested readers:
- Read the book and comment on the post. (Bonus points, Achterberg says, if you write a guest post and send it to Achterberg — she promises to post it right alongside her own.)
- Wait until you read the review and then decide whether the book is worth your time.
- Consider the review the cliff notes and skip the book altogether.
- Ignore the book club posts and continue your life of ignorance.