Rebecca Wells Says Ya-Ya to Reading Groups!
I'm so excited to welcome Rebecca Wells to On the Bookcase!
The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder, Rebecca's new paperback, is on sale today! Rebecca's previous novels, Little Altars Everyone, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, and Ya-Yas in Bloom are still hits with reading groups.
Read Rebecca's thoughts on reading groups and the passionate way they keep the joy of reading alive!
Getting together with other like-minded souls to share a love of any particular “thing” makes enjoying that pastime all the more meaningful, and when that “thing” is a love of reading good books, there are so many wonderful opportunities. Readers are rare and special people, most of whom cannot fathom a life without books to savor and share with others. It’s gratifying for authors to know that their work is discussed and shared, as books are passed hand-to-hand, reader-to-reader. No book recommendation is as appreciated by a reader as one that comes from a trusted friend.
The grass-roots movement that carried Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood from its quiet beginnings to a New York Times bestseller in the late 1990s is a testament to the power that reading groups hold in their hands. It is in the sharing with others that a book comes to life. When I talk with book groups about my books, I am always surprised and delighted by the questions I get. In speaking with a group about Calla Lily, I am often asked where I get my ideas. How much comes strictly from the imagination and how much comes from people and places I've seen and known. The conversation that is generated in book groups makes an author’s book grow and live in ways beyond any we could ever have imagined. The gratitude that I have in my heart for those who read, respond to, and share my work simply cannot be measured.
The Internet has changed everything about the way we communicate and the way we commune with one another. Your best friend and closest confidante just might be someone that you’ve never met in “real life.” The weekly book meeting that you won’t miss for anything could be held in an online chat room rather than at the library or bookstore. No matter where or how you come together with fellow readers, the magic happens, stories are shared and “you just have to read this” is spoken over and over again by passionate people who gobble up the written word like ice cream on a hot summer day.
I say “Ya-Ya!” to those who keep the art of reading alive and pulsating with energy and passion. It is because of you that writers everywhere keep doing what they do.
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Rebecca has helped women name, claim, and celebrate their shared sisterhood for over a decade. The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder continues the celebration!
Thanks so much, Rebecca, for giving us your books to enjoy, discuss, and gobble up "like ice cream on a hot summer day!"