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I belong to three monthly book clubs. Three. My love for reading and discussing great literature knows no bounds except that of my life.

I don’t get to read everything I want in the time frame in which I want. I’m one of those few people who can speed read and still retain everything – even years later. My tastes have changed over the years – even over the months. Just 60 days ago, I was obsessed with Richelle Mead’s young adult series The Vampire Academy.

Don’t judge me. They are really, really good books and put the vampire romance of Stephanie Meyer to shame.

Mead also writes the little know “para-romance” novels about a succubus. And DAMN. DAMN DOES SHE WRITE SOME GRAPHIC SEX SCENES. I read a paragraph aloud to Rob this summer without first giving some background information about the book. He thought I’d downloaded Penthouse Forum.

It’s that steamy, but delightfully so.

A few months before that, I devoured Portia de Rossi’s memoir “Unbearable Lightness,” and Tina Fey’s “Bossypants.” In fact, I love “Bossypants” so much, I bought the audio version to listen to when I run.

At this time last year I couldn’t get enough of historical non/fiction in the likes of “The Dress Lodger,” “Becoming Queen Victoria,” and “Nefertiti.

Right now, it seems my tastes are general fiction with a little young adult thrown in for good measure. I can’t recommend Kate Morton enough. And, because I watch “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” over and over and over again, I also have the five-book series by Rick Riodian on my nightstand.

Believe me, I am a little disheartened that the second Percy Jackson movie isn’t slated to release until 2013. I’m also a little ticked that the actress who plays Annabeth recently crossed over into NBC’s “Parenthood” and almost broke up the marriage of Kristina and Adam Braverman, but that is neither here nor there. I’ll save that rant for a later date.

Back to my current book clubs.

The one I started three years ago has turned into more of a wine/drama club than a book club. I can’t remember the last time we actually read a book – in fact, I believe that hasn’t even been a book selected since June which was “Friday Night Knitting Club.”

Another book club I attend is one run by Tesha, who writes for this site occasionally. We meet every third Wednesday at Tesha’s house where we sit and have dinner together and enjoy wine and treats. This is the club where we actually talk about the book we read at great length, but the books we’ve read (with the exception of mine) have almost all been non-fiction, how-to-raise-your-kids, how-to-eat-organic, what-people-have-overcome type of literature – real downers. They’ve been almost impossible for me to get through (for one reason or another). But, I guess that’s the point of having a book club where everyone selects a book – it opens you up to another genre that you may not have picked up.

The last book club I’ve joined, I haven’t been able to attend a meeting… yet. It is run by Nicole (another contributing writer here at Wine Mommies), and the books they’ve selected thus far are books I’ve either read and enjoyed or wanted to read. I’m hoping to make my first meeting this January.

So, why do I want to start an online book club? I guess you could say that I want to discuss the books I’m reading and enjoying – the books I’ve picked every month. Sometimes I beg my husband to read a book after me just so I have someone to discuss it with.

He’s still reading “The Historian” I lent him when we first started dating.

Starting in January, I’ll be posting discussion questions and topics about the Wine Mommies book-of-the-month. Read the book with me and join in on the discussion in the comment section, don’t read the book, or only read part of it and quit. There’s no registration or requirement.

January’s book is “The Crimson Petal and the White” by Michael Faber. To be honest with you, I only chose this book on Emily Gilmore’s recommendation during Gilmore Girls episode 16 of Season 4 called “The Reigning Lorelai”.

My memory never fails.

The first five chapters will be discussed on Jan. 13- I hope you can join me!

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Grace is the creator of and She has two amazing daughters, Mia and Eva (who are 13 months apart in age), who keep her busy. When she's not stopping them from leaping off tall pieces of furniture, she's the wife to Rob - the best husband and man on the planet.

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