BOOKS ARE SUPER NICE.
Reading is super nice and so are books, and so especially is getting together with other people to discuss the ideas and thoughts in the pages. But how do you get started? We want to help through our International Confederacy of Super Nice Book Clubs. It’s probably easier than you thought to start a Super Nice Book Club (membership cards and secret decoder rings coming soon). Here are four simple steps to get reading.
HOW do i GET STARTED?
1. Invite People
Invite a few friends and family. Maybe strangers if you are feeling adventurous. As each of them to invite one or two people. Poof—you have a club. Maybe later you can make satin jackets. Embroidered or patches, it’s up to you. (Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in starting your own chapter).
2. Choose a Book
Now the fun starts. Select the book. Maybe ask your local bookseller what might be a good book to start with. Maybe you have something in mind. Whatever the book you think is super nice we’re good with. Doesn’t necessarily have to be how to make the world a little bit better (but cool if it is), but if more people are reading books and discussing, well, that’s super nice in our book. Some ideas to get you started.
3. Read the Book + Talk About It
Read the thing. Let everyone else know they should read a certain amount (a few chapters to start maybe) by a certain date where you are going to start talking about. We’re here to help if we can. You might want to take some notes as you read—might be in the margins, could be organized on a super nice pad you got just for this activity, or maybe just on scraps of old cardboard you ripped off a cereal box.
4. Rinse and Repeat
Do the whole thing again. But now you’ve already got the club together and you all are already making the world a never, more connected place. Might be time to start thinking about those satin jackets.
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You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”–Ray Bradbury (in Fahrenheit 451)
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A Few Super Nice Recomendations
Books suggested by club members if you are looking for a bit of inspiration. You don’t have to read one of these though. You may also get some ideas from authors who have appeared on our Nice Work! podcast. And if you want to email us and ask for a rec or suggest something to add, hit us at email@example.com.
“Team Human,” Douglas Rushkoff
“Humankind: A Hopeful History,” Rutger Bregman
“Mostly I Just Miss My Nipples,” Marnie Aulabaugh
“Disruptive Play,” Shepherd Siegel
“A Sand County Almanac,” Aldo Leopold
“Silent Spring,” Rachel Carson
“Plan B 4.0,” Lester Brown
“The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley
“The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity,” Graber & Wengrow
“Eat Like a Fish,” Bren Smith
“You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment,” Thich Nhat Hahn
“Dune,” Frank Herbert
“Planting Wolves,” Neda Disney
“Hopscotch,” Julio Cortazar
“The Master & Margarita,” Mikael Bulgakov
“Gould’s Book of Fish,” Richard Flanagan
“Coming Through Slaughter,” Michael Ondaatje
“Jesus’ Son,” Denis Johnson
“Sewer, Gas & Electric,” Matt Ruff
“My Favorite Thing is Monsters,” Emil Ferris
“The Best We Could Do,” Thi Bui
“East of West,” Hickman & Dragotta