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Guest Post by Malena Lott

September 5, 2009

Malena Lott (l) with Tina, her best friend of 22 years

Malena Lott (l) with Tina, her best friend of 22 years


When we were children, we couldn’t wait to grow up. We dreamed about the freedom to make choices and the opportunities the world had in store, and time and money weren’t obstacles in our paths but golden tickets to unforeseen adventure.

And then we grew up.

When we were children, we played with our friends until our mamas called us in for supper. We giggled and shared secrets and cried away each other’s hurts. We went on big adventures, even if it was in our own back yards.

And then we grew up.

When we were children, we explored the libraries with wild abandon and read until our little eyes were blurry with sleep. Back then reading wasn’t mandatory like it is for our kids (20 minutes, sign in the box, please) but because we wanted to be grown up and see what it was like to live as a boy, as an old woman, as a pirate, as a president.

And then we grew up.

Time and money? Obstacles. Friends? So busy with their work and families that we rarely see them enough to giggle and weep together. Reading? But the TV is so big and shiny and…

…it’s time we take it back. Time to take back our fervor for adventure and passion for friendships and our love of books. It’s not just about choices – we can still squeeze in American Idol if we must – it’s about giving ourselves a richer life.

Friends and books do that for us. In the pages of a book, we can be whomever we want to be. We take on their personas, their joys, their pain. They make us feel better about our own lives or make us forget our troubles for just a while.

Reading reduces stress and Lord knows spending time with good friends does. Which is why I’m bringing back the fun in reading with Book End Babes, a modern book community and book club combining Girls Night Out with great reads. We’re going to GIVE ourselves the time to read for pleasure and then to share that with our girlfriends. It’s time to start a reading revolution and support the arts and reach out and grab a friend and give her the gift of reading and girl time, too. Good recipes for fruity drinks and gourmet food? We’ve got that, too.

BE bold. BE brilliant. BE a Book End Babe. Go to Book End Babes to read more about our Anything Goes national book club and fun resources and rewards for our members. We’re looking for queenB’s to start chapters around the country.

Malena Lott is the author of two novels, DATING DA VINCI and THE STORK REALITY, and is the founder of Book End Babes. When she isn’t reading or writing, she’s living la dolce vita in the heartland with her husband of fifteen years and their three children and Shih Tzu, and planning her next Girls Night Out, naturally.

BookEndBabesLOGOsmI’m just thrilled that Malena Lott agreed to write this guest post for me today.  She has a fantastic new site called Book End Babes, that you need to check out, if you haven’t already.  It’s got great resources for book clubs like recipes, reviews and top picks each month.  There are even some fun contests – the current contest is for heart bags filled with three books.  The site’s just started so your book club can be one of the first to register!  Make sure to check out the launch party on Twitter on Wednesday, September 9 from 9AM to 9PM Central Time.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. September 5, 2009 8:53 am

    I have already visited this site and signed up my book club. It’s a great idea and I encourage everyone to check it out. Great resource for books!

  2. September 5, 2009 12:03 pm

    I’ll have to check it out. I know that book club night with the girls each month is something that I really look forward to.

  3. September 5, 2009 1:35 pm

    It sounds like fun. I am off to have a look a bookend babes.

  4. September 5, 2009 1:42 pm

    I will be “unplugged” this weekend, but will visit Book Ends Babes soon.

    Terrific guest post!

  5. September 5, 2009 1:44 pm

    I already subscribed and I think this is a great idea. Looking forward to some good posts and recipes.

  6. September 5, 2009 3:58 pm

    What a great guest post! I enjoyed Dating DaVinci and will be checking out Book End Babes!

  7. September 5, 2009 5:24 pm

    oh, what a great post! Books and friends are the best. I will check out the Book End Babes website. Thank you for sharing. =)

  8. September 5, 2009 5:40 pm

    I will definitely check out Book End Babes. It sounds like a great idea to promote reading, friendship and book clubs. Thanks for posting this.

  9. September 5, 2009 8:13 pm

    What a wonderful guest post, and I totally agree! Thank you for sharing it!

  10. September 5, 2009 9:25 pm

    I haven’t read anything by this author, but I’ll have to remedy that! Great post!

  11. justicejenniferreads permalink
    September 5, 2009 11:12 pm

    This sounds like so much fun. I’m totally checking it out! Loved the post too!

  12. September 6, 2009 8:29 am

    This sounds like a great site. I went over and bookmarked it. Thanks Kathy

  13. September 6, 2009 12:48 pm

    Oh! I saw DATING DA VINCI on the shelf this weekend. Got distracted and completely forgot to go back and look at the book. This post is great timing for me! 🙂

  14. September 6, 2009 4:59 pm

    What a great post! I even got a little misty-eyed. I reviewed Dating Da Vinci a while back…. going right now to sign up…

  15. stacybuckeye permalink
    September 6, 2009 8:45 pm

    I love this post. Being bold is something that I’ve had to learn – an am still learning.

  16. September 7, 2009 3:21 pm

    I think my book club would really benefit from a visit to Book End Babes. It’s a new club, and we haven’t quite found our groove yet. Maybe I will come across some new ideas over there. Great guest post! I agree that more women should make time to read.

  17. October 17, 2009 12:28 pm

    Malena is a terrific woman. She’s recently become a Twitter girlfriend too. I read her book “Dating Da Vinci” and loved it!

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