Seeing that women are helped in their own education when they are accompanied, Marcie Stokman founded The Well-Read Mom, a reading club which provides an easily duplicable way for women to accompany one another in reading great books, spiritual classics and worthy reads from the Catholic and Western Tradition. In the fall of 2012, The Well-Read Mom began in Marcie’s living room with about 20 women.
New to The Well-Read Mom? Here’s how it works.
New groups are encouraged to join with the current year’s selections. Click here to register. Don’t worry about having missed last year’s books. The program is not laid out chronologically but by themes (Daughter, Mother, Spouse, Teacher/Worker, Sister/Friend, Contemplative). There are many advantages of starting with the current year and readers will not be behind. Those who want to read selections from the previous year, however, may find the recordings on the books and the authors as well as the first WRM Conference talks to be a helpful resource (see downloads).
Each year includes great books, spiritual classics (during Advent and Lent), worthy reads, poetry, and selected essays from the Catholic and Western Tradition. Check out the Books page to see last year’s selections and what we are reading for the “Year of the Mother.” Book selections center around the year’s theme and are meant to work with the rhythm of a woman’s busy life. For example, shorter reads are selected for the start of the school year and over the holiday months).
Unique Audio Resource
One unique tool that distinguishes The Well-Read Mom from other book clubs is the use of audio resources. These are brief and candid talks on the literature that have proven to be helpful. Leaders (or women following on their own) do not need to study and prepare a lecture to present each book, it’s been done for you, just play the audio! Also, if you are a registered member and happen to miss a meeting or two, you can still listen to the recordings on your own.
Group leaders will play the introductory recording to kick-off the year in mid-September. All registered members then can access two recordings monthly from October through May. Recordings become available online by the first Thursday of each month.
The first recording is short and can be played during the group gathering via laptop or Ipad. It helps to get the group focused and ready to discuss the current book. The second recording is played after the discussion and gives the women an introduction and some information on the following month’s book selection.
Check out the Downloads page to see how you can access some additional audio resources, including “The Best of The Well-Read Mom: Year of the Daughter.”
The Meetings (suggested format)
7:00-7:10 Women gather in a home or parish, get a cup of tea and a cookie and settle in.
7:10-7:15 Leader plays the first recording, introducing that month’s book.
8:00-8:15 Play the second recording introducing the following month’s book.
There is only one rule in a Well-Read Mom group. If you aren’t able to get the book read, don’t apologize, just come and soak in the discussion! See if you don’t read more this year!