Reader groups go back to as far as the Protestant church. That's sort of what Sunday school is, isn't it? A group of people getting together to discuss a written body. Of course, modern times have evolved the reader group into a gathering involving wine, themes, and shenanigans, but the common denominator will always be books.
Facebook has allowed for different sorts of reader groups. Tarryn Fisher has themed days, Colleen Hoover has all the people, Mae Wood has a lot of drink recipes, DILF sightings in the wild, and reader takeovers on Fridays. Girls Gone Reading has a different author every day, almost. Anything goes.
For the reader, each group is different. Ideally, they're a place readers can go and talk books without inhibitions, or fear of judgement. They can discuss all the smut in the world, if that's what they like to read. They can talk spoilers. They have a place to go, a group of their own people. Their tribe.
That's my goal with my own reader group, The Conley Corner. It's a place to talk about my writing, the men of Pierce Securities, the models who grace the covers, other books we enjoy reading, and other stuff. We play games, we ask questions, the group names characters, there are discussions about things that bother/thrill us about writing and books in general.
It's a small group, but those women are mighty, and I love them.
Feel free to join us! Introduce yourself. Bring a beverage. We don't bite.