Friday, 3 September 2010
Book Club shenanigans
I love reading a book recommended by someone; you learn a little something about the person who made the suggestion as well as tasting a new author.
I love going to the library. Flicking through the books on the shelf, reading a page or two here and there before I settle on a title.
I find it hard to remember who wrote what (I've never been good at details) so I can barely list my favourite authors, let alone match an author to their book. I just love reading. I'm not overly thingy about it.
A couple of year's ago I suggested that my Mother's Group start a Book Club. I was really excited about it initially because I had never been in a book club before. The sheer joy of discussing characters, plots and themes! As it turned out we spent a lot more time discussing the bonkability of certain male characters and giving other's nicknames than getting into any deep literary critique.
It was fun while it lasted, but it sort of imploded because there were only a few of us that were really into reading. Everyone wanted to be 'included' but they couldn't get the books read (we weren't reading Homer's Illiad or anything) so we could never agree on a meeting date. Add to that a difference of opinion on the genre of books we should be reading (I drew the line at "Marley and Me", I mean, a dog book? Please.) and a dispute over the inclusion of a book with a character suffering PND, and the Book Club disbanded.
I think a Book Club needs more ground rules than we put in place.
Recently a 'secret breakaway' group has developed from the initial Book Club. We have enlisted other book lovers to join in what I am hoping will be an upgrade on our last effort. Chapter Two of the Book Club has got to be more settled than Chapter One, right?
Our first book was 'Where the heart is' by Billie Letts. I cheated a bit because I read it years ago. I didn't like it then, so I wasn't going to put myself through it again. I am really looking forward to our first meeting next week. We are playing it safe and using the 'suggested discussion topics' included in the back of the book. It should be a civilised evening of chatter with a bunch of bookworms. Here's hoping...
What is your experience with Book Clubs?