This week's Booking Through Thursday asks:
Have you ever been a member of a book club? How did your group choose (or, if you haven’t been, what do you think is the best way to choose) the next book and who would lead discussion? Do you feel more or less likely to appreciate books if you are obliged to read them for book groups rather than choosing them of your own free will? Does knowing they are going to be read as part of a group affect the reading experience?
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Book Club! See in the collage below? The women sitting around the table? That was Book Club, and that was an exceptionally fun night. We were discussing the most dreadful book: Crossing Over: One Woman's Escape from the Amish Life. But it can be fun to discuss a terrible book! We sure tore that one to shreds. That night was even more special because Kristina, who I actually met through blogging, was visiting from Canada, and she got to take part in the event. I don't think I've laughed so hard since that night!
Really, our Book Club is a haphazard affair. We begin with great gusto and determination each fall, and fizzle out by Christmas. Some years we pick back up again in spring. Some years, like this one, I think we all forgot we had such a thing called Book Club after about November. We did start out great, though. We gave everyone a month to pick out a restaurant and a book, all the way through December. We did great for September, October, and November (we even went to hear author Kaye Gibbons speak), but plans fell through in December. We were to have read The Kite Runner (most of us had already read it) and then go see the movie together.
I think we need to reinstate Book Club.