Thursday, 12 June 2008
BTT - Clubbing
A combo of two suggestions by: Heidi and by litlove
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?
Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!
I just recently joined a book group since moving to DC, it is made up of a group of other ex-pat Brits and we try to choose American authors, a mix of old and new. We make suggestions at the end of the session and then vote on the next book. If your suggestion gets chosen you lead the next discussion. It's very democratic!
It's made me read some books I would never have chosen on my own. It means leaving my comfort zone, which is a good thing.
I also took part in Becky's last online bookclub. Which was great as Becky asks really good questions that make you think about what you read.
Reading for a book club effects my reading only in that I note down things that particularly strike me or phrases I like. It's interesting to hear other people's opinions and what they noticed. I do always feel upset if someone hates a book I loved; it's like hearing they hate a good friend.