Monday, July 17, 2017
Ramblings from the Stacks - Book Clubs
The book club started out pretty well. It was mostly the same 6 or so women with the occasional straggler. We talked about books some and other stuff and ate and all in all had a good time. Then the split came. 50 Shades of Grey was picked and there was much outrage amongst the members of the club. Some of the core members refused to read the book and formed their own club while other members of the group who hadn't joined the book club came to the meeting. The discussion on 50 Shades was actually pretty entertaining though it wasn't a book I particularly cared for but the split was disastrous to the book club. It turned out that 2 book clubs could not exist and they both just kind of fizzled away.
Then a year or two later another one started up. Once again I was all in. At first it was great. We read Gone Girl, The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton, The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey and several other books I really enjoyed. But this because this was a book club that was associated with a mom's group the people who showed up were different each time and as the months went on less and less people read the book which meant we talked about the book less and less. Then finally we had an influx of women who only read important books and when someone suggested a romantic suspense as the next month's title and they were horrified and made it very clear that that book was below them. After that I was pretty much done. I basically just wanted to go build a fort out of my Nora Roberts' books and binge read. I decided I was done with book clubs or at least the kind that were made of people who weren't connected by books.
But I realized that I MISSED talking about books. After I read something I wanted to tell someone what I thought about it and to talk about it. That's one of the things that led me to book blogging. I love talking about books. I love seeing what other people think of books I've loved, or hated, or haven't read yet.
Awhile ago I noticed a flier at the library for 2 book clubs. One a general fiction club and one a romance club. I've been keeping an eye on the fliers and each month the books listed are books that interest me. I'm considering giving book clubs another try.
What do you think? Have you ever gone to a book club through the library or a bookstore? Have you ever been in a book club? What kind and how did it go?