Monday, January 9, 2012

Book Clubs: Yay or Nay?


Last week I attended my very first book club meeting. Weird eh? I am 33 years old and somehow it was still a first. What's my deal you ask?
  • Do I think I am too cool for a lame book club?
  • Am I not cool enough for an awesome one?
  • Perhaps too busy to add another activity to the agenda?
  • Afraid of the structure associated with a club?
I don't know!  Maybe a little bit of each...and more? All I know is that I disregarded them all for a friend, and....it was way cool! It was an organizational meeting so we discussed what books we would wanted to schedule for the whole year. I think the highlight of the night for me was suggesting we read I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER by Dan Wells, in October for Halloween. The faces! Oh the faces! Did I mention this was a church book club? I am such a B-Word.

How do you feel about book clubs? Yay or Nay?

24 comments:

  1. I've never been a part of one. I think the structure of it scares me a little...It will be interesting to see what you think!

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  2. I've never been part of one, but my friend and I are trying to put one together.. we're failing miserably though LOL

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  3. I think a book club would be fun, but I have yet to go to one. :( Sad right? *sigh* Alas, I just don't know how to fit one it yet, but one day I will jump into one! Be sure to share some of your favorite books with us!

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  4. I would like to do one, but I just don't have the time. Should have tried it years ago. But I like watching book clubs meet at a Barnes & Noble, the members really get into it. Saw two guys arguing. Awesome.

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  5. I think it would be fun as long as I would be with my friends and perhaps a bottle of wine. Although in that case we probably wouldn't discuss the book a whole lot ;)

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  6. I'm not in a book club. Too busy writing. I do have a weekly critique group, though. We read each other's unfinished novels. Does that count as a book club? :)

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  7. I am in my fifth book club (not because I can't stick with one - more because I move so much). I love my current book club, but lately we've been having a hard time getting our act together and finding a time when everyone can meet. Three of our members now have kids, and it's made it much more difficult. But I love that it's an excuse to a) read b) see good friends and c) drink wine and eat dessert on a school night :)

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  8. I did a book club for a while, but I've gotten too busy with my kids to do it now. Personally, I loved it, even though our discussions could get a little heated sometimes, which may have actually been my fault. I'm still pretty good friends with all the women who came though. I get a little jealous when I hear people talking about their book clubs.

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  9. I love my book club. It's funny because we all read the book, (usually) and talk about it for ten minutes or so, and then just talk and laugh for the rest of the time. It's fun getting a night to just hang out with a few girls! :)

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  10. I've never been in a book club, but I would LOVE to join one :)

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  11. I was in a Jane Austen book club for a while and it was great fun.

    Let us know how the book is.

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  12. excellent! and i am >40 & never been, what does that make me?
    i am intimidated by women who have enough time to read an entire book in the alotted time plus take care of all else.

    i stay young by having more first times!

    and dan wells is the MAN! (try A Night of Blacker Darkness)

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  13. I've never been in one either. And I'm over 33. I would love to though!

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  14. Oh funny! And did they put your book suggestion on the list?

    I'd like to be in a book club, but I don't know of many clubs that mainly read YA. :)

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  15. Love your suggestion (although I've never read it.) I've never been in a book club either, but some of my writing friends are suggesting one. I think I'd really like it. I'm glad you enjoy yours!

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  16. I am in a book club and I love it. We've been meeting about once a month for two years. The way we do it is that whoever is in charge for the discussion the next month brings three books for us to vote on--that way everyone feels like we have some say in what we're reading. Most of us go to church together, but we're very upfront about the fact that we don't read just PG-type books. Our very first book was Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace, so it kind of gave everyone a feel for where our literary "sensibilities" were :)

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  17. I used to be in a book club, and it was AWESOME! Until they started choosing lame books. Then it became kind of lame. Funny how that works.

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  18. I loved my book club, but I had to quite because they wanted to meet super early on Saturdays (the club was 35 minutes away). Booooo!

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  19. ROFL. I worry about the commitment, that I'd never finish all the books in time. I was a member of one when I was 18. I worked at a bookstore and all of the employees got together and formed it. We met every week over Chinese food. It was great fun!

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  20. I've never been in one. They have church book clubs here too, but I'm pretty sure they won't read my recommendations so I steer clear of them. Actually, I don't know of any book clubs outside of the neighborhood and the church one.

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  21. LOL. My sister asked if I wanted to be a part of a church book club and I told her that I didn't think they would want to read anything I was reading. Plus I think they were all reading inspirational non-fiction. (Which is the only thing she reads) So I have never been a part of a book club, but someday when I have more time.

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  22. They've never really been my thing. Not entirely sure why, but maybe reading is too much of a solitary thing for me. Hehe would have loved to see the looks of the church book club at your suggestion.

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  23. Nice post, I like book clubs myself but I have to say that like you I chose different books, poetry -Seamus Heaney, another time the graphic novel Watchmen and most memorably a science fiction book-Richard Morgan's Broken Angels. To be honest I began to resent having to read books I knew I would not have given houseroom to so I left. Such an intolerant person!

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  24. Love book clubs, but not with kids in tow. So while hubs is in school, it doesn't work too great. One of my FAVORITE things though is discussing what someone else thought of a book I enjoyed. Good luck with the club!

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