Thursday, November 3, 2011

Do you “Heart” Book Club?

I am a giant fan of book clubs. I take offense to the idea that book club is a time to drink wine and grip about men. For me book club is a time to have intelligent conversations about books—at least for an hour—and then we grip about men :) No, we don’t—we gripe about kids :)

I love to hear what my friends have to stay about stories, because everyone has a different perspective. Sometimes I go into book club with an opinion of the book, only to change my mind after talking about it.

I love book club so much that I’m belong to two. One I’ve been in for seven years, and even after I moved away I couldn’t give it up—but I didn’t move far…only 6 blocks. The other book club is one I started in my new neighborhood—we’ve been at it for two years.

I’ve found that book club is the best way to get to know people. You can tell a lot about someone by what they like and dislike in books.

So does anyone else belong to a book club? Do you love it? Hate it? I’m so curious.


Books I’ve read in book club this year:

Faith Precedes the Miracle by Spencer W. Kimball
Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
A Room With A View by E.M. Forster
Outliers by Malcom Gladwell
A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
Ever by Gail Carson Levine
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
65 Signs of the Times by David Ridges
A Girl from Yamhill by Beverly Cleary
When the Tripods Came by John Christopher
Seven Miracles that Saved America by Chris and Ted Stewart
The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Infinite Atonement by Tad R. Callister
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Actor and The Housewife by Shannon Hale
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
These is My Words by Nancy E. Turner
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Mansion by Henry van Dyke


Sarah Pearson said...

No book club here. It would be nice, but then I'd have to actually leave the house :-)

Kelley said...

I've never been in a book club. I love reading but I guess for me it's more of a private thing. Something I enjoy just with myself.

Maybe someday...

Chantele Sedgwick said...

I love my book club! We have so many different opinions on the books we read. It's awesome! :D

Tara Tyler said...

i would like to join a book club that reads less intense books. i still havent read the help and tho i would prob like it, i have too many other exciting books i'd rather read...enders game was a great one!

Sara Bulla said...

I miss book club so much. I've been in one up until the last two years. :( Maybe I'll start my own. :) Great reminder for me.

E.R. King said...

I want to join a book club! There aren't any where I live, so I've thought about pulling a group together. I'll get around to it eventually...

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I used to belong to one but I stopped going after awhile because most of the time people showed up not even having read the book! And then the conversations would swerve too far afield. Too frustrating. :(

Patricia Tilton said...

I don't, but have thought about it. It's a nice way to read books you wouldn't normally read. Have you read Kristin Hannah's "Winter Garden" -- one of the best novels I've read. Just thought I'd share. Have come to know her and she is so sweet.

Angela Brown said...

I heart book clubs. I have a small one that hasn't been able to meet because of kids and holidays to come, but when we gather and discuss books...oh the joy I have is so great. Plus, book clubs are great ways for authors to get some great word-of-mouth marketing. So Go Book Clubs!

Abby Fowers said...

I *heart* book clubs. I'm not in one right now, but my crit group invited me to theirs. I had to decline for now with the current load of school and other callings. Hopefully I can start up soon tho. They're so much fun!

Allison said...

I've always wanted to be in a book club. I'm sure someday I'll find one.

Jenny S. Morris said...

I would love to be a part of a book club. But, alas I don't know anyone in Portland that likes books. Glad you have yours!!

Meredith said...

I have always wanted to join a book club--I think I'll make that a goal for this year. :) Y'all have read some awesome books!

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