Monday, December 8, 2008

Books: Book Clubs

I've always wanted to start or be a part of a book club. Oprah's highly publicized book club is part of her show and is carried through online. Oprah's book of the moment is The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. She posts information about the book, the author, and provides a community for discussion. Even A is doing one every week at her school. So why can't I have one?

Because, and maybe I'm overthinking things, it seems like it would be a hard thing to do. First, I'd have to find others who like reading the kinds of books I do. Second, the kinds of books I like to read do not lend themselves well to heartfelt, deep discussions like Oprah's books. She likes to bookmark and quote feelings, events, actions. Third, these people have to find time to meet, which is even difficult for friends of mine I've known for years, much less strangers. Fourth, I'd actually have to keep a schedule of reading so I come prepared. Sometimes I'm too busy to read (I know, unheard of!)

So I'm thinking maybe this is a summer activity. I'm thinking of someplace to put up info like Oprah. I'm thinking maybe I'm nuts. Is there someone who is part of a book club, knows about one through a friend, or has resources for successful ones?

1 comment:

jo said...

Some friends of mine meet monthly, discuss the book picked and pick a new one for the next month. I don't know if they pick all 12 months, or just month to month, but I could ask. I'm with you though, I like weird books that aren't typically read in a book club. And I like to read when I feel like it or have time which with school has limited me to vacation and summer, but then I read quite a bit, but not nearly as much as you.
Sounds fun, hope you can figure it out.