Thursday, August 18, 2011

Do You Get Fulfillment Out of Your Book Club?

I go through phases with my book club. There was a time in college when I first found a book club that I became enamored with them. To discuss books without having to write an essay on them? For pure pleasure? Sold!

As soon as I became settled in a new location after college and had a solid group of friends near me, I knew it was time to start a book club of my own and I did and it was a success. Such a success that it felt like work. After three years of solely organizing the book club I needed a break.

I took my break, the book club continued on, I started a book blog, and after a couple of years I rejoined, tentatively. Dipped a toe in. Every other month or so they would read a book that I really wanted to read and you know what? I learned to love my book club again. I got out of it again what I wanted. We were discussing great books, books that I loved sometimes more than anything else that I was reading. We were planning activities. The location was at a neutral place and when that didn't work we would split the location between our own homes because we've grown up now and have actual living rooms and not just studio apartments. We all bring snacks and it is fun. Most of all, it's no one's sole responsibility and it is fulfilling once again and I have re-discovered my book club and I love it.

How about you? Do you have a book club and do you love it?

16 comments:

  1. I started my book club last year and I'm beginning to become disappointed in it. Most of the people are there to socialize rather than to discuss the book. I know there has to be a social aspect to it, but I want to talk about the book too. I may ease my way out of it.

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  2. No *sobs* But I so wanna take part in one

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  3. I have never been in a book club. I'm not sure I would enjoy it, because I like to pick the books I read. There are too many genres I don't read, and if they picked one of those genre to read, well I would just walk away from the club anyway. So I don't think it would work for me.

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  4. I was part of one a few years ago and it died out. It was resurrected this summer, but appears to have died out once again.

    I would like to start one, but am a bit intimidated by the task. How do I go about finding people interested?

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  5. Teresa - for me what worked was inviting those friends that you know like to read as well as having them invite friends that like to read. You are going to get some serious attrition each month at first because you are asking them to do some 'work' before attendance! Then they'll get into it and it starts to flow better. Good luck :)

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  6. I haven't found a book club here, and I know I need to take the initiative and start one, but I'm a bit afraid of the time commitment. Right now, participating in challenges is filling a bit of that urge to discuss books!

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  7. Actually I really scored in Dallas---I go to 3 different book clubs that all fill a need in my life :)

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  8. I've been in a book club for years and years (I think we figured out that we started in 2004). It's a group of coworkers who like to read books. They will all admit that I'm "in charge," (because that's the kind of person I am) so I often pick the books and lead the discussions. We will usually discuss the book for at least 30 minutes followed by great food and fellowship. The library in my town has "Book Club's in a Bag" so you can pick up 10 copies of a book along with discussion questions and other goodies, so we've done quite a few of those. We have bags reserved through February, so that takes the load off the planning! It is a great group of women - and I'm no longer their coworker - and I look forward to seeing them every 5-6 weeks!

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  9. I love book club! I have two, one that is super-duper organized and focused, and one that is way more relaxed about the books and way more interested in finding brunch places with bottomless mimosas. And I love them both. I love bottomless mimosas and I love two hours of dedicated book talk.

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  10. I read the other comments, and it sounds like I would really like a book club! Ive never been a member of a regular book club.
    Because of commitments at home, I am a member of an online book club, and I enjoy my time interacting with the friends that I have made at this site.

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  11. I had a great one I loved when we were in DC but have failed to find one since. The social clubI belong to has a book group, but I don't often find the books interesting. I was just thinking that this week I need to find one or try to start one.

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  12. Thank you all for sharing such a variety of responses! Some of you, I wish I could come on over and join your myriad of bookclubs as they sound awesome! And the others, I feel your pain. Finding that perfect book club can be such a struggle. I do feel that at least book blogs fill that hole somewhat though. Happy Reading!

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  13. Mine's pretty good - but we don't meet very often and pick rather light books. I consider the read-a-long on my blog a sort of book club too, and it's nice to be able to talk about chunks of the book each week rather than read the whole book and have to try to remember what you thought of it.

    I don't have too many bookish friends in real life, ironically -- most of you bookish people in my life are on the web!

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  14. I've never had much luck with book clubs, but love the idea of them. Maybe I'll find one someday, but for now I'm sticking to my blogging buddies!

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  15. I've never been in a book club either! I might enjoy one... but I'm not really good at making time commitments then following through. After awhile, I'm afraid it'd become something I felt obligated to keep up with, not something I truly enjoyed. Right now, blogging is my book club replacement :)

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  16. I have been involved with a few interesting clubs over the years and altho my current group is more social and tends to talk about work too much, I enjoy them a lot and we do seem to find interesting books.

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