Participating in Book Club

Canada
October 26, 2007 3:18pm CST
I just received a call from a friend who has started to participate in a local book club and asked me if I'd be interested to join! Of course I am! After my last discussion yesterday, I'd be stupid to say no! Granted I'll be reading fiction but it's a start right? Well the next meeting is next Friday so I have a week to read Vinegar Hill by A. Manette Ansay. Doing a search on the book, I found that this book is on Oprah's Book Club list. Pretty neat! I'll be back to write a write a review!
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@worldwise1 (14890)
• United States
27 Oct 07
It's good to hear that you are joining a book club, Momma, but I get the sense that you don't count fiction as serious reading. I'm an avid reader, and some of the best books I've read are in that genre. I like reading most all kinds of books, but fiction holds a special place in my heart. I began reading at the age of five and cut my teeth on some of the best fiction of the time. I don't think it is as much about the genre of the reading material so much as it is the ability of the writer to grab your attention and hold it with good, interesting material.
• Canada
27 Oct 07
Oh no please don't get me wrong! You'll need to read my other discussion to understand why I wasn't so thrilled about reading fiction as my first book. I love getting lost in a fictitious world however I wanted to start reading more bios and history related material! I so agree with you when it comes to the ability of the writer to capture our attention. I have a room in my house, *the library*, which contains a couch a many bookshelves filled with books. My children spend an incredible amount of time in this room and I don't which is a complete shame! I need to change that! And I also want to continue to build this library I started for my children but also include some adult reading material. I'm looking forward to reading Vinegar Hill however finance won't allow me to purchase the book this week. My husband will be taking a look at the library on Monday! I'll keep you posted!
@worldwise1 (14890)
• United States
27 Oct 07
I am happy that you are trying to instill a love for reading in your children, Momma, I did the same with mine when they were growing up. No matter what gifts they got for holidays, birthdays, etc., I would give them a book to go along with it. They are still lukewarm on reading now that they are grown, but at least they will read something!
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• Canada
28 Oct 07
My oldest daughter is the true definition of a book-a-holic. She could read 24 hours a day if we let her. We have to tell her not to walk and read at the same time. We have to tell her not read while she's eating. We have to tell her lights out at 2am. LOL My youngest daughter, who is a later reader, confided that she was afraid to learn to read because she didn't want to have to read like her sister. LOL After explaining that they are both different, with different personalities and different likes and dislikes, she understood and started soaring in her reading. Instead, we have to tell her lights out and stop drawing!
@patgalca (14022)
• Orangeville, Ontario
29 Oct 07
Joining a book club sounds like fun to me. There are a couple of things that would prevent me from doing so though. 1) Having to finish reading a book by a certain time. My time is limited and being pressured to read a book by a deadline is not in the cards for me. 2) I don't want to be forced to read a book I have no interest in. I have read a couple of Oprah's book selections and was very disappointed in a couple of them so I stopped. The idea of joining in a conversation with others about a book is appealing, but the other factors turn me off.
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• Canada
29 Oct 07
I see your point however: 1) they meet once a month and I know I can read a designated book within that time period. What concerns me more if FINDING the book! lol 2) I wouldn't say I'm forced to read a book I have no interest in. If I truly have no interest after reading the first few chapters, then I would stop and definitely voice that during our conversation! Which I'm sure would bring a variety of views and make things more interesting!
@maybebaby (1231)
• Canada
26 Oct 07
I would love to join a book club. Me and some friends have been talking about starting one up ourselves bit we haven't gotten around to it yet. It would be nice to sit around and discuss a book with people who have already read it and not be worried that you're going to ruin it for them by giving away too much. I hope you have a great time.
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• Canada
27 Oct 07
You are so right about spoiling the book. I don't know how many times I've told people to read a book so they can share their thoughts with me but without an original interest in the subject, most people don't usually pick up a book just because someone else said so.
@maximax8 (27048)
26 Oct 07
You would probably really enjoy going to the book club. You might meet other interesting people to discuss the books with. Reading fiction should be fun. In time you might read a variety of different books and be able to suggest future reads for the group. Yes, it will be lovely to read your review of Vinegar Hill. I hope that you will find it is a good book to read.
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• Canada
27 Oct 07
Thank you for your reply. We live in a very small community and I'm quite new here so I will be meeting new people and I'm quite excited!