I am such a solitary reader.
I feel like that’s a fair thing to be? After all, unless you’re reading aloud in a circle or recording and audiobook or something equally fantastic, it’s so much lovelier to dig into a novel in a quiet corner so you can really immerse yourself. And you know what else I really love? Picking my own books.
For about a year, I agreed to join a friend’s book club at work. It was a small group that eventually dwindled out. Our biggest problem? We had one girl who liked romance, one who liked NYT Bestsellers and thrillers, one who liked fantasy and YA, and then there was the leader of our merry gang who was fantastic and would read anything. I have no problem reading outside my comfort zone, but ugh. Sometimes it was miserable.
Our books (before it dissolved) were as follows:
My experience with these books really ranged. I picked a few of them (Inferno and Red Queen and Girls). I already knew I loved The Book Thief, so that was a given. Unbroken was okay, but not a re-read. If I Stay was much better than I expected, whereas Graveminder really kickstarted my reading (why does this book not have a sequel)?!. The Midnight Thief, too, I liked. But, ugh. The Mill River Recluse is one of my least favorite books of all time. I did not enjoy Untraceable or The Girl in the Red Coat either. Not for me.
The club disbanded because nobody wanted to pick new books. For example, near the end I was reading Timeline (and loving it) but I didn’t want to suggest that because I didn’t think anyone else in the group would like it.
But book clubs can be nice because you discover other books and get the opportunity to talk about them.
For myself, I’m trying again.
I joined The Apparating Library Book Club earlier this year, and I’ve already read their February book: Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. That was a book that was on my TBR, and of course I loved it. So I think the secret to a good book club may just be finding like-minded readers.
This week’s Book Blogger Hop asked:
How many book clubs do you belong to? If you do belong to an in-person book club, do you have meetings in the day or evening? Do you meet at someone’s house or meet at a local restaurant or coffee house?
Short answer: I’m part of one now – super casual online. The last one I tried was at work and we met in the kitchen on our lunch break. I am generally not a fan, but I think that I can improve the experience and so I’m trying again. 🙂
Have you ever joined a book club?
How to do feel about reading books you don’t pick?
Are you good at reading on a deadline?