Booking Through Thursday

A combo of two suggestions by: Heidi and by litlove

Have you ever been a member of a book club? How did your group choose (ot, if you haven’t been, what do you think is the best way to choose) the next book and who would lead discussion?

Do you feel more or less likely to appreciate books if you are obliged to read them for book groups rather than choosing them of your own free will? Does knowing they are going to be read as part of a group affect the reading experience?

I’ve participated in a few on-line book clubs. I love to discuss books and that’s easiest when I’m either reading it or have just read it. The book club in the Finnish Risingshadow forum discusses a book chapter by chapter while most others assume that the participants first read the whole book and then discuss about it.

All of the on-line book clubs I’ve been a part of select the book the same way: first a round of nominations by everyone who cares to comment and then a vote between the nominations. I have sometimes nominated a book but when the book that was selected was no interest to me, I didn’t get it nor did I of course participate in the discussion. The frustrating part about online book clubs is that so often I’ve never even heard of half of the nominees.

All of these book clubs have one designated person who opens the discussion. Usually s/he is a moderator but not always.

Hmm. I choose to be part of the club. Nobody can force me to get a book I don’t like. For example, it has now been over a year since I last took part in any book club. I check out the voted books every now and then but they don’t seem to be ones I’d have any interesting in reading. I think that if I were to be a part of a face-to-face book club it might be a different story. There I might be frustrated by the book choices.

Joining in book club discussion hasn’t affected my reading except I might take down a note or two about something I’d like to discuss.