Our book club’s first meeting was at Mike’s Clam Shack in Wells.
What we have in common:
1. We are a group of six local women. We ranged in age from 34 (but looks like 28 was the consensus!) to mid fifties.
2. All of us knew somebody but none of us knew everybody (except one!) before we met that night.
3. We are all married.
What we do not have in common is this: our taste in books. I picked the book for the first sesson: Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg, a book that I loved by an author that I love. The book chosen for the next meeting is Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane…’nuf said.
What is good about having divergent taste in books is that we will all, at one time or another, be forced (gently!) out of our collective comfort zones for the reading and discussion of the book that we would not ourselves have chosen, the book we would not have read otherwise. So, we will also have this in common too. 🙂
Only one of us had the foresight to actually bring the book to the meeting, which was much appreciated (especially when it came time to take a picture). She also marked some passages off to discuss, which added a lot to the discussion and made me wish that I had done the same! (note to self: bring book and mark off passages of next book for next meeting).
I generally find it easier to deal with a book toward which I don’t automatically gravitate by listening to it on audio. Your local library is a good resource for finding your book club books on CD’s (or, of course, in print), if money is tight, or if you just don’t want to spend a lot of money on a book that you will only read once. Annie’s Book Stop is another great local resource for used books. Interested in starting your own book club? Find some ideas here.
Next, we are thinking about naming the book club…
Are any of you in a book club? What are you reading now? Have you named your book club?