Are you in a book club? How long have you been in it and how are the choices?
It has been a full year, almost 1 1/2 years since I joined one. Please hear me out, this is not a venting post, I just want to share my experience and get feedback.
I will start with the main positive, the ladies are beautiful spirits and have embraced me fully. They are all over 60, retired or about to retire and I am only 40. The diverse general conversation is quite fulfilling actually. I work with one of the ladies and we always discussed books, she recommended 3 of mine to the group, Glass Castle, We Need to Talk about Kevin and Trans-Sister Radio. I was invited as a guest one evening and then they asked if I would join. I love books why wouldn't I say yes.
Wellllllllll, a year and half later. I believe my lack of reviewing and blogging is due to the book club..... and not in a good way.
The choices, in my opinion are horrible for a book club. Some have been good books, All the Light We Cannot See, great book but what is there to discuss, conversation is minimum. Many I put down and felt tortured to have to pick up again, I just didn't care about the characters such as The Housekeeper and the Professor, The Boston Girl and others I can't even remember.
One book was ok but the translation was terrible which took away from the book, Happy are the happy.
The ladies read a lot, just as I used to but the books they are passionate about they don't choose for Book Club, it's annoying. The lady I work with says some books I don't want to debate, I only want to discuss with others that enjoyed it or understood it. Well what is the point of a book club, I ask......
Also, shouldn't you read a book first before recommending, who doesn't like their own choice?
So book club has made me read out of my comfort zone and I have NOT enjoyed it. The ladies are amazing, they have been together over 10 years but I want to get back to enjoying what I read and reviewing again, searching for another blog that has read the book and network that way. This part of blogging had me on the edge of my seat, knowing someone else is reading it, waiting for their review or the rewarding comments on 'great review, adding to my list, etc'. I feel like I will let them down but one to many unfinished books, torture of reading, instead of a book a week I feel like I waste 3 weeks on the book club read and then I get 1 book that I want to read in. The book I choose is always my normal approx. 5 days complete.
What would you do, please give me honest feedback and what has worked for your book club?
We are currently reading A Man Called Ove........ again in my opinion it is the first choice were I have said OMG this is for retirees to read, smile. It is kind of sweet but I'm only 25% in.
If you think, suck it up for the experience, I am open to hearing that also.
Thank you for any comments on this, I am truly thankful.
Blogging has definitely made me realize my love of reading, reflecting and networking HERE. I miss you guys. I may have to make a hard decision for myself.