Friday, July 27, 2018

Book Clubs

I belong to a book club, and I think I may be one of the oldest members. There are about eight of us that come regularly and range in age from late 20's to early 60's. The mix of ages makes book chooses varied and exciting. They also push me out of my comfort zone from time-to-time. Sometimes I let them, sometimes I just skip that book and enjoy their discussion.

A couple of months ago we read the memoir "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch, we all loved it and were inspired by it.  This month is a totally different genre, although it is based on a true story it falls into the thriller/horror arena for me. So, I am reading it in the daytime. "The Serial Killer Whisperer" by Pete Earley is based on a young man who suffered catastrophic brain damage and finds himself relating to murders. He reaches out to them, and they begin telling him their secrets. He also shares his life with them, which totally creeped me out. I'm not very far into it, so I am sure it will get worse before it gets better.

My point is, however, that book clubs are great for broadening your reading experiences. I would never have picked either of these books, I tend toward historical fiction, romantic suspense, mysteries, chick lit, YA and love a good family story. You know, the kind with quirky characters, comfortable settings, family drama, freaky friends, and who knows what else will peak my interest.

I was noticing the other day that our local independent bookstore has fourteen book clubs now. Each focuses on a different genre. That's where I get some of the ideas for books I want to read is from their chosen lists.

My favorite thing about book clubs is the lively discussions. Our club is pretty loose, in that we are not opposed to calling it a "dinner club" if no one has read the book. However, when the majority does read the book, we shared what we liked and didn't like. No censoring, whatsoever. If someone hates the book, we all talk about why. If someone loves the book, we discuss that also. Everyone brings a different perspective to the table, the story has touched them in unique ways.

I had the privilege of attending a book club as the guest author and heard from the readers what they liked and didn't like about my book. Boy, that was eye-opening. Not everything resonated with everyone and some things they noticed and commented on were not conscious efforts on my part when writing the story.

I highly recommend you participate in a book club. You make new friends, broaden your reading scope, and learn about yourself and how others are impacted by "story."

Enjoy the ride, my author/writer friends. Keep the reader in the back of your mind when you write.

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Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi Bonnie,

I removed the spam from Author Expressions. Hopefully, that will end here. For readers, just to let you know, this blog welcomes readers and writers to discuss the written word. We don't discuss products except for books. This blog is not a commercial enterprise.

Now for book clubs: I think they are a wonderful way for readers to share their enthusiasm for literature. It's great when they will read your books and give you feedback as well.

Bonnie Tharp said...

Amen on both. Thanks for the comment Jacqui. I just love my bookclub.

Jacqueline Seewald said...


You have convinced me to look into joining a book club.

Bonnie Tharp said...

Good! They are lots of fun. We laughed so hard Wednesday night at our book club that several of us had sore cheeks. Talking about books and the segway's they send you on can be quite the good time.

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