June 12, 2008

BTT: Clubbing the Book

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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?


This is a great question. I've never been a member of a face-to-face group, but over the years I've been part of online groups. Most, I've lost interest in, but one group, The Classics Club, is the one of been part of the longest. It's 4 years now! Wow!

I've been moderator for 1 year now, and while it can be a lot of work, it's very rewarding. It's a great group to be a part of. What makes it a good group, I think, is organization. When it comes time to choose a book, all members have the option to suggest a book. Then we have a vote and the one with the most votes wins. While everyone has the choice to opt out, we require that members not miss more 2 book discussions in a row. Lurking is frowned upon. We need to discuss to have a discussion!

I think each member has their own relationship with the books we chose. The books are classic literature. Some of us love classics, others want to love classics. Some feel that these are the books they should be reading, some would have read them anyway. I think most of us are glad when we've finished a book. I've read members say that they would never have picked up a certain book, if it weren't for the group. Sometimes the books can be a struggle, but ultimately we are glad we've read them. There is so much to get from classic books.

Each member brings something different to the discussion. We all interpret what we read different because of our own life experience. I've been surprised by some of the ideas that have come up during the discussion. I see a whole new way of looking at a passage or a sentence. The discussion has only enhanced my reading.

Of course, it is nice to read something just because too!

10 comments :

  1. I love the classics and had no idea there is an online club! How wonderful!

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  2. Your club sounds great. I can see why you've chosen to remain a part of it for 4 years.

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  3. Good Answer, Chris!! I thought of you first when I read today's question!

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  4. Your club sounds really good fun, I'm glad you found a group that works for you.

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  5. I've never been a part of an online book club but this post makes me want to.

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  6. Your book club sounds like it functions really well!

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  7. others want to love classics

    that's me! Such a great description. I do want to read classics, and I want to like them, but more often then not, I'm bored. There are been quite a few that I've liked, and I'm certainly trying more. I like that you read lots of classics and I check yur reviews to decide if it's one I might like.

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  8. Your bookclub sounds great and fun!

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  9. I can see how members would say, they were pick a certain book if it wasn't for the group. I think the same way. Although I don't participate as much, the good new is...you can still see what everyone have to say about certain books. We want the members to have fun, so we not stric with anyone not participating. That what made our group different. We are lovable family and generous people.

    I'm co-moderator of one group, and I totally agree with you that whilel it lot of work, it is very rewarding. :)

    Thanks for visiting my blog, I hope you stop by again sometime :) Have a good weekend ahead

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  10. It sounds like you've got a great group there, Chris. I do enjoy being a part of my online groups. Even though I am not currently participating in group reads, I get so much out of them when I do.

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