Book Club Junkie

book clubThat’s where the book club comes in. You are not alone with your reading experience. You get the chance to share how the story made you feel, why you connected with it, why you didn’t.

I am a book club junkie.

There. I’ve said it.

It’s an addiction – I belong to three. Each one has a different focus. In one we read only young adult fiction. In another we are a group of men and women, bringing our different perspectives to stories. The third is a large, social group of female friends. In each group we enjoy the fact that the book choices encourage us to read books we might otherwise have missed.

“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” — Joyce Carol Oates

Through book club discussions we learn more about ourselves and our book club friends. The themes of the books are springboards for conversation, but the dialogue become so much more as we chew away on the ideas that the books present. We reflect on different ways of living, on different circumstances, on different reactions to events. We are challenged to open our minds to other ways of being. Without a chance to discuss books, the ideas they present have much less impact. I usually like a book even more after the discussion as I learn how other people connected to it or why they felt it was so meaningful.

Book club evenings are the most stimulating ones of the month. They are also the most fun.

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4 thoughts on “Book Club Junkie

  1. I agree, Shelley – although I’m in only one group, not three! I thought last night’s meeting was particularly interesting and fun. I really enjoyed hearing about others’ writing projects and experiences, as well as their reactions to the books we read. It’s amazing to see so many different perceptions of the same books, which is part of the fun. It’s also making me stronger as I go through the query process. Some books others love, that I just can’t connect with, and vice-versa. We all need to remember this when we submit query letters for our own projects or have our published books reviewed. As you say, reading is an extremely personal and subjective thing!

  2. I love that quote! It’s so true how a good book engrosses you & you ‘slip’ into a different world.

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