Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Each Monday, a book- or reading-related question will be posted and we blog our answers, then link back to the original post. (You can find this week’s original post by clicking on the above image).
This week’s musing asks…
Do you belong to any book clubs — face-to-face, or online? If so, how long have you been with the group(s)? If not, why?
I don’t belong to any book clubs.
When I was in college, I was part of a book club from my sophomore year through senior year. It was led by the Director of the Academic Center (a woman I consider a good friend and mentor) and it was comprised of students from all years. We were considered an actual club on campus and had a small budget. Due to that, we were able to have food during our meetings, which were usually held a week night around 5ish (aka dinner time). We got pizza and rolls for Bertucci’s.. YUM!
The club had two rules: You don’t talk about book club… (just kidding). Whatever book we read must be a first-time read for everyone participating and whatever title was chosen was the book to read (no switching). We would make suggestions which were then written on slips of paper and thrown into a paper bag. Then someone would pick the title. We met roughly once a month since we all had classes and other obligations, so we had plenty of time to read the chosen book. We also had a “recommended reading list” which was all the books that we couldn’t read as a group since someone had already read it. The director would send an updated listed via email at the end of every meeting.
I enjoyed our book club so much and it was the first real book club I had ever been a part of. At the end of every semester, we would try to watch a movie adaptation of a book we had read during the semester, if there was a movie out.
I had tried to set up a book club with some of my family members, and we actually read two books and met twice, but with all of our busy schedules, it fell by the wayside and we never picked up after that. We had created our club (reading is sexy) on the bookmovement website. It’s actually a pretty cool site where you have a chance to win books for your club. We got Eat, Pray, Love that way.