I’ve only been a member of two book clubs over the years. I love the idea of book clubs, getting to hear other people’s opinions on books. I have a friend from high school who is radically different from me, but we bond over science fiction and fantasy; his opinion is always interesting to me.
My first book club was Ex Libris, my high school’s book club. I was only a member for my junior and senior year of high school, since I was involved in debate and theater. Since it was so popular, it was set up quite efficiently. Every month, there were three different books that the officers and the faculty sponsors selected. I thought this was a wonderful way to run things. The three books were usually quite varied. I did tend more towards the fantasy and science fiction. Quite interestingly, I read The Left Hand of Darkness for this book club. I was very impressed with how my fellow club members discussed and dealt with the genderqueer element of it. Books should challenge you, and I was proud of my book club for not underestimating its members.
I’ve just joined my second, which is my college book club. It’s much smaller than my high school book club. We’re reading Sibyl by Flora Rhea Schreiber this month, but we do vote on books. I have high hopes for it–it seems like a great group of girls, and I was able to donate a superfluous book I won to the cause.
I definitely enjoyed my high school book club; I hope my college book club is much the same for me.
In other news, I’ve gone back to class, so I’m quite busy. I finally have an English class. I’ve never been so happy to dissect poetry in my life. I’m still working through Vested Interests, but I ought to be done soon–it’s absolutely fascinating. I’m also working my way through The Hobbit; it’s incredibly clever. I have eight books waiting for me at my local library, but it’s too miserable outside to go and pick them up!
What are your experiences with book clubs?