I belong to a Bookclub.....
I have been a member of this fascinating group now for over 10 years,
and considering we read one book each month... (except for the month of January.... which allows us to get into some really trashy reads over the Christmas break )... a lot of books have been stacked on my bedside table at one time or another!
At this time of year we have to choose the books for the following year. Much discussion takes place as titles are put forward and rejected...(or accepted). Considering we have to choose 11 books and we have a membership of around 20, I feel rather elated when I have a book on the list.
Belonging to this club has broadened my reading horizon.....I often have to read a book I wouldn't have chosen in a fit....and sometimes.... to my surprise.... I've really enjoyed it.
But what I most enjoy are the diverse opinions of our members as the Book of the Month is discussed. There are usually those FOR and those AGAINST.....and we have one member... (an educated,erudite woman in her 50's ....a writer of scientific texts for University study).... who hardly ever enjoys any of the reads... unless it's a grisly murder along the lines of Silent Witness. Sometimes these discussions give you a greater appreciation of the novel, and a fuller understanding of the characterisation, motive and plot.
Such is our group...ranging in age from late 30's to 80's... teachers, doctors' wives, a solicitor, a literary critic, an engineer (male), a scientist....mostly retirees....and me. I'd say we are a pretty conservative lot.....they don't like too much swearing, sex or other non acceptable behaviour...and to some extent, that's why some of the books I put forward are rejected out of hand !
So I wasn't unduly surprised when I suggested we read Sarah Palin's ' Going Rogue '....." It's a love story" I said "and it's about a woman who loves to exercise....she's gonna RUN" ....my humour was lost on the group who gave it the thumbs down.
I'm undeterred however....I'm trying again to get on the list with the book of the moment.
and don't you just love this pic
(courtesy of "The Weekend Australian Magazine)
It's supposed to be for teenagers..... the answer to Harry Potter
it's Harry Potter on Hormones
It's attracting OLDER WOMEN readers!!
It will be interesting to see whether I make it to the 2010 list !
How do you think I'll go ?
And here I am with some of my Bookclub friends
(No prizes for guessing that I'm the one on the left)