I have been trying to find a bookclub that is a perfect fit for me. I have found two, but I stopped going to others because of a variety of reasons. There were a couple of bookclubs that made me feel this way. They did not like my take on the book, or they loved it and I hated it. No actual bouncer, though.
The above linked article lists books that would be great for 2020 bookclubs. I left the update for American Dirt in, because it has some interesting links associated with it. The list is great, and I have heard of several of these.
Update: when I first recommended American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins, I was not aware of the whole context behind the story. I urge you all to read this Buzzfeed article as it breaks down the controversy.
Looking for a new job? You can be the librarian for this bookclub. The above linked article has the job description. I am not interested in being on camera, so that stopped me right there. It sounds like it would be fun, though.
The above linked article talks about ways to make your bookclub more interesting. Here’s the list of the things that are suggested. The article goes into many more details. The online bookclubs are nice, but it’s easy to misread tone, so I have noticed that a lot more of them have arguments and sometimes name calling. The others are pretty good ideas.
Top 5 book club ideas to boost your next meetings:
1. Choose a different book genre every month
2. Match the book you’re currently reading with food
3. Always discuss personal impressions based on the book you’re reading
4. Bring a popular author to the book club once in a while
I enjoy going to Silent bookclub. It’s a nice, quiet time to get a good stretch of reading in. The above linked article talks about its beginnings. I met Guinevere several months ago. She was friendly and welcoming and I can see how she managed to get this started up locally. I am glad it happened and is at a bookstore near me.
I picked this up for bookclub. I never would have picked it up otherwise. I never really got into it. The entire time I was reading it, I kept getting like I missed something. I eventually looked up the summary online, and found that I wasn’t missing the major points, but that the book was just wordy.
A lot of the people in bookclub loved it, and it seemed to be the wordiness that they enjoyed, as descriptive as it was. It was a turn off to me. I. Would only recommend this to someone who had a lot of free time and enjoyed poetry. It was not the book for me, though.