Monday, 2 April 2012

Musing Mondays #9

This meme is hosted by Should be Reading.

Every week a new 'musing' question is posted by the host for all participants to answer in their own posts.

This week's musing is:

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?

The short answer to this is not anymore. Obviously though, we are going to talk about it for a while - or I assume you want to hear about it, so I shall tell you.
Before I started my University course in 2010, I took a gap year between finishing my A-level studies at school and starting my course, and I had to find something to do during this year, that would be useful to me in some way. One of those things was getting my job at Waterstones, and the other was joining the book club there (which I did before getting my job).
I think it was the third Monday of every month (but it changed part way through the year), I'd go to the Waterstones branch that I now work at, and meet up with the other book club members to discuss whatever we'd read.
It was a really interesting experience for me because the books we'd read were not my usual choice of books, so it introduced me to books that I would never have picked up at all, but ended up loving! One of my favourite books of all time was discovered through the club - The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver!
The other reason it was quite interesting for me, is that I was quite a lot younger than the other members of the club - all of whom were around my parents' age, or older. So it was really interesting to hear what they had to say, and I learnt a lot from them in my year there. 

Once I started my University course though, not only did I not have time to read the books (and of course, other books I wanted to read), but my course meant that I was in University when the book club was on. This was a shame, but I still have good memories of all the times I did manage to go.

So, why haven't I joined another reading group, now that I study less University modules in a year, and have a little more free time for reading what I want? The answer is simple, and I think, fairly obvious.
I read so much for my blog, and for review, that I simply don't have time! I already have a million-billion books that I want to read, without adding to the pile further!

If you have the time though, I really recommend joining a reading group of some kind - it's a really good experience, and it means that you get to meet more people like you, and see what they think of the books you loved or loathed.
I think, eventually, I will return to a book club, but for now, I'm happy sharing my thoughts and chatting about books with you guys!


Pocketful of Books said...

I didn't know Waterstones had book clubs- I'll have to check that out! I'm in there enough as it is..might as well make it productive! I would also like to join a book club in the near future...but also feel I have enough books I need to read as it is!

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Pen to Paper said...

Some Waterstones stores do yeah. The store I work in is a fairly small store, and we still have one, so I'd go into your local store and ask :)

caite said...

I have so many books to read and so little time, do I really want to be committed to reading one some group decides on? Not so sure I do...

Boriquaz said...

I've never joined a book club but sounds like you had a good experience with it at least. Here's my Musing
Cathy @ Addicted to Books

Amy said...

Great answer! I haven’t joined one, but would love to one of these days, it's always fun talking about the books we love. Thank you for sharing! :)

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@HarleyBearBooks said...

I love having a reading group and talking with other people about the same book. My Musing Mondays Post

Kwizgiver said...

I really enjoy my book group, I think you're right, there is something special about talking about books with a group. Especially a diverse group!

techeditor said...

I belong to an online book club and have since 2005. We're mostly editors who were members of an online group for editors but wanted to also discuss books. Since 2005, some friends of the editors have also joined.

I prefer this group because we never decide on any one book; we all hate to be told what to read. We just discuss what we're reading.

I also like that members are from all over the world, all English speakers.

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