It’s been years since I was involved in a book club. I used to host one when I worked at Joseph Beth Booksellers-our group discussed what I liked to call “tabloid fiction,” a phrase I came up with after reading the book Tabloid Dreams by Robert Olen Butler. Basically, we read books of fiction that delved into the strange and often the paranormal. We discussed several Christopher Moore books (one of my favorite writers), Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love, and some other weird works of fiction. It was fun, but eventually ran it’s course.
Now, I’m at it again. I started a book club with some of my fellow martial artists from my taekwondo school to delve into books about martial arts and eastern philosophy. Our first meeting was this past Friday, and I was very encouraged by the turnout. We kicked off our monthly meetings by reading The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff. This is a book I read years ago and loved, but upon revisiting found to oversimplify a lot of complex concepts (which, to be fair, is the point of the book). Kind of interesting how certain books resonate with us at different times in our lives. I guess re-reading is often a gamble.
Anyway. I was very encouraged by the turnout at my first book club meeting and excited to know that folks still like to sit down and share their reading experiences. Have you participated in a book club lately? Maybe you should.
I wish everyone enjoyable reading and stimulating conversations.