Hi!! Lindi here.
I’d like to congratulate last month’s giveaway winner, Margaret Nelson! Thanks to everyone who stops by the blog. We are appreciative of you and your time and support. I also much check in with my reading progress. I’m still reading The Scent of Rain–still loving it–but I’m also reading a book called The River Witch, a southern gothic novel by Kimberly Brock. It’s our book club selection in June and well, as you can tell by now, I need a head start! I haven’t read another non-fiction book either. Yikes!! What am I doing with my time? (It’s also getting warmer here, (GA.) which means I don’t take as many baths, and I read a lot in the bathtub–no excuses, just explanations.)
Speaking of books, I wanted to talk about book clubs.
Do any of you belong to a book club? If not, would you like to?
As a reader and a writer, I love book clubs. I also love book clubs where authors can attend. So, as someone who is starting a book club I have a few questions. First, the book club only meets once a quarter. As you can see by my reading progress, that’s a good time frame for me to finish a book. :) But seriously, I felt like it really was a good time frame for readers to not only finish a book, but get out of the house and go to a meeting. What are your thoughts on that time frame?
This book club is a spin off of the readers’ luncheon I host in February, Love our Readers’ Luncheon. We have started a book club and are reading books of the authors that have hosted tables at the luncheon. This is another effort to unite local businesses and authors.
Second: What about those discussion questions in the back of the book. I had a book club tell me once that they don’t really like the questions because the questions are too thought provoking. They read to escape and sometimes the questions bring up things they don’t want to think about, or things that are personal and they don’t want to discuss them in a public forum. I have really thought about questions after learning this information. This particular book club liked to discuss scenes, characters, and talk about what was their favorite and least favorite scenes and why. Same with the characters. Thoughts?
Then, if the author is present, what kind of questions do you like to ask? I like knowing where the author got the idea for the book. Would you like to know about the authors personal life? What about asking the author what was their favorite scene to write? Maybe ask about deleted scenes? I would love to know what kind of questions you would pose to an author.
And what about food? We have desserty snacks, tea and water. Must have food, right? Tea Leaves and Thyme who host our luncheon are providing the desserts for the book club.
Thanks in advance for sharing your thoughts on book clubs. I haven’t attended very many and this is the first time I’ve ever hosted a book club, so this is new territory for me. But, hey, you have to start somewhere, right?