Do you belong to a Book Club? If so, where do you meet? Is it in somebody’s home, a library, or some food and/or beverage establishment? Is the purpose of the group to discuss a mutually agreed upon title, to discuss books in general, to meet socially, or is it an excuse to eat and drink?
If your book club is more social than literary, more defined by who you talk about or what you eat and drink than what you read, then you book club is following a fine tradition that goes back to the 18th century..
“Ever since the advent of book clubs in 18th-century England, when books were scarce and expensive, these organizations have been about more than reading. Book clubs were organized to help members gain access to reading material and to provide a forum for discussion of books the club held. But they were also about gossip and drinking. ”
Sometimes book clubs end because they no longer meet the needs of the members: books are not getting read, too much/ not enough socializing, differing objectives for the purpose of the club.