Book Clubs–Not just for Reading

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?

Book club-modern dayIf 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.

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4 thoughts on “Book Clubs–Not just for Reading”

  1. I have always been intrigued by the concept of a book club, but never drawn to join one. I am a solitary reader with an eclectic brain and a private connection to the world that a book opens for me.

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  2. Well put. I like the concept of Book Clubs, but find that if they are too big, you never get a chance to say anything while people often don’t read the book and want to gal about other things.

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  3. We had a Writers’ Club here for a couple of years. It was hopeless – people who had once written something considered themselves a writer and sat there waiting to be entertained, rarely contributing themselves. Never again.

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  4. I am in a writing club now and we have one member who is self publishing a series of Jacobite era romances. Her characters are cliche and she has no details that seem to relate to that period. She ‘the expert’ in our group–at least in her own mind. ” O wad some Power the giftie gie us, to see oursels as ithers see us!” I laughed at your comment. Thanks for taking the time to respond.

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