You ever have one of those moments. You feel like you can not hold it in for another second, that it feels like it will just spill out, then it does…
I need a book club!! I miss a good book club. Not a group where all the members get together like a tea party, gab about whatever but a real true blue book club.
You read a book, you review the book then you find out if there are other books you might like. You find out if there are authors you have missed or new writings to explore. And the new writings can be old writings, like I got obsessed with John Buchan who began writing in the early 1900s.
But when I discovered him I was simply amazed that I was missing these good books. I found him through the Kindle online book club. Then realized I had one of his books on my bookshelf! Needless to say I now have read quite a few of his books.
And who hasn’t heard of Stephen King?
The great thing about King is he can appeal to just about anyone. I have my eye on his latest book, “11/22/63”. Being a history buff (why I like John Buchan) I am looking forward to how he ties together when JFK was slain and what happens when LBJ became President, only as Stephen King can tell a story.
I miss the kind of explorations that come from real serious book clubs. One time I went to a book group in Salt Lake City Utah. It was great! We read several books by local Utah writers. Each book was read for about a two week period then the group met with the author who shared what they were inspired to communicate to the reader and then the reader was inspired to share too. The readers were both men and women.
Then there are the other kind. This might be a fit for you. For me it is not. A group that is only women who get together and gab about anything but the book. Plan little get togethers, outings, etc that have nothing to do with the book. If you are looking for a book club that offers this kind of thing then this is for you!
In this space of my life I am busy with so much that I do not have to play like that. But I still crave a good group discussion of a book. I joined the Kindle Book Club but can not find my niche there yet. I hope it works out. I don’t mind doing an online book club but I would like to go hear authors speak. Actually I want to be in a book store or library surrounded with the written word. There is an ambiance that feels, smells, and looks like a place that readers will go.
I love libraries and book stores. People from all walks of life are there perusing books. The one thing all the people have in common is the love of a good read. I think what got me missing a good book club is I miss talking to others about what I am reading. When a author writes to me they are inviting me into a place that will transport my mind to travel in time and space to another world, their world. I love that about books. From Stephen King to John Buchan, no matter!
It is time to actively pursue a good book club…I think I will see what I can find! Wish me luck!