Last week we celebrated Banned Books Week, and now we can celebrate National Reading Group Month in October. Good times in autumn! Kate Messner blogged about five ways to celebrate reading groups (aka, book clubs).
I have a confession to make—I’ve never been part of a book club. This probably stems from being shy as a kid, and then moving around too often as I got older. Excuses, excuses. I’m hoping our October move will be the last move in a long time, and I’ll probably investigate local book club once I get settled in.
But since 90% of the books I read are YA, will I be able to find a book club dedicated to YA? Will the local teenagers let an old person like me into their club? Do teenagers even have book clubs? They already have to read and discuss books for English class … maybe they don’t have the time or motivation to join a book club outside of school. If no such book club exists, what if I started one? Would I get enough local interest to make it enjoyable and worthwhile for all?
If all else fails, I suppose I could start an online book club, LOL. Once a month we could choose a book to read, with discussion here on the website. Would anyone be interested in that, or does it seem like a silly idea?
I would love to hear your thoughts on book clubs! Are you in a club now, or have you been in the past? What do you like or dislike about them? Any advice about starting one??
Have a good week, everyone!