Saturday, October 3, 2009
It's cold and rainy, a perfect excuse to spend the afternoon reading. I am rereading an old favorite today, after spending part of last week reading my book club's selection (not the WHAT I'M READING on the sidebar, I'm enjoying that, too) and needing a reward stronger than chocolate for completing a book I HATED!
The book shall remain nameless. It was wildly popular and several of my friends have told me how much they loved it. It was near the bottom of my TBR pile, but promptly became the top of the heap when I joined a book club this summer.
For years I had consistently refused to join a book club, because I only wanted to read WHAT I PICKED. I joined this group because I like the people in it. AND, I thought it would be good for me to read more outside of my comfort zone. The book club has been a great experience, but not always for the reasons I imagined.
The very best part of the book club, aside from the great people and fantastic dessert, was watching the other members when they discussed this book. People were passionate. They loved it or hated it for a variety of reasons. They brought several of the characters to life for me more convincingly than the author.
As a writer, this was a goldmine. I learned so much about how people READ.
You have no idea how much I look forward to the discussion at our next meeting.