When we last spoke about book club, we tossed around some ideas for subject matter. The front runners were contemporary fiction/literature and young adult, with an interest in revisiting the classics before related movie releases, such as The Great Gatsby in December 2012. Only one person, besides me, had any interest in reading the Western Canon. Shocking!
The most exciting mind is an open mind, and I’m hoping this applies to book clubs, as well. I’ve decided to keep it 90% contemporary fiction/literature and young adult and 10% miscellaneous so we don’t miss an opportunity to discuss the classics or important memoirs/nonfiction studies that pop up. I would like to divide the 90% adult/young adult evenly, but I also don’t want to read drivel just to keep the score even. Let’s agree to read the best of what’s available, and if that means one genre skews heavily for a while, so be it.
Next, we need to decide what we will read first. I will almost always recommend something on the adult side because that’s what I normally read. I know there are many young adult fans; I’m counting on you to put in great recommendations. Please put in your recommendations in the comments. I will take the top picks and post them in a later post. We’ll vote on what to read then. Does this sound fair? Easy? I’ve never run a book club before, so if anyone can suggest an easier way to do this, I’m all ears.
Once we do that, we can decide on a meeting place. Whew! This book club business is more involved than I thought!
p.s. Let me know if you have a suggestion for a cute name. I have a designer on standby waiting to create marketing material for the club. So far, all I have is Book Club, which is pretty much the most basic name on earth. It does make me chuckle, though, because every time I say it I think Fight Club. Jane Austen’s Fight Club.
p.p.s. I have a few books to toss into the recommendation pile, one being Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 (the cover art leads the post) and 11/22/63 by Stephen King. Swear, the only Stephen King fiction I have ever read is a collection of short stories. I find this bizarre, since he wrote one of my favorite books on writing.