Lately, I've been wishing I could talk to someone about the books I've been reading. It's wonderful to figure out what makes a book work for me, but I want to know what makes a book work for other readers. I'm always surprised at how different my reactions to characters and plots are than other people's. Wouldn't it be fun to join a book club?
What am I, crazy? I have a million time commitments on my hands: a full-time job, kids, a major house construction, the holidays coming up, and oh yeah, WRITING.
Some local peeps invited me to join their book club about two years ago and I turned them down, tempted as I was, mostly because of the time issue. But also, I was afraid that they wouldn't be interested in my YA recommendations.
There is no denying, though, that I love few things more in life than talking about books with people. So what do you think? Is this worth finding time for, or is it something that will have to wait until I'm older and my kids are out of the house?
Or I could start my own book club that would work under my rules. Bwa-ha-ha. I tried to talk my middle schooler into letting Mom have a book club at her school, like the mother in Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and she rolled her eyes and began packing for Alaska. I would love to volunteer my time organizing a book club for teens, but apparently if I do it at my daughter's school, she will drop out of society and join the circus, and I have some sympathy for her point of view.
Kid in a higher grade than my daughter: "Oh, man, that crazy lady going off on sexism in Twilight is your MOM??"
My daughter in response: "Ha ha, no, my real family is way more normal than that. She's just, like, the neighborhood bag lady who pretends to be my Mom."
Okay, maybe I'd better stick to a book club with adults in it. Any suggestions?
-- Kate, Miss Perfecting the Pages