When I meet someone––often at a party–– who loves the same books as I do, something magical happens. The connection is immediate, the synergy tangible. We can’t seem to stop talking about our favorite books. We find we have both traveled to another world, intimately known its inhabitants and we are keen to exchange notes. Invariably this person will tell me “If you liked this book you are going to absolutely love ….” and right away she has my attention. I pull out an old receipt from my purse or even a facial tissue, to jot down the name and I can hardly wait to lay my hands on it.
Most of my favorite books have been recommended to me by other book lovers. I trust their judgment over the babble of the internet and the critical reviews. All too often I’ve bought a book the whole world was raving about, only to find I could not go beyond the first two chapters. On the other hand I have rarely been disappointed in books recommended by friends, especially those who cherish the same books as I do. Mind you, I may not have loved the novel as much or agreed on certain aspects but I love learning something new seeing things from somebody else’s point of view. Good books are multi-layered and leave themselves open to interpretation. We judge a book from our own life experiences which is what makes book club discussions so interesting. You learn more about the person when they talk about books:they are unconsciously sharing themselves. Two readers can enter the same novel and experience their own corners of comfort or discomfort and come away with completely different understandings. Appreciating and sharing these differences is what enlarges us.
This section is all about book clubs: where to find one (The Readers Circle is a good place to start), how to start one (here is advice from OPRAH)and how to keep the members coming back. Why are some book clubs more successful than others? Book Clubs need strong guidelines, committed members and a firm but gentle moderator otherwise discussions can get lost in social chatter. They can’t be run like a boot camp either, because that takes the fun out of it. After all a Book Club is a social activity, but with a purpose. In other words there is a fine balance.
I love meeting my readers! If my book has been selected by your Book Club, you can schedule an Author Visit via my CONTACT FORM. Thanks!