Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Book Clubs Rock!

by Deb Baker/Hannah Reed

A while back, I was lucky enough to find a really cool book club. We meet every 6 weeks and, working our way through the alphabet, we take turns picking a book that has been made into a movie. Then we read the book, watch the movie, and meet to discuss both.

We’ve done one round from A to Z and now we are back to A. It’s my turn to pick, so for next month I’ve chosen The Accidental Tourist, written by Anne Tyler, the movie starring William Hurt and Geena Davis. I can’t wait to start the book, which I always read first. Book then movie.

I have grown so much as a reader thanks to this group. Last time, we read a James Bond, You Only Live Twice, and I was happily surprised, as were the other women. We all enjoyed the book, and I will definitely read more by Ian Fleming. Who knew?

Would I have picked it up on my own? Never! That goes for many of the other selections we’d had. A few have been painful struggles to finish, but most have been true treasures.

Are you in a book club? What are you reading? Any past reads that have surprised you?



16 comments:

Aurian said...

No I have never been in a bookclub, I don't think I would read a book that really does not appeal to me. I did read all the Ian Fleming books as a teenager though, great books.
How do the movies compare to the books? I always prefer the books, movies just can't show you everything that is in the book.

Deb said...

Movies are mixed. Usually don't do the book justice. In fact, the movie version of You Only Live Twice was nothing like the book. Nothing at all except for James.

mary kennedy said...

I'm not in a book club, but I'd love to join one. And you're right, those are great selections!

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

While I would like the companionship of the people in a book club, I don't like the idea of having to read a book I don't really want to. Perhaps there are some book clubs that let you read what you want and then talk about it. I have never looked into it.

Karen in Ohio said...

I've been in three book clubs, one of which is via email. The best one is the one I keep going to, mostly either childhood friends of one another or their families. I'm neither, but they're all so intelligent and interesting, and they keep me entertained and yes, finding new books and authors I'd never have otherwise read.

The worst book club was the one that includes seven or eight librarians. They were so bossy about the books! I almost never got to pick one, which annoyed me so much I had to stop going. They also had easier access to books, and tended to choose newer ones. The "good" book club tends to choose older books that are more readily available at the library; two of the members are blind, so availability of audiobooks is important.

But I love the idea of a book/movie club, Deb! That sounds like grand fun.

Jody said...

I'm in a mystery book club that is more of a social group. We eat out once a month & then discuss the book. We usually pick out books that are the first in a series. We occasionally branch out to fantasy. I've found some authors I might never have read otherwise. We are a diverse enough group that we rarely all like the same book. The last book we read, 2 people never finished. The rest of us felt it had an interesting premise. It was ok, but we're not interested in reading the next in the series. Once a year, we all bring suggestions for the future. One person checks online to see if they are in print or available on Kindle. The books we recently picked are classics so I will have read most of them already, but reading again will be interesting.

Deb said...

Mary, your local library probably has one. So would most indie bookstores. Mine even has a mystery book club.

Deb said...

Diane, usually the group picks books and reads them together. I've learned to appreciate different genres through them. Hanging with other readers is always special:)

Deb said...

I would have ditched that one, too. For a while I was in a book club that traveled from house to house. We started with snacks and it grew to be a full meal. Not too long after that, we ate and socialized and spent 5 minutes on the book! I left the group. But found this one. Lucky me!

Deb said...

Sounds like a lively book club with lots of different points of view. And classics are meant to be re-read anyway, right?

Mary Jane Maffini said...

What a great idea, Deb! BTW, I LOVED The Accidental Tourist. Oops. Maybe shouldn't have said that.

Hugs.

MJ

Mark Baker said...

I'm not part of a book club. I think there are a few around me, but I have such a hard time keeping up with all the books I want to read as it is. I'm probably missing out on some good books and great friends as a result, but I just don't have time for everything.

Heather said...

That is a cool premise for a book club. I had an English class like that in college -- we read a variety of books, then watched the movies. The Accidental Tourist was one I liked, both book and movie.

I am currently reading The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown, which was to be made into a movie, but was put on hold due to similarities in theme to the movie National Treasure.

Deb said...

haha, Mary Jane. That's quite okay.

Deb said...

Time is always the problem, isn't it? I'm finding more time now that my kids are grown.

Deb said...

I loved Dan Brown's other books, so I have to put this on my TBR list. Thanks for mentioning it!