Musing Mondays #17: Book Clubs

Posted May 26, 2014 in Discussion, Musing Mondays / 3 Comments

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!
My Musings:
Book Clubs
Today I’m going to discuss book clubs.
I used to be in a few when I lived in California. I was a lot younger, so the books didn’t interest me as much. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of book clubs. Everyone reads the same book at the same time and discusses it? What a wonderful idea. The problem was this: the books simply didn’t interest me. They weren’t books I would have chosen for myself. A lot of the books ended up being pretty good, but most were meh. One was a mother-daughter book club and the books were chosen because they were about girls, had good lessons, etc. They were mostly MG fiction and historical fiction directed towards young readers. No fantasy, no YA, no adult historical fiction- none of the stuff I mostly read nowadays. 
Sure I picked up a few good ones. Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (my, that was good. I should review it soon). But mainly, they were all ‘meh’. See, the thing is, if I’m going to be in a book club, I want the books to be books I choose. If I let someone else pick, I won’t be as satisfied.
There are solutions. Join a book club more suited to my tastes. Join an online book club. I actually did that once, but didn’t have the time/motivation to keep up with it. I may do it in the future when I have a lot more time on my hands (when school is over). I know a lot of book bloggers who enjoy book clubs. Maybe I will in the future.
I really like the idea of them. I just feel like book blogging is a better way to discuss books. For now, at least.
So what do you think about book clubs? Link up your Monday Musings below!


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Resurgent Bookworm

Hi !
I haven’t been a part of book clubs till now, I guess for the same reasons you have mentioned. I just prefer to discuss the books with friends and family who have read it already. Here is my musing