A little while ago I read The Happiness Project, and while I thought some ideas were good, some new, some not, the main thing that stuck with me was her story about acknowledging that, damnit, she liked reading children’s literature, and so she started up a book club to read and discuss it.
I have never been part of a formal book club, and that makes me sad because, frankly, I would quite like a group of gals to meet with monthly, preferably over lazy tapas-style dinner in someone’s living room, where after some initial maw-cramming, everyone would get down to business, sock-feet tucked up under them on the couches, whip out their copy of that month’s book, and start up discussions about what they liked, what they didn’t, what they think would have happened If, etc. Or whatever it is that book clubs discuss since, as stated, I’ve never been a part of one.
I didn’t want to start my own because I’ve never been to a proper book club meeting, and thus have no idea, really, what to do, but that didn’t mean that I didn’t want to join one.
A couple months ago, I found a forum of book clubs across Canada (the internets; who knew?) and found a couple that sounded interesting. (Most of them may or may not have had the word “brunch” in their group name. Not that that had anything to do with my interest. Ahem.) I sent off emails asking if they were looking for new members, etc., but never heard back.
Well, fuck it. If I can’t find an in-person group, and I won’t start one, then I’ll do the next best thing: half-ass it online. Anyone out there who loves children’s literature and is capable of light analysis is welcome. I’m posting this for December, but most likely will need to add bits, because I have no idea how this will work, but this I do know:
- December’s book is The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster
- Folks should have it read by the 29th or 30th or so, and
- Thoughts about it should be posted on the 30th or 31st
What I don’t know covers a wide range of things. When will I choose the next book? I’m thinking ~20th but who knows? If this is to be a “group”, then shouldn’t there be a democracy in terms of book choice? Probably, but I don’t know how to orchestrate that. Where does the “discussion” part come in? Mostly in comments on people’s posts, I suppose. Again, haven’t really given this much thought or form; I just figured that whether I’m part of a group or on my own, I’ve decided that I’m reading (and giving some thought to) a kids’ book once a month. You can too.
So hop on, if you want!