The Unnamed Book Club as it is unofficially called (although I prefer to call it Book Group), got its start several years before I joined in 1995.
We meet roughly every 6 weeks and our official membership is nearing 20 (although two never attend). We rarely have more than 10 women attend a meeting.
Our method of choosing books has evolved. It used to be that the loudest members chose the books, now we let the next host choose the book. We also plan ahead these days.
We rarely spend more than 30 minutes discussing the book so, honestly, the group is really more like a cover for a women’s club like my mom used to have in the ’60s which is why I don’t like calling this gathering a book club.
All that said, I love my book group and while some of the members drive me a little crazy sometimes, I love the women in the group. Many of these women have been my friends for over 20 years.
Here’s a video of my bookgroup reading The Night Before Christmas. Sorry about the quality of the image and inconsistent lighting and sound.
*Not to be confused with the film, The Book Club.
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I need to write a little bit more about my book club.
Yes, your post left me wanting more.
I couldn’t get the link to work 😦
Shoot. Let me fix it.
Our book club/group was more like yours. The host always got to choose books, and we’d spend half an hour or an hour talking about books, after we’d caught up with everyone’s news. Unfortunately several members drifted away because (as one of them said) we talked about books too much (!), and then we were a solid group of six for a while, then two of our members moved away, and it was just a small group of four. It became harder and harder to get together, though we all saw each other individually. So now I don’t have a book club, and I missed it. I must see if there is a local group. I need to meet new people too.
Suggest using a tripod for the next video of a reading! But it’s such a sweet idea.
I hope you find a group you feel comfortable with.
As for video, it wasn’t exactly planned so no professional equipment was nearby.
The video was really fun! I found myself trying to look at everyone on the off chance that maybe I’d run into her back in my DC days…
I didn’t enjoy my short-lived book club, but I still love the idea of one. Maybe I’ll find another some day.