Lori's Book Nook

Book Clubs

Posted on: June 7, 2006

For someone who likes books as much as I do, I'm surprised I've never really been involved in a book club. Outside of reading the same book with classmates in high school, I've never gotten into sitting down with a group to talk about a particular author or novel.

I did search for online book clubs once, and was briefly involved with one group, BookTalk. Generally, a good group of people, writing intelligently about the books they read. I was in the midst of a couple of months of chat on Jared Diamond's book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, and enjoying it, when bloody ezBoard took a dive to a hacker. So much was lost, and while most of it came back, I lost the momentum of the medium. Diamond is compelling, if depressing, reading, focusing on how some societies succumb to Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, or how societies collapse because of a variety of factors.

Anyway, I need to discuss books again. In three weeks, when we move into our new house, begin unpacking, and I have my own computer back, I'm going to get involved there again. And maybe I'll even commit to a live book club…as my husband commits to a once a week (penny-ante) poker game.

That and 100 Words…I'm going to try that, come July 1st. Anyone with me?


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Book Discussion Pages

Here on the Book Nook you can discuss: The Fifth Business by Robertson Davies, as well as the next two books in the Deptford Trilogy, The Manticore and World of Wonders, and if that's not enough for you, see what's up on the forums at BookTalk.org!
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