Sunday, September 28, 2008

Bloggy Book Club

Well, let's see...I know this book was popular with many people and I did enjoy the idea of the Book Club itself...I really love hearing what others think of books and I do think our lives and perspectives color how we respond to a book in general. That being said...I did not really care for this book!
I enjoyed the first few chapters but I think I enjoyed them when I thought I would be given more information about the characters and to some degree I was... but it wasn't enough information for me to care about them. I think a big point of reading a novel is that you care about what happens to them as either individuals or as a group and I never really did develop that relationship. I actually feel badly about picking this book for the Bloggy Book Club.
This book did make me want to be a part of a book club in real life and I want to start one...there are things you can do in a real life book club versus the Bloggy Book Club that I think are missing from this forum...besides the cheese balls! I think it's easier to build that relationship with other people you wouldn't normally associate with based on the love of a book!

How many of you are in real-world book clubs and why do you enjoy them?

This book club in The Jane Austen Book Club contained very different people and yet they developed relationships with each other...ones I didn't care about... but they seemed to care about each other and I understand the importance of that kind of relationship!
However, I don't understand the appeal of this book...


Candid Carrie said...

Pick a book, any book. I'll read it with you and we can be our own club. Yes, you can invite Bonnie Hunt.

But In The Real World, pick a book and invite us to read it with you. I don't like sci fi and I don't want to read a cook book. Hmm, not a fan of the self-help section either.

So, make a book club, put me in it and then care about me. It will be the best thing that ever happened to you.

Ronda's Rants said...

I already care about we can read are in charge of the cheese ball!

Dawn said...

I've never joined a book club in real life or online! I love to read so maybe I should join an online one? Hmm...

Brenda said...

I'm with you on this book! The next selection looks like a tear-jerker

Jennifer said...

I just received this book as part of a bog exchenge--I can't wait to read it!!

Jennifer said...

Ronda --I also want to add that I used to be in a real-life book club years ago and that thing that bugge dme was that people wouldn't finish the books! I read them all whether I liked them or not (and some of them I hated) but lots of people would say "well I didn't like it so I didn't finish it."

So,good for you for finishing this book even though you weren't crazy about it. I know lots of people like this one a lot so I can't wait to see what I think of it!

Rhonda said...

I have never been part of a book club, although I love to read, and I love to debate a good - or bad - book!

So, for October, I'm all in. And I'll bring the crackers for Carrie's cheese ball. I'm already anxious to give my opinion and I'm only half-way through.

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