Have you ever been a member of a book club? How did your group choose (or, if you haven’t been, what do you think is the best way to choose) the next book and who would lead discussion?
Do you feel more or less likely to appreciate books if you are obliged to read them for book groups rather than choosing them of your own free will? Does knowing they are going to be read as part of a group affect the reading experience?
I’ve considered being a part of a book club, and I like the concept – reading books & talking about them – but to be honest I don’t want another pressure to finish a book or read a particular book at a certain time. I really like to choose what I want to read, when I want to read it. (I’m sort of stuck up in that respect).
I go to a Book Meetup which is great! I get to talk about books, and swap books, and really there is no pressure month-to-month to finish the books or even start them! I love being able to talk about books, and I think it really enhances the experience of a novel. The ability to can discuss things and gain insight where you may not have already had it is really enjoyable.
Discussing the book, or a series, with someone who has extensive knowledge is really great. I’m currently reading the last book in the Sword of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind, Confessor, and CW knows these books inside-out! I can ask him about things that happened several books ago (there are 11 in total). This is especially great for complicated things about magic, as they are fantasy books. However, if you’re thinking of reading the books, it’s not like they can’t be understood by someone, it just enhances my reading to have all that background knowledge at my fingertips!