7 or 8 years ago, I had somehow managed to work up the courage, thought I could do it, jumped in before I really thought it through, started a book club on-line.
The premise was pretty simple. I would choose, sift through (everyone offered up suggestions, many genres) a book, once a month. I would via e-mail, announce the new title to the 25 -30 folks that I arm-twisted to join me.
We all had 4 weeks to get the book from the library, purchase or borrow, read the book and then write a few sentences about our thoughts on the book/author. I would compile everyone’s thoughts and share them all at once. For about a week, we would have a “discussion” via email. Then on to the next book.
Near the end, a very slim, scraggly group of us hung on. The book club lasted about 3 years.
My thought was, folks wanted to read and share thoughts. Many of us did not want to get dressed up, go to book club, bring a snack or mingle at the dreaded potluck, make polite conversation, politely decline yet another glass of white wine, make small talk about some ridiculous hot new movie or hear someone talk poorly about their spouse.
I wanted to talk about books. That is all. Just get to the meat of the matter and jump in with a glorious swish to the next new book.
Gosh, everyone had excuses. More excuses than a 4th grade teacher collects on why homework isn’t done. My all time favorite excuse of course….” I was too busy” Which I started to understand as, “I didn’t want to do it and saying I was too busy sounded better”.
News Flash! Saying I am too busy is just a twisted way of saying,
“I am a poor manager of my time.”
I got plum tuckered out, trying to be a cheerleader and chant….
“oh, this book will enrich your life”
“you’ll love the adventure”
“this book is worth your time”
“I learned so much, you will, too”
Why can children/teens tell us about an entire television show they watched, but are less eager to share about a book they have just finished?
When Mr. Right interviews folks for a new job, one of the questions he asks is, “what book are you reading?” He is always looking for a new book to read, so I am guessing he just wants to ask something he is interested in hearing about and of course, “what book you are reading” tells a whole lot about a person.
If the average American family who typically spends $125.00 per month on television/cable were to all of a sudden, stop all television for one year……well, you don’t need a book on math to know, that’s a whole lot of moolah to spend on books.
Just last night, I finished David Baldacci’s book, The Last Mile. To say, he is an extremely good writer, is to understate his ability. Like a dog with a new chew toy, he captures your imagination in the first chapter and doesn’t let go. Moments, during the day, while I was folding laundry or rebounding, I found myself wondering what Amos or Melvin were doing. Yes, the characters are so real, it’s baffling.
I am in the thick of reading, Thomas Keller’s, Bouchon. The sheer act of turning those overly large pages, somehow, makes me want to take more time and become a better baker. I want to serve Mr. Right, the perfect cookie. I want to make less and yet at the same time, put more heart and soul into the few loaves of bread I do bake a month. That man, heard his calling and followed. Inspirational.
Of course with Spring upon us, I am toying with gardening books, methods, ideas. Trying to find a book that will inspire me and somehow help me become a more satisfied gardener.
As I do five days a week, I read for one hour this morning. Learning, researching, trying to educate myself. Today’s topic was Rosemary and how it helps our brains repair and function better. I also learned more about keeping fluoride as far away from our beings as possible and I did 15 minutes of more essential oil reading.
While I am not persuaded to read a book because the back book jacket says a famous actor enjoyed the book, I am curious to read what my friends and family are reading. While there are only a couple of genres I make little to no time for, my interest is quite often piqued just enough, that I will most likely give a variety of books a chance.
Here’s to a wonderful week ahead. Just think of all the glorious pages we will read?
In this together, friends.
Love to hear what you are reading.