My neighborhood bookclub met at my house tonight. We meet every other month, which is a very civilized schedule. Sometimes we have “supper club” on the off months, when we get together with our spouses/sig others at one of our houses. It’s a diverse group in terms of age and a lot of fun. It’s also quite a large group, although tonight we had “only” twelve women, since it’s summer and many people are away.
We read The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. We take turns suggesting books. The “suggester” brings 5 or 6 books to the meeting and describes a bit about each one and then we vote. (Next up is Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay). The Thirteenth Tale was my suggestion. I’d already read it, but enjoyed the rereading as much, if not more, than I did the first time. What a fabulous book! I love the timeless feeling, the Gothic atmosphere, the sense of “what the heck is really going on??”, the quirky characters, the poignancy and the unexpected surprises. Discussing this book tonight was a real mind twisting experience! I now feel as though I need to read it a third time and right away!
Do you have a book club? I’d love to hear how you operate and what your club is reading. (Also, remember that I’ll speak to your club by speakerphone if you’re discussing one of my books. Just click on “Reading Groups” on my website.)