As some of you know, we have a very active neighborhood women's group. One of the women decided a while back that she would host the July meeting, and it would have a book club format. We were all to read the book "The Help" prior to the meeting, and bring an hors d'oeuvre or a dessert to the meeting.
About 14 of us gathered last night. I had gotten several pages of book club questions from online, and I (sort of) led the group in an informal discussion of the book, its characters and what actions influenced the outcome, etc. It was really a nice evening, and we have decided to do a separate book club that meets every three months (for now.)
When we began discussing how we would conduct the book club, and what rules we should have, several people disagreed on the book choices or had particular suggestions; such as no nonfiction books. So it was suggested that we allow the hostess of each meeting to be the one to choose the book (one that she had already read and liked) and that if anyone disagreed with the choice of the book, they could "sit out" that meeting and pick up the group with the next meeting. It was also suggested that we could put into a fishbowl the name of a book we had read and liked, and the hostess would choose one.
Do any of you have experience with a book club? How did you go about choosing the books to be read, and how did you handle dissent on the choice? Are there any other pitfalls in a book club and if so, how would you suggest it be handled?
And just for your information, the foods were excellent! Just the right number of each type of food, wines flowing, and lemonade and iced cucumber water for those who didn't imbibe (like moi, the designated driver.)
We have a new neighbor who came to last night's meeting and she is going to be a delightful addition to all our groups. She stepped right in and joined the various conversations, brought a killer appetizer and offered to host the very next meeting! How's that for joining in? We love her already!