I thought I would go abstract for an image this month. What do you think? What if reading group members had no faces and wore nothing?
This month I will put a short comment after each reading group pick. Because. I have little things to say about each.
Tiny Book Club:
We were supposed to meet last month, but each of the three of us took turns getting sick. Finally we held our meeting on April 1 at a Polish restaurant and had one of our best discussions about nuclear disasters, the dangers of nuclear anything, and what it must have been like for Svetlana Alexievich to gather all those interviews.
I had already discussed this book with another group. If you have read my review, you know that I thought the book was great. Molly's Group met last Sunday and once again I had to defend my views and listen to people trash the novel. Actually we were split about one third pro to two thirds against. Sometimes I wonder how I can love a book and others can hate it with so much passion. Sometimes I start to take it personally. Did this ever happen to you?
Another book I loved when I read it last year. I am already prepared to be in defense mode because the reactions to this book at blogs and reading social media were so divided. We meet tomorrow.
One Book At A Time:
I read this one over a year ago and loved it. I wasn't posting reviews at the time so you will have to take my word for it. I predict this group will also love it. Everyone loves Emily Dickinson, right?
I am so excited to read and discuss this. It is set in Persia where the author grew up. In this group we choose our books by voting on a list prepared by a different member each time. So if someone doesn't like the book, she either did not vote for it and can say I told you so, or she voted for it and has to live with that. Our motto is "Take a chance on a book" and we don't get vicious with each other.
What are your reading groups reading in April? Have you ever had a meeting where the disagreements got heated? Actually some of the best discussions happen when there are different responses to the book.