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July 27, 2009

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Melissa C

I love my book club because it gives me a chance to read books that I wouldn't normally have picked up for myself. It makes me stretch myself and gives me knew ideas to think about that I might have passed right by on my own. I might not always love the books or agree with the discussion, but it takes me outside of my own interests for a moment.

Sandra Furlotte

I love my bookclub. For the first time I can have endless conversations with people who really love books. No more watching people's eyes glaze over as I talk about my latest read.

Dr. Blondie

I have been in a book club for over seven years. My favorite part about the group is that I am forced to read and discuss books that I would never choose on my own. I always leave our discussions, no matter how much I disliked a book, appreciating the book and the author more than I would have.

Amanda

I love my book club because here in NYC, it's sometimes hard to get everyone to meet up together. I live in Upper West Side, a few live way out in Brooklyn, a few in Queens, and fortunately no one in New Jersey. So at least once a month the book club allows us to get together, get brunch some Saturday or Sunday, drink bottomless mimosas, and just gab about books and what-not. Love it.

Sheila DeChantal

I loved this book! I read it about a couple months ago and my book club is reading it now. What a great group of women friends!

I am hosting a "Dress as Your Favorite Fiction Character" Party at my home in October and the idea came from this book.

Kelly

Sounds good! I am going to have had this to my list, my every growing, list.

Ti

My book group is entering its 13th year! I cannot believe it. The part that I enjoy best is that there is always something that can be learned from a book...no matter how well we liked it or disliked it. There is always something to take away from the meeting.

Cathy

I left my first book group (that I started!) after the first year. There were 2 women that, if they didn't like the book, felt there could & would be no discussion. Not even to tell us why they didn't like it. Not what my idea of a book group is at all.

Soon after 3 others who enjoy reading diverse subjects decided to get together to discuss The Time Traveler's Wife. We clicked. We all have busy lives (& don't necessarily live close), so we only get together in person 4 times a year; maybe to discuss a book, go to an author lecture, or have an author call & chat with us. That doesn't mean we're not discussing books via email. This format works well for us.

Jemima

I love book clubs because it is a sure fire way for me to meet people who I have something in common with. I have moved a lot in my life and I don't like to waste time getting to know people when I am new in town. While I always meet other Mothers at schools and playgroups, I can't stand the early days being full of talk about the kids. I want real discussion and I always get it at book clubs. (Right now I am in two in-person, one online, and also helping to run one for little girls)

Hena

I'm putting this book on my Book Club's list, can't wait to read it. I find it such a stress relief to read a good book, and really enjoy the getting together once a month to talk about what we're reading. I write about the books I read on my blog:
www.henasgoodbooks.com

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