August 19, 2012
I like fiction. I love good 'writerly' writers who have an amazing command of language and also authors with a sense of humour. My current book club has shown me that I can enjoy a wide range of books especially if they take us to a different time or country/culture/place (with the exception of sci fi, I'm afraid), as I like to learn something about how others live/lived. On a lighter note, I do enjoy a good romance or popular 'summer read' - though sometimes find them instantly forgettable afterwards. I tend to find that I find more seriously literary works, Orange prize winners, or other shorlisted books more rewarding in the long run even if they seem a bot more of a challenge at first. If you are still thinking of Dickens for this year's anniversary, it might be worth trying Claire Tomalin's autobiography about him, which I have considered reading as I've found other autobiographies written by Tomalin surprisingly easy to digest.
I am a member of a very small book club already but as I read two or three books per month I'd like to join this one as well.