I hope you have all had a relaxing weekend to recharge your mental, physical, and emotional batteries.
I did with a great weekend up in the Catskills. It gave me the rest I needed to clear my mind and even the energy to explore some new book that piqued my curiosity. One book which is particularly appropriate for all book clubs, especially ours, and especially especially for the upcoming short but dense Heart of Darkness meetup discussion, is "How to Talk about Books you Haven't Read" by Pierre Bayard.
No longer will you have to avoid coming to our discussion groups for the simple transgression of not reading the book! The book not only outlines the various degrees of non-reading, ( from skimming, glossing, dabbling, to not even cracking the cover) but makes a strong case for the superiority of non-reading over reading itself!! In many cases it allows the discussor to speak more knowingly about the books than those that have actually read them. So I implore you, all you ambitious readers, that invariably DON't show up to the discussion because you never actually got around to reading book, do not be ashamed, do not bear fearful. you can discuss the book with the best of them, even better!
Interesting, huh? and what's more, just from glancing at the title and table of contents of ""how to talk about books you haven't read" you will have ingested more than enough information to knowingly talk about this at our next meeting without having read the book! ;)
This club's goal is to have great discussions on renowned works in both fiction and non-fiction. This would include great works of literature, history, autobiographies, biographies, plays etc. Great books and great discussions are our goal; books that profoundly explore human nature. Especially for fiction it would be great to hear from people who have read the book at different phases of their lives and to hear how their opinions of the book have changed. We will have monthly meeting with most books picked a couple months in advance. However, if we all agee, we can plan even farther out for some really challenging books. As for location I am looking for a regular spot but hope that if the club develops a core group of people we can have more varied and interesting meetup locations to discuss the books such as restaurants, museums, parks etc.