I love the idea of book clubs. Honestly, I do. I think it’s a wonderful thing to read a book at the same time as other people, and then be able to chat about it. So, why aren’t I a member of a book club?
Several reasons, really.
1. The necessity of purchasing a book if not already owned. Don’t get me wrong, I would love it if I owned a library. However, I have a family, and money gets spent on other things – and space gets used by other things too. So why can’t I use a library: firstly, the book may not be available on time, and secondly, since I began to rack up library fines as a late teen (after being an avid library-user as a pre-teen and teen), I don’t use libraries much.
2. Interpretation of reading materials. This is a throw-back from school. I disliked the sexual nuances my English teachers gave to just about everything we read. I prefer to just be able to read something for the beauty of what’s there, and to not always be delving deep into meanings and hidden agendas.
3. Resistance to being told what to read. I would like to choose my own stories, thank you very much. I am a pretty eclectic reader, although my latest genres are romance, science fiction romance, space opera and straight science fiction, with a few fantasy stories thrown in here and there. Nevertheless, I have made choices to not read certain books, and I’d like to be able to stick to those.
So there you have it.
Does anyone else have likes or dislikes about book clubs?