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Are you in a book group?

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Are you in a book group?

Postby red805 » Sat September 16th, 2017, 8:21 pm

I just joined a Meetup book group & I was wondering what experiences any of you have had in book groups. I've never been in one before. This group is targeted at women in my county & involves wine, so it sounded fun. The blurb says they read sci fi, YA, & other genres that I normally don't read, but I thought I would give it a try. Maybe I can suggest a historical fiction book. Any advice for a book group newbie?

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favorite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Re: Are you in a book group?

Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sun September 17th, 2017, 5:28 am

I have been in 3 book groups, though I'm not in one currently. The latest we called the W.I.E.R.D. group--which stands for 'what everyone is reading discussion group. There were 5-8 of us, and we took turns choosing the book, with the understanding that it had to be well-known or a current bestseller. That was very useful to me as a writer, because I was forced outside my normal choices to see the range of what appealed to a large number of readers.

I like the social aspect of the last group, we were all friendly and our differences were fun. Although the social aspect was the reason I DIDN'T like one of the other groups. There were a couple personalities that annoyed me to the point where I found myself not wanting to go--so I stopped.

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Currently reading: A Trail through Time by Jodi Taylor & Angel by L J Ross
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Re: Are you in a book group?

Postby Madeleine » Sun September 17th, 2017, 10:46 am

My old book group, which gradually dwindled due to lack of interest on the organiser's part, and no one else wanting to take it over, was fun while it lasted - we met in a pub and spent most of the time talking about food! Bit they were a nice bunch over all, and the social aspect was good (albeit a bit "cliquey"). Yours sounds promising so give it a go, and see if you can get an idea of what the other members are interested in.
Currently reading "A Trail through Time" by Jodi Taylor & "Angel" by L J Ross

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