There are genre-specific book clubs. Mystery and fantasy clubs are--or used to be--very popular around here. I think truly literary book clubs are pretty rare; there are many more people who like to read than there are people who like to read literature.The social aspect of book clubs are huge, especially for introverts.
I don't think I'm a candidate, as I am generally not much of a reader when it comes to the literature genre (done far too much literature tutoring/lit paper editing). I prefer fantasy and mystery books.
Robert B. Parker Spenser books were like that: Chapter 1, with the 1 in the middle of the page - "hello", double space lines, "hello", double space lines, "have a seat", double space lines - "She sat." ..... turn the page No offense, but there is more content since someone else has been writing them since he died.Three new(ish) books just finished:
Following that, I thought the latest Jack Reacher would be a good and enjoyable read before I handed it over to my Reacher reading buddy, my FIL, at Christmas. Summary: I hated it. Context: I've read every Reacher book, in the order they were published, and while some are better than others, I'd put this one among the bottom most. Such a disappointment - as we've discussed here before, recent books before the last two had Reacher slowing down, not as strong, sort of sad, like Lee Child was just getting tired of the whole thing, and feeling his own age too. The first book with his brother I thought was a great start to a new era - Reacher had his bounce back, it was more fun, decently written if a little overly complicated but that's Reacher. But this one was filled with so many plot holes and actions that seemed so un-Reacher to me, and the writing, ugh ugh ugh. We all know that style of short sentences and half sentences that has generally been effective in these books ("Reacher said nothing."), but the entire book was like that - including much of the dialogue! No one talks like that, it was jarring, took away from the flow, and made the times when that style is effective just melt into the next. I am sad
That was the other thing I wanted to mention. Maybe it was just me, but I found Reacher a bit overly violent in this one, if that makes sense lol. I mean that instead of just taking guys down efficiently, he seemed to want them to suffer more or something, handing out a lot of crippling, painful injuries rather than either taking them out of commission long enough to get something done, or getting it done. Didn't like the tone of it.I know the formula - he gets into town and someone has trouble and he beats up all the big tough guys, the bad guys get killed or put away, and everybody else lives happily ever after, and he leaves.
My book club often devolves into discussions other than the chosen book. And it's not uncommon for someone not to have finished the book, even though we meet only every other month. We often end up exchanging recommendations about books we have read recently. It's largely a gathering of people who like books and like to spend a little time with other people who like books and like to discuss books. It doesn't have to be an academic discussion. It's really not that different from discussing tv shows or movies.One of my friends was in a book club that quickly evolved into a wine club where they sometimes talk about books.
Oh my. I just finished it. It took me longer to get through than it should have. So much repetition it could have been cut down to 250 pages.After reading a rather hard book (Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi), our next book club read was The Four Winds. The person who chose it announced that she hoped it's not sad like the last one. Me: "Well, it is about the Great Depression . . ."
I liked The Four Winds, but if you're not liking the beginning, it's pretty much more of the same as you go.
I set myself a challenge to read 35 books this year, up from 30. I have a general challenge to myself to seek out BIPOC authors, but I don't have any specific goals around it. In 2021, about 65% of the books I read were written by non-white authors - I get a lot of my books from my library's "peak picks" selections, which does a great job of highlighting books/authors I might not have known about otherwise.
Oh I'm definitely trying this list for 2022. Perhaps I can whittle my TBR list a little bit more than I had initially planned as it is completely out of control.
I did the popsugar challenge last year-40 books +10 (if you want to do the "advanced" part). Interesting prompts, and half the fun is trying to fit in that book you want to read. there is a Goodreads group for it, and a Facebook community. Here is the list for this year - https://media1.popsugar-assets.com/files/docs/PS21_Reading_Challenge_Printable.pdf
Sure- here is my list from my 2021 popsugar challenge (shortened prompts are in brackets). I read about 10-15 more that were not on the list. All the books were new to me, except War and Peace, which I last read over 35 years ago, so I figured it was time to read it again. This is the order, more or less, that I enjoyed them (NOT their literary merits!), although none were duds, and I would recommend any of them.Anyone interested in sharing their book lists from this past year??
|Popsugar Reading Challenge 2021|
|The Rose Code||Quinn||friend rec|
|A Gentleman of Moscow||Towles||restaurant|
|War and Peace||Tolstoy||longest|
|We Begin at the End||Whitaker||oxymoron|
|Heartstone-Shardlake 5||Sansom||past prompt|
|Empire of Gold||Chakraborty||gem/rock|
|Daughters of Chivalry||Wilson-Lee||prettiest|
|A Divided loyalty||Todd||visit|
|Not my Father's Son||Cumming||zodiac|
|Silence of the Girls||Barker||WP for F|
|Born A Crime||Noah||BLM|
|Remarkable Creatures||Chevalier||dream job|
|The Storm before the Storm||Duncan||podcaster|
|Revelation- Shardlake 4||Sansom||passionate|
|The Nightingale Murder||Lehtolainen||fave place|
|Death of Jezebel||Brand||borrowed|
|Crown in Crisis||Larman||2021|
|Kingdom of Copper||Chakraborty||Muslim Am|
|She Died a Lady||Dickson Carr||broken|
|Dark Fire-Shardlake 2||Sansom||hybrid|
|Princess Mary||Basford||b&w cover|
|Squirrel Girl||North||graphic novel|
|Mystery of the Peacock's Eye||Flynn||< 1000 reviews|
|A Deadly Education||Novak||dark academia|
|The Romanov Empress||Gortner||3 generations|
|Stork raving Mad||Andrews||longest TBR|
|Mr Shakespeare's Bastard||Wright||random|
|The Durrells of Corfu||Haag||fresh start|
|The Underground Railroad||Whitehead||Afrofuturist|
|Z||Fowler||QX or Z|
|The Judas Window||Dickson Carr||locked room|
|Dancing in the Streets||Ehrenreich||song title|
|Pillars of the Earth||Follett||everyone but me|
|Whose Body?||Sayers||last year|
|The Tiger's Head||Halter||club/spade etc|
|A Measure of Light||Powning||DNF|
|From the Ashes||Thistle||Indigenous|
|Everything's Trash but that's OK||Robinson||body positivity|
|The Famous 5||Smith||social justice|
I try to (and inevitably fail) to do the Popsugar Reading Challenge every year. I also challenged myself to 35 books this year. I set out to do 25 in 2021 and read 34 so 35 seems very doable!
Anyone interested in sharing their book lists from this past year??
If you enjoy those two books, then I definitely recommend Kate Quinn's "The Alice Network" as well.The Rose Code is definitely a book I want to read this year. I listened to the audio for The Huntress back in November and it was so good. One of those books where I just kept finding chores to do so that I was "busy" and everyone would leave me alone so I could listen.
I usually prefer to read rather than listen to books, but I really liked the audio version of Obama's latest book. You can tell from his delivery how strongly he felt about certain things.I can't read much at the moment but I've recently listened to Obama's autobiography (definitely got more interesting once he actually gets elected president - the early stuff / campaigning I found really repetitive).
I finished Obama's book Promise Land today. Started it back in the summer and then had to put it down for 6 months when I got completely tied up with something else. Amazing read, and I'm looking forward to reading part 2 at some time.I can't read much at the moment but I've recently listened to Obama's autobiography (definitely got more interesting once he actually gets elected president - the early stuff / campaigning I found really repetitive). I also listened to Limonov by Emmanual Carrere. There are quite a few unnecessary sexual descriptions that I fast forwarded which is a shame because the rest is interesting and he's a masterful writer (it's in French).
I can't remember if I mentioned it on this thread but last year I listened to David Attenborough's autobiography and that was absolutely fascinating - I'd definitely recommend.