Despite my life-long love [translate: obsession] of reading, it never crossed my mind to join a book club. After I'd begun working at the Riverdale Public Library I said I'd like to join theirs, especially once I'd gotten to know the patrons who made up the group, who were really fun people - but I never actually decided to partake. And then my boss asked me to cover the desk during their meeting nights, so I lost my chance of joining in (although why I never thought of simply reading the book along with the book club even though I was unable to join the discussion, I don't know).
It wasn't until about a year after I'd begun working at the Boonton Public Library, after all of the building renovations had been completed and things were settling down, that I finally got my wish: our director decided to start up a brand-new adult book discussion group, and, because it met on Tuesday nights, I could join!
And join I did! Once a month since our inaugural meeting in February, I have put in my shift at the Riverdale Library and then headed straight over to Boonton for book club. We've quickly evolved into a small, fun group, and I love it.
I love it because the five of us enjoy each other's company and because our book discussions can easily segue into other topics that cause much laughter. But I also love it because (so far) the books we've chosen to read have really challenged me; they were stories that I would not have picked to read by myself. But that's what I wanted - to be pushed outside my comfort zone and expand my "literary horizons." And while I didn't finish reading the first two books (I ran out of time with The Boy Who Drew Monsters and The Martian probably would have been easier to digest if I'd listened to it on audio), I did finish - and thoroughly enjoyed - the next two (thanks again to my buddy Michelle Greco for recommending Little Mercies)!
Our book club title for June is The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker; I know that this was a former book club title at the Riverdale group, and from what I recall, they enjoyed it, so I'm hoping that I will feel the same.
But no matter whether I finish reading the book or not, and whether or not I enjoy it, I will still be happy just to have had the experience of dipping my toes into a book that I never would have chosen for myself.
Are you part of a book club? Have you ever thought about joining one but never did? Leave me a comment!