Preparing for Book Club

24 Feb

When it comes to this blog, I always think a lot about a book before I post a review or reflection. But for my book club, I don’t really prepare anything at all.

I usually read the book 2-3 weeks in advance, but I always read the book. The problem comes in remembering the details of something I read so far in advance. For my meeting tonight, we will discuss Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, which I devoured and finished four days after it was distributed last month.

I’ll always say to myself that I’ll go back and read my review of the book, but I’ll be honest, I never really spend the time to do that. There are others in my book clubs that finish the book the day of the meeting, some who even re-read it, and a handful who do extra research about the topic or author to share with the group. It makes me feel lazy!

Reader, can you make me feel better? What do you do to prepare for a book club meeting? Do you even do as much as me and write a review? Please leave a comment and let me know, I love to hear from you!

Until next time, write on.

4 Responses to “Preparing for Book Club”

  1. BermudaOnion February 25, 2014 at 8:23 AM #

    I just read the book but do find that details come back to me as people bring them up.


    • Sam February 25, 2014 at 8:57 AM #

      I found that as well. There were some details that came back to me that some of the members who had just read the book didn’t recall!


  2. readingcook March 6, 2014 at 12:49 PM #

    You pose an interesting question. For the most part, I think I have felt over most of the years that I have been with my book club that just reading the book before our meeting was adequate. Then I started a blog to keep track of what I was reading for book club as well as another separate reading focus. That has resulted in my spending a little more time thinking and writing about what I have read before book club. I also usually come across at least one reading guide with questions that I make notes on as I read. Not surprisingly, I remember a lot more about the book, and I get a lot more out of it and the discussion. Wish I had posed your question to myself years ago!


    • Sam March 6, 2014 at 1:18 PM #

      I like the reading guide idea. I’ve tried looking at a reading guide before I start a few times, but I’ve run into guides that give some spoilers away and that ruins the fun of the book! Do you have a site where you find some good reading guides that won’t do this?


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