June 20, 2012
Online Book Club
Earlier this month, I participated in my first book club. I've done a couple of them for professional books through work, but this is the first time I've done one for a book for pleasure reading. The book was Lois Lowry's The Giver, which has been on my "Want To Read" list for a very long time.
The experience was excellent. Although we read the book a different rates, there were two threads of discussion on the online discussion board, one for spoilers and one for non-spoiler comments. This kept me (one of the slower readers) from any unexpected surprises.
Each member of the group was able to contribute their thoughts and questions and through these I was able to see things in the novel that I would not have be reading it only for myself. I feel as though I got a much deeper look into the book than I would have on my own.
This was the perfect book to use for an online book club, as it left so many unanswered questions. Next month, we'll be reading the companion book Gathering Blue . I'm looking forward to it. If you'd like to join an online book club, there are plenty of options out there, from a group on Good Reads, to bulletin boards, to blogs. Or, please join me in reading Gathering Blue on Club Nook!
Until next time, bon voyage and happy reading!