Sometimes it doesn’t pay to be on Twitter. There I was, minding my own business, sending out pithy (to me) tweets about this and that, when suddenly I found myself inveigled in a conversation about book clubs.
I don’t like book clubs. I get that people love them, and I must say that I did have an enjoyable time in one a few years ago – but that had nothing to do with books. Mostly we got together, drank beers and talked about men. Even so, because I am a nerdy wordgirl, I had to endure reading many, many books that I did not like at all. Because they had been set as the text for that month and I am nothing if not diligent when it comes to doing my homework.
So I’d wade through someone else’s choice of literature, feeling physically itchy about it at times, and then turn up on the night to find that I was the only one who had. Even the person who had set the book hadn’t read it. Or, if they had, they wanted to tell us that they ‘liked it’ or ‘didn’t like it’ and then move on to beers and men.
Leaving me there, alone, with my carefully prepared thoughts on theme and narrative devices.
Anyhoo, back to that fateful Twitter conversation. Somehow, thanks to @ClaireyHewitt, I have found myself head prefect of a newly formed online book club. Only I’m not going to call it a book club, I’m going old school, with Reading Club. Much more refined.
Despite my best efforts to delegate the whole exercise to @HelloMaxabella (you can’t say that without hearing Seinfeld sneer “hello Newman”, now can you?), here I am. With my Fibro Reading Club. Membership of one.
The Rules of Fibro Club:
1. You do NOT talk about Fibro Club (okay, not really, but how could I resist?)
2. The book for each month will be announced in my newsletter on the 15th of each month. The Fibro Club post regarding that book will go up on the first day of the following month. That gives us about two weeks to read the book. Long enough?
3. If you want to participate in the discussion, it would be great if you read the book. But if you don’t like the look of the book, feel free to simply bypass that month and pop back another time. Or read something else and tell us what you think of that instead.
4. No shirts, no shoes. Pyjamas and beers are, however, perfectly acceptable.
At this stage, I’m still deciding the best place to hold our discussion. We can just do it in the comments here. Or we can shift to Twitter. Or I could even get all excited and start a Facebook page. All suggestions welcome.
There you have it. My prefect badge is all shined up and ready for the announcement of the first book in next week’s newsletter. Feel free to sign up if you’d like to join in!
Have you ever been in a book club? Tell me what you love and/or hate about them so that we can avoid the same mistakes?
[UPDATE AUGUST 2016]: I am no longer in charge of the Pink Fibro Bookclub, but it lives on. You can join the club’s Facebook group here.