Sunday, January 4, 2009

Wish Me Luck

Thank y'all that responded to my post, "Help Wanted".
Most of you picked the same books I had thought about. That tells you, that we are all on the same page.

Wish me luck at our book club business meeting. We always have some hacklers and complainer that don't bother to show up. Then they wonder why we picked them. I have given every one the opportunity to send me books they would like to nominate for the meetings for the year. Oh well not my fault!!

I want to try to sneak a contemporary classic, possibly Hemingway or someone mentioned Gone with the Wind, or Little Women. I also would like to see a few memoirs this year. Maybe even Historical Fiction. I want to try Who By Fire.
One of our snowbirds is going to moderate next month the Reader and in April The Madonnas of Leningrad which I loved. The Time Traveler's Wife possibly for a book club favorite or Bean Tree by Kingslover.

I want to start something different. The only problem many a time we have a few fuddy duddys. I would like to see if one of the month there is not a title, but pick a book by such and such author and discuss his works. Or pick a certain theme and each member pick one and then we will all discuss it a certain month. Not sure how this would work.
Has anyone ever tried this. I would like to hear your input or suggestions.

Our book club will be meeting Wednesday. Last year we picked books for the year. But when we were getting further on in the year it seemed that they were just picking through the air. So what happened by Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec. we had to pick all over again. I hope that doesn't happen.

What we have been doing who ever picks the book is the moderator/hostess for that month. But there are a few complainers. A few have said we all should pick by majority. So this year I told each member to bring a list of three books and we will discuss it. Aren't you glad you don't belong to a book club. Sometimes I want to pull my hair out. I guess you can tell by my tone I am a bit frustrated. Wish me luck!!!


Anonymous said...

Don't worry about it - some people just like to complain.

Anonymous said...

Good luck!

Our book club picks books every 3 months, because reading preferences change! In December we picked for March, April, and May. We'll vote again in March for our summer selections. Those who want to bring nominees to the meeting and have a chance to talk about them, and then we vote- with each member getting 3 votes. Some people never bring nominees because they don't have time to research books to suggest. A clipboard is passed around and people put check marks by the books they are interested in voting for. The three books with the most votes are the next 3 selections. This has worked out really well and seems fair to me. The hostess for a given month leads the discussion, whether they are the one who suggested the book or not. If they decline to do that, I lead the discussion. This works for us.

Lisa said...

Just ran across your blog and wanted to say hello. I know what you mean about certain members of book clubs. You always have those couple that try to ruin things for everyone. Just keep doing what you're doing. Those people will complain no matter what. It's what they do!

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