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What Happens at Book Club Stays at Book Club

on July 11, 2014

A few years ago I started a book club and tried to bring together as many different types of people I could so that the book club would have intelligent, witty and meaningful discussions.  After a few years our book club disbanded and I started talking to other people about their book clubs and discovered they were very much like mine ( i.e that a book club rarely discusses the book and there is more talk about life in general).  Our agenda really was like this tea towel.



After discussing book clubs with my friends we have come up with a few characters that tend to pop up at a book clubs.

  1.  The Intellectual

    The Intellectual only wants to discuss books that have been listed for a literary award or are the classics.  They are offended if you want to discuss a book on the top selling list or a comedy.  They only want to read about angst and war torn counties.  They see War and Peace as a light read.  They are in fact a book snob.

  1. The Chick Lit Specialist

    They only want to read light novels.  They take great pride in saying they have read the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy (and they have a definite opinion on who should play Christian Grey in the movie adaptation).

  2. I Just Want To Get Out of the House Book Club Member

    This person does not care what they read, they just want a night out where they can relax eat good cheese and sip a nice wine.  They prefer books that have been adapted into movies.

  3. The Don’t Like It Book Club Member

    This person will never like a book unless they chose it.  They will have strong opinions on everything and want their opinions known.


  1. The Procrastinator

    They leave reading the book to the last minute.  They have to skip through parts of the book and really can’t join in the conversation (except maybe to say that either liked or did not like the book).

  2. The  Enforcer

    They dominate the conversation and every time the conversation strays from the book they try and bring the discussion back to the book.  They have prepared answers to the questions they found on the internet and they may not be as intellectual as “the intellectual” but they are going to give it a good try.  (this could have been me)

  3. The Off Topic Gal

    She is always talking about something else.  She has side conversations and  then asks people to repeat themselves as she did not hear the conversation as she was talking.

Now these characters may put you off joining a book club, but a book club does have some great advantages.  It makes you read a new book every six weeks, you meet new people, you eat good food, you get a chance to talk about your husband and kids without fear or favour – because the number one rule of book club is …. what happens in book club stays in book club.

Have I missed any types you know off?


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