While I love the idea of being picking up a book I might not have discovered otherwise, after a few months of delving into dry biographies, or gripping literary tomes, the love always lost its glow. Till I’d find myself slinking into book group, feeling guilty at not having finished the book. I mean how could I? What if a new Rachel Gibson or Lisa Kleypas was out that month? They got priority, always!
Which is why I LOVE my current book group to distraction.
I’ve been a part of this group for nearly two years now and we’ve had two set books. Two! And those were both over the Christmas holidays when we wouldn’t be seeing one another for several weeks.You know what we do otherwise? We read. We each read what we want to read, what we love to read. And then we each talk about the books – what we liked, what we didn’t, whether or not we think others might love them too.
We have women who love to delve into the Booker Prize long list. Others who are first in line for the next Liane Moriarty or JoJo Moyes. We have women who keep on top of new Australian literature. Others who read YA like its going out of fashion. And we have me.Can you imagine turning up to a book group and talking up the latest category novel you read? The CS Pacat M/M romance gem you found? The gorgeous historical weepy you devoured till three in the morning? I do just that. And it’s wonderful. Liberating. Having that welcome place to bare your reading tastes to open minds and open hearts is just bliss.
And you know what? I’ve discovered more new authors, new genres, new bestsellers and sleeper gems than ever in my life before. (Though I was the first to read The Girl on the Train, BTW - just had to make that known :)) Having a comfortable place to try, to taste, to experience new literary worlds is the bomb. You should try it.
Are you in a book group? How does yours work? Have you discovered any favourite authors that way? (The piccies above are of books I chatted up with glee in 2016.)