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Don’t call me Ishmael! – Musing Mondays

Musing Mondays {April 2}

Musing Mondays is a weekly event hosted by MizB at Should Be ReadingEach week MizB asks a book related question and bloggers answer with their thoughts about the given topic.

This week’s musing asks…

Do you belong to any book clubs — face-to-face, or online? If so, how long have you been with the group(s)? If not, why?

I do not belong to a book club online or otherwise. The only time I have belonged to one is the first One Book One Tweet #1b1t by Crowdsourcing Which is now over at the Atlantic and at twitter under @1book140. It was their first one, it was experimental and it died because of summer. I met a lot of great people all over the world, but it was really hard to keep straight plus I was trying to finish my spring semester to book. Also there was the  expression or critique or questions  in 140 characters or less. We all know I have a problem with that.

It was May 2011, the first book was American Gods by Neil Gaiman. The highlight of this frustrating approach, albeit  evocative, was when we got to have a live tweet session with @neilhimself Mr.Neil Gaiman. He actually responded to my tweet and made me all SQUEE inside! How can you not! I love this man, love all of his books so I hopped on the bandwagon for this experimental book club.

Being in a face-to-face book club is a completely different thing especially up here. It is just to hard, especially now that I can no longer drive because of my eyes, to get there. I am not especially motivated either. I will join the groups or read-a-longs like I did this winter  for The Hunger Games but to join even an online group? No… again I was going to do it with another group, even bought the book but it felt like it was school again.

Why not? Another dictated schedule, another dictated read. I never do well and never truly enjoy the book. Moby Dick is so much more fun to read when you do not have to analyze the reasons behind having Ishmael wrapped for his funeral the way he is, or how and why and what the symbolic nature of that freaking white beast is *rolling eyes.*  BUT FOR FUN? Heck yes I can get on board for some classic American Renaissance ! But for now, I think I will pass on this whaling boat and sit on the beach with a good book that I choose to read, at my leisure… till then, don’t call me Ishmael because I won’t answer!

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6 Comments

  1. I really like your reasons. it’s true, I think a book club could be kind of like school and really who wants to do that again. Here’s my Musing
    Cathy @ Addicted to Books
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  2. Great answer! I haven’t joined one, but would love to one of these days, it’s always fun talking about the books we love. Thank you for sharing! :)

    Here’s mine:

    http://amylunderman.blogspot.com/2012/04/musing-mondays-to-z-challenge-b-book.html
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  3. I love your answer! I don’t think I could tweet about books, not that I’m terribly long-winded but it would be too much challenge to have 140 characters!
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  4. I’m in two online book clubs right now but I haven’t been keeping up with either one these days. One of them, I really wish I could keep up with because they are reading some books that have been on my ‘to read’ list for quite a while.

    Neither one is very active as far as discussions go though and I’m not sure if that is because people aren’t actually reading the books or if they just aren’t contributing to the discussions. I think having an active group would make it much more fun.

    PS I’m Pimping your blog today for WWEBSS :-)
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  5. I agree that book clubs are a big time commitment. That’s why I like the goodreads groups because if you don’t have time that month you just don’t participate. My Musing Mondays Post
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  6. Would GoodReads count? I am a member of it and I enjoy being a part of it too. I meet several booklovers and we can share our comments regarding the book we read. The interaction among members is also nice.

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