Last night, I had my first book club meeting held at my town’s local coffee shop. I guess I should start off by saying how many people took the bait and showed up, (we plastered posters everywhere so had no idea what the turn out to be). Well, to get back on track we had six people, three of which was one of the owners of the establishment myself and my mom (who was also the moderator). That leaves three individuals who were wooed by our advertisements. The age group ranged from 20-50.
The book was The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Two members were still reading the novel and four had completed it. The group was literary split down the middle. Three weren’t sure what to think and the other half enjoyed it on many different levels.
There wasn’t any awkwardness which I had been suspecting but instead had a very lively conversation, branching out from the questions to experiences in our personal life which were of relevance, not matter how small.
Overall, I think it was a modest success or a least a start and hopefully the word will spread. Our next book is Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. I think he’s hilarious but he can have a sick or offensive sense of humor so I’m not sure how it will go over.