The Future of Book Club...
So, five books or so into the process here, it is time to ask... is this working?
What should be done, if anything, to get more people to read the book of the month?
I believe the choices so far have been pretty on topic as far as having some tangental connection to Chuck, but the discussions seem to just exist at no greater level than the general discussions in this forum. Which is not a bad thing, but I guess the question is... do we then need me picking a book that gets just as much play as anyone else saying to read James Frey, Confederancy of Dunces, or any of the other equally valid discussions. Not to mention those reviews are based on impassioned "I just read the most amazing book..." angles.
People have asked why I haven't done the topic-driven thing I initially discussed, but I'm just not sure how much bang for the buck there is in dragging the three people who already posted what they thought of the book onto a different topic. The only time there was a "homework" aspect of the club was when we read SlaughterHouse-Five, and Chuck's question from his workshop forum was to find the theme, which was barely explored. Again, we don't want it to seem like work, but if we don't want to dig deeper do we want to do it at all?
I guess the question is... how should we move forward to get more people involved. When I signed on, some people said getting half a month to read a book was too quick, so I made it a month and a half, but that didn't seem to get more participants.
Do ya'll even want a formal book club? I would just as soon read something recommended by HD Thoreau or JKabol or anyone else. Is that a path? Should we just say June's selection will be from HDT, who will lead the discussion? Would that bring a different energy to it? I'm not concerned that I lead the discussion or anything, just want to create a place where one exists, if that is what we want.
Basically, I'm all for doing whatever makes this work. But I'm not sure what that is. Or do we even need it?
Thanks in advance.