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Starting Over ~ Life in the Day Camp–The Book Club


About a dozen women usually show up at the monthly book club meeting in my community. These women, who are becoming friends, are totally engaged in story. They are NOT shy about expressing their opinions on what they’ve read.Or on what the author was doing. Or on figuring out the answer to: What could the author have possibly been thinking? I so enjoy these discussions. After writing professionally for fifteen years, I’m finally eavesdropping on enthusiastic readers. What a treat for me! I hope, too, that I contribute something a little bit extra to the discussions.

Maggie and her Kindle

This month, we read The Ninth Wife by Amy Stolls. I’d call it a complex romance, search for love and roots. The group enjoyed the story and discussion was brisk. In our new world of publishing, I’m always curious about how people read their books–electronic vs. paper. So, for fun, I took a user-friendly survey of reading  preferences.  Of the ten women who showed up this week, four brought their eReaders with them. Two brought library copies of the book. One came with a trade paperback copy she bought on  Amazon for $6.00–new, not used. Not sure about the others. But I glommed onto the 40% statistic of eReader users.

Here’s what happened next:  We noted the book for next month (Wild Swans) and right there, my friend, Maggie and I downloaded it to our Kindle and Nook. I looked at the others and said, “You just watched me spend $12.38.”  To which Maggie replied, “And why not? It’s just like spending on a concert ticket. It’s entertainment, whether a singer or an author. And I enjoy books.”

As an author, I adore her attitude. I adore her. She spoke spontaneously and with conviction as though saying, how could you think otherwise?

I also discovered that the county library has changed its inventory. There were only two paper copies of Wild Swans – next month’s choice –  in the entire system. More and more books are to be accessed electronically. Many of the women are not happy. They want to hold a book in their hands. Frankly, there are times I want to do the same, particularly at a book club discussion. However, I love reading on my Nook and wouldn’t give it up.

I glanced down the list of forthcoming books for the club:

July – Wild Swans by Jung Chang

August – The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball

September – Family Interrupted by Linda Barrett

October – The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Whoa…whoa….back up there. Did you notice that September selection?  That will be a new experience for me. I insisted that someone else is leading the discussion while I hang around quietly, like the proverbial fly on the wall. I’ll keep my mouth shut no matter what they say…unless of course, they turn to me and ask, “Linda, whatever were you thinking?”.

WHAT ARE YOU READING NOW?  Let us know if you think it’s a good choice for a club discussion.

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8 thoughts on “Starting Over ~ Life in the Day Camp–The Book Club

  1. What a wonderful group. It is interesting to learn about your book choices which are diverse and fascinating. I read family sagas and books that are memorable and profound. Perhaps too deep for the summer but that is my preference. I am reading Lighthouse Bay and enjoying it greatly. It is a lighter, summer novel. Best wishes and the best of health, happiness and enjoyment. I hope that your health problems have been conquered. I am recovering from a Breast Cancer diagnosis a year ago and hope to remain healthy. Many sweet dreams.

    • Hi Sharon – I love family sagas, too, but they’re probably not the best choice for a book club read. Summer seems to be the time for lighter books, but I enjoy discussing any type of book the club is reading. I think it’s because I have a guaranteed group that will show up to discuss a book, and that’s always fun.

      My best wishes right back at you for your complete recovery. We’re part of a large–too large—sisterhood.


  2. Interesting listing of books for the book club! I also tend to read “lighter” books during the
    summer, guess my mind prefers not having to focus on “heavier” tomes!

    Pat C.

    • Hi Pat – I don’t think we ever read light books! Although The Ninth Wife was fun to discuss. The group actually discussed this topic off the cuff and decided that if we read really light frothy books, we wouldn’t have much to talk about. A five minute conversation just doesn’t do it.

      Thanks for stopping by.


  3. I can imagine it being quite invaluable to a writer to hear what readers have to say. I’m re-reading an epic series, certainly a lot to discuss. Too much for a book club maybe.

    • Hi Mary – I’m hoping you’re right, and that eavesdropping in this case is invaluable. Let’s hope it’s not embarrassing!
      Nice to see you here.


  4. I just finished TWO OF A KIND by Susan Mallery. It’s part of her Fool’s Gold series and I think it would be a great book to discuss. There are so many wonderful and unique characters. And the town itself is a character all on it’s own. LOL


    • I love when a reader really enjoys a book and wants to talk about it. The enthusiasm shows. A compliment like that makes an author’s day. Marcy, have you ever sent Susan a note? I’m sure she’d love to get it. Thanks so much for writing. I love sharing with readers on this blog and with my books. Hope your summer is full of great reads.


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