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Book clubs

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Only once before have I attempted to start a book club. The other two women and I lived in three different cities, worked very different schedules, and had busy social lives; these ingredients do not a successful book club make. So for those of you who have participated in or organized book clubs, what would you recommend when kicking off a new one? What pitfalls can you advise against, and what tips have you found to be helpful in maintaining the energy? Have you read full books for each meeting, or segments? How many people do you think is a comfortable number that allows for everyone to be heard?

Mixed media

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Given my current job, there’s always a lot of talk about what books are best experienced in print vs. which are done better justice on audio. I typically prefer print, as I’m an instant gratification kind of girl and can read much more quickly than anyone *should* narrate. I did, however, realize that there is the occasional exception when I listened to Emma Donoghue’s Room. I think that, like many who reviewed the book, I might have struggled with Jack’s narrative if it had been words on a page. Michal Friedman’s vocal interpretation was spot on, though, and I was engrossed from word one.

Similarly, there are some film adaptations that I enjoy far more than the books. For whatever reason, I really don’t love Nick Hornby’s novels, but have loved some of the films made based on his books (High Fidelity is definitely in my top five).

Have you found any patterns when comparing your appreciation for print books versus their audio or film counterparts? Is there a guaranteed formula as to which you’ll prefer?